Splurge vs steal: Make-up essentials

Splurge vs steal: Make-up essentials

Looking to update your make-up kit on a budget? Or maybe you just got a bonus and you want to splash out on some luxe items at the beauty counter?

Whatever your financial situation, we’ve got your solution.


Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Compact, $72

Sweep your brush across all shades to give your cheeks a warm, radiant and gorgeous glow. You’ll also love that you can use each shade individually as an eyeshadow.

Save: Chi Chi Wall of Shimmer, $19.95

These soft, shimmery shades can be used to highlight and contour your skin while giving your complexion the luminosity you’re looking for.

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Splurge: M.A.C Tinted Lipglass, $35

This little wand combines pigmented colour with nourishing ingredients to ensure your lips look and feel fabulous.

Save: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss, $11.95

A creamy texture and shiny finish makes for a great lipgloss. Perfect for a hit of colour that’s not too intense.

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Splurge: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $55

This cult product will not let you down when it comes to brightening your under eye area. You can also use it on your contours to add extra radiance and definition.

Steal: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, $11.95

The handy pen packaging makes for easy application, while the illuminating formula works to awaken tired skin and conceal any pigmentation.

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Splurge: Beauty Blender, $27, sephora Australia

This innovative (and eye-catching) sponge works to artistically blend your foundation into your skin and leave your complexion looking flawless. All without absorbing too much product.

Steal: Manicare Precision Blending Sponge, $9.99

The 3D latex sponge is shaped perfectly to ensure a streak-free application of your foundation. The rounded edge is great for use on your cheeks and forehead, while the pointy end is perfect for getting into those little spots like around your nose.

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Splurge: BIODERMA Créaline H20, $29.95

This fancy French cleansing water works a treat to remove any and all traces of dirt, oil and make-up. It’s also super gentle, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

Steal: Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, $12.95

This all-in-one make-up remover removes dirt and impurities without you needing to rub and scrub your face. Plus, it’s strong enough to remove all traces of your eye and lip make-up.

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Which are your favourite beauty steals? Which product would you like to splurge on?

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  1. I am a healthy mix (I think) between splurge and save. I mostly go save, as I find it satisfying researching quality cheaper products and finding those fantastic products that do it for less, but I will treat myself when I can justify it.

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