Budget Beauty // Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul // Max Factor and L’Oreal

Hi guys (I really should think of something more original to start with!)


Today I’m bringing you a little budget/drugstore makeup haul.  I was browsing on the Superdrug website for some boring essentials (cotton pads etc) and had to add in some items to make the delivery a little more exciting!  I use the Superdrug website quite a bit as I can find it hard to actually get into the store itself due to my M.E. The website is usually pretty good and contains all the same offers and discounts that the store does.

I picked up three Max Factor products as there was a 3-for-2 offer on.  I already knew I wanted the lipstick, the gloss caught my eye and I’ve been on the look out for a good liquid liner, so it was fate!

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The first thing I got was this gorgeous Max Factor Rosewood (833) lipstick.  I had seen it on someone online and thought it looked lovely, but I’ll  be honest… it was mostly the name that attracted me!  If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan like me, you will know that Rosewood is the town where PLL is based.  I don’t think there is actually any connection but it still made me happy!

This turned out to be a really nice product.  It is very opaque (not like my bad swatch above, sorry guys!  I’ll post a picture on my Instagram next time I wear it!).  It is smooth and applies really nicely, leaving a finish similar to Mac Cremesheen.  It lasts pretty well alone, but on top of a lip liner it has great staying power.  It’s also a really flattering which I imagine would suit most people.  Very happy with this one!

Full price: £7.99 (currently reduced to £5.99 here, but I bought it as part of a 3-for-2 offer).

Next up from Max Factor’s 3-for-2 deal was this Colour X-Pert Waterproof Eyeliner.


Now – I have trouble with liquid liners.  It’s a mixture of having really shaky hands (thanks M.E!) and just not having that much skill with liquid liners!  I’m fine with kohl and felt tip liners but keep trying different liquid ones to see if I can find one I like.

I got this waterproof liner in Deep Black, a lovely opaque black.  The tip is made of stiff sponge, shaped into a point, theoretically giving you more control over the application.  Obviously as it’s waterproof, it should survive any running eyes or rain!  Now my problem with this was the same as most of the other liquid liners I’ve tried – it just flooded my eyes!  The liquid seems to immediately run down from my eyelid into my eyeballs and tear ducts and then I just get left with lots of black mess to clear up!  Is this just me?  Tell me it’s not just me!!

Once I had it on and looking half decent (which took a long time and a lot of cotton buds), it did indeed last really well with no smudging (once dry, which took quite a few minutes).  Overall I’m sure this is a pretty good liquid liner, but it has just reinforced the fact that I should stick to kohl and felt tip liners until my hands stop shaking or I level-up with my skills haha!

You can find it here for £6.99.

The final Max Factor item I got in the offer was this Excess Shimmer in 20 Copper.


These little pots of shimmery cream eyeshadow come in several shades, but I chose Copper as some of the others looked way too subtle for me.  They claim to have a high pigment formula with lasting power.

This looks very pretty in the pot and feels very light and creamy to the touch.  Unfortunately, one layer really doesn’t make much impression – it leaves a slight shimmer to the lids but definitely doesn’t have any impact, liked I’d hoped it might.  However it does layer fairly well (probably as it dries down so quickly).  I’ve found that three thin layers is much more visible, leaving a foil-looking shimmer look to the lid.  The colour is actually quite pinky, which is fine by me as it still looks pretty.

I think this would be something I’d use during the day for popping out to the shops, but not on a night out.  However if you’re into very subtle, natural makeup, you might really like this as a quick eye look.

Find it here for £7.99.

My final purchase was this gorgeous L’Oreal Dazzle Gloss in 202 Gloss Me I’m Gorgeous.


I haven’t seen L’Oreal’s dazzle glosses before, but they’re really pretty – very sparkly and glossy!  The colour I chose is a beautiful deep purple with gold glitter flecked through it.  Although it’s glittery, it doesn’t look too over the top once it’s on.  It has one of those ‘lip hug’ shaped doe-foot wands which I find quite annoying, but I just use the tip to apply it and it’s fine.

The texture is nice, the glitter doesn’t make it feel gritty or irritate your lips at all.  You can feel it on your lips when wearing it, but I personally don’t mind that (I quite like it actually, is that weird?)  Overall, I really like this gloss and will probably get a lot of use out of it over Autumn (or Fall if you’re in the US/Canada!)

Find it here for £6.99.

What do you think of my mini haul?  Is there anything you’ve tried or fancy trying?  Let me know!

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0 thoughts on “Budget Beauty // Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul // Max Factor and L’Oreal

  1. rhosynmd says:

    I love the look of the lipstick and the eye shadow, I only really use powder eyeshadows but I do really want to try some cream ones. I never have any luck with liquid eyeliner either! xx

  2. thoughtfulpigeon says:

    I don’t have much luck with liquid eyeliner either, though eyeliner in general isn’t a strong point for me lol. Have you tried Avon ones? I had a purple shimmer one that I loved but got old, the brush thing worked well and it was thick enough to not run everywhere.

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