Cheap makeup and skincare products in Mustafa Centre
We’ve been through many painful times, letting go of the things you love – one of which are expensive makeup and skincare. You’re not alone if you window shopped at Sephora or even your local Watsons or Guardian, thinking that “Man, makeup is expensive”.
If you relate to this on a spiritual level, let’s not forget about the 24-hour shoppers’ paradise, Mustafa Centre that has some mad deals for makeup and skincare products. Here is our list of worth-it buys from Mustafa Centre that are definitely cheaper than your personal care stores.
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Normal retail price: $22.90
Mustafa price: $17.90
Some of us love a solid full coverage foundation but others aren’t about that full coverage life. Silkygirl’s Magic BB Cushion might just be the one for you for your everyday look. At $17.90, the cushion gives you medium coverage that can build up to full coverage, layering with the cushion puff.
It also gives your skin some TLC with skincare benefits that can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes, and even out your skin tone. For those who have dry skin, say goodbye to dry spots because this moisturising BB cushion is going to be staying in your makeup drawer for a long time.
Normal retail price: $25.90
Mustafa price: $19.90
Think about the best high-end setting powder out there in the market and you’d automatically think of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. If you can’t get through the day without setting your face, you can give Revlon’s New Complexion Loose Powder Transparent a shot. With many who’ve tried and tested this very powder, it’s revealed that it’s more finely-milled than Laura Mercier’s!
Based on reviews, Revlon’s powder doesn’t clog your pores and it’s great for those who have normal to dry skin because of the mineral oil in the powder. Lightly powder to set your face by tapping off the excess before application so that Flashback Mary is sure not to haunt you in your late-night pics. The New Complexion Loose Powder Transparent retails at Mustafa for $19.90.
Normal retail price: $32.90
Mustafa price: $29.90
Like high-end foundations in the makeup market, the L’Oreal Infallible 24H Freshwear Foundation has its own cult following with famous YouTube makeup gurus like Tati stanning this drugstore foundation. The Infallible also works as an Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation dupe – similar in terms of its longevity, matte finish, and their transfer-proof qualities. What’s not to love?
Without any colour correcting, it managed to cover my veins on my left hand with one pump!
Telling by its name, this lightweight foundation is long-wearing and it gives you medium coverage that’s buildable for a fuller coverage. This foundation is also sweatproof and it doesn’t settle into fine lines. If your skin’s leaning towards the oily side, this foundation can be a part of your daily routine as it holds up without breaking up with your natural oils.
Normal retail price: $18.90
Mustafa price: $15.90
Reminiscent of NYX’s Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush Glow, the L’Oreal Lucent Magique Blush acts as both a blush and a highlighter to give you a natural healthy glow to the face that won’t fade away as the day passes. Since NYX has left our shores, this is your best bet if you’re not keen on forking out extra for shipping.
The blush gives a natural pink glowy finish to the face
If you think $15.90 is a stretch for just blush, this sleek-looking blush comes with a mirror so you can easily touch-up your makeup. For those who have a desert for skin, this blush won’t crack it up so you’re good to grab these.
Normal retail price: $19.90
Mustafa price: $16.90
The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation has got the makeup world shook for its impressive 24 shades for a drugstore brand – so good it got famous YouTube makeup artists praising the brand for its efforts. Being a famous dupe for MAC Cosmetics’ Studio Fix Fluid, you’re definitely getting a bang for your buck at $16.90.
The Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation blends right into the skin without feeling heavy
For a drugstore brand, it has a high colour pay-off so you can expect medium to full coverage. Use a dense foundation brush or buffer brush to blend the foundation to get that airbrushed finish.
Normal retail price: $21.90
Mustafa price: $18.90
Say hello to Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara – the Benefit Roller Lash ($23) dupe. Just like the Roller Lash, the Lash Sensational fans out and enhances your lashes – giving you the illusion of having a full, thick set of lashes.
You don’t have to worry about your lashes drooping after spending a full minute just curling them because this won’t happen with the Lash Sensational. This $18.90 mascara also doesn’t flake or smudge so you can look forward to a long day without having to worry about dark panda eyes at the end of the day.
Mustafa is the only retailer that carries Lakme, a famous makeup brand in India. It’s well-known to have makeup dupes for MAC Cosmetics’ lippies and eyeliners. With that said, the Eyeconic Kajal eyeliner doesn’t fall short from its brand’s reputation.
If you’re a gel eyeliner lover, be keen. This $4.90 kajal glides easily across your lids while giving you full pigmentation that doesn’t leave any room for patchiness. This eyeliner actually lives up to its claims of being smudge-free and waterproof according to the countless reviews online. All in all, this Mustafa-exclusive is a must-try.
Normal retail price: $29.90
Mustafa price: $22.50
Pulling an all-nighter or two can give you major eye bags, but erasing those Gucci bags won’t take too long because the Bio-Essence Eye Mask will be your solution to brighter, more awake-looking eyes.
For all those peeps with oily lids, this eye mask got you guys’ backs. It absorbs excess oil and reduces milia around your eyes. You can bid farewell to smudgy eyeliner and lashes that transform you into a raccoon by night.
Normal retail price: $21.50 (50ml)
Mustafa price: $4.50 (15ml) = $15 (50ml)
It’s tough to come by a moisturiser that hydrates the skin without the infamous sticky residue. But Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel is good to give you the hydration you need without that icky layer that sits on top of the skin. It’s also very thin so it’s absorbed into the skin with ease.
The water gel also doubles up as a hydrating makeup primer as it has a slight matte finish. Even though Mustafa sells the water gel in 15ml mini-jars, you can get 4 mini-jars that are going for $4.50 each and it’s still cheaper than the 50ml ones you get at your local Watsons store.
Normal retail price: $4.50
Mustafa price: $3.90
Nature Republic’s Soothing And Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel made a name for itself for being multi-purpose at a cheap price point. This has definitely given other brands an opportunity to come up with dupes like Alo Natura’s 98% Soothing Gel carried by Watsons. However, you can still get the OG gel for $3.90 at Mustafa Centre that’s way cheaper than these dupes.
This gel soothes the skin if you suffer from sunburns, IPL burns, as well as shave burns. If you want to use it on the face, it’s good for both oily and dry skin types to smooth out the skin’s texture over time. A solution that’s cheap yet effective.
Normal retail price: $31.42
Mustafa price: $19.90
The Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution is a good makeup remover for those who have dry or sensitive skin as it removes makeup efficiently – even waterproof makeup – without stinging your skin. Both the original formula and the one formulated for acne-prone skin are going for $19.90 each and $35.80 for 2 bottles at Mustafa.
Normal retail price: $4.90
Mustafa price: $3.80 per tub
For my fellow eczema sufferers, we all know the struggles of finding a good moisturiser that can soothe the dryness without triggering any reaction from irritants. Many people with eczema swear by the Nivea Creme because it locks in moisture without feeling as heavy as a lotion because it’s oil-free.
At Mustafa, you can cop 4 x 250ml tubs for $15.20 so you can stock up on your creams for some good slathering on your bad skin days.
Normal retail price: $6.50
Mustafa price: $3.50 per tub
You don’t have to console your crying wallet because a good moisturiser doesn’t have to be expensive. The Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream is great for those who don’t like feeling weighed down because the cream is light and non-greasy which is perfect for the face.
At Mustafa, you can get 6 x 50ml tubs for $21, which translates to $3.50 a tub. It’s a major steal.
Makeup and skincare can really be a hefty investment for the sake of having good skin days. You won’t have to spend the extra money anymore, knowing that there are cheaper alternatives in Mustafa Centre, the shopping haven that’s known for its tempting discounts from electronics to beauty products, and even weird snacks!
From cheap makeup dupes, to affordable moisturisers that won’t break the bank, head over to Mustafa Centre and get your fix! If you’re down to get yourself more makeup dupes, we’ve also covered them so that you won’t have to be broke.
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