Makeup spotlight: Best makeup under $20

Author: Danielle Cauchi   Date Posted: 13 September 2023 

Looking for a bargain? Our top picks under $20 are here to help you find a new makeup favourite!


With Christmas season just under three months away, it’s important for us to start hunting for the best possible deals in order to get the most value for our money.

Whether you are slowly stuffing your stockings or you just need to replace your empty makeup products at the most affordable price, we have a wide variety of awesome products available for less than 20 dollars.

Our selection of makeup under 20 dollars spans across everything from foundation to setting spray from the brands you know and love such as Maybelline, LA Girl and L’Oreal.

Keep on reading to discover some of our favourite makeup finds for under $20.


Woman with makeup shopping bag


Best foundation under $20 – Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage SPF40

$3.95 (RRP $25.95)


You can’t go wrong with a multi-purpose makeup product that does it all and does it well.

This wonderful foundation not only provides natural-looking coverage that feels remarkably lightweight, but it is also enriched with antioxidants to defend the skin against harmful environmental aggressors and pollution, leaving your skin both wonderfully flawless and protected.


 Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage SPF40


Best primer under $20 – L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

$11.95 (RRP $29.95)


This primer truly transforms your makeup game. It glides across the skin with a silky, lightweight formula, minimising the look of pores and fine lines and creating a wonderfully even surface in the process.

Not only does it help your makeup apply better and last longer, but this primer keeps the skin matte through its inclusion of soft sebum-absorbing powders.


L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer 15ml


Best concealer under $20 – LA Girl HD Pro Conceal

$8.95 (RRP $12.95)


This LA Girl concealer is our pick for best concealer under $20 for several reasons.

It offers crease resistant, long-lasting, full coverage while remaining lightweight and maintaining a natural look. It utilises a creamy formula that is easily blended and built upon for customisable coverage. Best of all, its soft brush-tip makes application easier than ever so you can apply concealer exactly where you need it.


LA Girl HD Pro Conceal


Best eyeshadow under $20 – Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette Lemonade Craze

$6.95 (RRP $29.95)


A 12-shade eyeshadow palette under 20 dollars? Yes, you read that correctly.

The Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette comprises 12 gorgeously saturated, citrus-scented shades. Every single one of these warm toned matte and shimmer shades can be blended together for a stunning everyday look or a smouldering smokey look with an eye-catching burst of citrus colour.


Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette Lemonade Craze 12g


Best mascara under $20 – Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara

$6.95 (RRP $19.95)


Give your lash look some fierce feline flare with this Maybelline mascara.

Combining a washable collagen formula with a claw-like brush, this mascara latches onto your lashes, sculping and spiking them out for a bold, clump-free and voluminous finish.


Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara 233 Glam Black 9.2ml


Best setting spray under $20 – L’Oreal Shake & Glow Luminous Setting Spray

$8.95 (RRP $22.95)


Secure your makeup in place and enjoy a lovely cooling sensation in the process with this skin-nurturing setting spray by L’Oreal.

Formulated with Coconut Water, Glycerine and Vitamin E, this setting spray keeps your skin hydrated, protected and cared for while locking your makeup in place and imparting a healthy glow for up to 24 hours.


L'Oreal Shake & Glow Luminous Setting Spray 100ml


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