We all like to have that little bit of luxury in our lives, and for me, that luxury usually comes in the form of makeup. But many high end makeup products have an affordable counterpart available. When it comes to makeup, you don’t always have to splurge; sometimes a bargain can be just as fun and satisfying as throwing cash around in Mecca or at the luxe counters in Myer and David Jones.
Given that I’m one for a bargain, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite affordable products and a mini review of each. Price and store locations will also be included.
Makeup Primer – Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
While not entirely essential, most people find that using a makeup primer will ensure their products last all day. One of my favourite affordable finds is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. It’s a silicon based primer, which is known for blurring pores and filling in fine lines. The Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser creates a soft matte finish on the skin, while continuing to hydrate throughout the day. I find it’s best to pat the product into the skin with your fingers, focusing on areas with larger pores. The Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is Non-Comedogenic and Fragrance Free.
Available from anywhere Maybelline is stocked.
Foundation – Designer Brands Longwear 24Hour Foundation
I own a lot of high end products, however foundation is one of those areas where I’ve found drugstore foundations can easily do the same job as their more expensive counterparts. In this case, my go-to everyday foundation for the last three months has been the Designer Brands Longwear 24Hour Foundation. It’s boasts a full coverage finish, without becoming flaky, dry or heavy on the skin. It also has an SPF of 15, which combined with a facial sunscreen will give the perfect SPF protection. The foundation is infused with Vitamin C for even skin tone, Vitamin E for cell renewal, Peptide Infusion to plump and firm the skin, and Aloe Vera for soft, hydrated skin. I’ve found it to be the perfect everyday foundation, and on my dry and sensitive skin, I haven’t experienced any adverse reaction. The only draw back with the range is the lack of shade diversity.
Available from most good pharmacies including Amcal Pharmacy and Terry White Pharmacy.
Concealer – Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Without doubt, this is the best concealer I have ever used – both high end and affordable! Nothing else even comes close. With a creamy, medium to full coverage formula, it’s perfect for concealing under the eyes, as well as blemishes. The darker shades can even be used for cream contouring on lighter skin. I find blending it out with a damp Real Techniques Complexion sponge to be the best way, however fingers work just as well.
Available wherever Maybelline is sold.
Setting Powder – Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder.
As I have dry skin, I don’t use too much powder on my face – just a light sweep in the T-Zone to combat any shininess during the day. The pressed powder is very finely milled, ensuring it doesn’t cake up on my skin. I always have a compact of this in my bag, and it comes with me everywhere. It is rather full coverage for a powder and can be used to add coverage to a lighter foundation or BB Cream.
Available: Priceline, Big W, Kmart and online at australiscosmetics.com.au
Blush & Bronzer – E.L.F Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in ‘St Lucia’.
I absolutely LOVE this little duo! The blush is almost a perfect dupe for the Cult favourite Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush. It’s a beautifully soft peach pink with a light sheen to it. It adds a stunning glow to the cheeks with a flush of colour. The bronzer, while shimmery in the pan, applies beautifully to the skin without looking glittery. I use it to warm up around my contour, and it gives a lovely glowing warmth. Both powders are finely milled and blend out perfectly with a fluffy brush.
Available: Kmart, online at iherb.com and elfcosmetics.com.au
RRP: Australian Retailers – $8AUD. Online herb.com – $5.30AUD.
Highlighter – Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette.
This little palette has launched to cult status over the last few months – and for good reason! The pallet includes three powdered highlights (a pale purple, gold, and champagne) as well as one cream formula in a pinky shade. They’re all amazing powders, and give an intense sheen to the cheeks without appearing glittery or chunky on the skin. I find it’s best applied with a fan brush (the Real Techniques Fan Brush is a great option) and lightly dusted on the cheeks.
Available: Selected Target stores, Sephora AUS, and online.
Eyeshadow Palette – Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Nudes’ Palette.
The Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Nudes’ palette was my first ever full eyeshadow palette. It’s considered a close dupe for the original Naked palette from Urban Decay, and while it doesn’t completely compare in either quality or shades, it’s petty close! The shimmer shades are amazing quality and super pigmented, and while the mattes aren’t quite as pigmented, they’re still very easy to apply and blend out. It’s the perfect everyday neutral palette and I often reach for it over my more pricey palettes.
Available: Target, Myer, online at chichicosmetics.com (they ship worldwide), as well as at Farmers New Zealand.
Mascara – Rimmel London Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara ‘Extreme Black’.
Rimmel London have long been one of my favourite brands for mascara; my first ever mascara came from Rimmel. The Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara claims to tint lashes over time, so you’ll have darker lashes with no product on them. I can’t say for sure that this is a fact as I have naturally dark lashes. I bought it specifically because of its volumising properties. My lashes look longer and fuller with two coats of the mascara, and it doesn’t flake or clump my lashes, like so many others do!
Available from Priceline, Target, BigW, Woolworths, Coles and Chemist Warehouse.
RRP: $18.95AUD. Currently 25% off in Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy.
Lipstick – Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Mattes (Various Shades)
My favourite lipstick formula of all time has to be the Maybelline Creamy Mattes. They provide a full saturated matte colour to the lips, without becoming drying or flaking off. I can’t choose just one favourite shade, but right now my go-to shades are ‘Touch of Spice’ and ‘Lust for Blush’.
Available wherever Maybelline is stocked.
RRP: $17.95AUD, but often on sale.
So that’s my little rundown of my favourite affordable products at the moment. Brands like these are often releasing new lines and products, so we’ll review this list in a few months and see what’s changed!
For reference, I have dry, sensitive skin with a very pale complexion. These favourites won’t work for all skin tones.
Did you see any of your favourites? Let me know what I should check out next time I’m browsing Priceline!