April Budget Makeup Finds


I hope you all had a good Easter, readers! I certainly did, but it’s back to the usual routine today. I’ve chosen my three products for the April Budget Makeup Finds test, and we’ve got a nice little selection this month.

We have:

  • Makeup Gallery Eyelash Curler (£1)
  • The Creme Shop Diamond Cut Blending Sponge (£3.99)
  • Marina & Demme Glow On Highlighting & Strobing Palette (£4.99)

The eyelash curler came from Poundland. The other products are from TK Maxx and claim to have been originally priced at more than I paid for them – however I can’t find a price for the palette online ($10 is the only price I’ve found and that’s Amazon, so… I dunno) and the blending sponge retails for $8, so it’s not that much more expensive than the price I paid for it. I’m never sure about the ‘original’ prices at TK Maxx!

Possible dodgy pricing aside, let’s take a closer look at the items I’ll be testing this month.

Makeup Gallery Eyelash Curler


This has already started off at a disadvantage, because my daily eyelash curler is excellent (if getting on a bit in age now) and honestly, I bought this one purely because it’s rose gold and I’m a sucker for shiny pretty things. Still, I will give it a go, but first impressions are that it’s not as sturdy or as good quality as my regular one. It feels a little flimsy, and the pads are a bit thin.


Looking at it compared to my other eyelash curler, the angles seem wrong as well, and I’m not convinced about that hinge. But we’ll give it a chance, and it might surprise us.

The Creme Shop Diamond Cut Blending Sponge


This caught my eye because it looks like a dupe for the Real Techniques Bold Metals Miracle Diamond Sponge. It is slightly smaller than the RT one, but I think that one is a bit large for a beauty sponge anyway, so this one might not be half bad.

First impressions are good, and it’s nice and squishy to touch. Here it is out of the packaging, chilling on my dressing table.


I can’t adequately convey squishyness in a blog post, but it feels as soft as any Real Techniques sponge, so that’s a good start. I don’t like beauty blenders that aren’t soft to touch. It’s also cruelty-free and latex-free, according to the box, so if you have a latex allergy, this could be the sponge for you.


Marina & Demme Glow On Highlighting and Strobing Palette

I’ll admit, it was the packaging that drew me to this product.


It stood out to me and as I am basically a magpie, I knew I had to try it. It’s just as pretty inside, and there’s a nice variety of highlighter shades in here.


I jabbed my nail in the bottom right pan, this was pristine when I opened it. I know TK Maxx has a bit of a reputation for selling ganky used makeup, but this was totally sealed and untouched until I got my hands on it. The shades don’t look much in the pan, but I’ve not even swatched them properly at the time of writing, so they could look amazing on skin. I can tell the bottom right and top left shades won’t look so good on me as highlighters, but they’d work as eyeshadows. I’m not one for a really extreme strobe, but I have become fond of a nice bright highlight, and I’m hoping these will do the job.


There we have it. Three products, all under £5, that I’m going to be trying for the next month. Whether they become permanent fixtures in my makeup box depends on how they perform, and I’m hoping the highlighters especially don’t let me down. I will report back at the end of April to let you know my final thoughts on them.

Have you guys tried any of these products? If you have, let me know!

(All opinions in this post are my own and I was not paid to review these products)

4 thoughts on “April Budget Makeup Finds

    1. I do too, it’s so interesting to find out what’s available in other countries. I really envy that the US has Sephora though because we don’t really have anything like that here. Space NK is about the closest but it’s nowhere near as big. I think I need to revisit the US just to go to Sephora!

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      1. Canada is lucky enough to have gotten a few Sephora stores now. I only have to go about 75km for my nearest one, so I am a bit fortunate. We don’t have too many, but there are a handful in each province. I remember when the first one popped up in toronto, it was crazy, went out of stock on most things so fast. That was a good 13 years ago.

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