All the best budget-friendly beauty products from Amazon to stock up on
Skin care, makeup and more for $50 or less
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / October 11 2023
When we’re on the hunt for budget-friendly beauty products we have a tendency to stick to the well-stocked shelves of our local Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.
But if you’re willing to extend your search, online retailer Amazon Australia is home to some really well-priced beauty products across the hair, makeup, skin care and fragrance categories.
Simply scroll through the Amazon best-seller lists and you’ll notice a wealth of highly-rated beauty fare selling for a mere fraction of what it might cost in a brick and mortar store.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best Amazon has to offer in the beauty space that come recommended by BEAUTYcrew editors, celebrities and passionate reviewers alike. Psst… they’re all under $50.
Maybelline New York Sky High Lengthening Mascara
According to BEAUTYcrew Editor Delaney Loane, this viral TikTok sensation isn’t just one of the best mascaras on the market, it’s her personal favourite too. “Yes, all the TikTok hype is to be believed; this stuff is utter magic. As a falsie and extension obsessive who generally has pretty pathetic natural lashes with or without mascara, this formula has taken me as close to 'spider-lashed' as I'll ever get. It lifts and lengthens every bit as intensely as the name would suggest,” she says.
Was $25.99 Now $12.34 at Amazon Australia
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Every brand under the sun has their own hyaluronic acid serum, so the fact that L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum is an Amazon best-seller (with 479 5-star reviews) speaks to its efficacy and affordable price point. It contains two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, the larger of which addresses hydration and refining texture on the skin’s surface, whilst the smaller molecule penetrates deeper to plump skin and ensure long-lasting hydration.
Was $54.99 Now $22.91 at Amazon Australia
Avarelle Acne Pimple Patches
We’re calling it: pimple patches are one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century (and it seems Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch would agree). These tea tree oil, calendula oil and cica-infused hydrocolloid spot treatment patches help to pull impurities out of the skin and help to minimise the appearance of white heads. Don’t believe us? Then trust the 51,357 5-star reviews they’ve received from Amazon customers.
Was $14.95 Now $10.30 at Amazon Australia
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
According to celebrity colourist Tracey Cunningham, this is JLo’s secret to soft, shiny and healthy hair, and Kim Kardashian told Allure something to the same effect when she was asked how she kept her hair looking so healthy after dying it blonde in 2022. The bond-building treatment helps to strengthen hair for silkier and softer strands.
Was $49.95 Now $35.50 at Amazon Australia
Garnier Fructis Hair Food Smoothing Macadamia 3-in-1 Hair Mask
The Garnier Fructis Hair Food Smoothing Macadamia 3-in-1 Hair Mask can be used as a conditioner, leave-in conditioner or hair mask depending on your personal hair needs. According to reviews from happy Amazon customers it’s also an excellent curl detangler, plus it leaves your hair feeling really soft after use too.
Was $12.99 Now $5.52 at Amazon Australia
CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
In the market for a new retinol serum? CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum is a budget-friendly option that boasts over 29,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, including this gem: “This smoothes and softens my skin so much. As a woman well into her 40s, I feel like I have 20 something skin again. Highly recommend!”. Our Review Crew® reviewers echoed the same sentiment with this short but sweet statement: “Small bottle, huge results.” The formula contains encapsulated retinol, licorice root and niacinamide, which work simultaneously to refine skin tone and texture. Plus, CeraVe’s signature triple ceramide blend is also included, which helps to reinforce and optimise barrier function.
Was $28 Now $23.43 at Amazon Australia
Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Facial Toner
This cult-favourite, budget-friendly toner has rave reviews for a reason. The soothing and purifying formula helps to cleanse, tone, hydrate and balance the skin with just a few swipes of a toner-soaked cotton pad. The general consensus among Amazon reviewers? It’s gentle enough that it can be used on the skin everyday and in conjunction with powerful active ingredients, and the rose water smell is amazing. Zendaya’s also a fan! Enough said…
Was $16.95 Now $10.10 at Amazon Australia
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
No doubt, you’ve seen confused content creators slathering this slimy snail mucin essence all over their faces on TikTok. But trust us (and the 39,000+ 5-star reviews on Amazon) when we say that if you can get over the texture of the stuff, there’s a lot of benefits to be enjoyed. Read: plump, hydrated skin, an improvement in the appearance of skin tone, a brighter complexion, and a minimisation of dark spots. Hey, if it’s good enough for EmRata, we’re down to give it a go…
Was $38 Now $19.99 at Amazon Australia
NIVEA Soft Moisturising Cream
According to TikTok’s favourite reviewer of luxury and drugstore beauty products, Bethenny Frankel, this moisturiser is a convincing dupe for La Mer’s Crème de la Mer ($335 at MECCA). “I think [this product] started because La Mer makes ‘soft’—they’re very similar products with very similar ingredients,” she explained. “I like Nivea Soft a lot.” As do Amazon customers, who have bestowed the the jojoba and vitamin E-enriched face cream with over 580 5-star reviews.
Was $11.50 Now $4.55 at Amazon Australia
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Kaia Gerber credits Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant for changing her acne-prone skin care routine forever. “I used to be very into exfoliating and I would scrub my face like crazy, and I have learned now that you can gently exfoliate with toners,” she shared with Vogue. “I rub it mostly on my T-zone area or the places that I tend to break out.” The liquid exfoliator contains salicylic acid which helps to unclog pores, slough away dead skin cells, and optimise the skin’s renewal process for a more refined complexion.
Was $45 Now $36 at Amazon Australia
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.