Makeup_Getty_250x2501

The 11 best affordable makeup brands you need to know about

Cheap makeup doesn't have to compromise on quality. We recommend these brands for being affordable and fabulous.

There's a nice feeling that comes with splurging on high-end makeup. But let's face it, it's not sustainable for your bank account. What's better? You can actually find some great beauty products at an affordable price. Don't be fooled into thinking expensive means fantastic because you can still create glamorous and fabulous beauty looks for less.

Here at Finder, we have tried and tested dozens of affordable but great beauty brands. Using the information from these tests, we have compiled a list on some of the best brands you need to know about, and we also acknowledge the top-performing products from each brand. Not only are the prices low, but they are also incredibly easy to get your hands on.

Image source: Getty



revolution Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

1. Revolution

This cult UK beauty brand has now hit Australian stores, and there are so many reasons to be excited. Not only is it crazy affordable, but the products are used by professional makeup artists because they are just that good. The products are pigmented, some items are vegan and they're all cruelty free!

Price range: $7.50 to $25

Our favourite product: The Re-Loaded eyeshadow palette is $8 for 15 shades.

Where to buy:


Picture not described: Nyx_Instagram_450x450.jpg Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

2. NYX Professional Makeup

From glittery loose pigments to all different types of lipsticks, NYX knows how to create inexpensive, high-quality makeup. There is no need to splurge on designer brands when NYX is so easily accessible online.

Price range: $6.95 to $44.95

Our favourite product: The Soft Matte Lip Cream is a comfortable liquid lipstick for $12.95.

Where to buy:


essence Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

3. essence

essence has a range of beauty products, including shiny highlighters and fun eyeshadow palettes. The brand has been used and loved by Australians for years because the products are cheap and they perform well. What's better? essence doesn't test on animals.

Price range: $2 to $8

Our favourite product: The I Love Extreme mascara is only $6 and performs like a high-end product.

Where to buy:


elf Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

4. e.l.f. Cosmetics

e.l.f. Cosmetics carries a wide range of products (even skincare) at an affordable price. You get immense colour pay off without having to break the bank, which is definitely something we can get behind.

Price range: $6 to $30

Our favourite product: The Mineral Infused Face Primer gives you bang for your buck. It's only $16 and makes your skin looks poreless.

Where to buy:


australiscosmetics Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

5. Australis

Australis is an Aussie brand favourite for good reason. It ticks all the boxes – the products are good quality, vegan, cruelty free and super affordable. You can pick them up from all Priceline stores across the country.

Price range: $4 to $25.95

Our favourite product: The Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder performs the same as a powder from MAC. It's an absolute steal at $13.95.

Where to buy:


luma beauty Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

6. LUMA Beauty

The philosophy behind LUMA Beauty is all about enhancing your natural features. You won't find any crazy colour pigments, but you will find an abundance of illuminating and bronzing products. Everything works to be multi-purpose, and at such an affordable price, you really are getting bang for your buck.

Price range: $14.95 to $39.95

Our favourite product: The LUMA Natural Radiance Bronzing Primer leaves you looking like a glowing goddess for $29.95.

Where to buy:


wet n wild Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

7. wet n wild

wet n wild is insanely popular in the US, but only recently has it made its way to Aussie beauty lovers. The range is pigmented and performs really well. It's 100% cruelty free and is loved by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Claire Danes. The best bit? The price, of course.

Price range: $2.50 to $12

Our favourite product: For pigmented and long-lasting colour, the Colour Icon blush is only $6.

Where to buy:


DB Image: Instagram

Image source: Instagram

8. Designer Brands Cosmetics

Designer Brands has found a home in thousands of pharmacies across Australia. It started with the idea to make cheap makeup seem almost designer, and that's how good the brand is. The quality of affordable makeup is a must-try for beauty lovers.

Price range: $7 to $20

Our favourite product: The Twist & Go Instant Nail Polish remover is such an innovative product that you need to try it for yourself.

Where to buy:


models Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

9. Models Own

Exclusive to Priceline, Model's Own is all about achieving pigmented colour at a low price. The brand started with nail polish but has now expanded to beautiful products for both the face and eyes.

Price range: $4 to $15

Our favourite product: The brand's Sculpt & Glow powder is a double-duty product at just $8.

Where to buy:


LA girl Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

10. L.A. Girl

The idea behind L.A. Girl is to introduce the professional standards of makeup to the average consumer. The products are very easy to use and super pigmented. What's better? L.A. Girl is affordable, which means you can create impressive makeup looks at home for way less.

Price range: $2.95 to $21.95

Our favourite product: The HD Pro Concealer is lightweight and full-coverage for just $12.

Where to buy:


colour Image: InstagramImage source: Instagram

11. ColourPop

ColourPop is the destination for an array of pigmented colours in a number of different formulas. It's adored by beauty influencers and makeup lovers across the globe. Based in the US, the prices are displayed in US dollars, so we recommend keeping a conversion site handy.

Price range: $6 to $34

Our favourite product: The Super Shock Shadow is incredibly pigmented for just under $10!

Where to buy:


More beauty inspiration


Looking for the best deals on beauty?

Pharmacy Online Pharmacy Online
Exclusive

5% off your order

Take 5% off best-selling products from Atkins, SkinB5, Vida Glow and more at Pharmacy Online. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

My House My House
Exclusive

Further 10% off your order

Receive a further 10% off when you spend $60 and more on quilt cover sets, cushions, bath towels and more at My House. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Cosmetic Capital Cosmetic Capital
Exclusive

10% off site-wide

Save 10% on L'Oreal Paris, Revlon, Olay and much more at Cosmetic Capital. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Showpo Showpo
Exclusive

10% off orders over $200

Save 10% on your orders when you spend $200 or more at Showpo. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

1001 Optical 1001 Optical

30% off your order

Score 30% off Burberry, Bvlgari, Coach and more at 1001 Optical. Excludes certain brands, lenses and contact lenses. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Catch Catch

50-90% off everything

Enjoy 50-90% off selected styles from Puma, Calvin Klein, Adidas and more at Catch. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

eBay eBay

Extra 10% off best brands in tech, fashion, home & more

Save an extra 10% on Glue Store, Strandbags, The Good Guys and more at eBay. Minimum spend of $120. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Amara Amara

Up to 50% off sale

Find the must-have pieces from A by Amara, LSA International, Ralph Lauren Home and more for up to 50% off at Amara. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Look Fantastic Look Fantastic

50% off Grow Gorgeous haircare

Enjoy 50% off scalp detox, hair density serum, shampoo and more from Grow Gorgeous with code at Look Fantastic. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

eBay Plus eBay Plus
FREE trial

FREE delivery and returns + 30-day FREE trial of eBay Plus

Join eBay Plus and enjoy FREE delivery, returns on Plus items, 30 days FREE trial and more. Conditions apply.

Last verified

eBay Plus eBay Plus

$10 off eBay Plus membership

Save $10 and pay just $39 for eBay Plus annual membership. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Crabtree & Evelyn Crabtree & Evelyn

20% off full-priced items

Enjoy 20% off natural skincare, body care, fragrance, hair care and more at Crabtree & Evelyn. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

David Jones David Jones

FREE Jurlique rosewater balancing mist

Receive a 30mL rosewater balancing mist when you spend $80 or more on Jurlique products at David Jones. While stocks last. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Amazon AU Amazon AU

15-25% off vacuum cleaner, bamboo wound strips, power banks & chargers

Get 15-25% off selected products from Ecovac, Romoss and Patch at Amazon. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

GNC GNC

Buy 5, get 1 FREE site-wide

Buy 5 and get 1 FREE site-wide at GNC. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

GNC GNC

Buy one, get one 50% off

Buy one and get one 50% off weight management, beauty and skin care and food and drink at GNC. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Specsavers Specsavers

20% off orders over $119

Get 20% off when you spend over $119 on contact lenses. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

RY.COM.AU RY.COM.AU

Up to 40% off Skinstitut + FREE Skinstitut Glycolic cleanser 50ml

Get up to 40% off Skinstitut and FREE Skinstitut Glycolic cleanser 50ml when you spend $99. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

RY.COM.AU RY.COM.AU

Up to $50 off Cloud Nine hair stylers

Get up to $50 off Cloud Nine hair stylers at RY.COM. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

RY.COM.AU RY.COM.AU

FREE Clinique gift with your order

Choose your FREE Clinique glossy kit with the purchase of any two Clinique products. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Skin Matrix Skin Matrix

25% off ASAP skin care

Enjoy 25% off ASAP skin care products at Skin Matrix. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Skin Matrix Skin Matrix

20% off Alpha H skin care products

Get 20% off Alpha H skin care products at Skin Matrix. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Skin Matrix Skin Matrix

FREE samples with any single order

Enjoy FREE samples with any single order at Skin Matrix. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Skin Matrix Skin Matrix

$20 off your first order

Get $20 off your first order at Skin Matrix. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

eBay eBay

Up to 50% off stocktake sale

Enjoy up to 50% off Philips, Oral B, Wahl, Waterpik, Conair, Remington, Panasonic, Braun and more. Prices as marked. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Quicklens Quicklens

$10 off orders over $48

Get $10 off when you spend over $48 at Quicklens. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Clearly Contacts Clearly Contacts

25% off Ray-Ban, Oakley and more

Enjoy 25% off these premium brand glasses with code at Clearly Contacts. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Clearly Contacts Clearly Contacts

$10 off contact lens

Get $10 off when your order $99 or more on contact lenses. Excludes the brand Splash and Everclear. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Sephora Sephora

FREE compact mirror powerbank on orders over $120

Get a FREE Sephora compact mirror powerbank when you spend $120 or more on makeup. Offer is valid for Beauty Pass member only. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

RY.COM.AU RY.COM.AU

FREE delivery on your order

Valid for new customer only. Exclusions. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

RY.COM.AU RY.COM.AU

15% off selection of winter skincare and haircare

Enjoy 15% off selection of winter skincare and haircare at RY.COM. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

IWOOT IWOOT

FREE delivery on Bomb cosmetics gift packs

Enjoy FREE delivery on Bomb cosmetics gift packs at IWOOT. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Paula's Choice Paula's Choice

30% off anniversary kits

Get 30% off anniversary kits at Paula's Choice. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

YesStyle.com YesStyle.com

Up to 50% off SK-II

Get up to 50% off SK-II skincare at YesStyle. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Healthpost Healthpost

25% off select Thompsons products

Enjoy 25% off select Thompsons products at Healthpost. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Weight Watchers Weight Watchers

25% off selected 3 month plans

Join now and get 25% off selected 3 month plans at Weight Watchers. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

MyProtein MyProtein

40% off Creatine & Amino Acids products + FREE gift

Get 40% off Creatine Monohydrate, L-Carnitine Amino Acid, HMB Amino Acid and more at MyProtein. Plus, enjoy FREE gift when you spend $175. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Clearly Contacts Clearly Contacts

Buy 1, get 1 for FREE on any glasses & sunnies

Buy eyeglasses or sunnies at Clearly Contacts and get one for FREE when you buy one pair now. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Sephora Sephora

Up to 70% off Sephora collection

Enjoy up to 70% off cream lip stain, rouge shine lipstick, rouge tint and much more from Sephora collection. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Healthpost Healthpost

10% off Body Crystal products

Get 10% off Body Crystal products at Healthpost. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Healthpost Healthpost

20% off Weleda body care range

Enjoy 20% off Weleda body care range at Healthpost. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Quicklens Quicklens

15% off selected items

Valid for new customers only. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

The Facial Company The Facial Company

15% off best selling skincare, haircare and makeup

Enjoy 15% off best selling skincare, haircare and makeup at The Facial Company. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

The Facial Company The Facial Company

FREE Clinique gift with your order

Choose 1 of 3 FREE full-size products when you purchase any two Clinique products, one being skincare. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

GHD GHD

$30 off ghd platinum & SMART styler

Get up to $30 off stylers, hair dryers and curlers at GHD. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

GHD GHD

15% off professional hair brushes

Enjoy 15% off professional hair brushes at GNC. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Flat Tummy Co Flat Tummy Co

10% off any order

Enjoy 10% off any order at Flat Tummy Co. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

David Jones David Jones

Up to 30% off selected beauty

Get up to 30% off beauty products from Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Foreo and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Ella Baché Ella Baché

FREE shipping on orders over $50

Enjoy FREE shipping on orders over $50. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Dyson Dyson

Bonus silver storage bag ($40 value) with purchase

Get a bonus silver storage bag when you purchase any Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. T&C apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends