Budget buys for darker skin tones

Monday, 13 August 2012

We may have left the recession behind us, but we all have those end-of-the-month-Salticrax moments where the thought of spending R500 on a lipstick hurts. Really hurts. Waay deep down. Couple with that the small of issue of not all shades looking create on darker skin tones and your trip to the beauty counters could become downright depressing.

But, there’s no need to break your budget. Here are our BeautySouthAfrica’s favourite make-up and skincare brands for darker complexions.

MAKE-UP



Essence
A fairly new brand to South Africa, Essence stocks everything from nail, lip and eye colours to foundations, blushers and bronzers. Fully stocked at your nearest Clicks or Dis-Chem store, Essence is imported from Europe but that hasn’t stopped the brand from keeping their prices low. Nail polishes start from R20, lip sticks and lip glosses from R30, while mascaras (from volume boosting to waterproof) and eye shadows (including my favourite gel eyeliners) all range within the R30 – R50 price tag. Personally, I’m not a fan of their foundations; I prefer a medium to full coverage foundation, not light coverage which isn’t really buildable either.



Budget buys for darker skin tones - Make-up

Avon
With Pabi Moloi as their new celebrity spokesperson, Avon continues to deliver fabulous colours at fabulous prices. The Glow range (R40 – R100) is perfect for that pre-summer warmth, and I highly recommend the Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls, R89.95, which can be used as a bronzer or blush. Other fabulous buys include the Ultra Colour Rich 24K Gold Lipstick, R89.95, which contains real gold flecks, the SuperShock Mascara, R54.95, Nail Experts nail care range, and eye popping True Colour Eyeshadow Duos, R99.95.

SKINCARE

Darker complexions are prone to oiliness (which leaves them looking younger for longer – yay!) but it’s also more susceptible to hyper-pigmentation, dark patches and uneven skin tone. Essence also has a skincare range, but we prefer the big name brands that have been in the beauty game for yonks.

Budget buys for darker skin tones - Skincare

Revlon’s New Complexion Event Out range offers minimising serums, daily moisturisers with an SPF, and night creams all between R100 and R200, while Almay’s EvenSkin range has clarifying face washes and toners, mark minimisers and daily moisturisers from R80 to R150.

Budget buys for darker skin tones - Skincare

The recent Flawless Radiance range by Pond’s and Lasting Oil Control range is also reasonably priced from R49.99 to R94.99, and includes everything from facial foams and toners to day and night creams, lotions and serums.

Other articles you may be interested in:
Budget buys for guys
Bargain beauty buys for women

Written by

Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Geraldine Young

    I agree. Essence has a great and affordable range. I love their range of colours too. The Almay Even skin mark minimiser works. I had a very uneven chin and after less than a month of using it, I can see a huge difference.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I knew Essence would be on this list. It is a great make-up brand. Really affordable. The skincare range left a lot to be desired though.

    6 years ago •

  1. makera

    Great products. I love Essence nail polishes. They are affordable and they come in fun colours.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Avon has really great products, it’s no wonder they’ve been around for a while and still are successful.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I love the Essence blush and nailpolishes

    6 years ago •

  1. Jooma

    Absolutely love essence & ponds haven’t tried almay but after reading the article I’m tempted

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    Ponds is definitely a budget buy and value for money too!

    6 years ago •

  1. Safz

    I love the essence lash and brow gel mascara its amazing! Especially if u going in water so u don’t run your mascara love it after lash tinting brings out the colour

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I love essence. I convinced everyone I knew to buy their gel eyeliner as it was the most reasonable on the market and personally, its give me the perfect sultry look. I also love their mascara’s.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    i bought the Essence liquid eyeliner, it works like a dream and it’s really a budget price too!

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I use the flawless radiance range from ponds I am very happy with it thank you for the great tips

    6 years ago •

  1. G

    I think the Ponds range range is fantastic

    7 years ago •

  1. smiley

    fantastic article, great for us dar skinned girl.

    7 years ago •

  1. Ntombi

    i think i must try Almay range too…………….

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Blemishes are a nightmare :-( I haven’t tried Almay

    7 years ago •

  1. Hajira

    Finally I know what make up products to try and purchase for my skin this month

    7 years ago •

  1. honey_child

    Had no idea Revlon had a range like this!

    7 years ago •

  1. Vadapalli

    Love essence products!!! They are reasonably price for the quality offered.

    7 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    I’m going to check out the essence range from clicks price looking good

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I recently discovered Essence at Clicks – great range and affordable too.

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    i just love the mascara range AVON has to offer. i have yet to try the Essence product.

    7 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    Essence products are really good there pricing is affordable as well. Especially love the nailpolish.

    7 years ago •

  1. Theron

    I love the Avon make-up range and its reasonably priced.

    7 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Love the essence brand. Been using Ponds since high school days….

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    nice article and i like few essence products. Maybe should give Avons bronzing pearls a try.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love essence for small make up items like glosses and eye liners. And love their clear mascara!

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    love essence products since they are so affordable

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    I LOVE Essence! Awesome products at even better prices.

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Ponds products is a trusted brand for years and for generations. Always worth the buy.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    I like the color choices for make up. And Almay range looks good. I must send the link of this article to my cousin in philippines who has dark tone..

    7 years ago •

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