Budget Makeup at its Very Best – Autograph by M&S

This makeup range is so good and looks so luxurious and expensive, I almost don’t want to call it ‘budget’. Actually, if I’m being truly honest it’s more of an in-between brand, somewhere in the middle of the mass market bands and the more expensive prestige brands. However you look at it, the new products from Autograph look, feel and act like products you’d expect to find at a big department store beauty counter – at a fraction of the price. Let’s dive in…

I was recently sent a selection of the new Autograph makeup collection to test by the lovely people at Marks & Spencer. I’ve been a fan of this makeup range for a while, so I was more than happy to have a play with their new and improved items. The first thing that struck me is how gorgeous they all looked, the packaging is simple yet stylish, every product feels substantial and functional but in a very elegant way. At a glance, I’d say they have more than a passing resemblance to the Bobbi Brown products, which is no bad thing in my book.

On further testing and getting to know the products I can tell you that they’re not ‘all style over substance’ either, each product feels luxurious and lasts the distance. For example, the Hydrating Foundation is moisturising and nourishing on the skin, and gives a beautiful satin smooth, dewy finish that lasts the day. And at £16, it’s half the price of a prestige alternative.

I was also impressed by the Colour Balm Lipshine sticks that glide on effortlessly and give a lasting pretty, glossy finish. These little beauties are £10, which means you can afford to get a few!

Other highlights for me were the gorgeous primers, I tested the Luminosity Radiant Skin Primer (£12.50), which gave a beautiful ‘lit-from-within’ finish to my complexion and the Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer (£12.50), which nourished my skin and helped make sure my foundation stayed put for the whole day.

One last mention has to go to the Lasting Colour Luxe Quad Eyeshadow, which looks and feels two or three times more expensive than it’s £10 price tag. The colours are strong and blend easily for a beautiful eye look, they also last all day  and have a lovely luxurious texture. I was sent Rose Mix (as seen in the pictures), which is really fresh and pretty but I also love the look of Mocha Mix… I think I may have to pop that onto my Christmas list!

If you’re on the look out for some new makeup, do yourself a favour and check out the new Autograph collection before going off and spending a small fortune at the big beauty counters. For the same amount you could walk away with a basket full at M&S.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me to try with no obligation to review. 



  1. November 28, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Ooooo I love the look of this and I keep saying I am going to treat myself to some new make up. Especially love the colour shine lip balm, especially at this time of year when my lips are so dry x

  2. November 30, 2017 / 7:45 am

    They do look so lovely and not budget at all, the packaging reminds me of the No7 packaging. I’ll take a look as the prices are similar to what I usually buy. I love the colours too and that lipstick looks like something I’d wear. x

  3. November 30, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Oh I love new make up – whether it’s a luxury range or more budget, I don’t care! The packaging on this does look great and the colour shine lip balm looks fabulous – easy to put on when ‘on the go’ and good for the lips too!

  4. November 30, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I would love to see your makeup drawer… or is it a makeup wardrobe. It must be endless and huge. I love all the colors of lippy you pull off. I can’t wear things on my lips sadly they break out but always live through you with your makeup choices. I love autograph concealer but they got rid of my favorite stick recently. So sad. Must check these out. #wrc

  5. December 2, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Is there anything that M&S can’t do?! It does look really elegant and ‘grown-up’ if that makes sense?

  6. December 4, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    These look lovely! I keep hearing good things about this range so I’ll have to take a look next time I pop in xx