Pound Shop Make Up Finds


It’s been a while since I had look around the make up sections of the various pound shops near to Thrifty Towers but my mascaras have all been used up and around 75% of my nail polishes were smashed when we moved, so I decided to have little look see at what’s on offer right now. Here’s what I picked up, let me know if you’d like any specific reviews.

Pound Shop Make Up

I shelled out £9 and picked up the following.

From Poundland:

wake me up instant radiance shimmer touch

1. Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in 002 Radiant Rose (£2.25 here)
I have previously used Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation and whilst the lightest shade was a little dark for me, it was workable and I enjoyed the results. So I leapt at the chance to try more of the range for just £1. This product works as a shimmery blush come highlight and is lovely for summer or just an awakened rosy glow. It does have some fairly visible glittery chunks so it can be a bit full on for daytime.

collection 2000 mascaras discontinued

2. Double pack containing:
Collection 2000 Skyscraper Mascara (£3.25 here)
This is a mascara I have raved about time and again and will always pick up when it is on offer. It lengthens my lashes, doesn’t clump them together and the wand makes it easy to apply to lower and outside lashes.


Collection 2000 Super Size Mascara (£2.99 here)
I actually mentioned this mascara in my 5 mascaras under £5 blog post, so it was like striking gold picking this up in a double pack. A fab buildable mascara which gives great volume.

Psst: these mascaras look a bit dried out in the photo but that’s simply because I’ve stashed my new ones away and have used the old packaging for the photograph. I don’t want to open the newer ones and let them dry out until they need to be opened and yes I keep lots of packaging for photographs and reviews! The secrets of blogging!

From Poundworld:

pound shop nail polishes

3. Maybelline Express Finish 40 nail polish in 155 Fuchsia (£1.75 here) middle
This is the kind of colour I tend to wear on my toes on a year round basis and after the great nail polish disaster of 2014 (nail polishes kept in tin, someone lifted tin by lid, lid came off, nail polishes and nail oils SMASHED) I thought it would be nice to have this type of shade in my stash. I haven’t tried it out yet but I’m always really happy with this line of nail polishes from Maybelline.

4. Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in The Deepest of Violets (here £1.93) left
This shade really reminds me of OPI Eiffel For This Colour which was one of my shades that smashed all over the road. The deepest of violet is a great name because that is exactly what it is – so deep it could almost be mistaken for black and a shade I live for October-April.

5. Rimmel Metal Rush nail polish in 60 Royal Blue (£1.95 here) right
I loved the mermaid-y-cum-peacock colours of this nail polish. Is it green? Is it blue? Is it purple? Is that gold running through it? Or is it silvery? Yup magpie tendencies over took me and I have no real further reasons for buying this but I’ll let you know how I get on with it over time.

maybelline baby lips asian packaging

6,7,8. Maybelline Baby Lips (£2.75 here)

I picked up three for £1 each and blogged all about them here.

barry m pound shop

9. A double pack containing:

Liquid Liner by BarryM in no.6 (£1.99 here)
Oddly I’d been looking for an eyeliner in pink for a fancy dress event I have coming up and what better deal than getting it for 50p.

Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon by BarryM in 3 (£2.75 here)
I have quite a number of these and use them on a regular basis so this iridescent pinky shade is perfect to add to my collection. I use these pencils as a wash across my eyelids, as a highlight under my brown bone or on occasion as a cheek highlighter.

These items all came in at £1 each or £1 per double pack but I’ve linked to the cheapest places I could find them online purely so you can read things like ingredients etc, reviews or see better pictures – it’s worth trying your local pound shop it you want to find these bargains but remember not all shops sell the same products.

Have you picked up any pound shop make up recently?


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  1. Sophie says:

    I love having a look for make up bargains in the pound shops! I recently got a double pack of miss sporty nail varnish (which they sell in superdrug, and it’s good) and a lip balm which I keep in my handbag, the pack also had nail transfers in it but I wouldn’t use them. Can’t believe you would get that for a pound :)

    • A Thrifty Mrs says:

      I love Miss Sporty nail polishes, they’re incredible value and have amazing staying power.

  2. You bagged some bargains. I love hunting in the poundshops for makeup. I have never seen BarryM in mine but I’m hoping they get some in. All those nail polishes look great

  3. I need to get myself down to Poundworld! I’ve been using that Barry M pencil as a lip colour for years!! Nice spot :-)

  4. Can’t believe you’ve found these in the pound shop , i’m definitely going to pop in and get the wake me up blusher! Last week iI found a knock off of the tangle teaser and it’s surprisingly good!


  5. I love those Collection mascaras, they both work so well! I’m so jealous you found the Rimmel blush too, such a bargain!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  6. These are such good bargains, you found some great finds x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  7. I just get muddy green nail varnish in mine, good finds!

  8. I love searching for nail polish in pound shops! I’ve done a review of Poundland’s own brand here: http://iwishicouldwink.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/poundland-nail-polish.html

  9. Great finds! I need to check out the £1 shops soon.

  10. Just discovered your blog and I’m hooked!! I love bargains so really pleased to have found your blog. Need to head down to Poundland!! x

  11. You found some really good stuff!! I’ve never thought of trying pound shops for makeup – I’m making this my new mission. :)

  12. Ohh I got the rimmel london metal rush nail polish and a rimmel london precious stones nail polish as part of my last Bargain Beauty Haul (love it) I actually picked up a few nice bits in Discount UK I don’t know how many of these shops are round the UK.
    Here is the link to my haul blog if your interested:http://kaleyiscarly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/bargain-beauty-haul-poundland-discount.html

  13. Awesome pound shop make-up finds!

    It’s a shame that so much of your now polish got broken during your recent house move but at least it’s fairly inexpensive to replace them.

    It’s great that so many products can be found so cheaply in pound shops that normally retail for much higher price elsewhere. I particularly like buying mascara from pound shops as they tend to dry out very quickly and need replacing often.

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

  14. Hiya, I am running a Poundland Giveaway on my blog, just a wee giveback since I know what it feels like to super skint and not even afford a £1 shop splurge. You can see what I bought here, http://mamawasborninthe60s.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/bargain-beauty-bag-giveaway.html

  15. I found Rimmel apocalips in my local woodland today as well as, bizarrely, Lucky Charms cereal snack pots!!! Beyond excited!!!

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