Friday, March 17, 2017

Favourite Budget Makeup Essentials - LOOK AMAZING AND SAVE!

Makeup can cost a pretty penny, but that doesn't say anything about the quality, does it? The budget and drugstore level brands are really stepping up to the hype with quality products for less! No, really!

Assortment of budget and drugstore products under $25 each..

Make yourself look amazing with my special favourite picks of makeup products where no single item is over $25AUD! Some of these are even dupes of your high end cult faves!



Eyeshadow Palettes

An eyeshadow palette is one of the biggest selling items a company can release, especially if they're limited edition, but how about when you want to create the same looks on a budget?

Budget Eyeshadow Palettes

Australis Fake Eye-D Palette - $24.95 [PR Sample]
15 assorted muted cool toned shadows in matte, shimmer and glittery finishes.
Note: At the time of writing this story, I had not realised that this palette may have been limited edition. Some Priceline stores still have it in stock, but it does not appear on the Australis or Priceline websites.

BYS NUDE2 Palette - $19.95 [Gift]
12 cool toned neutral shades to take you from day to night with matte and shimmer finishes.
DUPE ALERT! This palette is a close dupe for Urban Decay's Naked palette!


Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette - $22.95 [Purchase]
There are so many of these palettes in all kinds of shades, themes and finishes, that if you were to buy all of them, you would have every eyeshadow colour and finish you will ever need. I have three palettes + some limited editions, and a couple in my pro-kit.


Single Eyeshadows, Eye Pencils & Liners

Take your pick - matte, shimmer, cream.

Budget Single Eyeshadows, Eye Pencils and Liners

Australis Metallix Cream Shadows - $9.49 each [PR Sample/Purchase]
Great base for building up colour, or wear on their own for a sparkle. Many shades to choose from, and look out for limited editions!
Pictured: Green-Daze, Lana Del Grey, Midnight Foil

Colour Theory Liquid Eyeliner - $6.00 [Purchase]
A fine felt tip and great pigment!
Exclusive to Amcal Chemists

Designer Brands Kohl Eye Pencil - $5.99 [Purhcase]
12 shades and finishes to choose from.
Pictured: Black Brown

NYX Eye/Eyebrow Pencils - Under $10 [Purchase]
Whilst these particular pencils aren't distributed here, I've found them at discount pop-up shops, pharmacies, and online. They're pretty good, though! There are other eyeliners in the range which perform just as well.
Pictured: Silver, Electric Blue

NYX Hot Singles Shadows - $6.95 [Purhcase]
Matte and shimmer finishes, these cute little pots come in many colours, unfortunately, not all available in Australia, but check closer to the holidays, as they come in gift packs!
Pictured: Immaculate, Own The Night

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow - $10.95 [PR Sample]
Highly pigmented shimmer, great on their own, or as a duochrome topper over dark shadows.
Pictured: Frostbite


Brows & Lashes

Nothing is complete without the brows and lashes. Budget mascaras have been a saviour in my makeup game, because they have performed as well, if not better, than their higher priced counterparts! I've also bought and tried expensive brow products, however, if I can save on them, even better!

Brow products and Mascara

Essence Make Me Brow Brow Gel - $5.10 [Purchase]
A brow gel with fibres that adds colour and holds brows in place.
DUPE ALERT! This brow get is a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Brow!
Pictured: Browny Brows

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade - $12.95 [Purchase]
This budget find is waterproof and smudgeproof. It doesn't have as much pigment as other pomades, namely ABH, but for the price, it does everything I expect it to do.
Picutred: Black

w7 Absolute Lash Mascara - $4.99 [Purchase]
It looks like w7 does rounds of product distribution here, because we always seem to get new products. I had seen this mascara a while back, but it disappeared. It came back to Chemist Warehouse shelves a few months back, but in retrospect, most mascaras from this brand are worthwhile!
DUPE ALERT! This mascara is said to be a dupe of Benefit's They're Real Mascara!
Pictured: Black

w7 It's Brown Really Brown Mascara - $4.99 [Purchase]
Large, fluttering lashes are what everybody wants, but not always in a solid black. It's Brown delivers length and volume, but with a natural look.
Pictured: Brown


Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara - $6.75 [Purchase]
Whilst it's tricky to find, this mascara is seriously the boss and a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex!





A base for the face; but not always a match. Formula wise, these are my favourites!

Foundation and Shade Adjusting Drops.

Australis Match Maker Lightening Drops - $19.95 [PR Sample]
I'm pretty white for a Semite – my olive skin doesn't tan anymore! Most budget foundations on the market, even the lightest ones, are still slightly too dark, but alas, my dreams came true when Australis brought out Match Maker!
DUPE ALERT! These lightening drops are a dupe of The Body Shop's Shade Adjusting Drops!
Pictured: Lightening Drops

Australis Oh 2 Glow Foundation - $22.95 [PR Sample]
I have been using this foundation for over a year, and from day one, I was impressed. It's a smidgen too dark for me, but the coverage is perfect.
Pictured: Nude [Equivalent shade to M.A.C NC15]


NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation - $14.95 [Purchase]
A recent purchase I haven't played around with much, but it feels very similar to Too Faced Born This Way.


Powder, Blush, Highlighter & More!

Once you put on the base, you have to put colour back in place.

Powder, Blush, Highlighter and more.

Boe Beauty Pressed Powder Compact - $2.00 [Purchase]
The price is not a lie. This is the cheapest powder I have ever bought, and it is by no means crap. The packaging is cheap, however, the product is not. If you were to stick this in fancier packaging, it could sell for a lot more.
Pictured: Fair Face Powder

e.l.f HD Setting Powder - $14.00 [Purchase]
Need to bake? e.l.f has you covered with a flashback-free setting powder that leaves a silky finish after baking.
Pictured: High Definition Sheer

Models Prefer Make Me Blush Palette - $14.95 [Purchase]
Sadly a possible limited edition, but I cannot get enough of this palette's colour payoff!
DUPE ALERT! Blush 3 in this palette is a dupe for Nars Orgasm Blush!

w7 Glowcomotion Shimmer Highlighter/Eyeshadow - $4.99 [Purchase]
A golden highlighter that has multiple uses and leaves a hint of shimmer.
DUPE ALERT! This highlighter is a dupe for The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer!


e.l.f Studio Baked Blush - $8.00 [Purchase]
The shade "Pinktastic" is a wonderful golden highlighter and has better colour payoff than my Hourglass Strobe Powder. Available at Kmart.

NYX Powder Blush - $9.95 [Purchase]
Highly pigmented blushes that blend easily. I have the 'Taupe' shade in this formula which I use as a contour powder.




Lip Liners, Glosses & Balms

A pout can be the focal point of any makeup look, but it also needs to be cared for. Here are the budget options for on-trend colours!

Lip Liners, Glosses and Balms 

Australis Velourlips - $10.49 [PR Sample/Purchase]
Australis always nails the colours with Velourlips!
Pictured: NY-Cee, Quartz And All

Essence Lip Liners - $2.00 [Purchase]
Cheap as chips and the quality of these pencils exceeds expectations!
DUPE ALERT! These lip pencils perform like M.A.C at 15% of the price!
Pictured: In The Nude, Satin Mauve, Soft Berry

NYX Intense Butter Gloss - $12.95 [PR Sample]
The most intense colour lip gloss you'll find that won't break the bank.
DUPE ALERT! These lip glosses are said to be dupes of Kylie Glosses!
Pictured: Blueberry Tart

NYX Lip Lingerie - $14.95 [Purchase]
Comfortable and lightweight matte lip cream in nudes to die for.
DUPE ALERT! These matte lip creams are dupes for Kylie Lip Kits!
Pictured: Beauty Mark, Embellishment

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - $12.95 [PR Sample]
Available in every colour imaginable, these non-drying matte finish glosses are winners - they smell like buttercream!
Pictured: Prague


w7 Lip Bomb Lip Balm - $2.99 [Purchase]
A lip balm bursting with flavour and actually protects lips.

Lip Smackers Coca-Cola Tin - $9.99 [Gift]
I have gone through four full tubes out of the six, and I state that they are the best lip balms I have ever used.


Have you tried any of the products in the post? Let me know what you think!

Some products featured in this post have been supplied by PR or given as gifts, some were purchased myself, these circumstances don't affect what has been featured in this post; this story is unsponsored and 100% honest. RRPs are accurate at time of publishing.

Look using ALL budget/drugstore products - most mentioned in my latest blog post! πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„ Brows: πŸ’« NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade "Black" πŸ’« Essence Make Me Brow "Browny Brows" Eyes: πŸ’« Australis Bright Eyes Concealer "Musk" (as base) πŸ’« NYX Hot Singles "Own The Night" πŸ’« BYS NUDE2 palette (various shades) πŸ’« NYX Prismatic "Mermaid" πŸ’« Designer Brands Kohl Pencil "Black Brown" πŸ’« w7 It's Brown Mascara Face: πŸ’« Klara Reset Flawless (as primer) πŸ’« Australis Oh2Glow foundation + Match Maker Lightening Drops πŸ’« Boe Beauty Pressed Powder "Fair" πŸ’« Models Prefer Make Me Blush palette "Bronzer" and "Blush 3" πŸ’« w7 Glowcomotion Highlighter Lips: πŸ’« NYX Lip Lingerie "Embellishment", later changed to NYX High Voltage Lipstick "Flawless" . #nyxcosmeticsaustralia #essencecosmetics #loveaustralis # byscosmetics #klaracosmetics #w7cosmetics #dbcosmetics #hoodedeyesmakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #beauty #beautyaddict #beautyblogger #bblogger #bbloggers #bbloggerau #bbloggersau #bbloggeroz #ausbeautybloggers #sydneyblogger #slave2beauty #aussiebeauty #aussiebeautybabes #instabeauty #instabeautyau #beautyinfluencer #discoverunder100k
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