As a continuation of our series on inexpensive alternatives for high-end makeup, we are going to tackle some essential face products. Completing your makeup without these staples is unheard of, but why spend a fortune on them, when you can find the same quality and colour payout in less expensive options. Here we are going to discuss comparable products for setting powder, bronzer, highlighter, and blush.


Setting Powder

Not every makeup artist uses a setting powder to set their foundation and concealer, but those who do swear by it. Whether you are looking to set your under-eyes to avoid creasing, or you want to bake your entire face, you probably have a setting powder in your collection.


One prestigious and high-end setting powder is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. This award-winning setting powder not only provides you with a matte and blurring finish, but it covers a multitude of skin tones with two shades. But not everyone has £30 to shell out on a powder. If you are looking for a more inexpensive option to provide you with the same effect, check out the NYX Cosmetics Studio Finishing Powder. You are sure to be surprised by the quality!



Not everyone has the privilege of being perfectly bronzed and tanned every day and all year long. That is why most of us use bronzing powder and continually look for the best glowy product. If you are looking for a great bronzer to add to your makeup lineup, check out this high-end alternative!


The Becca Sunlit Bronzer is the perfect product for a healthy, sun-kissed glow on your skin. Their shades are stunning and are able to provide you with the tanned skin you crave without giving off any inordinate amounts of gold or yellow streaks. Despite being a great bronzer, it does not come at a great price, clocking in at £29. If you are looking for similar quality, I cannot recommend the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer enough! Stunning color and creamy texture will fulfil all of your bronzer dreams.



For some, highlighter is a must and for others, it is barely used. Highlighter is an amazing product that can give your cheeks a wet and glowing appearance while highlighting your cheekbones, jawline, and even the bridge of your nose. There are loads of different types of highlighters on the market, ranging both in colour and function.


One highlighter that is simply amazing is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter. This product lasts for 12-hours on your skin and provides you with a flawless finish. You don’t need to be worried about chalkiness or highlighter sitting on top of your foundation with this Tarte product; it will melt right in. But if you do not have £22 to shell out on one product, you should definitely check out E.L.F.’s Baked Highlighters. Known for being an inexpensive brand, ELF does not disappoint in the quality of their products, especially with their glowy highlighters.


If you missed the first part of this series, check it out! We covered the foundation of your makeup with primer, foundation, and concealer.