The bargain beauty buys celebrities are obsessed with
Low prices, highly recommended
By Team BEAUTYcrew
April 14 2022
Celebrities: they’re just like us, right? They eat, they drink, they sleep, and they love affordable beauty products. Yep, that last one is definitely true.
While their entire routines may not be filled to the brim with drugstore bronzers or budget serums (they do have access to some of the most coveted and luxurious products in the world), it just means the affordable finds they do use must be really good.
From holy grail mascaras to pharmacy cleansers, these are the best beauty bargains you’ll find in your favourite celebrities’ kits….
As a beauty mogul and one of Hollywood's most famous faces, Kardashian could have access to any cleanser she set her sights on. Her favourite though - Cetaphil's Gentle Cleanser ($12.99 at Chemist Warehouse) is quite the steal. Very exciting for those of us keen to replicate her routine - and seeing as she admits she tends to follow it with a $630 serum we think we'll stick with just the face wash for now.
James' pillowy pink pout may have looked a million bucks, but as her makeup artist Hung Vanngo revealed via Instagram, it was actually the work of a $35 lippy that you can grab at Sephora. Yep, it was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte & Satin Lipstick ($35 at Sephora) in the blush-nude shade 'Praline'.
As if we didn't already love Perrie Edwards enough, it turns out she's a big fan of Aussie beauty brand Face Halo. The Little Mix singer praised the microfibre pads ($30 for 3 pack at Adore Beauty) in an interview with GLAMOUR UK, saying how great they are at removing all kinds of makeup. "Everything just comes off. [And then,] you just stick them in the washing machine and use them over and over again, so much better than face wipes," said the eco-conscious queen. "I buy them for everyone; my mum, Alex's mum Wendy, I've got everyone hooked!" Lucky for Edwards, they're only $10 a pop.
Being an ambassador for Lancôme, Lily Collins' skin care routine is largely filled with favourites from the luxury brand. But when it comes to her lips, the Emily in Paris star told Byrdie she's a big fan of Burt's Bees Lip Balm ($5.99 at Chemist Warehouse). "Burt’s Bee has that really great hydration and it also makes [my lips] feel tingly because of the peppermint, which I love too," she shared. "I’m constantly putting this on all day."
Ever wondered how Musgraves gets that mega-watt shine in her hair? It's actually the work of an impressively affordable and accessible product. "I'm loving a good leave-in moisturising hair mask called Goldwell Dual Senses Just Smooth ($19.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty)," she told Glamour re her gloss-boosting go-to.
Not only is this classic balm a bargain ($6.99 at Chemist Warehouse) considering it's a pretty solid tube, but it's also Sabrina Carpenter's must-have product for keeping her pout hydrated. "My lips are always dry", she shared in a British Vogue 'In The Bag' segment. "I keep this wherever I go. It's this Australian ointment, which is not my favourite word," she laughed during the shoutout. "It's a clear lip balm or you can use it on scars." We agree: re the ickiness of the word 'ointment', and the fact that this one is stellar.
Bush's brows are one of her most stunning features (which is really saying something; have you seen her face?!), so we figured the product she relies on to keep them full and feathery would be a pricey one.
Nope; she shared via an Allure video that it's actually the NYX Professional Micro Brow Pencil ($16.95 at Ry). We love a bargain brow buy!
Considering she plays Julien Calloway, the Gossip Girl reboot’s reigning queen of Constance Billard, you’d be forgiven for thinking Alexander may have developed a taste for the finer things in life. But while she says the show did encourage her to develop a more durable skin care routine, price tags are not important.
Product in point? The Peach Slices Acne Exfoliating Toner ($15.24 at Peach & Lily). “I always have lots of breakouts on my cheeks and chin. I just started using that toner, and I haven't had [acne], which is so shocking to me because it was just a fact of my skin forever and I didn't think there was anything I could do to change it. I've definitely found a couple of magic products that, for me, just really work and help,” she revealed via a chat with Byrdie.
No, Vaseline ($5.99 at Chemist Warehouse) isn't solely the basis of a lot of great Puberty Blues jokes, it also happens to be Condor's favourite lip balm. She recently raved about the multipurpose balm in a chat with Glamour: "You cannot go wrong. It doesn’t let you down. I have really dry lips, so I just need the heavy-duty stuff on that. A tub will last you forever, and you can find it everywhere."
Rodrigo may have smashed several streaming records with the release of her debut album, but by no means does she feel the need to break any for 'amount spent on beauty products'. Not only is the lip balm she's wearing here just $15, but it's also an Aussie favourite; yes indeed, it's the Go-To's Lips! Super Balm ($15 at Go-To), AKA the nourishing balmy brainchild of Zoë Foster Blake herself.
Sivan has the skin of a newborn baby (like, a stunningly glowy one) so we were surprised (and delighted) to find out that his hydrator of choice is a serious steal. "[At night] I use the same moisturiser that I use in the morning – it’s the Cetaphil body lotion,” he shared in a Vanity Fair video. Suitable for both face and body, the Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion ($11.99 at Chemist Warehouse) is dynamite for topping up hydration without draining your savings.
Forget 'Team Paxton' or 'Team Ben'; when it comes to Netflix's Never Have I Ever, we're 'Team Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's eyeliner'. And blessedly, the one she relies on is a serious steal.
"The winged eyeliner is my signature look. I can never do a subtle eyeliner; it has to be the wing. [My] staple is NYX's Epic Ink Liner ($15 at Beauty Bay)," she told Glamour. "It's so good and has the best pigment; it is the darkest black and is so easy to control."
The youngest Kar-Jenner revealed in an interview with Violet Grey, “my makeup room has all these drawers filled with makeup that I just rarely touch because I use the same stuff every day.” And while she may generally pull from her own Kylie Cosmetics range when putting a makeup look together, the star has shared that she often relies on a budget blush: the Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush ($14.95 at Priceline) to be exact, which you can pick up from your local pharmacy. It seems Jenner loves a steal as much as the rest of us.
While we may not all be blessed with Cline's full (but yes, natural) lips, that doesn't mean we can't fake the look with her lippy of choice. The Outer Banks star relies on Buxom's Full Force Plumping Lipstick ($20 at Amazon) in the shade 'Fly Girl' (a caramel-coloured '90s nude) to get her pout looking plump and polished – in fact, it's the very colour she wore on the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards carpet. It's a hydrating hyaluronic acid-infused formula that's amazing for smoothing lip lines and adding believable-looking volume, and at just $26, it's a total steal.
There are beauty products that you love, and then there are beauty products that you love so much you can’t possibly leave home without them. Well, for Steinfeld, this cute-as-can-be Batiste Original Dry Shampoo ($4.49 at Chemist Warehouse) is the latter. Chatting to British Vogue about her handbag essentials, she didn’t mince words about its role in her on-the-go routine: “[I always carry] some dry hair shampoo, because, essential.” And at just $4.50, you can spritz the stuff to your heart’s content; a restock won’t set you back much at all.
Zoë Foster Blake
With a lengthy stint as a beauty editor under her belt, it should come as no shock that Foster Blake's recommendations are basically gold in our eyes. And when you can get said gold for just $14, it's even better. Meet the Morphe Lip Crayon ($14 at Morphe). "Hi plz enjoy the lip colour I've worn for the past five days. It's a matte crayon that is orange-y red, lasts and is v cheerful. It's cheap as, I bought it from Morphe, and the shade is 'btw'. K bye!" she shared via an Instagram Story. Um, sold.
Considering her status as one of the world's most in-demand models, it's no surprise that Hadid needs a sturdy makeup remover to take her face off at the end of a shoot day. What is a little bit surprising (and amazing if you value a bargain buy), however, is that her formula of choice goes for less than seven bucks (and less than seven if you know where to shop).
She recently took to Instagram Stories to share her 'post-shoot skin care lineup' and the first step was none other than the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($6.39 at Chemist Warehouse), which is an absolute winner in our books too.
Beckham may have bougie taste in some arenas, but when it comes to her moisturiser of choice, it's bargain all the way - she slathers Weleda Skin Food ($16.95 at Adore Beauty) all over her body. "It keeps your skin so hydrated and moisturised. It's really, really thick and I love how it feels all over the body - it's a really great product". You wouldn't know the price was low by the feel of the formula, either - it's velvety soft (and ironically, that's also how it leaves your skin).
The ex Pretty Little Liars star already has one of the most striking sets of eyes in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t call upon a hard-working mascara to make her peepers pop even more. Mitchell revealed she loves CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($11.39 at Chemist Warehouse) not only for the formula’s namesake lash-plumping effects, but because of its exceptional root lifting brush, too.