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22 Cheap Answers To Pricey Beauty Products

Makeup snob in a financial crisis? Here's a shopping list for you.

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1. Wet n' Wild Mega Last Lip Color $1.99 / Via

Long lasting, highly pigmented, beautiful matte finish and dirt cheap.

Compare to: MAC matte finish lipsticks

Try: The color Cherry Bomb for a perfect dark red that is almost impossible to find in a Sephora. Trust.


2. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray $5.99 / Via

Natural ingredients, creates beachy voluminous waves and texture.

Compare to: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and Josie Moran

Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist

Try: Spraying on wet hair, flipping upside down and using a diffuser for volume and wave.

3. CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation $7.79 / Via

Lightweight, yet full coverage with a dreamy texture and an even dreamier price.

Compare to: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

Try: A second layer if one isn't doing it for you.

5. E.L.F. Neutral Eyeshadow Palette $15 / Via

Amazing mix of shimmery, glittery and matte shadows, the possibilities are seriously endless with this gem.

Compare to: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1, 2 & 3 combined.

Try: Pinterest for awesome eyeshadow tutorials. Also, the E.L.F. Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette for crazy colors in addition to the neutral shades.

6. Batiste Dry Shampoos $7-8ish / Via

Dry shampoo for every kind of hair. Tinted versions can cover up color regrowth! They also have different scents.

Compare to:
Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder, almost every dry shampoo

Try: Backcombing for extra volume. Batiste gives great grip and staying power to styled hair.


7. Wet N' Wild MegaLiner $2.99 / Via

Hands down, best black liquid eyeliner out there. Outlasts crazy nights, crying, habitual eye rubbers and nuclear war. The attached brush alone is worth more than the entire product sells for.

Compare to:
Any other liquid liner out there.

Try: The glitter and color liners in the same line. Absolutely perfect.

Don't Try: Waterproof if you ever want to get it off.

8. Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer $6 / Via

Kind of like good cheap labor. Does the trick just as well for a SMALL fraction of the price.

Compare to: BareMinerals primer

Try: A small amount. A little goes a long way with this one.

9. NYX Liquid Crystal Liner $4.50 / Via

Perfect for a glitter enthusiast, this stuff is no joke. Very glittery. Plus, it has what most glitter lacks: staying power.

Compare to: Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Try: Use an eyeshadow brush to cover entire lids. Layers beautifully over shadow.

10. Revlon PhotoReady Makeup $13.79

Photo Ready as in you will actually look airbrushed and photoshopped. Pricier end of the makeup aisle, but worth it.

Compare to: Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation

Try: Using it with a primer for best results...



Good brows are crucial and this has everything you need.

Compare to: Benefit Brow Zings

Try: A clean mascara wand for extra taming and paired with the NYC brow pencil.

13. NYX Matte Setting Spray $8

Strong hold hairspray for the face that keeps you less shiny.

Compare to: De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

Try: Holding away from the face for an even coating.

14. Garnier Fructis Haircare Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment $5.99 / Via

A smoothing, deep conditioning daily wear treatment that smells divine.

Compare to: Moroccanoil brand Moroccan Oil Treatment

Try: Using on ends, not on roots. Use on dry hair to tame fly aways!

15. Sinful Colors Nail Polish $1.99

Whoever runs Sinful Colors must be some sort of fashion forward, super chic saint with no concern with profit, because this stuff RULES. Any color you can think up, they sell.

Compare to: OPI, China Glaze, and whoever else.

Try: Buying all of them. You won't regret it, or spend a lot of money in the process..

16. NYX Pore Filler $14

If you've never used a product like this, you will be very entertained by the results, as it is basically magic.

Compare to: Benefit POREfessional. Not QUITE as great, but half the price

Try: Strictly under foundation and sparingly. This product is heavy but amazing.


17. Milani Easy Brow Automatic Pencil $4.19 / Via

Fine line for good control, doesn't smear and wand on the end is a god send.

Compare to: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Try: Along with brow powder for Elizabeth Taylor grade brows.

18. Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain $8.99

Great color that doesn't smudge, ideal for the two best things in life: making out and eating.

Compare to: Tarte Lip Stains

Try: Using product to line your lips first and working your way in.

19. Forever 21 Brush Sets $4-10 usually

Usually found near the checkout line, these brushes are the unsung heroes of the beauty industry. They do the trick, always come in cute patterns and you never feel bad losing them because they are so cheap.

Compare to: Sephora brand brushes. Basically the same quality. Not the best, not the worst.

Try: The angled brush for eyebrow powder.

20. Maybelline Falsies Mascara $7.49 / Via

You've probably already seen this stuff everywhere and heard the raves. Just to drive the point home: this stuff rules.

Compare to: Benefit They're Real Mascara and BADgal Lash Mascara

Try: 2 layers for the fattest lashes, and when it's old... throw it away. Don't be a crusty mascara hoarder, it's gross.

21. Conair Think Big Velcro Rollers $8.99 / Via rollers

Not so much for curl, more for volume, these rollers are re-usable and will save you a LOT of money. Plus, wearing them while you get ready feels really retro glam.

Compare to: A blowout at a salon.

Try: A hair dryer on low, because heat always helps to make a style last.

22. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product $12.59 / Via

Miracle is no exaggeration , because this product restores life.

Compare to: A time machine that brings you back to before your hair was damaged.

Try: Drenching damaged hair before bed.

What are your cheap answers to expensive beauty products? Comment with them and share the knowledge!

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