Why blow your budget on fancy-schmancy make-up when you can get similar items for less?

Thanks to Instagram (and the rise of the beauty blogger) it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of expensive, luxury make-up brands.

And, before you know it – you’ve spent a good chunk of your hard earned cash on products that you could have easily picked up for less… much less!

In fact, there are shelves and shelves of quality ‘drugstore make-up’ items that do exactly the same job as their high-end counterparts.

Not sure where to start? Our beauty writers round up five of the best budget make-up buys that are guaranteed to make you (and your wallet) happy below:

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Budget beauty: 5 Make-up items that will make you (and your wallet) happy

1. Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara

Essence’s Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara applies easily, stays put all day – and really does give you that ‘lashes for days’ look!

At only R69 a tube, this mascara is an absolute steal… especially because it out-does most of its high-end competitors.

It’s a favourite among our beauty writers – and in my own, personal make-up bag!

2. L.A Girl HD Pro matte foundation

Light weight and long-lasting, L.A Girl HD Pro matte comes out tops when it comes to affordable foundation. With a soft and suede-like finish, this best-selling foundation provides buildable coverage for both day- and night-time wear.

Many beauty bloggers and professional make-up artists rave about it – as do our writers. It’s an affordable (R145 a bottle) way to achieve a high-end look!

3. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer

While your skin won’t be able to tell the difference between Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer, your wallet definitely will!

Available at a fraction of the price (R99,95), this silicone-based primer smooths and blurs, leaving you with a velvety complexion, perfect to apply make-up!


4. Catrice Matt Lipstick

This super affordable lipstick (only R79,95 a pop!) is long lasting and light weight – so light weight in fact, that it glides effortlessly onto your lips, like a lip balm would.

With a divine colour range, you’re bound to find your perfect match!

5. Essence single eyeshadows

We’re big Essence fans because of their spot-on quality, and their single eye shadow tubs are no different!

While the lighter shades are definitely more pigmented than the darker ones, and there is a bit of fall-out on all of them – the colour range and price (R27,95) make them a must for any budget beauty babe!


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