10 beauty products under $30 you need now

From eyeshadow to lippies, we’ve got the best of beauty that won’t break the bank.

10 beauty products under $30 you need now
10 beauty products under $30 you need now
29 May 2015

10 beauty products under $30 you need now

Who said a hefty price tag guarantees a great product? We love makeup, but what we love more is getting an effective product at a pocket-friendly price. Here are 10 of our tried and tested favourites that will definitely not burn a hole in your pocket. 

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner, $19.90
Maybelline Hypersharp Liner, $19.90
29 May 2015

Maybelline Hypersharp Liner, $19.90

The incredibly fine and flexible brush makes it easy to get close to the lashline and create a sleek cat-eye. Plus, it’s waterproof and has great staying power (oily lids will need some extra help from eye primers though).

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores. 

Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion, $29
Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion, $29
29 May 2015

Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion, $29

Kooky name aside, we love how skin looks instantly radiant with just a few taps of this 6-in-1 cushion foundation. There are four colour-correcting shades to choose from: mint to neutralise redness, peach to brighten up dull skin, pink for a healthy glow and lavender for sallow complexions. The silky formula is subtle yet effective.

Get yours at any Etude House outlet.

Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof, $21.90
Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof, $21.90
29 May 2015

Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof, $21.90

Probably one of the most talked about drugstore mascara on the market, The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof mascara lengthens, volumises and darkens lashes (our non-existent lashes say thank you) like false lashes do. We find that it gets better — and less flaky — after a few weeks of use.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores. 

St Ives Apricot Scrub, $8.90
St Ives Apricot Scrub, $8.90
29 May 2015

St Ives Apricot Scrub, $8.90

A crowd-pleaser that has spanned generations, this scrub contains little grains of apricot shell to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate the skin. We find that it can be too harsh, especially for sensitive skin, so what we like to do instead is use it as a full-body scrub — our skin has never been softer.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores. 

Za Perfect Fit Two-Way Foundation, $18.90
Za Perfect Fit Two-Way Foundation, $18.90
29 May 2015

Za Perfect Fit Two-Way Foundation, $18.90

This award-winning two-way cake needs no introduction. Its fine texture sets makeup and mattifies oily skin without looking too cakey or emphasising our blemishes. The best part is it comes in a wide range of shades (uncommon for drugstore foundation) to suit most skin types.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores.

Red Carpet Beauty Blender , $30
Red Carpet Beauty Blender , $30
29 May 2015

Red Carpet Beauty Blender , $30

Using brushes for foundation can be messy while regular beauty sponges soak up and waste too much product. Created in 2003 to save us from streaky foundation, this is a must-have for flawless face makeup application. We like the limited edition Red Carpet version with a more vibrant colour more.

Get yours at Sephora. 

Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, $17.90
Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, $17.90
29 May 2015

Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, $17.90

There are many effective makeup removers out there, but none that cleans up as well as this does. Fast, gentle and not greasy, it leaves skin refreshed and clean. The handy pack ($3.90 for 10 sheets) is great to carry around for makeup emergencies and last-minute stay overs.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores. 

Clio Lipnicure in Tension Red, $19.90
Clio Lipnicure in Tension Red, $19.90
29 May 2015

Clio Lipnicure in Tension Red, $19.90

Love making a statement with a red lip but can never seem to make it last? Clio’s Lipnicure does to lips what gel manicures do to nails and will not fade no matter what you do. This also means it’s hard to get rid of at night, so invest in a tough makeup remover.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores. 

Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in To Die For, $6.50
Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in To Die For, $6.50
29 May 2015

Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in To Die For, $6.50

An eyeshadow palette for just $6.50?! We can’t believe it either. The eyeshadow quad comes in a variety of shades, but our favourite is To Die For, for its versatile mix of warm neutrals and lighter colours with a slight shimmer. It also has a matte brown shade that is great for doing double-duty as a brow powder.

Get yours at Watsons stores.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $19.90
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $19.90
29 May 2015

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $19.90

This is our go-to for the perfect just-been-kissed pout. Whether you use it for a sheer flush of colour, or build it up for a more intense pout, this is a lippie that will last through meals and drinks. It’s also very moisturising and doesn’t leave that sticky residue that most balms do.

Get yours at Watsons or Guardian stores.

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