Finding high-quality but low-priced beauty products when you're on a budget can be a bit tricky for all of the makeup fans out there. You want to look totally stunning, but you're worried that the $2 eyeshadow you spotted in your local drugstore will have so little pigment, it'll be invisible. You want an eyeliner that'll stay put all day, but that you won't need to remortgage your house to afford. While luxury makeup products do look incredible, their hefty price tags mean they're totally out of your reach. How can just one lipstick be worth $50 anyway?
Does this sound like the kind of struggle you face whenever you go makeup shopping? If so, you're in the right place! Turns out there are so many budget beauty products out there that are of a super-high quality. You don't need to break the bank to serve some sickening looks! There are plenty of affordable brands who've made a serious effort to produce top-notch makeup for those of us on a budget, some of which are also cruelty-free. It's the dream! Here are just some of the incredible beauty products we've come across that won't eat into your paycheck too much.
If you're in the market for a cheap liquid eyeliner that's both good-quality and cruelty-free, the e.l.f. Precision Liquid Liner is the product for you.
Whether you're into a cat-eye shape, a thin liner stroke, or a thick, dramatic line, the precise applicator of this product has you covered.
Apparently, it's also good pretty great staying power: one Amazon reviewer claimed that it "holds up throughout the day, even through humidity and sweat." Nice! Costing just $3, this product really is a steal.
If you're a huge fan of the NARS range of baked blushes but don't have the budget to drop $30 on them, Milani has got you covered. Their Dolci Pink shade of baked blush is practically identical to Orgasm, the most popular NARS shade - but costs a fraction of the price! According to a reviewer on Gurl.com, Milani's product "doesn't have the staying power" of its NARS counterpart. However, its low price and incredible pigmentation totally compensate for this flaw.
Ever since the likes of Cara Delevingne paved the way for thick brows to become trendy again.
We've all been desperate to find the best brow pencils that'll help us to "get the look" for a low price.
Luckily, NYX has saved the day with its Auto Eyebrow Pencils. With a built-in brush and a huge range of shades, it's hard to find a bad word to say about this product! Plus, according to Amazon reviewers, it can double as an eyeliner! Ideal!
If you've never tried a cream eyeshadow product before, the Maybelline Color Tattoo range is a great place to start. According to the women of MakeupAlley.com, these eyeshadow pots are a great alternative to the pricier MAC paint pot range. They stick to your eyelid once applied, have great pigmentation, and can even double as a primer! At around $5 per pot, these products are definitely good value without compromising on quality. What more can you ask for in an eyeshadow?
Originally, the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter collection was only supposed to be a short-term, limited edition range.
However, it proved to be so popular that it's been made a full-time addition to the company's roster!
Writing for PopSugar, professional makeup artist Nicole Moleti called this product "magical" thanks to its incredible texture and gorgeous range of shades. She now wears it every day! At just $5 per product, it would be rude not to snap up this YouTube-famous, much-lauded highlighter.
There are so many reasons why everyone should be totally obsessed with ColourPop's range of matte liquid lipsticks, the first being their price.
Coming in at $6.50, they're far cheaper than a lot of high-end brands!
Plus, as Allure's Tynan Sinks notes, they have basically the top staying power of any liquid lip on the market. Like, they DO NOT BUDGE, even if you're eating and drinking. With over 50 different color options available, there's genuinely a ColourPop liquid lipstick for everyone.
Primer is one of those beauty products that people on a budget tend to avoid. Why bother splashing out on it when you can do a perfectly good face of makeup without it? Well, true as that may be, it might be time for all of the primer-haters out there to try Maybelline's Master Prime. As Racked notes, there are three editions of this primer with each catering to a different skin type. However, they all make your foundation last longer and appear smoother.
Once again, budget makeup brand Wet N Wild has truly saved everyone's lives (and bank accounts) with their Photo Focus foundation.
With 18 shades to choose from and a seriously low price tag of $6, there's a lot to love with this product!
While some Amazon reviewers warn that it can be a tad drying for some skin types, it generally gets a lot of hype thanks to its medium coverage, matte finish, and long-lasting qualities. It's easy to apply, too - it's the dream!
This is a product that I've been using for years, and that's ideal for anyone who loves liquid lipstick but also wants to save some money. The Rimmel Provocalips range of lip products are really a 2-in-1 purchase: you get a long-lasting, highly pigmented lipstick alongside a clear gloss. If you apply the gloss onto the lipstick once it's dried, it both increases the product's staying power and prevents your lips from getting too dried out. Plus, this product genuinely is kiss-proof, which is always a bonus!
Although under-eye setting powder isn't one of the most commonly-used makeup products, it's definitely worth a try when its price tag is this low!
For just $3, e.l.f. offer one of the best setters out there.
According to the users of MakeupAlley, this product effectively prevents your under-eye concealer from creasing and gives it extra staying power. It also has an amazing brightening effect, perfect for anyone who - like myself - suffers from permanent under-eye dark circles. Did we mention you get all of this for just $3?
When a concealer manages to scoop a Best Of Beauty Award, you know it's the real deal. As Allure notes, the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer bagged this prize back in 2015 - and for good reason! Despite coming in at the low price of $4.99, this product effectively covers up anything from mild dark circles to a full-blown breakout. It's thick but moisturizing, long-lasting yet basically undetectable, and comes in a wide range of shades. Whatever your skin type, this concealer will help you get through your bad skin days with ease.
If Kylie Jenner's rise to beauty stardom has taught us anything, it's that lip liner is the best friend of anyone who wants to achieve that flawless, smudge-free lip look.
The thing is, you don't have to splash out on the high-end products that Jenner uses (and produces) to get that perfect pout!
The Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner collection features a wide range of colors which all come in at around $6. With this product boasting over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon, it's difficult not to want to try it!
The Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder is a versatile yet affordable product that beauty gurus everywhere have been raving about for years now. Does it live up to the hype? Apparently so! According to TheBeautySection.com, this powder keeps even the oiliest of faces looking smooth and matte for the entire day. It's a powder of high-end quality with a drugstore price, and it's been around since 1935 - it must be doing something right! Coming in at just under $6, it's a must-have for anyone who can't live without setting powder.
The L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara has been around for years now, but its popularity is showing no signs of decreasing.
It's incredibly rare to find a product that actually lengthens and adds volume to your lashes without causing some major clumping, but somehow, L'Oreal has cracked it!
According to beauty blogger Restoration Beauty, the brush-style wand of this product is one of the keys to its success - it's a lot more volumizing than some of the newer rubber-bristled wands on the market. Costing just $6, there's no wonder this mascara is a beauty guru favorite!
If you're looking for an eyebrow gel that will stay put all day and not break the bank, the Essence Colour And Shape Eyebrow Gel could well be the product for you. According to TheLipstickoholic.com, this gel remains put in your brows through thick and thin without smudging. It's got a pretty good amount of pigmentation and doesn't have the unpleasant stickiness that you get in a lot of gel products. Did we mention it costs just $4? It's a bargain!
If you're a fan of both the Star Wars saga and affordable makeup products, CoverGirl has most definitely got your back. Its limited edition range of intergalactic lipsticks is bold, beautiful, and a bargain!
According to Allure, these products come in a range of metallic and colorful shades and can cost between $5.99 and $7.99 depending on the retailer.
The lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-lasting, and moisturizing, and are infused with shea butter. What's not to love? If you're into intergalactic style, give them a try!
The Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush range has to be one of the most unique products on this list. While it's technically a gel blush, the product has more of a spongy consistency - it's unusual, yet effective! According to Allure, it's pretty easy to apply: the gel "melts into the skin and dries to a powder finish." With ten shades to choose from, this product would suit any beauty guru who's looking for a blush with a natural finish and a low price tag.
If you're someone who would love to own the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes but can't justify spending that much money on makeup, Makeup Revolution is the brand for you.
I've been using their three Iconic palettes for years, and the shades are almost exact dupes for Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3!
The shadows are super pigmented, are really easy to blend, and have incredible staying power. At $7 per palette, they're too much of a bargain to pass up!
As any Sephora shopper knows, this store's own-brand cosmetics products can be a bit hit-or-miss. Luckily, their range of lip scrubs fit into the "hit" category! As Teen Vogue noted, these products essentially went viral earlier this year, and for good reason. For just $6, you can get either a balm, a scrub, or, in the case of the honey-infused version, both! Whether you've got chronically dry lips or just need to perform a one-off exfoliation, these products will serve you well.
Now, CoverGirl's Continous Color lipsticks aren't perfect by any means. They give a lot of transference, meaning you do have to reapply them throughout the day. However, this product totally makes up for it with its beautiful formula, the wide range of shades, and super-low price!
According to the users of Influenster, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more moisturizing lipstick for $4.99.
In fact, many of the reviewers reported using this product constantly for years - even decades! It must be good...
Looking for four eyeshadow shades for the price of one? Well, Rimmel's got you covered! In its wide range of Quad Eyeshadow products, four complimentary colors are packaged together to help you get that perfect smoky eye look without breaking the bank. As Influenster notes, there are Quad products to suit all eye colors, and they're all equally pigmented and long-lasting. Plus, they only cost around $5 - that's $1.25 per color! It's hard to go wrong with a deal that good.
Even the most seasoned beauty gurus out there make a makeup mistake from time to time, whether it's by smudging their eyeliner or by going a bit too "out there" with one of their brows.
Luckily, e.l.f. has a pretty reasonably-priced product out there for anyone who wants to fix a mess-up without starting their makeup from scratch!
The e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen will set you back just $3, but it'll do its job with aplomb. It's saved my makeup look more times than I can count!
If you've never delved into the world of color correcting palettes before, Wet N Wild's offering is a great place to start. As beauty blogger SparkleShinyLove notes, the palette has the potential to deal with pretty much any skin blemish you've got going on, with each color treating a different kind of issue. Seriously - the power of green concealer on red spots is unbelievable! For under $5, you get a neutralizer, a normalizer, a concealer, and a highlighter. What a bargain!
Finding a cheap yet effective foundation can be pretty tricky, but don't despair - there are some suitable products out there! One of them is Max Factor's Lasting Performance Foundation, which really does what it says on the tin!
Although it's a lighter-coverage foundation, it's got great staying power and doesn't require setting powder.
One downside that Good Housekeeping notes about this foundation is that it's a bit runny - however, as long as you're careful with it, it should work perfectly!
Showing off some popping highlighter has been one of the biggest beauty trends of the last couple of years. Luckily, this look is super easy to achieve on a budget - just take NYX's Illuminator Highlighting Powder! One of the most frequent descriptors used for this product on Influenster is "blinding", which can only be a good thing in a highlighter! Available in five different shades, each Illuminator highlighter costs $9 - a worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to be on-trend.
All prices correct as of June 2018.
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