Luxe VS. Less: The MAKEUP Edition

If I had to choose a child, makeup would be my favourite. Now although I love bodycare and skincare (haircare is the child I’d be happy to send off to boarding school), makeup is the most fun and defs the prettiest. If you haven’t read my bodycare segment, well you’re naughty. But you can find it here so go catch up…

Read it yet? Good lass/lad. So let’s move onto makeup. Below you’ll find items you would find in most beauties makeup bag with luxe and less options. And because we love you guys so much, we’re offering a $200 makeup loot to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is let us know in the comment section below what your fave product in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is. The winner will be announced next Thursday the 23rd of March and will receive a slew of fantastic new products from our beauty range.




NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has superb coverage skills without getting crusty or cakey. The shade range is extensive so everyone can find a colour to suit and it actually lasts a substantial amount of time, making the $44 price tag easier to accept.  Buy here.


All the gals at Showpo HQ are loving the LA Girl – HD Pro Concealer, and not just because of the $12.95 price tag. It rose to quick fame after Shaaanxo started singing its praises and now we’re lucky enough to stock it on Showpo! Buy here.



Benefit really do brows like no other and the Brow Zing, which retails for $55, has completely changed my brow game. The compact contains pigmented wax for shaping, natural shaded powder for setting, discreet tweezers, hard angle brush, blending brush and mirror.  Find here.


My favourite Ardell pomade is an absolute steal at $14.99 and lasts forever! I love the shade and the formula makes it super easy to use. Because it lasts so long it can get dry so I spritz a bit of makeup setting spray into it to moisten it up.  Find at Priceline.

TIP: Buy the Benefit Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie ($35) and you’ll NEVER have to buy another brow product again. It’s that good you can shape your brows with any product; old pomade, eyeshadow, ever bronzer – this little wand will work wonders! 




Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat is a cult product I banged on about in this video. It’s so easy to use and visibly makes your under-eye area brighter instantly. $55 and available at Myer.


At only $22, the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream works like a bloody dream. It smooths the eye area, covers dark circles and hydrates the area. Plus you don’t need to hunt it down, you can buy it from your local Priceline.




Every lass deserves to have a special lippy for nights out. All you need is the perfect LBD and a slash of this bad boy to feel your hottest self. PLUS, the ‘Imperial Red’ shade comes housed in a crest-embossed gold tube making it the ultimate handbag essential. $55, available from Bobbi Brown.


The formula of this Rimmel lipstick in ‘Muse Red’ feels much more expensive than the $13.95 price tag suggests. The colour is vibrant and intense while applying smoothly with zero amounts of patchiness. Grab yours from Priceline or any ol’ chemist really.




If you’re after a luxurious, creamy nude lip colour with the perfect amount of pink undertones… you can’t look past the iconic ‘Pink Dusk’ shade by Tom Ford. The lip colours are $78 but you’ll feel like a million dollars every time you get the luxe tube out for reapplications. Go on, treat yo’ self. Available at David Jones.


A true nude shade, the Sephora Collection ‘Boy Oh Boy’ is a creamy, ultra-matte lipstick delivering a fresh dose of pigment on your pout. It’s good quality and $20 so run, don’t walk towards the pretty lights.




Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in ‘All About Pink’ is SO pigmented and comes in the prettiest housing compartment. Make a statement in this bold shade or just shake up your usual beauty look. Available from Myer for $52.


Australis don’t do anything half-assed and the Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in ‘Twerk’ offers a splash of highly pigmented colour for just $13.95 at pharmacies.





It probably isn’t the most practical palette on the market, but who needs practical with all these pretty colours! The HUDA BEAUTY Textured Palette Rose Gold is a gorgeous array of highly pigmented eyeshadows you need in your life. At $95, it might seem steep but my justification is that it’s $5.20 per shade… not too shabby! Available from Sephora.


Maybelline has some beautiful palettes now on the market but the ‘Nudes’ collection has to be my fave. With such pretty colours, it’s rude not to buy this palette for $29.95. Run, don’t walk to Priceline.




Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact sure hurts the wallet at $118, but the matte, silky finish it gives your skin is worth it. You can dust it over your foundation to set it and give your skin radiance, or you can build a fuller coverage. Available at Myer and Sephora.


Milani is one of those great brands that flies under the radar sometimes despite having really amazing and well-priced products. The pressed powder is only $12.95 and loved by vloggers all over the world. Buy here.




KEVYN AUCOIN The Matte Bronzing Veil is free from glitter and glimmer, so brings life and radiance to your complexion without the tell-tale sheen. Available from Mecca for $70, it’s a quality product worth investing in.


I’ve been a fan of ModelCo bronzers for many years as they’re one of the only bronzers that don’t cost the earth minus shimmer. It brings warmth to your face and you can also use it to contour so at $24, it’s pretty good bang for your buck. Available here.




I was first introduced to the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation in the states and have been a convert ever since. The foundation leaves a flawless finish thanks to a formula that provides medium to buildable coverage with a lightweight, second-skin texture. $67 and available here.


L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation is a cult drug-store foundation for good reason. At only $29.95 (which wouldn’t be considered ‘drug store prices’ in any other country bar AUS), the colour and texture blends in beautifully with your skin making it look like you just have an amazingly flawless complexion. Find at most pharmacies.



I couldn’t choose between powder or cream so here’s both! 


The Nars Illuminator is perfect for a fresh and dewy finish; PLUS a little goes a long way so the $44  tube lasts agggesss. Find this fella at any Nars counter.

Champagne Pop by Becca has been my fave highlighter ever since the kween herself (Jaclyn Hill) released it to the makeup world.  It’s $68 at Sephora and worth event cent.


Although the pigment isn’t that strong, the NYX illuminator offers the prettiest subtle glow wherever you dust it. It’s $17.95 for a massive pan and available from Priceline.

Another goodie available at Priceline is the Maybelline New York Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter (now THAT is a long-ass name). Swipe on the high points of your face for a beautiful, glowing finish.




Givenchy Acti’mine makes you glowy AF. Sometimes I just wear it solo to brighten my skin on ‘no makeup’ days as it also evens out my complexion. Get yours at Sephora for $58.


I have this $13.95 Rimmel primer at my desk and whenever people borrow it they’re surprised at how smoothing it is. Available at most pharmacies, it’s a must-have.




I wish I didn’t love the Sisley So Curl mascara so much because at $75, it’s just a touch exxy. But it’s bloody amazing and one coat has my lashes looking like I’ve got extensions. Available from David Jones.


I only just started using the Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara and it’s gone into my everyday loot of beauty arsenal. It creates really thick lashes without the clumpiness and sits at a pretty reasonable $21.95. More info here.




The Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink Liquid Liner allows for SO much accuracy and control. The $48 pen is blackest of blacks and you can buy refills which is super handy.

I love the formula of the $39 China Doll Eyeliner by Napolean Perdis. It’s really smooth, with great consistency. Buy here.


I’ve been using the Australis Eye Pencils since I was at university. The colour is so rich and they go on so smoothly. Available pretty much everywhere and at $9.49, it’s rude not to own one.

With the intensity of a liquid eyeliner and the precision of a pencil, the Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Eyeliner is a great buy at $23.95. Available at Priceline.




M·A·C Mineralize Blush is bloody beautiful. Sheer and oh-so pretty, the light reflecting particles gives you a beautiful flush. It takes ages to hit pan on the $45 product as you only need to sweep each cheek lightly. Buy here.


You never know what you’re going to get for $5.95 as with cosmetics, low prices can sometimes mean a product will be hit or miss. Luckily, ulta3’s blush is phenom. You only need a light tap of powder, it’s THAT pigmented and offers a really pretty finish. Available at pharmacies.


NOTE: I do apologise to international readers for the AUS RRPs and stockists. Please leave me a comment if you can’t find something in your region and I can help hunt! 

Words by Kelly McCarren.

390 Comments Add yours

  1. Jasmine Rees says:

    My favourite product of all time is maybelline fit me matte foundation. I am a makeup addict and have tried every high end foundation there is but nothing compares to the maybelline fit me and I will use it until I die!!

  2. Georgie says:

    My favourite product of all time is hourglass bronzer! This is a genius product that makes you look like a glowing goddess nothing beats the hourglass glow 😇😇😇😇

  3. Brittany says:

    My fave product of all time is the ud setting spray! It’s the best thing everrrrrr! I can apply make up in the morning spray myself and come home from a long ass day at night and still have all my make up intact no smudges or anything. It’s the best for work. Especially cays sim constantly running around. It’s helped me so much. Love it!

  4. Amy says:

    My favourite product is la girl pro foundation in shade white. I have very fair skin and finding a affordable foundation in my shade is very hard. With this foundation I can mix it with one that is not my shade and make it the right colour, and is only $15 🙂

  5. Hediye says:

    The NARS illuminator is my favourite product!! Shines brighter than my life !

  6. Picking one of my favourite makeup products in the WHOLE WORLD is crazy to me but the first thing that comes to mind is highlighter and that would have to be my MAC mineralised skin finish in ‘soft n gentle’ – gotta love a good glow xx

  7. Rhiannon says:

    My RIDE OR DIE product is Maybelline age rewind concealer!
    It is super creamy, thick and covers my designer bags like a dream 💓

  8. Catherine says:

    My favourite beauty product of all time is the Maybelline fit me concealer. It’s so light weight and full coverage all in one. It doesn’t crease so it’s amazing under eyes and some days I just whip some on and finish with a loose powder and it lasts all day and even looks better then a heavy foundation. Also the price point is very happy! 😘😘😘

  9. Jessica says:

    My absolute fav product is the maybelline age rewind concealer. It works perfectly for not only a full face of glam makeup but as a little blemish and dark circle cover on lazy days, and at the drugstore price I couldn’t really love it more!

  10. Helen says:

    My favourite product is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. It covers almost everything, its cheap and has a really natural finish

  11. Skye says:

    My fave product of all time is concealer! Definitely need my little friend to cover up those annoying little spots that foundation just can’t cover! It’s a miracle worker!

  12. Becca Cosmetics highlighter in Opal would have to be my all time favourite product. It is the perfect shade for most skin tones, it is stunning! If you want to glow for the gods this will 200% help you!!

  13. Carly Page says:

    My favourite product in the whole wide world is my Too Faced Lip Injection, not just because of the brand but because this product makes my lips that slight bit plumper and will add a natural pink tinge without looking fake!

  14. Dayna says:

    My favourite product I’ve used is the LA girl concealer in the green shade. It hides my super red skin perfectly! I’ve tried using others but this is my favourite. Currently out of it though from using it so much.

  15. Emma says:

    My favourite product in the whole wide world would have to be my By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder. I heard great things about it but the $81 price tag definitely made me avoid it. I swatched it in store and it instantly blurred my hand to a beautiful finish- but I wanted it for my face! Luckily Mecca started selling a mini $15 travel size and it is INCREDIBLE! It hides my pores and blurs my imperfections. I save it for the days I want to look extra good!

  16. I am extrely obsessed with makeup but because i can’t afford heaps of all the high end makeup. I decided to treat myself the other day and purchase the Morphe 350S palette and it is my favourite product as it has matte colours and shimmers ones as well. I don’t have expensive makeup, so i treat this like it’s worth $1000000. Such a beautiful product xx

  17. Kiara Clarke says:

    I’d be lost without my maybeline fitme concealer! Fixes my sleepless nights dark circles around my eyes and covers any type of unannounced blemish that appears!

  18. Maddi kenny says:

    My favourite make up product of all time is red lipstick ! I’m not great at make up (slowly learning off friends , youtube and how-to posts) but no matter what red lipstick always makes me feel better in how I look

  19. Anika says:

    My favourite product has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit!! Nothing like a bit of sparkle

  20. Emily Gardiner says:

    My fav product of all time is mascara because it’s a simple add to a look and that’s what I love: looking effortlessly beautiful

  21. Jaycee Carter says:

    My favourite product of all time is Nars Laguna bronzer, I can’t have makeup on without it. Never found a bronzer like it and will never stop buying it!!!

  22. Jorden Donch says:

    Favourite makeup product would definitely have to be my maybelline Fit Me concealer! Such an everyday staple and lives in my handbag and schoolbag! I have 10 lying around as backups cause I never want to run out! Also a very good dupe for Nars Creamy Radiant concealer too!

  23. Celeste Russo says:

    I love the Stilas Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer. This is the first primer I’ve used that hasn’t made my skin break out or feel oily and it’s so soothing on your skin! It’s water based so it has a nice coolness to it and it feels like you’re wearing no makeup and keeps your makeup looking great all day! I can’t go a single day without it, even if I’m just wearing a BB Cream over it! I’ve recommended it to so many friends!

  24. Amy says:

    My all-time favourite product would have to be the Too Faced Hangover Primer. My skin is an absolute mess thanks to a number of skin conditions and my skin is so dry it literally flakes off, it’s the worst! This primer feels just like a face cream and is so soothing once applied – it feels beautiful and cool against my skin, smells divine without being packed full of fragrances, is super hydrating and clings on tight to my foundation. The best thing? It actually makes wearing makeup over my extremely sensitive skin a comfortable experience, something that I cannot be more thankful for.

  25. Jorja says:

    My favourite product of all time is the covergirl tru blend foundation as it gives a natural, dewy finish 🙂

  26. Katie Connelly says:

    My favourite beauty product of all time is the classic eyebrow pencil. No face is complete without killer brows! Myself personally tried to fly when I was little and ended up with a scar in my eyebrow making it oddly shaped, my eyebrow pencil covers that up easily and keeps me slayyyyyin x

  27. Taylah Brown says:

    My FAVE makeup product in the world would be the Mario Badescu rose water spray (does that even classify as a makeup product??) I don’t know but it seriously does the job with setting makeup! I could probably do Tour de France and the Iron Man challenge and still have my makeup looking fleeeeeky 😂 It’s from Mecca but it’s only $17 for a huge bottle!! And it makes your skin feel so hydrated and nice when you aren’t wearing makeup! If you haven’t tried it yet I suggest you do! You deffs won’t regret it. Fingers crossed ladies 🤞 I neeeeed new makeup and it’s almost my bdaaay so this would be BOMB xxxx

  28. Jayme says:

    My favourite go-to product is the Australis Oh Hair Brow kit. I love this product because not only can I use it on my brows I use it for a subtle smokey eye. Australis is amazing because it is a cruelty free company which is why I love them!! The brow kit works on every skin tone too, I’ve tested that theory!! xx

  29. Celeste says:

    I have 2 favourite items. One is my Napoleon Perdis foundation stick – perfect matte coverage that lasts me all day! The second is Limecrime Velvetine lip stick in Pink Velvet! It’s so bright but stays in place, meaning I never have to reapply during a night out!

  30. I love love love the Stila Stay All Day Foundation! I have tried so many different foundations and it’s by far the best I’ve tried. It has a very heavy coverage so not great if you like a light coverage, but I like my foundation to set like cement hahaha so perfect for me 🙂 And it does exactly what it says as will STAYS ALL DAY!! I generally use primer and powder anyway, but have used it alone and still stayed all day! It’s perfect!

  31. My favourite makeup product would be Jeffree Star’s velour liquid lipsticks. I have never used a lipstick that stays on all day! (With no reapplying!) If I spend some money on makeup, it’s definitely on them 😂

  32. Tarni says:

    I live for my too faced natural eyes eyeshadow collection palette, the shadows are so so pigmented and buttery, not to mention the colours are to die for. They blend like a dream and love my semi-hooded eyes. I’ve never met an eyeshadow palette like theirs and will only ever love Too Faced eyeshadows ♥️♥️

  33. Laura gibbons says:

    My loreal true match foundation! Perfect match to my skin tone and last a long time!

  34. Sirina says:

    Favourite product is Laura Geller, Gilded Honey highlighter. Glows so bright, my friend asked me what highlighter I was wearing in the dark of the night.

  35. Kate says:

    Was the winner even announced?

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