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

By | 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.


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!


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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