Brilliant budget foundations

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There are a lot of things in this world that get me really excited (what can I say? I’m a simple gal), but nothing gives me a natural high more than 1) a really good cheese platter, and 2) make-up that’s as brilliant as it is kind to my savings account.

Now while some of you may not agree with me on the whole cheese platter front (which is just ridiculous), I have a sneaking suspicion that you can whole-heartedly agree on the whole beauty bargain thing.

Which is why I present you with some of the best budget foundations around – none of which will cost you more than a red-hot 20.

MODE 2 IN 1 FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER, $2.45

Whether you use this pigment and blemish concealing stick as a foundation, concealer or both, you’re going to be stoked with the results. Plus, the handy packaging makes it easy to take with you anywhere you go.

LACURA LIQUID FOUNDATION, $4.99

Not only does this moisturising foundation leave your skin looking flawless and shine-free, but it’s also only $4.99. Which means that you can now buy that expensive punnet of blueberries you’ve been eyeing.

ESSENCE ALL ABOUT MATT! OIL-FREE MAKE-UP, $5.95

Not only will this oil-free formula not block your pores, but it’ll leave your skin with a gloriously smooth and matte finish, too. Want more? That flawless finish will last for up to 12 hours.

FACE OF AUSTRALIA LASTING LOOKS NATURAL FOUNDATION SPF15, $11.95

For $11.95, you can guarantee yourself an even skin tone, a natural matte finish, and sun protection. Plus, this nourishing foundation will ensure that pretty little face of yours is covered all day long.

AUSTRALIS FRESH & FLAWLESS MAKE-UP, $12.95

This is your go-to foundation if you’re looking for medium-to-full coverage that’s water resistant. Added bonus: vitamin E in the formula works to moisturise and soften your skin.

NYX COSMETICS STAY MATTE BUT NOT FLAT LIQUID FOUNDATION, $14.95

Thankfully you’re not paying per letter of this foundation’s name! This budget-friendly bad boy features an oil-free, water-based formula that’ll gives you lightweight, full coverage that’ll last from sunrise to sunset.

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH FOUNDATION, $17.95

Hate it when your foundation ends up everywhere but your face? Transfer-resistant technology in this long-lasting foundation means that it won’t rub or fade. Hooray to your white shirts staying white!

NATIO NATURAL SKIN FOUNDATION, $18.95

If you prefer a foundation that provides sheer coverage while giving your skin a beautiful natural glow, then this is bound to be your new staple. You’ll also love how easily the formula glides onto your skin.

COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY FABULOUS 3-IN-1 FOUNDATION, $19.95

What’s better than getting an affordable beauty product that works? Getting three affordable beauty products for the price of one, that’s what. Although this looks like a simple foundation, it works as a primer and concealer, too. Win!

DESIGNER BRANDS NATURAL GROUND MINERALS FOUNDATION, $19.99

If you prefer a powder foundation, then this talc-, bismuth-, fragrance-, paraben-, and oil-free base is perfect for you. It’ll leave your skin looking gorgeously radiant while helping to reduce the visible signs of ageing.

What’s your favourite foundation under $20? What’s the best foundation bargain you’ve come across?

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