We all love to treat ourselves with a beauty purchase now and then, but it’s often incorrectly believed that spending more will always get you a higher quality beauty buy.
Truthfully, there are hundreds of great quality affordable beauty products sitting on the shelves of our supermarket and pharmacy shelves that won’t cost a fortune.
If you know where to spend and where to save on beauty products, you can nab a quality bargain. Here are 20 products you can pick up conveniently and cheaply next time you’re doing the big shop.
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$5 and under
Ecostore Manuka Honey & Kelp Soap Bar, $2
You can’t beat a bar soap for price efficiency. This triple-milled option, with nutrient-rich kelp and calming Manuka honey, is a great choice for those who enjoy a good scrub, or could use a bit of extra exfoliation.
Nivea Cream Jar, $4.49
You will never regret having an old school, multipurpose cold cream sitting in your bathroom cabinet. A thick ultra-moisturizing cream you can pop any dry patches on your face or body that can pop up in colder weather.
Lady Jayne Wet Care Comb, $5
A wide tooth comb left in the shower will change your hair game. Comb through your conditioner and wave goodbye to knots and tangles.
$10 and under
Rexona Clinical Protection Roll On Summer Strength, $6 (on sale)
If you’re a truly sweaty betty, you’ll know that sweating isn’t just a summer problem, and you’ll try anything to hold onto that fresh morning feeling under arm. Enter Rexona Clinical Protection, which claims to be three times stronger than a basic antiperspirant.
Palmolive Fashion Girl Detangling Spray, $7
This detangling spray is marketed towards children, but you don’t have to be a fashion girl to reap the benefits. It’ll work on any tresses that suffer from knots and tangles. Scented delicately with rose petal extract, it can be used on wet or dry hair before combing through.
Flower Beauty Pyramids Pigments Cheek Colour, $9.69 (on sale)
This compact, from Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic brand Flower Beauty, is an all-in-one blush and highlighter mosaic that provides a radiant, soft-focus flush of colour.
Rimmel Wonder Full Brow Gel, $9
A swipe of clear brow gel can do wonders for making you look more awake and polished without looking ‘done’. I like that this one is non-sticky and doesn’t make your brows feel like they’re set in concrete.
$20 and under
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $11
This universal favorite cleanser was formulated by dermatologists specifically as a facial cleanser for sensitive skin and contains gentle and non-irritating ingredients. Simple, yet highly effective, it’s gentle enough to use on even the driest and most sensitive of skin types.
Earthwise Nourish Orange Cedarwood & Sage Body Wash, $11
Liquid body wash fans will be thrilled that Earthwise’s offering comes in big 1 liter bottles, so you have to refill them less often. I like the luxurious woody scent of the orange, cedarwood and sage version.
MCoBeauty Pout Gloss, $12
This is the lipgloss that officially got me back on the shiny lip train. Soft, sheer and radiant: it’s nothing like the sticky glosses of the past.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion, $17
Independently tested by Consumer NZ and verified as meeting its SPF50+ and broad-spectrum protection claims, this is a good oil-free option for those who want a lightweight and non-shiny finish.
Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream, $17.50
Made with oat extract, flour and oil plus ceramides, this unique fragrance free lotion soothes dry, itchy skin and eases redness and scaling. Good for dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin.
Alya Skin vitamin C Serum, $19 (on sale)
If you’re after a youthful glow (who isn’t), reach for vitamin C, a powerful topical antioxidant that brightens, plumps and boosts collagen production. This version gets its power from a blend of four Australian native plants – Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime, Finger Lime Caviar, and Lilly Pilly. Use in the PM after cleansing.
Essano Gentle Resurfacing Toner, $20
This gentle toner utilizes the exfoliating benefits of glycolic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), to encourage the skin’s natural renewal process, reducing the look of enlarged pores and even texture to reveal fresher and healthier looking skin.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, $20
I first came across this mattifying foundation when TikTok favorite Mikayla Nogueira demonstrated it on her account. It claims to control shine and blur pores while leaving a natural, seamless finish. Yes please. Another positive: it comes in 40 shades.
$30 and under
Neutrogena Advanced Acne Serum, $23 (on sale)
This serum contains a trio of AHA, BHA, and PHA ingredients to gently exfoliate and dissolve away dead skin cells and excess sebum that can clog pores, to promote a bright and even complexion without drying out your skin.
Mcobeauty Salicylic Foaming Face Cleanser, $25
Not just an eye pleasing bottle, this is a gentle gel to foam face cleanser that fights blemishes by dissolving excess oil and pore-clogging dirt, makeup and sunscreen without drying out skin or causing redness, sensitivity and tightness.
$35 and under
Dose & Co. Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder, $34 (on sale)
Opinions differ on collagen supplements, but those who love them really love them and credit them with improving their nails, hair and skin.
This Dose & Co powder boasts 10 grams of combined Type 1 & 3 collagen per serve as well as 20 grams of whey protein to boost energy, and support muscle recovery.
$40 and under
Olay Luminous Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Super Serum, $36 (on sale)
There’s almost no skin that won’t benefit from this deeply hydrating hyaluronic serum. The fast absorbing and non-greasy liquid is also packed with niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, which can help a range of skin concerns such as counter redness, oiliness, dryness, fine lines and even the look of pores.
La Roche Posay Redermic R Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $45
Retinol is a widely used ingredient to target visible signs of aging and even skin tone. This face cream targets fine lines, wrinkles and age spots but is gentle enough for sensitive skin.