Skip To Content

    30 Beauty Products That Are Under $5 And Worth Every Penny

    Nothing more ~beautiful~ than saving moolah.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    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 already a wildly popular choice for blurring enlarged pores and controlling excess oil all day, every day.

    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).

    To learn more, check out "This $5 Foundation Has Helped Thousands Of People Find Their Perfect Shade".

    2. Tonymoly I'm Real Face Mask Sheet Pack triumphs as a cult-favorite among mask lovers, thanks to the wide variety included, their soothing effects, and surprising affordability. Each (all-natural) formula targets a different goal, from brightening to clearing breakouts so no matter what you're *covered*. Suddenly, feeling like you're at a spa can cost next to nothing.

    Each mask has a different main ingredient and purpose. For example, there's broccoli (to increase vitality), lemon (to brighten), makgeoili (to purify), pomegranate (to promote elasticity), red wine (to minimize pores), rice (to clear skin), seaweed (to refresh), tea tree (to soothe), tomato (to promote radiance), avocado (to provide nutrients), and aloe (to moisturize).

    Promising review: "I swear by this brand and tell everyone about it. I loveeee these face masks. I used to buy the whole variety pack of them, but my favorite by far is the red wine for pores. I use them twice a week. My pores have gotten so much smaller, I have an overall brighter complexion, and my face feels moisturized and refreshed and softer. In the last three months, my face has been looking better than ever, and my pores are nearly non-existent now." —Miss M

    Get them from Amazon for $3 each (available in 27 formulas).

    3. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo hits the reset button for dull, damaged hair. Just a weekly rinse with this will remove dulling residues (hello, styling products) and bring your mane back to its previous ✨shiny✨ state.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! It removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    4. 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.,

    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).

    5. Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat One-Minute Hair Mask takes a grand total of ~60 seconds~ to restore dry, damaged hair into locks that S H I N E, thanks to nourishing avocado extracts. So long, frizz. Hello, slo-mo hair toss.

    AND it feels totally weightless!

    Promising review: "First off I'm natural type 4B 4C and my hair LOVES this stuff. I use it as my cream in my LCO method. I also use it as a mask treatment using a conditioning cap. It leaves my hair soft, frizz-, and tangle-free. I will definitely be purchasing again." —SHELBIE BOONE

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99 (available in two formulas).

    6. ChapStick Conditioning Lip Scrub makes your pucker as even as possible, therefore wishing flaky lips (and feathering lipstick) farewell. Not to mention its formula of maracuja and coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E will ensure its all ~smooth~ sailing from here.

    Promising review: "I love the sugar scrub on the lips. I put it on every night. It makes your lips super smooth. I wish I would have known about this product years ago." —jennifer wiseman

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in four formulas).

    7. 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.

    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.

    8. Alba Botanica Maximum Strength Deep Clean Astringent combines the power of 2% salicylic acid, witch hazel, and willow bark solution to effectively treat those annoying active breakouts quickly and easily. Any last words, pimples? Too late.

    Promising review: "This stuff is an absolute life-saver. I have extremely sensitive skin and this stuff gets rid of spots without breaking me out further. It also feels really good on the skin. It's a little tingly, but in a good way. I don't go anywhere without this stuff, it is the best!!" —Piper Foulon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    9. Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish lets you keep pro-level nails ~on hand~ without the hefty bill. Not only does this last longer without chipping than most polishes (reviewers say up to 10 days!), but actually improves your natural nails' overall health and strength with argan oil.


    Promising review: "I brought this for my manicurist to put on my hands — she used a base coat, two coats of polish, and one top coat. My manicure lasted 10 days without a chip — I am constantly washing my hands, too. I'm very impressed!" —Little Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $4.56+ (available in 43 shades).

    10. Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels take a mere five minutes of your time to *perk up* tired under-eyes, courtesy of their caffeine formula. Aka you'll be able to put puffiness and dark circles to ~rest~, even if you binged The Office all night.

    Promising review: "They work really great. I could see a difference after one time of using these and it was very relaxing." —hanberry

    Get a pair from Urban Outfitters for $3.

    11. Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner prefers the minimalist approach — at least when it comes to its fine, fine tip. Its super skinny applicator allows total control and a neat finish, while its long-lasting color formula will stay in place all darn day. No smears, fears, or tears here.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used. The brush is really thin so it is easy to avoid making the line too thick. I’ve been using this product for years!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74+ (available in seven shades).

    See what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. Schick Silk Touch-Up Dermaplaning Tools remove peach fuzz and shape brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They're gentle, precise, and won't leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby's bottom and you'll never have to pay the price.


    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.

    13. Goody Hair SlideProof Hair Tie Elastics hold updo's in place without sliding *or* pinching, thanks to their gentle (but strong!) hold. And yes — reviewers say these can keep up during workouts. FINALLY.


    Promising review: "These are the best hair ties I've ever used. I have really long thick hair, and the regular Goody hair ties I used to get at the store would always lose their elasticity, and my ponytail would not stay in place. With these hair ties, I do not have that problem. My ponytail stays put, even when I'm working out. They retain their elasticity, and the hair does not get tangled in them. Definitely recommend." —L.M.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $3.79.

    14. HomeMediCare Spot Patches drain 👏 those 👏 zits 👏 so you can avoid picking or any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout. They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.


    Promising review: "If you need acne patches, these are the ones to get. They work exactly as they are supposed to, stick to skin completely, are barely noticeable on the skin (I wear them out to school/work), and overall there is just no beating this price. I was super skeptical but I'm blown out of the water with these, I just ordered four more packages today. I started using Clearasil patches, 18 patches for $10. These are 24 patches for $2.90 and they are THE SAME QUALITY!" —robin

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $2.90.

    15. 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.

    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).

    See what won best waterproof mascaras on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    16. 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.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    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.

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "These Makeup Brushes All Under $3 Are A Broke Makeup Addict's Dream".

    17. Nyx Professional Makeup Butter Gloss comes in a whopping 26 shades so you can cheaply stock up on a slew of fun lip shades. Each glossy shade delivers sheer to medium coverage, never feels sticky, and essentially ~melts~ onto your pucker.

    Promising review: "This is one of those drugstore products that lives up to its reputation. It’s a nice, rose mauve color with no yellow undertones. The color stays true and won’t turn orange while you’re wearing it. It’s not sticky, like so many inexpensive lip glosses. It will also keep your lips reasonably hydrated. This gloss is all you need for everyday wear." —Toomanycats

    Get it from Amazon for $3.59+ (available in 26 shades).

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

    18. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser acts as the only skincare step you need at the end of the day. It effortlessly removes even waterproof makeup, moisturizes, and deep-cleanses your pores — all at once. Anything to get us to bed faster, right?

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin. I generally tend to go to Macy's for my skincare products, but being on a budget, I decided to give this a try. I'm shocked to tell you that I actually like this cleanser BETTER than my old expensive options. I wipe it on and wipe it off with a wet washcloth. My skin is softer with this stuff than the expensive stuff! No breakouts and no flaky skin! I'll stick to buying the department store brands for eye creams or serums, but for cleansers and cold creams, this stuff wins hands-down! Don't be intimidated by the low price!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $4.77.

    See what won best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. E.l.f. Cosmetics Bronzer Palette delivers a tan-like, sun-kissed glow so you can look totally refreshed, even if you've yet to make it to the beach. It's sheer, soft, and easily buildable so you can choose your level of *radiance*.

    Promising review: "I’m an E.l.f. makeup fanatic. This product goes on smooth and gives my skin just enough of a sun-kissed look without the orange appearance and glitter." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.15.

    20. Revlon Shine Nail Buffer lets you maintain shiny, strong nails without the need for professional manis. It shapes and shines even brittle nails so they always look *well-groomed*.

    Promising review: "I was not expecting much, because I'm used to nail buffers that take forever to use because they do not smooth over the nail sufficiently so there are obvious bumps. However, this buffer already polished my nail with the first side as well as my other sets did at finish. Then the second side (white side) polished my nails in seconds. The shine lasts and lasts! Touch-up is easy and I have never been more satisfied with a nail buffer in my life!" —Alexandra

    Get it from Amazon for $4.26.

    21. 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.


    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.

    22. 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.

    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.

    23. Yes To Charcoal Scrub and Cleanser Stick helps you wish pimples adieu with just a flick of your wrist. It uses charcoal, moisturizing avocado, and coconut oil to help you gently exfoliate your way back to clear skin *and* no more excess oil.


    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. It cleared my face in just a single wash. I highly recommend this product to all of my friends now!!!" —Olivia Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54 (available in two formulas).

    24. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream ~smooths~ things over between you and tangles by nourishing each and every strand with vitamin E and argan oil. AND! Your now glossy mane will stay frizz-free, even in the toughest humidity.


    Promising review: "I'm very impressed with this product! I have badly damaged hair due to frequent hair coloring, perms, and hot tools for styling. I was at first reluctant to buy this since it was so cheap and I normally use expensive salon brands. Since I've been using so many products and it didn't take away the tangle or frizz very well, I decided to purchase this product based on high reviews. I am so glad I did! It got rid of my tangles and made my hair very soft and smooth. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it won't work as well. In this case it worked spectacularly! I am also impressed with the smell!" —honeydew

    Get it from Amazon for $2.82

    25. Broadway Vita-Lip Clear Lip Gloss nourishes the heck out of your lips with three effective formulas. Rosehip oil moisturizes and heals cracked lips, mint oil delivers a cooling effect, and coconut oil ensures lasting hydration. Win, win, win.

    Promising review: "I bought this product after seeing many people reviewing this on Instagram and it was well worth it! It’s very moisturizing and makes my lips so glossy without me feeling sticky. It’s so soft too. I like the mint and rose the most. Overall, it's a great product and well-worth your money." —vincent truongcao

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99 (available in four formula combinations).

    26. L'Oreal Lock It Bold Control Hairspray fights humidity for up to ~48 hours~ so you don't need to worry about frizz ruining your perfect updo. It even adds a touch of volume — all while feeling super lightweight.


    Promising review: "I have super fine, limp, no-body hair. I have tried for years to find a hairspray that would give me a lasting hold. At least longer than fixing my hair and walking to the car. I HAVE NOW FOUND IT!! I can now curl my hair on a humid day and still have curls the next day. This STUFF IS A-MAZING!!! A little goes a long way. And is smells fantastic! I've had everyone I know buy it and they all love it too. If you're like me, BUY IT! You won't regret it! I want to purchase stocks, this one is a winner!" —When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

    Get it from Amazon for $3.85.

    27. Ohii True Matte Lipstick boasts a velvety matte finish allll darn day *without* feathering or bleeding, meaning you can show off a bold red lip 'til sundown. Plus! This line is designed to complement all skin tones.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I purchased this product in the red shade because I needed a new red lipstick and I just LOVE the matte finish and the price was very reasonable. I tried it and I just have to say its my favorite. The red color just pops out and feels good." —Urban Outfitters Customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $4.99 (available in three shades).

    28. 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.


    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.

    See what won best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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

    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 28 shades).

    30. 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.

    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? See what won best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Need more for your skin? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, cheap skincare products that are even better than luxury brands, products to help deal with adult acne, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form