Makeup: 3 Aussie Cruelty-Free Brands You Should Try | Life of Dahlia

Hey Makeup Lovers, Today I want to share with you 3 Aussie Cruelty-Free Brands I think you should try. I love supporting cruelty-free affordable brands from my country. Today I’m going to talk about 3 affordable cruelty-free brands that I’ve been really enjoying, one has been a long time favourite, one is a new brand to me and one I’ve recently rediscovered.

I’m going to list these in alphabetical order and discuss what products I’ve tried from them, what I recommend and what I would love to try more of from each brand.


BYS Cosmetics

I recently rediscovered this brand after many years; in Australia, this used to be the go-to brand when I was a teenager because it was fairly affordable. Back then the quality wasn’t great but I didn’t know any better. The quality and range have since improved, this brand has since become really popular and has a huge following now.

They are always coming out with trending products that just fly out the door. I’ve recently tried out some of their eyeshadow & contour palettes and I can say that I thought they weren’t too bad for the price. The prices for palettes are usually around the $16-20 mark which if you’re from the U.S. the quality for that price might not be that great but for Australia, it’s quite different.

So far I’ve tried out the ‘Berries’ & ‘Cosmic’ eyeshadow palettes as well as the cream & powder contour palettes. If you want to check out my full reviews for the ‘Berries’ palette and ‘Contour’ palettes find the links below:

Berries Review

Contour Review

I feel like sometimes going back to more affordable palettes is hard because the quality is quite different from the more expensive ones I’ve purchased in recent years, but I like to keep in mind when I try things out to review that there are people out there that don’t or can’t spend that much on makeup so I try to go in with neutral feelings when trying them out.

With all these brands I often feel like having a good base like an eyeshadow primer or using a concealer on your eyes as a base often helps when using something from a more affordable range. While I feel like the eyeshadow palettes lacked in the pigmentation I’m now used to, if I used a good base it helped a lot. So I defiantly recommend trying their palettes out if you’re interested in trying out something more affordable but want in trend colours. I also recommend checking out their face or contour palettes if your interest in contour but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, I quite like the cream contour palette myself.

BYS really have a comprehensive range that includes face, eyes, brows, lips, lashes you name it they probably have it in their range. I’ve really had to stop myself from wanting to buy more from their range, like the ‘Neon’ liners or the ‘Festival’ palette which has all bright colours, and their new peach range looks amazing. I will be closely following this brand to see what new things they come out with over the next couple of years.

You can purchase BYS Products from various stockists, including Target, Kmart as well as Gloss, Cosmetics Plus and more. You can find a list of stockiest and also by some products via the official BYS Website. They also distribute internationally you can also find these listed on the website.


Chi Chi Cosmetics

Chi Chi Cosmetics has been a favourite of mine for many years, I’ve tried probably close to half the products they offer, whether its eyeshadow palettes, contour palettes, brow products, base products, lip products, you name it I’ve probably tried most of it. Because I’ve tried so much I will just discuss a few of my favourite products that I’ve tried from Chi Chi.

Chi Chi have a huge range of eyeshadow palettes which means there is something for everyone, They have a fantastic range available in either their newer palette range or the original ‘Glamourous’ range. I would recommend the newer packaging is much nicer as where the older packaging is made of cheap plastic and is easily breakable if you drop it; I know this from experience which is why I depotted most of mine that came in this packaging. My favourite from the range has to be the ‘Spices’ palette it has some beautiful orange & warm toned mattes, as well as some, rose gold and wine shimmers. This palette can now be found in the newer packaging as well.

Chi Chi offers a lot in the face product department, for example, they have blush, contour and highlight palettes that range from smaller trios to larger palettes that include a range of tones or encompass blush, contour/bronzer & highlight in one. My favourites have to be the ‘Contour Extravaganza’ which has bronzer/contour, blush & highlights all in one, as well as the new ‘Iridescent Glow’ palette which contains 8 different highlight shades in a range of colours.

Last recommendation would have to be their brow products, in particular, the ‘Brow Pomades’ I’ve used these in multiple shades (I change my hair colour a lot so I occasionally need to change my brow products) and It has to be one of my favourite brow products ever.

You can purchase Chi Chi Cosmetics from Target & Myer (they tend to get stock quicker so I would recommend purchasing from here). I think they are currently relaunching their website, so hopefully, they will have better and newer stock via there, you can sign up for notifications via the website. I also know that they are starting to branch out and stock internationally hopefully when the new site is up and running they will have more info on this.


Designer Brands Cosmetics aka DB Cosmetics

DB Cosmetics is a fairly new brand to me, I’ve tried things here and there but never really dived into their range until the last six months or so. So far I’ve tried their eyeshadow, contour and highlighting palettes as well as their foundations. It was a brand that I was really surprised by, the quality of their products is great, especially their foundations and highlighters.

Last Christmas they came out with a range of goodies including eyeshadow palettes, a highlighting palette and more. I picked up two of the eyeshadow palettes and a highlighting palette which I adore. The quality of the highlight palette to me is just as amazing as any of the more expensive highlighters that I own.

For my full review of these products, you can find it here.

The foundations are recent to my collection; I had run out of my other foundations and wanted to purchase some more so I decided to try out the ones from DB’s range. I picked up the new matte foundation but also the hydrating foundation; so far I’m really impressed by them. I just wanted to note that I purchased the lightest ones in the range and I do need to lighten them just in case you are as fair as me I thought you would like to know that.

I’ve been mixing the hydrating foundation with their hydrating primer to create a lighter coverage, I would say that the foundations are in the medium to full coverage range which is great but I love that I can mix it with the primer for days where I want a lighter coverage. I like the way they feel on the skin they feel weightless especially when I mix it I feel like I’m wearing barely anything on my face.

They do also have a long-wearing formula in their range so it all depends on what you’re looking for in your foundation, for me I only need something that could last any wear between 4-6 hours and these last great for the time I wear them for, I haven’t really tested these out any longer than maybe 8 hours so I’m not sure how they would stand up for long time periods.

I feel like DB Cosmetic is definitely a brand to keep an eye on.

You can purchase DB Cosmetics via Price Attack, various pharmacies as well as their official website; I’ve purchased all my products from here so that I didn’t have to go hunting. They have reasonable shipping rates as well, You can find a stockist near you via their website.

Have you tried any of these brands? What are your favourite products that you have tried? Are there any affordable Aussie brands I should check out? Let me know in the comments

I really enjoyed writing this post, I love sharing my favourite brands and products. I’m really enjoying using some of my more affordable products this month and I want to integrate them more into my makeup routine. I use a bit of both, half my eyeshadow collection is high-end and half is affordable, most of my face products are affordable only a handful are more expensive and most of my eyeliners and lip products are affordable. I feel like I have a good balance, there are something’s I don’t mind spending more on and something’s that I don’t.

I hope you enjoyed my post, let me know your favourite affordable brands below.


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erin applebee

Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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