The Best Affordable Matte Products


I've spoken several times about my struggles with matte products. My whole body is just super dry so I avoid anything mattifying and opt for dewy options because they tend to be more hydrating. However, I do love the polished, flawless look that matte products give but finding good matte products in the drugstore has been a struggle. Matte products is definitely where affordable brands fall down. That being said I have found a full face of matte products that really perform. I'm talking about everything from primer to lipstick. So let's get into it.


The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer | £3.90

 I really enjoy this primer, despite having dry skin. It does have a silicone texture but I don't find this drying. It really smooths the skin skin over, filling in pores and fine lines. It gives me a mattified base  that doesn't dry skin out and keeps my makeup in place all day.

Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation | £6.99

For foundation this is by far my favourite matte foundation, it actually rivals some high-end ones. It has a light, running consistency that is really easy to blend into the skin. In terms of coverage this is medium full. It covers all my redness and problem areas, aside from dark circles. The finish is really matte, when paired with a mattifying primer it is so matte. But not in a dry, cakey looking way, just flawless and polished. This is a great matte foundation for dry skins out there.

RCMA No Colour Powder | £13

Powders are a makeup deal breaker for me. A powder that's too drying can completely ruin my makeup. I have a select few that I actually really love. In terms of an affordable one this RCMA powder is hands down my favourite. First of all I hate the packaging but the powder inside is amazing. It's loose that melts into the skin, setting makeup perfectly and removing any shine. I'm not a huge fan of baking but this is also a great powder to bake with. Plus you get a huge 3oz pot. Making this exceptional value for money.

NYX Matte Bronzer | £8

Trying to find an affordable completely matte bronzer is actually pretty hard. There are a lot of satin / shimmery ones but very few that are actually matte. Luckily I've found this one from NYX. The shade Medium is warm toned so I like to use to warm up the face rather than contouring. The formula is so silky! It applies smoothly, never patchy and lasts all day. Nor does it look powdery on the skin. It's brilliant.

Milani Rose Blush | £12

I really like affordable brands that do matte blushes really well. I don't think I've tried one that I hate because of the formula. But my favourite by far is the Milani Rose Blush in the shade Romantic Rose. The shade is a perfect Mauvey Pink. The formula is spot on too. It blends perfectly into the skin, without being patchy or chalky looking. Everything from the formula to the packaging is a winner.



ELF Mad For Matte 2 Eyeshadow palette | £10

Affordable brands have come a long way in term of matte eyeshadows. I do still perfer high-end matte options but if your strapped for cash this ELF offering is perfect. It contains 10 all matte shades ranging from a White to a Black. Most of the shades are warmed toned, which I love. Each shade is super creamy and so easy to work with. There's nothing worse than trying to blend out rubbish matte shadows, but these are so easy to blend. It has all the perfect everyday warm Browns to.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet  Lipstick* | £8.99 (currently on offer for £5.39 here)

A lot of affordable matte lipsticks tend to have more of a satin finish but these offerings from Bourjois are completely matte. They're actually more like a liquid lipstick in a lipstick form. The formula is quite unique. It applies just like a regular lipstick but dries down so matte. All the shades in this range are super pigmented, apply smoothly and have really good staying power. I don't find these drying on my lips either. They have a shade for everyone, from nudes to bold Berries.

Pixi Matte Liquid Lipstick | £16

For a classic liquid lipstick these Pixi ones are amazing. They are a little more expensive than most affordable liquid lipsticks. But I think Liquid lipsticks are worth paying that bit extra for. These ones in particular are so pigmented and dry down completely matte. But they feel weightless on the lips, they don't sink into any fines lines, nor do they look really dry on. These also come with the most perfect applicator that fits the lips perfectly, saturating them in colour evenly and precisely. My favourite shade from the line is Matte Beige which is a warm, Brown toned nude. I really can't recommend these enough!

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite affordable matte products?

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