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Best makeup in Australia

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Get ready lipstick lovers and mascara mavens! Here at Finder, we're committed to helping everyone buy better, so whether you are searching for a finer foundation or a simple setting spray, we've done the research to find the best products on the market.

Depending on the makeup category, our team has tested products, read hundreds of product reviews and looked at product availability in Australia, so we can pull together the list of the best products available to buy in each category. Each guide has a more comprehensive summary of the approach to compiling the list, but you can read more about how we chose products below.

These are the best makeup products you can buy in Australia right now:

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

    Best overall foundation for mature skin

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
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    • Offers an even, flawless finish that lasts all day
    • Doesn’t settle into fine lines and pores


    • There are more affordable options in the market
    • Not buildable according to some

    Why we chose it

    The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation was one of the highest rated overall foundations for mature skin according to almost 28,000 Google reviews with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. It also scores 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 300 reviews on the Myer website. Many reviewers liked that it was perfect for mature skin, not being too heavy while still providing enough coverage for radiant and flawless skin.

    The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation range consists of 40 shades and is suitable for all skin types. The formulation is lightweight, easy to apply and has a smooth and fluid consistency. It is also designed to correct imperfections in the skin and offers buildable coverage. It is non-comedogenic, non-greasy and has no fragrance. It is dermatologically, ophthalmologically and allergy tested.

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    Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

    Best overall BB cream

    Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
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    • Good value for money
    • Suitable for all skin types


    • Doesn't fully cover imperfections
    • Coverage is too sheer for some

    Why we chose it

    Our pick for the best overall BB cream is Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream, which has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from over 7,000 reviews on Amazon.

    The Dream Fresh BB Cream combines makeup and skincare to help even out skin tone in a single step. It provides a sheer, natural finish and protects the skin with its SPF 30. According to the manufacturer, it has various skin-loving benefits – it hydrates, brightens, protects and smoothens the skin. The product also blurs imperfections while being oil-free and non-comedogenic. It comes in five shades, ranging from light/medium to deep.

    Many customers praised the product for being lightweight and beginner-friendly. They said that it's easy to blend with just fingers, perfect if you're in a hurry. It also helps hydrate the skin without being sticky. Those with dry skin said the BB cream doesn't look cakey on them, while people with oily skin liked that it makes them look naturally radiant without being greasy-looking. Reviews also raved about the price point, adding that it works just as well as more expensive BB creams. However, it doesn't fully cover imperfections, and some customers found the coverage too sheer for their liking.

    L'Oreal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer

    Best overall concealer

    L'Oreal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer
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    • Full coverage
    • Suitable for oily skin


    • Doe foot applicator is larger than average
    • Tends to accentuate dry patches

    Why we chose it

    For the best overall concealer, we picked the L'Oreal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer. It has an average rating of 4.45 out of 5 stars on Amazon US, Adore Beauty and Chemist Warehouse.

    The L'Oreal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer is a high coverage concealer with a 24-hour wear. According to the company, it can be used to shape the face by going one to two shades deeper for contouring and one to two shades lighter for highlighting. Apart from having an extra-large applicator, it is suitable for covering dark circles, acne scars and other imperfections.

    The L'Oreal Paris Infallible More Than Concealer has a waterproof, non-greasy formula that blends seamlessly. Customers loved its creaminess and wide shade range. It has a natural finish that works best for oily skin. A few reviewers added that it conceals acne scars without enhancing skin texture. However, this product tends to accentuate the look of dry patches. Its large doe foot applicator also doesn't work for concealing intricate areas.

    NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil

    Best overall eyebrow pencil

    NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil
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    • Good value for money
    • Comes in eight shades


    • Some customers said the pencil breaks easily
    • Not waterproof

    Why we chose it

    Our pick for the best overall eyebrow pencil is the Micro Brow Pencil from NYX Professional Makeup. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 11,000 Amazon customer reviews.

    This mechanical, ultra-thin eyebrow pencil can help draw precise brow strokes that look natural. It also helps create more defined brows by filling in sparse areas. According to the manufacturer, the eyebrow pencil is made from a creamy, high-pigment formula and is vegan. It also comes in eight shades – Taupe, Blonde, Auburn, Chocolate, Ash Brown, Brunette, Espresso and Black.

    According to customers, this pencil is versatile. It can help create natural-looking or more defined eyebrows effortlessly. Many reviews said it is easy to use and manipulate because of how skinny the pencil is. Its thinness helps create realistic eyebrow strands. Some customers liked that it comes with a spoolie brush, making it compact and travel-friendly. Others praised the product for being affordable. Many customers also raved about the shade range, mentioning that there is a shade for every hair colour. There were some complaints about the pencil breaking easily due to its thinness. A few customers also said that it's not waterproof but works as an everyday eyebrow product.

    Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Liner

    Best drugstore eyeliner

    Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Liner
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    • Many users claim it's long-lasting and smudgeproof
    • Waterproof formula


    • Some reviewers said the product dried out unless stored upside down

    Why we chose it

    To determine our best drugstore pick, we considered eyeliners that are priced at $25 or less. Our winner was Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid Liner, which came in with a 4.6 star rating across more than 170 reviews sourced from Adore Beauty, Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.

    The budget-friendly liner costs just $8.97 and features a flat wing brush liner that helps to create ultra-sharp lines.

    Its formula is also waterproof, smudgeproof and promises 24 hours of wear, making it a makeup bag staple.

    Real Techniques Everyday Essential Brush Set

    Best makeup brushes for most people

    Real Techniques Everyday Essential Brush Set
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    • Good value for money
    • Comes with a makeup sponge


    • Some customers said the makeup brushes shed a lot
    • Only includes four brushes

    Why we chose it

    We picked the Real Techniques Everyday Essential Brush Set as the best makeup brushes for most people. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 8,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

    This makeup brush set from Real Techniques contains four makeup brushes and a beauty sponge. According to the manufacturer, the brushes are made of UltraPlush bristles and are cruelty-free. The set includes a tapered blush brush to apply colour to your cheek, a deluxe crease brush for eyeshadow, a setting brush for setting powder and highlighter, and an expert face brush to buff liquid or powder foundation. Real Techniques' Miracle Complexion Sponge is also included in the set. It is a soft and flexible foam that blends liquid and cream products seamlessly.

    The Everyday Essential Brush Set is perfect for both makeup professionals and beginners, according to reviews. Many raved about how versatile the makeup brushes are. Some customers also liked that the set includes both an expert face brush and a beauty sponge. You can use the makeup brush and beauty sponge for different application techniques and purposes, according to reviews. Others also praised the brushes for being soft and effortless to use, saying they blend out makeup products perfectly. A few customers also commented that the sponge is plush and blends cream products like blush, concealer and foundation like a dream. Some customers said they wished the set comes with more brushes, but also mentioned that it is good enough for everyday use. Others found that the brushes shed a lot, but this seems to be a minor concern.

    e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

    Best affordable primer

    e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer
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    • Vegan and cruelty-free
    • Can also be used as an eyeshadow primer


    • Often sold out online
    • May be too thick for those with mature skin

    Why we chose it

    Our choice for the best cheap face primer is e.l.f.'s Poreless Putty Primer. This influencer-approved product is designed to help you create the perfect canvas for your makeup, and it comes in at under $20.

    The unique velvet formulation glides effortlessly over the skin, working its magic to minimise the appearance of pores and create a smooth base for whatever you choose to put over the top. It can also be used by all skin types, as it's formulated with squalene which really helps to lock in long-lasting hydration.

    Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

    Best overall setting powder

    Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
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    • Good value for money
    • Works for any skin types


    • Some customers said the powder has flashbacks
    • Puff included is a bit scratchy

    Why we chose it

    Our pick for the best overall setting powder is Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. It has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from over 35,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

    This loose setting powder can help lock in your makeup for all-day wear. It can also help give the face a smoother and softer look. According to the company, its Microspun formula is made by mixing fine powder in streams of air, which helps keep it soft and cloudlike. The powder is housed inside a round canister and includes a puff for easier application. It comes in six shades: Translucent, Translucent Extra Coverage, Naturally Neutral, Honey Beige, Rosey Beige and Suntan.

    Coty Airspun is praised for being versatile, with many customers saying it works for dry, oily or combination skin. Others said it's good value for money as you're getting 65g of setting powder at such an affordable price. A few others said it helps keep their makeup look natural yet flawless all day. Many raved about how one jar lasts for a long time because you only need a little to set your makeup. However, some customers complained the included puff is scratchy. Others said the powder has flashbacks when taking photos but mentioned it's still a great everyday setting powder.


    Brands considered
    Products compared
    Best products chosen

    We compared over 1000 products from more than 200 makeup brands across 19 different product categories and sub-categories and based our picks on real customer reviews sourced from popular beauty stores and reviews sites. We also took into consideration first-hand testing by the Finder reviews team.

    The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

    Why you can trust our picks

    We considered the following makeup brands:

    • 3CE
    • 3INA
    • Almay
    • Anastasia Beverley Hills
    • Andalou Naturals
    • Anne's Giverny
    • Ardell
    • Asap
    • Aspect
    • Australis
    • Avene
    • bareMinerals
    • Barry M
    • BEAKEY
    • Beauty Creations
    • Beauty Junkees
    • Beautyblender
    • Becca
    • Bella and Bear
    • Ben Nye
    • Benefit
    • Bestope
    • Bioderma
    • Biotherm
    • Blinc
    • Bobbi Brown
    • Bourjois Paris
    • Burt's Bees
    • Buxom Cosmetics
    • By Terry
    • Canmake
    • Catrice
    • Chanel
    • Chantecaille
    • Charlotte Tilbury
    • Christian Dior
    • Ciaté London
    • Cinema Secrets
    • City Colour
    • Clarins
    • Clinique
    • Colorescience
    • ColourPop Cosmetics
    • Coola
    • Coty
    • Cover FX
    • Covergirl
    • Crown Brush
    • Derma E
    • Dermalogica
    • Designer Brands
    • Dior
    • Dior Backstage
    • Dr. Hauschka
    • Dr. Jart
    • Dr. Young
    • DUCare
    • e.l.f.
    • Ecotools
    • elementwo
    • Elizabeth Arden
    • Elizabeth Mott
    • Ella Bache
    • Ellis Faas
    • EmaxDesign
    • Embryolisse
    • Erborian
    • Erin Bigg Cosmetics
    • Essence
    • Estée Lauder
    • Etude House
    • Eye of Horus
    • Eyeko
    • Fenty Beauty
    • Flower Beauty
    • Garnier
    • Gerard Cosmetics
    • Giorgio Armani
    • Glamglow
    • Glossier
    • Gorgeous Cosmetics
    • Helena Rubenstein
    • Holika Holika
    • Honest Beauty
    • Hourglass Cosmetics
    • Huda Beauty
    • ICONIC London
    • Ilia
    • Inika
    • Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make
    • IT Cosmetics
    • J.Cat
    • Jacqueline Kalab
    • Jane Iredale
    • Japonesque
    • Jessup
    • Jouer
    • Juice Beauty
    • Keshima
    • Kevyn Aucoin
    • Kiko Milano
    • Klairs
    • Koh Gen Do
    • Kolight
    • Kosas
    • Kryolan
    • KVD Vegan Beauty
    • L.A. Girl
    • L'Oréal Paris
    • La Roche-Posay
    • Lancôme
    • Laneige
    • Laura Mercier
    • Lavera
    • Luma
    • Lumene
    • Lunar Glow
    • MAC Cosmetics
    • Make Up Forever
    • Makeup Revolution
    • Marc Jacobs
    • Mavala Switzerland
    • Max Factor
    • Maybelline
    • MiBA
    • Milani
    • Milk Makeup
    • Mirenesse
    • Missha
    • Model In A Bottle
    • ModelCo
    • Morphe
    • N.Y.X. Professional Makeup
    • Napoleon Perdis
    • NARS Cosmetics
    • Natasha Denona
    • Natio
    • Neutrogena
    • Nivea
    • Nude By Nature
    • Nudestix
    • Olay
    • Ole Henriksen
    • Pacifica Beauty
    • Palladio
    • Pat McGrath
    • Payot
    • Perricone MD
    • Physicians Formula
    • Pixi
    • Pond's
    • PRIORI
    • PUR Cosmetics
    • RCMA
    • Real Techniques
    • Revlon
    • Revolution
    • Rimmel
    • RIRE
    • Rituel de Fille
    • RMS Beauty
    • Sacha Cosmetics
    • Sephora Collection
    • Shiseido
    • Shu Umera
    • Sigma Beauty
    • Simple Kind To Skin
    • SKIN79
    • Skindinavia
    • Smashbox
    • Smith & Cult
    • Sol de Janeiro
    • Stila
    • Surratt
    • Tarte
    • ThaBalm
    • Thalgo
    • The Body Shop
    • The Face Shop
    • The Ordinary
    • The Quick Flick
    • The Vintage Cosmetic Company
    • theBalm Cosmetics
    • Tom Ford
    • Too Cool For School
    • Too Faced
    • Urban Decay
    • Vanity Planet
    • Vita Liberata
    • W7 Makeup & Cosmetics
    • Wet n' Wild
    • Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
    • Yves Saint Laurent
    • Zoeva

    We then defined parameters for each category and compared customer ratings sourced from popular beauty and review sites to determine the products that were consistently highly rated. We also took into account our own experience with some products. However, we still used customer scores to determine what we believe to be the best products for each category.

    We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias. However, Finder may receive compensation when you click some links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners and why you can trust our guides.

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