Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Best Makeup Products under $20

The Best Makeup Products under $20 in Australia

I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a lot of money on high end products to achieve gorgeous makeup looks. Sure there are some fantastic high end products that are worth investing in if it's something that is of value to you, but I love searching for and finding amazing makeup products that don't cost the earth and are still fantastic quality. I thought I'd compile a list of the best makeup products that are available in Australia for under $20.

Most of these are available at your local chemist, pharmacy or even supermarket which means they often go on sale. I usually wait till Chemist Warehouse has a 50% off sale or Priceline has a 40% off sale and stock up then. Milani is a little hard to come by in stores in Australia but can be found online and Colourpop is online only and shipped from the US. I've put the recommended retail price next to each one but please note this is mostly in Australian dollars (Colourpop is in USD) and is correct as of February 2018 so don't shoot me if you're reading this three years from now.

The Best Foundations, Blushes, Bronzers, Powders under $20

Base Products

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $14.95
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation $19.95 (available in formulas for both dry and oily skin type)
Ulta 3 Strobing Kit (for contouring & highlight) $14.95
Models Prefer Mineral Powder Soft Touch in Radiant Bronze $16.99
Milani Blush in Luminoso $15.95
Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover BB Cream $15.95
Essence Blush $5.10 (Both of these are limited edition and not available anymore but they bring out new ones quite often so keep an eye out)

The Best Eyeshadows, Mascaras, Pencils, Brow Products under $20

Eye Products

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara $18.95
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara $5.75
Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil $3.05
Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows $5USD each (currently about $6.35AUD)
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eye Shadow (my fave is Bad to the Bronze) $11.95
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel $5.10
Rimmel Brow This Way Fibre Pencil $10.95
NYX Wonder Pencil $8.95 (I use this to brighten my waterline)

The Best Lipsticks, Lipglosses, Liquid Lips, Lip Balms under $20 in Australia

Lip Products

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain $19.95 (link to post here)
Nyx Butter Gloss $9.95
Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks $19.95 (link to blog post here please note they have gone up in price since I wrote this original blog post)
Colourpop Lippie Stix $5.50USD
Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow $6.95
NYX Liquid Suede $14.95

The Best Primers, Setting Sprays and Eyeshadow Primers under $20 in Australia

Face & Eye Primers

Ulta3 Ready to Glow Illuminating Primer $8.95
Face of Australia Face Base Primer $11.95 (not pictured)
Nivea Mens Sensitive After Shave Balm $11.49 (link to full review here)
Rimmel Magnifeyes Eye Primer $10.95
Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray $13.95

I'm happy to do a more in-depth review of any of these products if you'd like.  Just let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram or Facebook if you have any questions and I'd be happy to answer them.

I hope you enjoyed this post with the best makeup products under $20 and maybe even found a new hidden gem to try out.

Kayte xx

*The Rimmel Setting Spray and eyebrow pencil were both gifted to me from a PR Agency. All other products were purchased by me.  The opinions stated in this post are purely my own and not influenced in any way.  This is not a sponsored post and there are no affiliate links either.  Honesty Always.


  1. I really want to try the Ulta 3 Strobing Kit and a few of the Essence Blushes.

    Amy |

  2. Now this is hard post to do in Australia considering our drugstore products are so expensive! But I must admit you've listed quite a few of my faves. I love Milani baked blushes, the Maybelline foundations are awesome and Colour Pop lippies are fab!

  3. I am loving the Essence brand at the moment! Their I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara is incredible!!

  4. Love this post, Kayte! I definitely recommend trying a few bits from W7 at Chemist Warehouse - some very cheap hidden gems!
    Ebony x

  5. LOVE the Shanghai Suzy lipsticks! They’re the best. Also the Maybelline Fit Me concealer! I need to try the Essence mascara though, everyone raves about it!

    Laura || xx

  6. Milani's blush in luminoso and Essence's brow mascara is two of my favorite products! I've been wanting to try that Rimmel mascara!

  7. I've been wanting to try a Milani blush for ages, they look so pretty!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  8. These are some amazing products here, I have been wanting to try the Milani blushes since sometime now, they sound so good.

  9. I spot so many of my favourites - that rimmel setting spray, the nivea after shave balm, and so many more! There are so many affordable yet incredible products out there.

  10. The Fit Me Foundation has always been a favourite for me, I'm so happy it made your list! I've never tried Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks but they look so luxe.

    Iz -


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