Makeup Luxe Secrets: 5 Cult Products You Can Get For Less

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Chrisanthi Kaliviotis

Beauty Expert

Jun 13, 2022

Here, we unveil the cost-effective counterparts of those makeup cult heroes, which serve a similar function for a fraction of the price; it’s makeup luxe for less.

Shhh – don’t tell anyone we told you.

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Chanel Soliel Tan de Chanel, $70


The Base Velvet Bronzing Makeup Base, $44

A cult-fave which features heavily in the Kardashian / Jenner Instagram and Snapchat feed, Lara Bingle’s version has the same functionality and gives you that bronzed base for both under foundation, or simply worn solo.

bronzer the base


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Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit, $38


Nyx Lip Lingerie, $14.50

The Kylie goes-on-like-gloss-turns-matte lipstick has made the makeup world go gaga, and it’s more a matter of getting your mitts on this one rather than the price. Rumour has it this Nyx variation is formulated with exactly the same stuff. Run, don’t walk.

nyx lip less


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Diorshow Mascara, $55


ModelCo Lash & Line Superlash Mascara, $24

This mega-watt mascara rivals its heftier counterpart – with a similar wand and thick, uber-volume – it leaves your lashes long, lifted and wham-bam.

modelco mascara

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, $92


Models Prefer Radiance Collection Powder Palette, $10.39

Achieve that warm radiance and highlighted glow with similar golden and pearlescent hues, for quite literally a fraction of the price.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92


Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, $19.95

The Giorgio Armani is a makeup artist must-have, but it also tips the pricey side of the scale. This reasonable Rimmel variety however, has an instant anti-fatigue effect with that radiant, lit-from-within glow.

rimmel foundation less


By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis

Beauty Expert

With her lyrical turn of phrase and penchant for uber-glamour, Chrisanthi Kaliviotis is in her element writing about beauty for The Carousel, while weaving in fun fashion and pop culture references. She also loves a road test, so we send many of the new hair tools that arrive her way (she actually knows how to use them). Have you seen that hair?



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