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Spend or Save? They're Cheap, Cheerful, and They Work!

6 September, 2018 - 08:55pm by - Head Pixie | 28 Comments


By BR Kellie

When it comes to buying beauty products does spending more mean you get more? Does it mean the products work better than more affordable products? That they'll moisturise or cleanse more thoroughly? That their staying power will be greater? That they'll mattify or glow-up your skin more effectively? In some cases, we say yes. In others? Well, in others you're paying for the packaging, the marketing and the prestige of flashing the brand Yes it's safe to say paying the big pingers doesn't always mean you're getting more bang for your buck. So what can you save your pennies on? Check these out...

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water - RRP $13.99

A good micellar water, or makeup remover in general, need not cost the earth - though some do *cough* La Mer *cough*. Take a quick trip down your local supermarket beauty aisle and you'll find yourselves effective makeup removerage at a budget-friendly price.

Ecostore Peppermint Lip Balm - RRP $6.25

Sure there's something delightful about whipping out a designer brand balm and dabbing it on your lips, but it's totally unnecessary if you're goal is to get your smackers in tip-top lip condition. For less than a tenner kissable kissers can be yours.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume - RRP $22.99

It's crazy to spend all the dollars on mascara. Sure, Chantecaille might make a magnificent mascara, but for a whole lot less you can enjoy fluffed and flared lashes that look every bit as marvellous.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder - RRP $12.99

The team have tried some preeeeetty fancy highlighters. Some cash has been flashed. The highlighters we reach for again and again? Drugstore all the way. Wet n Wild. Essence. Colourpop. All cheap as chips, all amazing.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe - RRP $7.29

A good body moisturiser need not cost the earth. If it sinks in, leaves your legs feeling smooth and keeps reptile skin at bay, it's a winner.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - RRP $16.99

We had quite the conversation around powders. You see on the whole we do think the more expensive blushers and bronzers we've tried have been easier to blend, longer lasting and basically made our skin look like we've had angels blow love dust on it. When it comes to a setting powder however we feel you could spend a pretty penny on the likes of Hourglass - which is amazing - but the likes of Rimmel, Maybelline and Australis create powders that do the job just as well for a fraction of the cost.

Goodness Be Cool Mist Toner - RRP $14.99

How much do we love a good toner? So very much. How much money do we like paying for one? Not very much. Lucky for us a good toner doesn't mean having to shell out a small fortune.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal - RRP $9.95

The wrong concealer can emphasise texture, not cover dark areas and crease even when set. The right one? Well, it can make you look more refreshed while adding a little more youth to your face. Do you need to pay through the nose to achieve this? Not at all. Supermarkets, department stores and online have options galore - from Collection Cosmetics to LA Girl to Maybelline. Dropping a few dollars to drop a whole lot of years? Sounds good to us!

So there you have it, the beauty products you don't need to spend a fortune on to have them still be brilliant. So, are you a fan of budget beauty? What affordable products have you tried that out-performed their more expensive counterparts? Sharing is caring! 

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I must get some of that Goodness be cool mist toner for Summer, haven't seen it before, thanks. Also the LA Girl concealer looks good.

Huge fan of budget beauty buys. It's so readily available which is handy so I usually end up grabbing items from the supermarket or farmers. I shell out occasionally on more expensive items but not often being on one income.

I can’t say I am a fan of budget beauty buys per se, but ‘bargains’ on the other hand are a totally different story! Always up for a beauty bargain ... or three!

Same here. I still love high end brands but I did buy a lot of my makeup collection on sales or slightly used and discounted.

8th September, 2018 at 12:30 am

Definitely lip balm, i love the blistex lip conditioning and it is around $5. Also there are some great cheap shampoo and conditioner. The $2 sheet masks from kmart are great and do a wonderful job.

Definitely lip balm, i love the blistex lip conditioning and it is around $5. Also there are some great cheap shampoo and conditioner. The $2 sheet masks from kmart are great and do a wonderful job.

I've tried a fair few of this list! I also love to make my own lipbalms by reusing EOS packaging, and each one ends up like less than $1 to refill, and I can customise the scent. I also love that when something is cheap, I feel like I can use it as much as I want and not have to feel as if I'm throwing money at my face.

Yes you are right -when you pay a high price you are always conscious of the cost.

8th September, 2018 at 10:57 am

Definitely a fan of getting my moneys worth. Affordability is probably the biggest reason, though if I try and love something I would be willing to pay abit more.

Depends what product i’m buying and whether i think the quality of the product is worth the money. I’m usually on a budget, so no skin care products are ever cheap for me. I would choose a product that seems affordable to me while taking into account of whether i think that product will really work for my skin... Will it really do what it said it would do? How long will this product last me? How often will i be using it? If i’m buying skin care products for routine use.. the cheaper and readily available products from supermarkets work just as fine for my skin.. i rarely get the more expensive items, unless i can’t find anything In the lower end that does the job i need, such as for sunspots and pigmentation. But if there’s a more expensive product out there and i know that product works, i’ll probably grab it if i see it on promotion. I love a good beauty bargain.

I've tried several of these. And they're pretty good.

I use some of these brands I especially love Ecostore and Wet'n'Wild. I wait till things are on special at half price then stock up. Quite often you are paying for a name.

Yes and a lovely feeling also when you gt them at half price.

7th September, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Yes I love Goodness products and have used this toner and Love it - good to look at what you should save on the basics and use towards the expensive products that do make a difference. Great article.

There's some fantastic products that don't break the budget - especially NZ products. I've had no success with cheap concealers but I'm always picking up face masks and lip balm at the supermarket!

I don't believe in spending a fortune on mascara, seeing as it needs to be replaced every 3-6 months. You definitely don't get your money's worth out of an expensive one. I have Wet 'n Wild's Mega Last lipstick in "Sugar Plum Fairy" that is an exact dupe for MAC's "Rebel", and its a fraction of the price!

Agreed re mascaras. I tend toward the deluxe mini ones now as it's just enough to last 3 months so no waste.

9th September, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Need to try that mascara! Sounds great.

20th September, 2018 at 10:49 am

Nice - a good product at a reasonable price is always a good find!!

I have a collection of well priced products Maree

8th September, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Big big fan of Garnier Micellar Water. It must surely be a staple in every girl's beauty regime!?! I have to say, I'm not big on the LA Girl concealer, even though it is a favourite of so many people. Everything by goodness is lovely too.

I love the micellar water as well

8th September, 2018 at 8:12 pm


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