Makeup Bag Essentials: Save or Splash

Clara Caslin

Clara Caslin has tried and tested some makeup bits and tells us where you should splash or save on these essentials.

With so many different makeup brands on the market, it can be hard to know what is good and what isn’t! So here Clara Caslin breaks it down for you.


BH Cosmetics Rosé Romance – 12 Piece Brush Set With Cosmetic Bag

The set of twelve face and eye brushes are made with super soft synthetic bristles and are perfect for blending powders, creams and liquids. They are vegan friendly, cruelty free and come with a matching bag. The 12 brushes are so affordable! They are on sale on at the moment for €13.59 or can be bought for €29.50 on


Estée Lauder – Double Wear Foundation (Splash)

This foundation doesn’t streak on the skin or come off on clothes. There is a medium to buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish. The foundation feels light on the skin and has a 15- hour staying power. The bottle size is 30ml and price is €40.00 in Debenhams.

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid (Save)

This is an amazing drugstore foundation. It is a liquid foundation, which has an air-whipped formula so gives the lightness feeling of a mousse. It keeps your skin hydrated and has a medium coverage. The bottle size is 30ml and price is €11.99 in Boots, which has a buy one get the second half price on selected Maybelline at the moment.

Baking Powder

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder (Splash)

This baking powder gets a 10/10. It creates an airbrushed complexion and brightens up the under eye area. Apply this beneath your contour for a defined and sculpted look. It comes in eight shades and is best applied with a beauty blender. It is €32.00 in Brown Thomas.

Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Save)

Kim Kardashian made this banana powder famous. This powder is developed for screen and stage and are resistant to sweat. It minimises pores and sets concealer. A great save purchase available for approximately €5.67 on


Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener (Splash)

This product literally wakes your eyes up. It immediately brightens the eye area and gets rid of dark shadows while also reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines over time. It has an illuminating tint that blends and gives a radiant and refreshed look (perfect for early college mornings). Price is €25 in Brown Thomas.

L’Oreal Paris Touche Magique Concealer Pen (Save)

This is an anti-fatigue concealer, which leaves the eye area looking smooth. Apply this before using the Huda Baking Powder for a full coverage look. It is available in six shades and costs €11.99 in Boots.

Clara Caslin

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