Although we’d all love to fill out makeup bags with exclusive, premium and luxurious products, the majority of us can only afford to shop from the budget aisles. Finding affordable products that really perform can sometimes be like searching for the holy grail, but with new makeup brand ‘NV Cosmetics‘ on the scene the answer may just be within reach. The budget makeup costs between £3.00 and £6.00 and covers everything from individual eyeshadow pots, to lipstick, pencils and cheek stains. Considering it costs the same as a morning muffin and latte, the packaging is pretty slick and avoids feeling like a ‘budget buy’ – the plastic casing is heavy, smooth and completely fit for purpose. There are some real gems in the range too, providing a great hit of colour without the horrendous greasy feeling cheaper cosmetics sometimes offer.
My favourite product from the range has to be the handy chunky Cheeky Blush Sticks, which provide a great hit of colour that can be blended on the cheeks for a natural flush. Available in two colours, a swipe of product upwards on the cheekbones provides a subtle hue that can be set using a transluscent powder. There’s no horrendous scent or greasy feeling, just a fab finish that lasts all day. These are great for when you don’t want to wear too much makeup, as well as being perfect for when the months get a little warmer and you don’t want to pile on the slap.
I also really like the lipsticks, which provide a great colour result without being too heavy. Although they do have that slightly ‘cheap’ scent, the colour result is great without feeling cakey on the lips. If you’re a fan of colour but not the normal lipstick texture, these provide a lightness I’m sure you’ll love. The eyeshadows also provide a pretty good pigment for their price, packaged in a MAC-inspired black compact with a secret compartment under the pan. Although the eyeshadow doesn’t wow me, the shades do provide an affordable way to experiment and still get a strong pigment that blends into the eye easily.
NV Cosmetics also offers a range of chunky pencils and Chubby Stick inspired lip crayons, both of which provide a decent colour and texture. The pencils do drag a little and need some working into the skin to get the best result, but the lip crayon is a great on-the-go alternative to lipgloss. I’ve actually been using this nearly every day, as it provides a natural colour and shine without being OTT or smelling like plastic! It’s very comfortable on the lips and is comparable to much more expensive alternatives.
Although NV Cosmetics is new on the scene and only currently available online, it is available via BooHoo.com – so you can grab a couple of products with your next fashion splurge and try it for yourself! I’m really impressed with this budget range of products, especially as they look a little more glam than your usual Superdrug buys. I predict big things for this brand, so why not get in on the secret now before everyone knows?
The NV Cosmetics products are available via BooHoo.com and are priced £3.00-£6.00