Splurging on beauty never needs to curtailed when so many impressive products are available at bargain prices from trusted, tried and true brands.

There’s something undeniably lovely about high end brands. But if you’ve got no cash to splash, don’t despair, because with a little know-how, you can find what you need in a discount chemist or department store. With solid endorsements from hordes of adoring beauty addicts, you can rely on products from these brands to see you through from ‘no makeup’ makeup to full glam. Being broke doesn’t mean you can’t be a vegan vixen!

W7 Cosmetics’ Very Vegan range is available at Chemist Warehouse and the entire range is fully certified by the Vegan Society, providing peace of mind for customers, and peace and harmony to animals. A capsule collection of highlighter, bronzer, foundation, mascara and eye shadows won’t break the bank with prices between $5 and $10.


Elf Cosmetics is an entirely vegan brand available at Kmart as well as online. Elf has a well-established and well-earned reputation for quality and affordability. With new products launching constantly, this is a line that can provide a beauty lover with everything imaginable, from primer and setting spray to illuminating cream and HD powder. Check out the huge range in every make-up category, including skincare and tools.


Designer Brands is a 100 per cent vegan and cruelty free certified cosmetics brand, with prices as impressive as the quality of their products (the range includes fragrances and bath products). Designer Brands can be purchased from select pharmacies and some Chemist Warehouse stores, with the entire comprehensive range available from the website.


Available at Priceline, Australis has an impressive vegan colour cosmetics range. This is not an entirely vegan brand, so it’s best to check the company’s online vegan selection so you can always be sure you’re getting a cruelty-free bargain. Look out for the bonus of regular sales and discounts at Priceline.


Real Techniques is known as a reliable workhorse for professional MUAs, a Youtuber favourite, and girl-next-door staple, due to the universal appeal of its budget friendly beauty tools. Its brushes, sponges and tools are totally vegan, and come in every format you could ask for – brush sets, separates, duo fibre, travel friendly, retractable… you name it. They’re all available at Priceline and online.



About the Author


Jessica Ferguson grew up on a nudist health farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to vegetarian parents, and was raised with ethical consumerism at the forefront of family life. In a small country town in Queensland, these ideals were often viewed as suspicious and against the norm.

While studying a Masters of Teaching, and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Sydney University, Jessica spent many years working part time in modelling and television, where her interests in beauty and fashion developed.

Making a sea change to the NSW Hunter Region earlier in 2019 with her surfer husband and twins in tow, has been a revelation, revealing a vibrant and fresh lifestyle, rich with dynamic and motivated people.

Jessica feels this is an exciting time to grow the vegan voice, as we witness an enlivened global movement towards plant-based lifestyles and social awareness.

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