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    28 Beauty Products Under $5 That'll Actually Give You A Bang For Your Buck

    Cheap as hell, but make it feel ~high end~.

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    1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation boasts ~40 shades~ so you're likely to find a close match for your skin — which is great, because it's a cult-fave for blurring enlarged pores and controlling excess oil all day, every day.

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    Check out some flawless before-and-afters in This $5 Foundation Has Helped Thousands Of People Find Their Perfect Shade!

    Promising review: "I love this foundation. This is the first foundation I have tried that has matched my skin so closely. It gives me medium to light coverage, which I personally love since I like wearing this during the summertime. I have acne scars that I really don't love, but this product provided coverage over them. Also, what tops it all is that this foundation is matte! I have very oily skin so this thing is my holy grail. If you are wondering whether to get it just read this review. It goes on and blends flawlessly. I bought another bottle just because I love it so much! (Btw, I got the color 330 Toffee Caramel). —Simpleebekah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17+ (available in 40 shades).

    2. NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer *locks in* your shadow for all-day wear and makes hues even more dramatic and pigmented, no matter what the weather forecast may be. Humidity? Rain? No problem.

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    Promising review: "I needed to replace a pricier eye shadow primer I was using. I have been liking NYX products for a while now and thought why not try this primer? It works so well. I used it during the particularly hot humid weather we've been having and my shadow stayed on without creasing, until I removed it." —barbara

    Get it from Ulta for $4.89.

    3. Corsyx Acne Pimple Master Patches help you kiss acne goodbye practically overnight. They soak up the pus (yeah) so you can avoid scarring, picking, and any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout.

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    Seriously, these hydrocolloid helpers summon bacteria and debris from deep under those zits so by the time you remove it, le zit is le gone. Learn all about these bad boys in These Pimple Patches Are Magical And BRB I'm Buying 20 Packs Of Them!

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes, so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple in the morning, go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything), and by the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL! When I take the patch off, it looks like the pimple was photoshopped right off my face. ZAP! Leaving the patch on all day also keeps me from picking, which prevents nasty scars and making the zit worse." —Lindsay & Eddie

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    4. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette gives higher-end versions a run for their money, thanks to its silky finish, smooth blendability, intense color payout, and a-m-a-z-i-n-g pigment. ~Color~ me impressed.

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    Promising review: "To be honest I bought this to hit the one day free shipping threshold. I’ve heard a lot of people saying this is a drugstore dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I think this is more of a little sister to it. It is great quality and it actually has outperformed more expensive brands I’ve used. For matte shadows there’s very little fallout and they apply pretty evenly. It’s a compact size so I look forward to using this as an eye palette while I travel. I highly recommend especially if you love warm tones on the eyes." —Selina Kyle

    Get it from Amazon for $4.68.

    5. Sephora Collection Sleeping Masks melt into your skin with *dreamy* cream-gel textures and tackle specific concerns (i.e. dryness, acne, etc.) in just a night's time so the only thing you're in charge of is catching some z's.

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    They come in nine formulas:

    * pearl (to minimize uneven skin tones and brighten skin)

    * algae (to cleanse skin and eliminate breakouts for a brighter complexion)

    * ginseng (to tighten and tone pores for a more supple and fresh skin tone)

    * lingzhi (to smooth and minimize fine lines)

    * lotus (to lock in moisture and reduce signs of fatigue by plumping skin)

    * rose (to plump skin and boost hydration and luminosity)

    * green tea (to absorb excess sebum, clear breakouts, and mattify skin tones)

    * pomegranate (to wake and tone skin while reducing signs of fatigue)

    * honey (to nourish and relieve dry skin for a softer, balanced complexion)

    Promising review: "These little masks are very rich and moisturizing. I have tried the Pearl and Rose masks and am equally happy with both of them. I use RetinA and it usually leaves my skin a bit sensitive and dry. Using these masks every other night has evened out my skin and I no longer get peeling or dry patches as I used to. These containers hold much more product than you would think, too. I can get about four uses from a container. I will definitely be repurchasing these masks and plan to try the other formulations, as well." —ks03253

    Get it from Sephora for $4 (available in nine styles).

    6. CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner ~smooths~ over any tension between you and your morning routine thanks to its soft blending tip that makes creating a smokey cat eye easier than ever.

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    It's double-sided: one side is the self-sharpening pencil for precise lines, while the other is a blending tip to create a smokey finish.

    Promising review: "As always this eyeliner does not disappoint. It is perfect for anyone who is not ready for liquid eyeliner, but you want crisp, smooth lines. I definitely recommend this and always use this for my subtle cat eye." —JLHartz

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17+ (available in eight shades).

    OR! If you're more #teamliquid, check out our top picks for the best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes wipe off the toughest waterproof eyeliners and mascaras before you even have time to even CONSIDER giving up and going to bed without a fresh face.

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    These super-soft, pre-moistened towelettes dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup on skin quickly — and are super-gentle on sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "These wipes really DO get all of my makeup off. They work great for eye makeup, which is the whole purpose of my purchasing these. I use a lot of heavy mascara and eyeliner and these are the only wipes I've purchased that seem to get the job done with almost no residue left behind. One wipe is all I need to use with this brand!" —Courtney

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $4.47.

    For more, check out our top picks for best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    8. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer redefines "out of sight, out of mind" by making breakouts, dark undereyes, WHATEVER disappear in a minute flat. Did I mention it's available in ~28~ shades?

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    Plus it comes in an easy-to-apply tube and gives you crease-resistant, opaque coverage!

    Promising review: "For being $3, this concealer is frickin' amazing. It's better than some of the expensive concealers I’ve purchased. This has amazing coverage and lasts all day!" —M. Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $4 (available in 26 shades).

    9. Revlon Kiss Lip Balm hydrates your pout with natural fruit oils while also giving you a subtle tint of sheer color *and* a touch of shine. All this plus SPF 20?! I'm pretty sure this is what they mean by having it all.

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    Promising review: "Wow, this is actually really great for as low as the price is! It tastes and smells really good, and provides a nice shimmer that lacks any real major color (this was what I wanted). It was so successful that I just might try one of the more colorful balms to see how they work. If nothing else I'll definitely be purchasing the tropical coconut again in the future!" —Brandi G

    Get it from Amazon for $2.62+ (available in six shades).

    More about the matte life? Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    10. A’Pieu Steam Eye Mask transports you to the spa thanks to its immediate self-warming treatment. All that's missing is an overpriced lemon water and a fluffy robe.

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    It lasts for 20 minutes!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $3.

    11. Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara plumps your lashes to practically falsies level thanks to its collagen-infused formula and thick brush. And you better bet you'll never see a clump.

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    And don't forget to check out our top picks for the best waterproof mascaras on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "I've used this mascara brand and color (very black) for at least five years. I get constant compliments and people tend to think I'm wearing false lashes. I have no need to buy a more expensive mascara because this one works beautifully. If you've never tried it before, be prepared. It will change your makeup game for the better: no clumps, ever." —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89+ (available in five shades).

    12. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength Butter brings hair back from the ~dead~ (hello, heat tools, bleaching, humidity, who knows what else) courtesy of amla oil extract and phytokeratin (aka plant-based amino acids like those found in healthy hair) that rebuild your mane's strength from root to tip.

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    Promising review: "I color my hair and have a terrible time with frizzy hair. The humid summers in Florida wreak havoc with my hair. I have tried so many different products and have spared no expense trying out products that have been highly praised to solve this problem. This is one that has worked better than most and comes at a very affordable price. I only use it once a week and it conditions my hair, leaving it soft." —Joeykk

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

    13. Wet n Wild brushes save you boatloads of money but never sacrifice quality. Their two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers feel just like natural hairs (in a totally non-creepy way) and even have ergonomic handles for total control.

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    AND they're vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have accumulated several Wet ‘n Wild makeup brushes over time, and was pleased to discover that they are actually really good, especially for the price! In fact, I’ve noticed lately, that I’ve been by-passing my few, more expensive brushes regularly now in favor of these because they do just as good a job for most tasks." —Rachel

    Get them from Amazon: blush brush for $1.29, contour brush for $0.79, and crease brush for $0.79.

    14. Le Mini Macaron Ice Cream Nail Masks help heal any cuticle picking you may have been doing with their super-hydrating formula that's packed with lavender and rose extracts. Your nails are left feeling stronger, but most importantly, this is just a great ~treat yourself~ moment for hella cheap.

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    Get them from Asos for $4.50.

    15. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser greets your skin with a rich, creamy lather to gently clear breakouts and remove dirt, oil, and makeup without clogging your pores — all thanks to its salicylic acid and willowbark bionutrients.

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    Plus it's hypoallergenic and made with 98% naturally-derived ingredients!

    Promising review: "I've had pretty terrible breakouts for most of my life, but I've recently been using this face wash and I just really love it! It's super gentle but still leaves my skin feeling so clean. Even though it's not fragranced it seems to have a pleasant smell to it. It takes my makeup right off without irritating me at all. Good stuff!" —Veronica

    Get it from Amazon for $4.88+ (available in three styles).

    16. Burt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Shimmer soothes chapped lips with sunflower oil, vitamin E, and peppermint oil. Plus it adds a subtle touch of shimmer and color. So you...basically...woke up like this.

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    Promising review: "I love Burt's Bees products in general, but I especially love the lip colors. The caramel shade is a beautiful, warm color with just the right amount of sheen. I usually apply it in the morning and then after lunch and that is enough during the work day." —Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.87+ (available in 13 shades).

    More of a matte lover? Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    17. E.l.f. Baked Highlighter in ~moonlight pearl~ packs on the shine and actually nourishes your skin with vitamin E and jojoba, rose hip, sunflower, apricot, and grape oils. Talk about a glow up.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect highlighter and so much more. My friend who is a professional makeup artist suggested I purchase it. For the money it is so great. The color looks great and I use it to highlight my cheekbones, the corner of my eyes, and the brow line. For the money you can't beat it!" —Denise Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    18. Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics avoid pulling and tugging at your precious tresses and make sure your ponytail stays👏 put👏. But when you let your hair down it's a totally *smooth transition*.

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    Promising review: "$3.50 seems a bit pricey for eight little pieces of plastic when you can get a load of hair elastics at a drug store for the same price, but these are amazing! I have thick, long hair and I wear my hair up 99% of the time because I have to tend to my two kids every day. I don't have to constantly put my hair back up again and again like I do with my regular drugstore hair elastics. Plus, when I do take these out, they don't pull out all my hair. I'm surprised they can hold heavy-duty hair like mine for such a long period of time. They hold together exceptionally well. I think one pack lasted me around four to six months or longer. They're a very good buy and the reviews are right on!" —keejoo

    Get an eight-pack from Sephora for $3.50 (available in three colors).

    19. Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil grooms hairs into place with just a flick of the wrist. Its angled tip applicator pencil fills in your brows précisément, while the blending brush softens the color and ensures a natural finish.

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    Plus it's waterproof so it stays all day (aka up to 24 hours)!

    Promising review"This is simply the best eyebrow pencil I have ever used. You never look like you're made up. It has a mascara-type brush on one end so that you can blend it into your own brows. It never looks like you're even wearing a brow pencil. It lasts quite a long time. I use mine every day and the one pencil lasts for more than a month. I love it. This is simple, not messy or gloopy, and looks like a pro used it. Fantastic!" —JAC

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79+ (available in five shades).

    20. Gourmand Lip Balm hits the refresh button for lips in need of some TLC. It comes in five nourishing and moisturizing formulas so you can choose your favorite daily *pick-me-up*.

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    What are the options? Citron Glace (sweet, zesty lemon), Lait de Coco (vanilla praline, creamy coconut), Macaron Rose: (soft, Turkish rose), Pistachio Brulee: (creamy pistachio vanilla), and The Matcha: (green tea, citrus, and white flowers). And did I mention they smell AMAZING?

    Promising review: "These lip balms are so cute. I bought the macaron rose for my bridesmaid proposal boxes and everyone loved them. It smells nice and makes your lips very soft!" —kacie94

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $4 (originally $6; available in four styles).

    21. Nykkola Makeup Leopard Shell Liquid Eyeliner has already earned a cult following for its unbeatable quality for being a whopping $2 — you'll feel just about as sharp as this makes your wings.

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    If you like super opaque coloring this is your new BFF. Plus it's pen-like applicator makes ~winging it~ easy even for us rookies. And be sure to check out our top picks for the best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Promising review: "If you're considering buying it just buy it now. I love dramatic eyeliner so I wanted an opaque liner that wouldn't be virtually see-through. I wear eyeliner everyday (I can't go without it) and this is my favorite eyeliner. The price is amazing so that I can go ahead and stock up on a bunch. When removing this it doesn't smear everywhere." —Maya

    Get it from Amazon for $1.44.

    22. E Nature Squeeze Green Watery Sheet Mask is essentially a shot of the leafy greens we've been "getting around" to eating. Parsley, kale, and chlorophyll are just some of the ingredients that'll benefit our skin while the rest of our body is left to figure it out. Clear complexion > salads. Priorities.

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    Plus it's vegan and cruelty-free!

    Get it from Free People for $2.50.

    23. HiMo Makeup Brush Scrubber Board cleans your prized brushes with the thoroughness of a more expensive version so you're not only safe from icky bacteria, but also from going over budget.

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    Promising review: "No more wrinkly hands from washing my brushes! This little contraption works well to help me clean my beloved makeup brushes and protects my hands from soaking in water while I clean them. Also, the ridges and bumps help in really getting the brushes much cleaner than my hand alone. I'll never be without this essential brush cleaning tool ever again!" —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for 0.64+ (available in seven colors).

    24. Disposable mascara wands come in *handy* when you want to upgrade a drugstore mascara. Using these cheap yet thick spoolies will give you all the volume and drama of a higher-end brand, minus the cost.

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    If you're wondering "how the heck am I supposed to cap my mascara," don't worry! Most mascara wands come with a removable lid. Simply screw off the cap and replace the old wand with these spoolies!

    Promising review: "Wow! I am REALLY impressed with the quality of these brushes! I had purchased some at the store for twice the price that weren't nearly as nice! These are just perfect for application! Not only is the brush long and ample, but the handle is very long so you don't have to be holding it with just two fingers. I am thrilled with this purchase!" —Chasin' That Glow

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $1.01.

    25. Maybelline Makeup Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser creates a smooth and long-lasting base for your foundation to ensure you ~look~ lasts all darn day. But that's not all: it drastically blurs pores, moisturizes your skin, and creates a soft, matte finish. Tl;dr: this is a blessing not so in disguise.

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    Other benefits of using this primer? It drastically blurs pores, moisturizes your skin, and creates a soft, matte finish. Plus, it feels super lightweight so you're comfortable all day.

    Promising review: "Coming from someone who suffers from acne, this product is wonderful. First day I used it, I had to work a full day of work then travel and I felt like my face was never oily. My makeup stayed on perfectly over the application. I love how the product doesn't seem heavy. It's almost silky and doesn't feel as if I'm putting on another layer of makeup. I would recommend this to anyone, especially people with sensitive skin like myself. I had no breakouts or red spots. The product seems to go hand-in-hand with my skin type!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.70.

    26. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast-Dry Nail Colors requires one stroke and one coat for it to dry in mere minutes. Its three-in-one formula features both a built-in base and top coat for a longer, shinier, and chip-free wear. Feel free to tip yourself.

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    Did I mention it comes in up to 48 shades?! Ranging from metallic, neutral, vibrant, or pastel, there's 1000% a color for you.

    Promising review: "I didn't believe it until I tried it, but ONE SINGLE COAT really does it and it dries ultra fast. My hands have taken some damage from UV/LED cured gel polishes so I thought I'd give this a try. There are many shades and they are absolutely amazing. Yes they chip (I work with my hands, so that's a given for me) after some time, but I can do both hands in under a minute, they dry in just one more minute, it takes less time than gel polish, and is SOO much healthier for your skin. I've bought many more shades since this first one and Sally Hansen just reconfirms my trust in their products." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99 (available in 44 shades).

    27. Caetle Sponge Makeup Blender does the same exact job as the cult-fave Beauty Blender, but for a fraction of the price. Let this be known as the day we learned that a streak-free, flawless makeup look could be achieved for one dollar. We are truly blessed.

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    Use the bottom to blend out foundation and the tip to contour and conceal!

    Promising review: "I've ordered so many beauty blender dupes, only to have thrown all of them out EXCEPT THIS ONE! It expands a lot, feels soft and bouncy, and works very well. I've owned the original beauty blender and this one definitely feels different (more firmer, less foamy, more spongy) but the outcome is the same. I'll order backups!" —Amazon Addict :)

    Get it from Amazon for $0.99.

    Feel like splurging? Get the original Beauty Blender from Sephora for $20.

    28. Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks undo mascara and eyeliner smudges as easy as one, two, swipe so you can achieve a perfect look while still getting to work on time. The days of washing your entire face because of one mistake are OVER, my friend.

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    Each cotton tip is saturated with oil-free makeup remover!

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I love these for a quick fix for winged eyeliner or eyeliner mistakes. It's not meant to remove all eye makeup, just tiny touchups. Throw them in your purse and go. They're worth the money for eyeliner lovers!" —ibsponger

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    But remember the cardinal rule no matter how little you spend on makeup:

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