Beauty Make-up

A beautiful base … on a budget!

Written by Lolly

Hello ladies,

At the risk of sounding like a 90-year-old, I remember a time in dark days gone past when you couldn’t get a decent base without spending upwards of twenty quid. It just couldn’t be done – but those days are now long gone, thank god!

There are loads of products on the stands, so I’ve rooted out the top three high-street heroes that deserve to grace your face.


If like me, you’re ‘blessed’ with oily or combination skin, the Catrice Infinite Matt foundation is a gem. It feels thick as you apply it but blends out to a lovely, medium coverage that’s matte but not flat, feels comfortable to wear and lasts all day. The glass bottle with pump also carries the teeny tiny price tag of just €6.99.


For drier skin types, the re-launched Rimmel Match Perfection, €10.49, is a brilliant pick. I loved the original version for its radiance boosting technology and fresh, dewy finish, the new version comes with all that and an extra dollop of hydration too.


There’s another Rimmel newbie that I love. I adore the finish of the Lasting Finish 25 HR Nude Foundation, €8.99, which I routinely reach for in favour of the pricier brands out there.

It’s gorgeous, great, glowy coverage that just looks like great skin, and excellent power. Because of the long-wear claims this probably not for the driest of complexions, feels lovely and comfortable on dehydrated parts of the skin while keeping the shine at bay.

The downside though, most budget ranges is the limited shade selection – but if you can match your skin-tone in any of these ranges, you’re on to a winner ladies.

Till next time!

About the author


Lolly is Ireland’s newest and most exciting blogger, fashionista, lifestyle commentator and general all-round socialite. The former Miss Irish Sun has frequently been featured and photographed with other internationally renowned models from some of the biggest agencies in the world and has magazine shoots with the likes of Miss World Roseanna Davison no less.

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