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31 Cheap Products Makeup Addicts Swear By

The only shopping list you need. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

We asked members of the Buzzfeed Community to tell us their favorite cheap beauty products. Here are their thrifty and fabulous results:

1. Liquid liner from e.l.f. that lasts all day.,

"It lasts all day, doesn't smudge, it's easy to apply, and it was only $2!" —Julie A.

Get it from the e.l.f. store for $2.

2. Mascara from Maybelline that has a tiny brush to cover every lash.,

"It has this tiny little brush that's perfect for getting right up into your lashes and holding on to your lashes." —PHM8

Get it from Amazon for $6.05.

3. A microbrow pencil from NYX that's an incredible dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil.,

"At $10, it's less than half the price. It works wonderfully and I usually buy them at Ulta, where NYX products are often on sale for buy one get one 50% off. I buy two for $15!" —Yamini R.

Get it from Ulta for $10.

4. Butter lipstick from NYX that's glossy and moisturizing.,

"NYX Butter Lipstick is the greatest product I have ever used. Just about anything by NYX is amazing, but the butter lips are phenomenal." —Jess L.

Get them from Amazon for $11.49.

5. Nail sets from Kiss that give you perfect manicures.


"I have never been able to grow out my nails and was constantly jealous of my friends who had beautiful manicures. I recently discovered the 'Kiss' brand of glue-on nails at Target (100 nails for $4.99). They usually stay on for seven to ten days and are very easy to put on. The best part is that you can paint them yourself and use other nail wraps, just as if they were natural. With 100 nails, it roughly comes out to 50 cents a manicure." —Molly

Get the French manicure kit from Amazon for $4.99.

6. Facial moisturizer from Trader Joe's that doesn't leave your face feeling greasy.

"It's lightweight enough to wear with sunscreen and I don't get greasy pizza face. Also, it's great for summer (I suspect it won't be moisturizing enough for me in the winter though)." —Shannon L.

Get it from Amazon for $14.55.

7. Blush from Milani that's vibrant but subtle on the cheeks.,

"The Milani baked blushes are also some of the best blushes you can buy at the drugstore. They are super pigmented and the shade 'Luminoso' is supposedly a color dupe for Nars Orgasm." —baileym4f37a9cb0

"Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($8.29) is often listed as a dupe for Nars Orgasm. It actually has subtler color with a similar overall effect, so I think it’s easier for makeup beginners, while Orgasm can come off harsh if you use too heavy a hand or don’t blend properly." —adw1234

Get Luminoso from Amazon for $6.39 For a list of other colors, go here.

8. Sulfur soap, which magically helps with acne problems.

"For skin care I'd recommend sulfur soap. After quitting hormonal birth control, my face broke out like crazy!" —Angela C.

Get a bar from Amazon for $7.90.

9. Lipsticks, lip stains, and eyeshadows from ColourPop that won't ever come off.,

"They're $6 a piece, give flawless application and coverage, and they last all day. I can get through a nine-hour shift and not have to reapply once. It stands up fairly well to food as well and doesn't transfer as much as higher-end liquid lipsticks (Jeffree Star). The mattes aren't as drying as other liquid lips I've used. I have over 25 colors and each one is gorgeous and flawless! They don't charge you tax, have sales periodically, and shipping is cheap (over $35 and shipping is free). Absolutely worth trying." —Jessica H.

Get them from Colourpop here.

10. Liquid concealer from Catrice that eliminates dark circles.

"Newly found holy grail — Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer. As a person who has suffered from extreme dark circles my entire life (even when I get enough sleep), this has been the best coverage concealer that stays the whole day when used with a primer (same brand, also cheap af), and actually gives the impression that I'm a normal living creature." —Viliana M.

Get it from Ulta for $5.99

11. Face powder from Coty that's soft and matte.

"Coty’s Airspun Translucent Powder is my holy grail! I have insanely oily skin and this is the only powder that actually does something for me." —sophiailopez

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

12. Carbon black mascara from L'Oréal that never clumps.,

"No clumps or flakes, just volume and true black color. There's a reason why it's been on the shelves for decades!" —Steph M.

"This mascara is recommended by all makeup professionals I've ever worked with. Even my beauty teacher recommends this stuff. It's reasonably priced and it has the best mascara brush." —Sara H.

Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

13. Makeup brushes from EcoTools that last for years.,

"They last for years if properly taken care of. Very comparable to high end, mega-expensive brushes." —alphaomega1

Get this six-piece starter kit from Amazon for $9.23.

14. Foundation from Maybelline that works wonders on oily skin.,

"I cannot live without my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation. No foundation I tried could stop my skin from getting oily after a few hours. At the end of my first day with this foundation, I was SHOCKED at how matte my skin stayed with no oil blotting sheets or anything to tame it." —Louise211

Get it from Amazon for $5.20.

15. Bronzer from Physician's Formula that smells like coconut.,

"If you have fair skin, these are the best! It gives a perfect warm glow (not orange at all), and it smells like coconut." —katieh24

Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

16. Eyebrow gel from Essence with a mascara-like applicator.,

"Essence is my fav brand!!! They have amazing foundations, powders, eyeliners, and eyebrow gels! They are the best." —Maria H.

"Ditto on the eyebrow gel. It's less than $3, it's awesome!" —Katy H.

Get it from Ulta for $2.99. See a list of their other products here.

17. Blotting powder from NYX that puts an end to oily faces.

"NYX blotting powder is the best thing in my life right now. It’s about $11 and it's worth every penny! I have two compacts of it at all time: one at home and one in my purse. The ‘light’ shade is actually the closest to my skin tone i’ve ever found in a makeup brand." —misereres

Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

18. Top coat from Seche Vite that dries your nails in less than 5 minutes.,

"You buy it at Sally’s Beauty Supply for about $6 a bottle. That may seem high for a nail polish, but it’s way cheaper than a gel manicure. It dries in under five minutes, dries thick so it lasts like a gel manicure, and it turns out SUPER shiny." —courtbkay

Get it from Amazon for $4.69

19. Star Wars lipsticks from CoverGirl that make your lips look out of this world.,

"The dark purple color is sooo beautiful!" —camillem4b0a830bc

Get them from Amazon for $8.49.

20. Eyeshadow from Makeup Revolution that gives Naked a run for its money.,

"It has neutrals for an everyday look or an evening look. The best part is it is $7." —sarahrsalles

Get it from Ulta for $7.

21. Eyeshadow primer from Milani that works like a dream on oily lids.

"Milani eyeshadow primer is the bee's knees." —quilantaylor04

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

22. Makeup remover from e.l.f. that lets you precisely fix makeup errors.

"The e.l.f makeup remover pen has always been a godsend for me. I have long eyelashes with hooded eyes so I’m always getting mascara everywhere and with just a dot of this pen, it will erase it! I have been using them for years and have even gotten my friends to use them." —kaylaspencer700

Get it from Amazon for $7.35.

23. Concealer from NYX that's lightweight but doesn't skimp on coverage.,

"It works just as well as NARS Creamy Concealer but for a fraction of the price! It’s lightweight, easy to blend, never creases, and it gives serious coverage. Normally, I do not buy drugstore makeup, but this will be my go-to concealer from now on!" —kathleent4653c7389

Get it from Amazon for $3.69.

24. Aftershave from Nivea that's secretly an amazing primer.

"It comes with so much product and it works like a dream." —joannac48150bfa5

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.65.

25. A blending sponge from Real Techniques that gives you flawless coverage.

"Just as good as the beauty blender but for $7!" —kaleyn

Get it from Amazon for $8.99

26. Setting spray from e.l.f. that puts your makeup in place even when the rest of your body is melting.

"My son got married outside on one of the hottest days this summer (90°+) and the makeup artist was setting the girls' makeup with it. I used it too and my makeup didn’t budge, even with my oily skin. I bought some the next day and I use it a lot. It's amazing and cheap." —firefighter27

Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

27. Primer from Rimmel that's perfect for any no-makeup look.

"One product I literally cannot live without is Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer. I’ve also tried their Stay Matte and Lasting Finish primers and didn’t care for them, but Fix & Perfect is perfect for me. My skin is a combination of oily and dry. The Fix & Perfect feels like a luxurious cream/gel that hydrates and completely smooths out my skin and makes it so easy to apply foundation. Whether it actually makes my makeup look better or last longer is up for debate, but I just love the way this primer makes my skin feel!" —adw1234

Get it from Amazon for $7.47.

28. Eyeshadow from Maybelline that stays vibrant all day.,

"Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eyeshadow pots are my favorite eyeshadows of all time. I have super oily eyelids and they’re some of the few eyeshadows that stay on my lid and remain vibrant!" —mollypi

Get them from Amazon for $4.99.

29. Moisturizer from Aquaphor that miraculously helps dry skin.

"For my dry skin, this has been my tried and true facial moisturizer for almost ten years. It comes in convenient little tubes now, so I can stash them in my purse for when I'm feeling extra dry. It's $15 for a tub but it seriously lasts forever. I just used up the last of my tub that I've had for two years!!" —Pilar La Cruz

Get the tub from Amazon for $12.15 and a travel tube for $9.46

30. Primer from e.l.f. that smooths out even the largest of pores.,

"I’ve tried expensive stuff, but nothing works better. I sometimes use it when I don’t wear makeup to soften and smooth out my skin. I have horribly large pores (thanks mom!) and this makes them nearly invisible!" —meine11

Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

31. Illuminator from NYX that gives your face a gorgeous glow.

"It’s absolutely blinding and long-lasting." —allypham

Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

Now you can buy ALL the makeup and feel beautiful, inside and out. 💄💄💄


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