Must-Have Beauty Buys For $20 and Under

While it’s fun to invest in luxury products and the experience they bring, things can get out of hand when you’re spending upwards of $50 for each product in your cart. There are plenty of beauty buys that perform just as well as their luxury counterparts for a fraction of the cost. They’re a great way to try something new, stock up your kit and save a few dollars while you’re at it.

For those times when your bank account and beauty bag are at odds, try these favourites…

Maybelline Colossal Bigshot Mascara

Want bold, thick and fluffy lashes that last all day long? Pick up this mascara! It’s super dark black in colour and really gives volume to your lashes without smudging all over the place. And, if you can hold out, it’s often half price at Priceline or Chemist Warehouse.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

It’s hard to believe that an at-home manicure can last as long as a professional treatment however this nail polish range comes pretty damn close. Used with the Miracle Gel Topcoat, you get close to two weeks of chip-free wear out of your polish and the shade range is great!

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution

No beauty bag is complete without a makeup removing fail-safe and Bioderma micellar water is the best there is. The formula is clean, hydrating and leaves your skin feeling softer after removing every last touch of makeup. It won’t dry you out and leaves you with no excuse for not taking your makeup off before bed.

Revlon Photoready Candid Concealer

Say goodbye to your undereye circles! This creamy concealer is lightweight, blendable but still gives you great coverage. The colour range isn’t huge but the buildable coverage allows you to get a natural look to suit your individual skin tone.

Model Co Lash Xtend Lash Tubular Mascara

This tubular mascara stands up to the quality of others at the $50 mark so it’s definitely worth gathering your spare change for. The formula forms a tube around your lashes, coating each individually for a flake-free finish. Plus, all you need is a little water at the end of the day to get it off.

Mecca Max Euphoria Eye Palette

The Mecca Max range is a treasure trove on budget beauty buys. This pocket-sized eyeshadow palette comes with ten shades in a mix of matte and shimmer finishes. There are three colour combos to choose from and the shadow itself is soft, blendable and won’t end up down your cheeks by 3pm.


NYX Two Timer Dual Eyeliner

I came across this eyeliner thanks to the recommendation of a Mecca employee who was wearing a killer cat-eye and was not disappointed. It comes with both a felt tip liquid liner and your traditional crayon so you can go between neat and polished and smudged really easily.


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