While you won't see top-tier luxury products lining the shelves of your local Woolies, you will find good quality skincare, makeup, and haircare that costs a heck of a lot less. Gone are the days of bare-bones offering limited to home-brand sorbolene and suspicious-looking face washes. Most stores now carry an excellent range including the likes of ModelCo, Batiste, and even Klorane's cult dry shampoo. (Yes, you can shop a French pharmacy staple at the same place you buy your eggs—what a time to be alive.) A great place to stock up on basics, Woolworths also hides a few secret editor favorites.
From a $4 body wash that smells like "a really snuggly hug", to the best drugstore nail polish out there, Woolies has got it all. Ahead, you'll find the 10 best products to buy, according to Byrdie Australia editors.
Keep scrolling to find out how we shop for beauty at the supermarket.
"An old favorite. I haven't found anything better."
"I often use this cult French pharmacy buy even when my hair is clean—it adds a little extra volume and texture without looking like 'product'."
"Soaps can be quite drying but this one is so gentle on skin. It has such a cozy and comforting scent, too."
"At $13 this brow kit is as good as any other. I shape my brows with the wax, apply powder for definition, then set with the wax again. They stay in place all day and night."
"I use this every weekend. Apart from it smelling fresh, it's sheer, lightweight, and goes on like velvet. It doesn’t block my pores like most sunscreens do, and I've never gotten a sunburn while wearing it."
"My hair is approximately 75% dry shampoo at all times. I've never managed to complete a grocery run without buying at least one bottle."
"I love this stuff so much. It smells comforting—like a really snuggly hug. It's also pretty moisturizing, and only costs $4 a pop."
"Coconut-scented body lotion is the closest I'll get to a European summer this year. It's not quite the same as spending a week in Santorini, but I'll take it."
"I've used this concealer for years and it has never failed me. I apply it under my eyes to make my dark circles disappear. It's also great for blemishes, and has a nice, natural finish."