£40 VS £400: The Ultimate Beauty Battle

It's on.

One face two makeup kits – we put the luxest beauty buys up against some super steals  to see where you should really be spending your cash.

The Kits


Total = £39.91

Topshop lipstick in Shazam, £8

Barry M Make Me Powder Blusher Knickerbocker Glory, £3.99

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation dark beige, £7.99

Maybelline fit me concealer in medium, £9.99

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, £7.99

W7 Strobe and go, £5.95

Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder, £1.99



Total = £381

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £40

Le Metier De Beaute Precision Lash Extreme Mascara, £40

Sisley A Le Teint Anti Ageing foundation, £99

Christian Louboutin Beauty Matte Lip Colour, £70

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush, £54

Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo, £42

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze, £36


The verdict

Money matters when it comes to your foundation. Am I suggesting you all go drop £100 on your base? No. But the finish and feel of Sisley’s A Le Teint Anti Ageing Foundation really came up trumps.

Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer was as good as if not better than a lot of more premium concealers I’ve used. I found the brush on Chantecaille’s Stylo great for blending but Fit Me’s formula had amazing coverage and didn’t crease around my eyes.

Soleil Tan has a cult following for a reason, that’s not to say the Suntint Bronzing Powder wasn’t good, but Chanel’s soft, mouse like formula is unbeatable.

Your mascara doesn’t have to cost more. Max Factor’s 200 Calorie Mascara held its own up against its pricy counterpart, so save your pennies for your base.

Would I spend £70 on a lipstick? Nope. However Louboutin’s Beauty Matte Lip Colour did make me think about dropping the dolla. Topshop’s lippie was a very close second so save yourself the £60.