5 Cruelty Free Makeup Products Under $20 You Need To Try




When it comes to foundation, I haven't had much luck. Some of my favourites include the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation and the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, however both brands test on animals so I've banned them from my collection indefinitely. If you're looking for a good quality, affordable foundation promising glowy skin, this one is for you!

I only gave it 4 stars because of the colour - it's a little bit too dark for me. Despite the slight difference in shade, the undertone (for once) is a warm/yellow neutral. I don't know about you guys but I find it almost impossible these days to find a foundation that isn't pink-toned or oxidises orange. Other than this, the finish was flawless and it lasted all day. All of my other products also glided over the foundation seamlessly.




This hydrating primer comes in a small, white opaque bottle. I was quite let down with the size and the packaging as it looked a tad cheap. Boy, I was wrong. It was love at first spritz.

There was something so instantly soothing about the mist and I still can't put my finger on it. It feels like instant hydration with a slight cooling effect. I felt like I wouldn't even need foundation because of the glow this product gave me. I'm obsessed. So obsessed in fact that it has officially replaced my beloved Mario Badescu Rosewater spray as my favourite facial mist. Yep, I went there. I'm hoping by talking about this on my blog it may gain a little more exposure, because I genuinely really believe this product is amazing.



I am very, very picky when it comes to primers. I prefer to have a really great moisturiser instead as I've always felt like primers were a scam and a waste of money. I also don't like the idea of letting silicone absorb into my face. However, I decided to give this one a go.

Like the hydrating primer, I was a bit disappointed with the packaging and the size. I first patch-tested it on the back on my hand and noticed immediately it almost de-saturated my skin tone in comparison to the other hand. This, in my opinion, is exactly what you want with a colour correcting primer. 

When applied to the skin it goes on thick and absorbs super quickly. I immediately noticed how smooth and moisturised my skin felt. It did even out my redness to a degree (I had to wait a few minutes), although I found the fact that it is incredibly soothing and my makeup went on really lovely over the top of it to be more impressive.



If creamy, long lasting and vibrant is your thing - look no further than colourpop. With affordable pots of every colour available on their website - you can never go wrong with this brand when it comes to eyeshadows. My personal favourite is a little one I received with my first order when they hit 1 million followers on facebook. It's called Milli and it's a beautiful copper/bronze shade with gold flakes. It looks especially nice on the lower lashline and drawn on like an eyeliner on the top lash line.




This highlighter has been my go-to the last month. In my opinion it is comparable to Becca's Shimmering Skin Tint Highlighter in Opal (one of my favourite highlighters ever - and yes, I know, it's a big claim to make). I'm not too sure whether that's what W7 was going for, but it definitely paid off. The colour is a beautiful iridescent yet very buildable light gold champagne and it lasts all day. It's also only $5 AU.

Some More Recommendations:

NYX Lip Lingerie,

NYX Full Coverage Concealer Pot,

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighters

Before you go, what's your favourite drugstore makeup product and would you try any of the ones I've mentioned?