10 of the best budget-friendly makeup brands

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We are makeup obsessed. But cosmetics can be super pricey so we’re always on the hunt for high-quality products that are easy on our bank balance.

So, we rounded up a bunch of makeup brands which are affordable but do what they say on the tin. Here are 10 of our faves…

#10 Australis

Australis has been on our shelves for 30 years and this cosmetic company is going from strength to strength. All of their products are cruelty-free and many are vegan-friendly.

Standout product: The cult AC On Tour Kit includes six powders and is only $16.95. Amazing!

Price range: $4 to $25.95 @ Priceline

#9 Models Own

British makeup brand Models Own recently launched into Priceline and we’re obsessed! The packaging is fun and super cute, while the products themselves feature bold colours.

Standout product: The Models Own Aquaproof Eyeshadow Palette is only $11 and is honestly amazing.

Price range: $4 to $11 @ Priceline

#8 e.l.f Cosmetics

Founded in 2004, e.l.f Cosmetics delivers gorge colours and quality ingredients at an affordable price. Not only do they have an amazing range of mascaras, lipsticks, and palettes, but they also have a bunch of high-quality makeup brushes.

Standout product: The e.l.f Lip Exfoliator is perfect for the cooler weather as it treats and nourishes your lips, leaving them feeling conditioned. And, it’s only $8!

Price range: $3 to $15 @ Kmart

#7 Savvy

Savvy Cosmetics is owned by Priceline, so you know that they are super affordable and great quality. Savvy has a huge range including blushes, bronzers to eyeliners and makeup brushes.

Standout product: The Savvy Classic Blush is only $5.99 and is super pigmented.

Price range: $3 to $9.99


#6 Designer Brands

Launched in 2006, DB Cosmetics was founded by a husband and wife team who wanted to provide high-quality makeup products for an affordable price. All of the products in the range are free of parabens, talc, and bismuth and they’re also vegan and cruelty-free.

Standout product: DB Cosmetics Take A Brow Eyebrow Palette gives you everything you need to make sure your brows are on fleek. And it’s only $14.99 for six brow powders, brow stencils, a pencil, brow brush, spoolie, and tweezer.

Price range: $4.99 to $24.99 @ Designer Brands

#5 Luma Beauty

Luxe cosmetics brand Luma was created by model Jessica Hart. Jess wanted to create a range of products that were unique and multi-purpose to help streamline your beauty routine.

Standout product: Luma Just A Touch Lip and Cheek Tint is a little on the pricier side at $29.95 compared to some of the other brands but this little pot gives you a natural rosy colour that looks lovely on both your lips and cheeks.

Price range: $14.95 to $39.95 @ Priceline

#4 Revolution Beauty

British makeup brand Revolution Beauty recently launched in Priceline and we’re obsessed with the range of palettes. There are seriously sooo many eyeshadow palettes in this range and they are completely gorge and super affordable.

Standout product: The Revolution Beauty Re-Loaded Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic Fever is only $8 and features 15 shades. 15!!! The shades are warm burnt shades of orange and burgundy and are really pigmented and super blendable.

Price range: $7.50 to $25 @ Priceline

#3 NYX

NYX Cosmetics offers a huge range of makeup and are known for their bright and colourful eyeshadow palettes and glitter pigments. While the price range is pretty wide, most of the cosmetics are around $30 and under.

Standout product: NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray is legit life-changing. This matte setting spray will help make your makeup look more natural and flawless on your skin. And it’s only $14.95. Love!

Price range: $6.95 to $109.95 @ Priceline

#2 Essence

This is a big statement but Essence is probably the most affordable makeup line on the market. And it’s really great quality! While the range itself isn’t huge, they do amazing mascaras, eye pencils and face powders which are good quality and last you ages.

Standout product: Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara has a creamy texture and coats your lashes evenly to give you mega looking lashes. And it’s only $6 which is just so damn affordable!

Price range: $2 to $8 @ Priceline

#1 Mecca Max

So while the price range of Mecca Max products isn’t as affordable as some others, the products are amazing quality at a really reasonable price. The whole range is 100% vegan and cruelty-free with quality ingredients while also being budget-friendly.

Standout product: The Mecca Max Liquid Light highlighter is great for highlighting the high points of your face or you can also mix it with your foundation for an overall glow. Infused with metallic pigments, this product is going to make you look hella glowy. All that for $25.

Price range: $8 to $85 @ Mecca