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Monde Shops 31 August 2021

Affordable Skincare That Doesn’t Skimp On Quality

Our favourite 5 drug-store skincare brands.

We all know the allure of walking into your local supermarket and finding a miracle moisturizer. It promises to plump, hydrate, and leave the skin as smooth as silk. And all these colossal pledges arriving in a tube for less than ten dollars. Yet, often these sorts of ‘wonder’ products can leave the skin feeling oily, congested and somehow still dehydrated. Our edit is here to steer you away from cheap and misleading moisturisers and into the direction of reliable yet affordable skincare, that may just change your life!


Words By Ellen Madden

The Ordinary

Contrary to the brands’ humble name, The Ordinary’s products are above all things extraordinary while absolutely pleasing the hip pocket.

They don’t muck around with fancy product titles, instead, they name the product exactly what it is – from Salicylic Acid 2% to Niacinamide 10%.

This transparent approach is also reflected in the packaging – it’s simple, sleek and is quite literally see-through.

The Ordinary delivers a wide array of products including Face Masks, cleaners, oils, serums, moisturizers and toners.

We love the Squalene Cleanser which comes in balm form and when warmed turns into a milky liquid. It effortlessly dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oils, leaving the skin feeling smooth and supple. For additional hydration, opt for one of the brand’s key serums or moisturizer.

Cult members of The Ordinary family, Hyaluronic Acid 2%, The Natural Moisturizing Factors Moisturizer and Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution all offer specialised skin nourishment to help you achieve your best face, every day.

With such sensible pricing and hardworking products, it’s hard to go past The Ordinary.

The Inkey List

Founded in 2018, The Inkey List is a British company dedicated to making the world of skincare understandable for all.

This well-received trait is achieved through obvious product names, a clear description of the product and an in-depth guide on how to use the product.

Their iconic Collagen Booster is an exemplary example of this. Whilst the product name may be obvious to beauty gurus or their cult followers, the brand still outlines all there is to know about it, including which skin type the product is best for.

What’s even better than labelled, easily understood and high-quality skincare? When it’s available for a fraction of the price of other luxe skincare – of course!

We also love their Antioxidant Serum, Acid Brightening Cleanser, Retinol Cream and the Apple Cider Vinegar Acid peel for their skin brightening and texture smoothing properties.

And if you’ve already got your skincare routine down pat, The Inkey List also makes first-class hair and scalp treatments.

At a fraction of the price of high-end products, there’s truly something for every budget, skin surface and type.

Skinstitut

When thinking of affordable, high-quality skincare one cannot look past skinstitut.

Founded in 2008, the skincare brand has remained an industry leader for delivering products that keep their promises.

They even have a price guarantee. Every single product, from eye creams to sheet masks, must fall under $49 or less – ensuring everything is affordable for everyone.

Skinstitut is known for designing products suitable for all skin types and specific facial regions. Their Vitamin C cream is a cutting-edge product for anti-aging. It has a potency of 100% and comes in fine powder which stimulates the growth of collagen in the skin. They have moisturizers for both oily and normal skin.

Their Rejuvenate serum repairs and restores dull and tired-looking skin by improving the face’s elasticity. The benefits from skinstitut’s skincare range are endless!

Skinstitut has well and truly proven over the years that they are industry pioneers for crafting the perfect lotion and potion for any skin type.

Biologi

Biologi’s skincare is sure to tickle the fancy of fellow tree lovers or even those simply wanting a natural take on their skincare regime.

They are the first-ever skincare company to use clean cosmeceuticals. This involves using sable, entirely active, plant phytonutrients and purely natural vitamin C, which hasn’t been done by any other company before.

Biologi’s Lip Serum is made from two ingredients – blood-red finger limes and sodium benzoate offering both repair and protection of the lips.

We also love their Refresh Cleanser, Rejuvenation Eye Serum and Organic Rosehip Oil. But rest assured Biologi is known and adored for all of their heavenly oils, serums and cleansers.

It’s only natural (pun intended) to think that a cutting-edge brand like this would charge exorbitant prices – we are here to tell you they certainly do not!

You are in safe hands with any bottle, pot or tube of goodness from Biologi.

Cinch Skincare

Cinch skincare was created in hopes of combining all the benefits of a 10-step skincare routine at an affordable price.

The brands’ founder wants to help build self-confidence in women and particularly those who don’t have money to spend on luxe skincare. Cinch does both – marrying high-end skincare and affordability.

Clear, moisturized, and glowing skin is the goal; made possible with their small range of products which each boast five benefits.

Their Cleanse + Glow is a micellar water spray that gently removes makeup, tones, balances, gently exfoliates and hydrates the skin. The Sleep + Glow is an overnight booster cream that cleanses, exfoliates and smooths the appearance of fine lines.

The magic lotions and potions also come in product bundles to simplify your skincare routine.

The products are all Australian made, vegan, not tested on animals and the packaging is recyclable. What more could you want!