Student Style: Bargain Beauty Brands at H&H, Penneys and New Look

By Beaut.ie | May 14 2010 | 23 Comments

budget buys from H&M and Penneys

It seems to me that everyone and his mother is sporting an in-store makeup range these days. Now, far be it from me to wonder what gives a boots, blouse and bra merchant any expertise for expansion into the cosmetics field, but I generally write off shop-brand makeup as, eh, crap. Still, my penchant for new, cheap finds spurred me on to see if my instinct was on the money.

H&M

Disappointingly, their lip glosses are of that annoying brush-on, as opposed to sponge-on, variety, and are reminiscent of the sticky, gloopy mess of teenage discos. Avoid like the plague is my advice; ditto the eyeliners. My absolute star find, however, was a delish eyeshadow in a sandy, khaki gold, with a light shimmer. It is divine. They stock some handy makeup bags too, from €3 to €8.

New Look

Let me register, straight off the bat, my surprise here; I honestly was not expecting to be impressed with my New Look swag. While Stargazer isn’t an exclusive-to-New Look-brand, it would seem I’m going through a bit of an aqua phase, so the Stargazer kohl pencil in number 29, €2.80, is my latest fix. It’s a tad too firm to really be a kohl; I suggest warming it up between your hands before applying to prevent any possible scratchiness. The absolute winner for me is the metallic, acidic eyeshadow in Envy Green, €4.90. A primer is absoLUTEly needed, but it is dynamite!

Penneys

Surprise surprise – Penneys enters the mix with a stellar eyebrow kit, €4 … and a not so stellar set of four nail polishes, Beauty Babes, €2.50. Although I proclaim to love all my children equally, my Benefit Brows A-Go-Go kit is usually top of the pile – and I have to say that Take A Brow matches it. I’d throw out the tweezers and stencil, mind.

The nail polishes come in a peach, magenta, icing pink and lavender – all of which need approximately seven million coats, each coat taking the lifespan of an ITV mini-series to dry. Results were chip-free for a week, though.

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23 Replies to "Student Style: Bargain Beauty Brands at H&H, Penneys and New Look"

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Great post! I’ve found myself buying a few Stargazer bits and pieces – though agree you absolutely need to use primer with everything and preferably hairspray to glue it in place!

  • alchemystee says:

    Love this post :)

    Orlando – do you remember the name of this lovely H&M eyeshadow??

  • sevda says:

    I have a H&M eyeshawdow in silver and so far it’s great.

  • SJ says:

    I like those h&m lipglosses with the brushes ..

  • Scarie says:

    I’ve heard that the penneys primer is fantastic, like benefit that gal. Also I think the Penneys make up is only in bigger branches, havent seen in Longford anyway :(

  • BerG says:

    Have to make a trip to Penneys later so will check out the brow gismo.

  • Macloon says:

    I quite like the tweezers and the stencils! I have fairly sparse brows naturally so the stencil was handy

    The wax stuff is crap though.

    Essence do a brilliant brow kit. It’s teeny so it fits in the handbag too.

  • Orlando says:

    Alchemystee – I searched far and wide along the packaging and couldn’t for the life of me find a name! It’s simply the very basic single eyeshadow, not the naff little strangely-shaped pots of glitter.

    Macloon – I’m a bit partial to the bigger brow myself so I just couldn’t rock the stencil – and I loved the wax! Spose that’s the great thing about the kit being so big, you can mix and match :)

    SJ- :lol: each to one’s own, of course! :lol:

  • Tigerlily says:

    Hmm will have to check out that brow kit – I had a quick glance but was a bit nonplussed. Will have a proper looksee this weekend.

    Scarie -the primer from Penneys is good – but, now I dunno if its just mine, but theres a strange vein of red cream running through it. In that when you put it on your skin theres a very tiny red line in the product. very weird

  • Kirstie says:

    went into penneys yest to pick up that kit for orlando’s piece so I could shoot it and came out with about 56 other things, loads of the stuff is really nice! It’s all gone down in a parcel to Cork for her to have a gander, so we might see some reviews soon!

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