The bargain beauty buys that celebrities are obsessed with
Low prices, highly recommended
Contributor / October 11 2021
Celebrities: they’re just like us, right? They eat, they drink, they sleep, and they love affordable beauty products. Yep, that last one is totally true.
Alongside many prestige products, here are some of the best beauty bargains you’ll find in your favourite celebrities’ kits….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kim Kardashian West
As a beauty mogul and one of Hollywood's most famous faces, Kardashian West could have access to any cleanser she set her sights on. Her favourite though - Cetaphil's Gentle Cleanser ($11.99 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.
Jones' much-loved Mad Men character Betty Draper wasn't the only one who understood the importance of a reliable hairspray - the actress behind the brilliant bouffant has her favourite, too. She's been using L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($10.99 at Priceline) for around 20 years because it holds her style, leaves her locks shiny and doesn’t weigh down her hair.
Cherie is somewhat of a digital dinosaur, having kick-started her beauty writing career back in 2009 at PRIMPED alongside industry expert Zoë Foster Blake. Since then, her words have appeared online and on paper for BEAUTYcrew, POPSUGAR, beautyheaven, New Idea, and Fitness First, while her marketing know-how has helped brands such as L'Oréal Paris, The Body Shop, A’kin, and Dr. LeWinn’s add a journalistic flair to their digital content. She is a vocal advocate for (physical) sunscreen, is rather fond of a bold lip, and is utterly terrible at styling hair.