Superdrug – My essentials

Hello Beans
Today an exciting package arrived for me. It’s some essentials I ordered off Superdrug. Since turning vegan Superdrug has become my best friend and my definite go to for cheap cruelty-free makeup. This is actually my second haul of makeup since turning vegan. The items I originally bought were very orange Foundation wise for my skin tone. These were all from the essence range in Wilko’s. I probably wouldn’t recommend any of the items I bought from there, to be honest.

Disclaimer: After closer inspection not all of this makeup is cruelty free as some contains silk but I’m still learning makeup wise 🙂

First off, a list of the essentials I needed:

  • Liquid Foundation/ Moisturiser
  • Powder for baking
  • Light Powder
  • Mascara
  • Concealer
  • Setting Spray
  • Bronzer

This is a quick list of what I bought in the end:

  • Superdrug Daily Defence – 7-in-1 Day Cream
  • Collection, prime and ready – Invisible setting powder
  • Collection – pressed powder
  • Collection- Extreme Mascara
  • Collection, lasting perfection – Concealer
  • Freedom, Pro Camofaluge & correct cream – Concealer
  • E.L.F Matte Magic Mist & Set
  • Collection, Bronze Glow, Bronzing powder


Ok, now to the reviews of each.

Superdrug Daily Defence – 7-in-1 Day Cream

  • Price: 5/5 – £9.99 (I paid £4.95 on offer)
  • Packaging: 5/5
  • Smell: 4/5
  • Application: 3/5
  • Lasting power: 4/5
  • Overall Rating 3/5


From the ingredients list, it sounds pretty good. Effective and I love that it does everything for you. I love the premise of the types of creams but as of yet have never found a good one that works for my skin.


I liked the professionalism of the packaging. It looked like a good knock off of some other high street brands.


The shade I have is light. They don’t have options really for the shades, this was the only one I could find. It went on well and settled into my skin nicely. But, still too orange! I don’t understand why it’s proving to be so difficult to find a light shade of foundation that is actually a light shade and not orange umpa lumpa shade without paying a butt load of money.

Don’t get me wrong it’s still wearable. It’s probably the best one I’ve found so far but it’s still definitely not good enough.  But as I said it’s orange. I’m not the lightest of skin colours. MY skin is a light version of olive so certainly not pasty white and it this was still too orange for me?? Definitely not light as it suggests on the bottle.

So overall, it’s a decent product. Not too bad but not too good. It feels light on the skin, not cakey but the shade lets it down. I would not buy it again but will probably use the whole bottle.

Anyone else found a good all in one cream that isn’t too expensive? Please let me know! 

Collection, prime and ready – Invisible setting powder

  • Price: 5/5 – £3.99 (I paid £2.99 on offer)
  • Packaging: 4/5
  • Smell: 5/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Lasting power: 3/5
  • Overall Rating 4/5



This product was pretty good. The smell was great. The packaging is simple and does its job. A little too plain for me if I’m being honest. The product is good, it goes on well and looks good. My only wish is that it stayed on a little longer but that could just be down to my oily prone skin. At such a cheap price though it’ a good one to have in the drawer.

Collection – pressed powder

  • Price: 5/5 – £1.99
  • Packaging: 3/5
  • Smell: 4/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Lasting power: 4/5
  • Overall Rating 4/5



This was pretty similar to the invisible setting powder just in a light shade rather than translucent. A good product. lasts a little longer than the setting powder as well.

Collection- Extreme Mascara

  • Price: 5/5 – £2.99
  • Packaging: 1/5
  • Smell: 3/5
  • Application: 4/5
  • Lasting power: 5/5
  • Overall Rating 5/5

Ok, first things first. When this arrived I thought I had been sent the wrong one because it looks completely different to the one on the website. This is the website.


This is what I have. How ridiculous. For that, the packaging score is very low.


Which is a shame because the product itself is pretty wonderful. It’s basic but wonderfully basic. Not as extreme as other mascara;s/. I would have liked it to make my lashes thicker but it did make them look longer and gave them a nice coating that lasted well. At only £2.99 I would definitely buy it again but maybe as a back up for when my main mascara runs out.

Collection, lasting perfection – Concealer

  • Price: 4/5 – £4.19
  • Packaging: 5/5
  • Smell: 2/5
  • Application: 2/5
  • Lasting power: 4/5
  • Overall Rating 3/5


This is the only product that seemed to have a nasty chemical smell. All the rest I have mostly given a rating of 3/5 because they didn’t smell like anything at all. This was a pretty nasty smell though and for how much you get in the product I wouldn’t necessarily say it was as good of a price compared to other concealers. I’m not sure if I would buy this one again, it depends on how desperate I am I guess.

Freedom, Pro Camofaluge & correct cream – Concealer

  • Price: 5/5 – £3.00
  • Packaging: 2/5
  • Smell: 3/5
  • Application: 1/5
  • Lasting power: 2/5
  • Overall Rating 2/5



Ok, so this is my first colour correcting concealer I’ve ever tried so I may not be the best judge. Maybe I used it wrong or would be better with a different kind but I hated this. I have nothing against the product itself but it really didn’t work well for me. I can’t stand the mousse texture, it doesn’t go on well and doesn’t sit well on my skin. I would not buy this again but I am determined to find some colour correcting makeup that works for me. Any recommendations? Let me know.

E.L.F Matte Magic Mist & Set

  • Price: 4/5 – £5.00
  • Packaging: 5/5
  • Smell: 5/5
  • Application: 5/5
  • Lasting power: 5/5
  • Overall Rating 5/5


Thi s is actually the second time I’ve bought this product. Yep, it’s that good. It’s pretty cheap compared to others. It lasts well, does what it says on the packaging and what you would expect and also smells pleasant. I love this stuff and it’s definitely become a staple in my makeup drawer.

Collection, Bronze Glow, Bronzing powder

  • Price: 5/5 – £2.99
  • Packaging: 3/5
  • Smell: 3/5
  • Application: 5/5
  • Lasting power: 4/5
  • Overall Rating 4/5



This I rate pretty highly.y It works well as a bronzer. I probably should have got one shade lighter as it is pretty dark but I went for the shade that was most highly rated. It generally is a good concealer though, especially for the price. I would buy this again. The only niggle I did have is that it says on the packaging it’s ‘shimmer’ but it doesn’t shimmer at all. If anything it’s more matte, block colour.


Ok, so overall there are a few things I would definitely recommend and I would buy myself again.The setting spray is a definite must for me and both of the powders were pretty great. I would also possibly buy the mascara again. The only things I hated were the camouflage concealer and the dd cream which I definitely wouldn’t buy again so my search continues for suitable products for me. Avoid Superdrug own brand foundation and Wilko’s essence foundations, in my opinion, they are all too orange.

I would advise any vegans to have a nose around the Superdrug website more often as they try to be as cruelty-free as possible. A good business with good products overall and most of them are pretty cheap.

If you have any recommendations for makeup for me to try then please let me know. If you have any questions about the products I tested then ask away either at the bottom of this page or in the contact section of the website. 

Thanks, Beans 😀