Budget Beauty - Kmart Finds

Some of you might remember a few months ago, BYS Cosmetics released a budget dupe of the Modern Renaissance palette, called Berries, which meant I had to take a trip to the beauty section of Kmart which has become a bit of a new must visit destination for me when looking for budget beauty buys.

I was so impressed with the standard of their products that I ended up picking up a few more palettes as well as a few other products which caught my eye that day, namely the Fifth Avenue Highlighting Blushes which looked liked like they could be dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.

I walked out of Kmart that day thinking I’d just grabbed myself the bargain of a lifetime, given these were $8 each and the Hourglass blushes are currently $55 at Mecca!

Sadly, these Fifth Avenue blushes are not dupes. I have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette from last year which has two of their blushes in it. They are very subtle and hard to go overboard with. If I could afford the full size blushes, I’d pick up two more colours for the days when I feel like I don’t want to wear a full face but still look put together.

I found that these blushes were very pigmented and shimmery but this type of blush doesn’t suit my skin type with it’s enlarged pores and uneven texture. The first time I tried out the blushes, I went in heavy handed and had some serious clown cheeks but after a few attempts with different brushes and application styles I managed to make the blushes work for me.

I don’t hate these blushes, but I can’t really wear them, so they’re currently sitting in a drawer waiting to be de-stashed or given away. I certainly think these would suit someone who doesn’t have to worry about shimmer drawing attention to pores or uneven skin texture as long as you don’t go in heavy handed in your application!

The next time I was in Kmart, I thought I’d give their standard powder blush a go and picked up a shade called “Berry Parfait”. In the shop, I thought it was a matte blush but later I realised that there’s definitely some glitter in it. I almost blew my stack thinking it would be another fail for me, but I gave it a try and actually it’s pretty awesome!

The glitter isn’t chunky and it imparts a very slight sheen and it turns out that is just enough to mask some of those darn pores. Again, a really light hand here is key - all of these products are ridiculously pigmented for a Kmart cosmetics brand and if you love a pigmented blush, these will absolutely blow you away.

The wear time on all three blushes is good. My oily skin seems to obliterate blushes reasonably quickly but I didn’t need to touch up at all during a 8 hour work day and it didn’t blot away like other blushes have.

If you’re looking to pick up a few new blushes and are on a budget, I’d certainly recommend all three blushes - for $10 or less, you really can’t go wrong.

Have you found any budget buys lately? Have you tried some of the Kmart own-brand makeup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Sian Catrin
    August 30, 2017 at 7:42 am

    It’s such a shame when a product doesn’t come out how you’d expect! It seems not everything can be duped!!x

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      August 30, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Absolutely! I’m definitely liking these blushes though, just a shame that they aren’t particularly suited to me - well the highlighting ones anyway.

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    August 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I had no idea this brand even existed, I guess I’m overdue for a trip to Kmart! x

    Billie |

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      August 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

      I had always over looked everything that wasn’t standard drug store brands so I’m really glad I gave this a chance. I’m going to try a few more products from this range as soon as I’m done with my no buy!

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    August 30, 2017 at 8:46 am

    To be honest, I’ve never really given the knart brands a second look. Other than the elusive BYS berries palette. I think I need to pay more attention now.

    Lubz ||

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      August 30, 2017 at 8:48 am

      I also recommend the new Peach palette! I’ll be posting a review of all of the BYS palettes I have in a few weeks.

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    August 30, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I think I want to buy them for their packaging! I’m impressed!

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      August 30, 2017 at 10:20 am

      It looks great, doesn’t it?!

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    September 1, 2017 at 7:26 am

    What a bargain and I actually like the 3 colors! They look beautiful <3

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      September 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      They sure were an absolute bargain!

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    September 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    These sound really good! I’ve always loved the packaging of this brand, but never tried anything as I’ve heard quite a few mixed reviews! This review definitely inspired me to pick something up though x

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      September 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Awesome! I hope you like the products you get. I didn’t read any reviews prior as I wanted to give an unbiased opinion but I will go and look now at what people have said!

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    September 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I haven’t heard of this brand, and I don’t think I’ve even seen it but I do look in the Kmart beauty section all the time. They look stunning in the pan. It’s a shame it doesn’t translate so well when used.

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      September 3, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Every time I go in store, I swear they move the shelves. At the moment in my store it’s in the Australis branded section!

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