We all want to use the top beauty brands and feel like the products we’re putting on our face, skin, hair and nails are really the best money can buy – but sometimes the budget just doesn’t stretch to designer brands. Top brands like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain and Crème de la Mer make products we lust after, but when you’ve already splurged too much this month or when you just can’t justify another expensive beauty purchase, it’s useful to know of good fall backs which are nearly as good at a substantially lower price. So if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget, read on.
Chanel No 5
From upwards of £50 a bottle, this most iconic of perfumes isn’t within everyone’s budget. With its floral top notes and warm base using vanilla, rose and ylang-ylang, it was created to smell “like a woman”. For a cheaper alternative, however, try Women’s Realities Sweet Desire by Liz Claiborne, which has many of the same scent signatures, for a fraction of the price.
YSL Touche Éclat
Undoubtedly one of the top complexion highlighters, YSL’s Touche Eclat received a slew of awards, gets top ratings in customer feedback reviews, and causes normally sane women to rave to their friends at length about its virtues. Still, at around £20 a go, you could be forgiven for looking for a budget alternative, and since YSL launched it, a range of alternatives has hit the market. Try Boots No7 Under Eye Concealer Pen, which will disappear those dark shadows for just £6.
Dior Diorshow Mascara
Inspired by the catwalks and the behind-the-scenes tricks of the beauty world, Dior’s Diorshow range gets top marks from beauty reviewers, but that’s reflected in the price at around the £20 mark (depending on where you buy). A cheaper, but just as lusciously lash-enhancing alternative is Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara, at £8.99
Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Polish
Another absolute staple of the luxury make-up collection, Chanel’s blood red Rouge Noir is a must-have – if you can get away with spending £22 on nail polish. If not, NYC’s ‘In a New York Minute’ range has a blood red that’s almost indistinguishable from the Chanel colour, at around £2.50. Who’d know the difference?
Saisha Potts writes on behalf of www.cafelamoda.co.uk, the social fashion site. Compare the latest trends for men and women at Cafe La Moda by following the link.
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