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    30 Cheap Beauty Products That Make A Huge Difference

    Because why spend $$$ when these products will do just as good of a job (if not better)?

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    1. Pretty Diva Winged Eyeliner Stamp tackles the seemingly impossible task of drawing the perfect cat eye by simply stamping on pro-level wings. Will you get all the credit? Obviously.

    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

    Promising review: "I love this stamp eyeliner. I have never been able to get my wings the way I wanted and now it's very easy to do. The tip on the eyeliner side is just the right size and you can adjust the thickness of the liner based on the pressure you use. Plus, my eyeliner stays on all day without smudging. I have had this for more than two months and it still has plenty of product." —danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. 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.

    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 $4.39+ (available in 40 shades).

    3. Sephora Collection Cream Stain Liquid Lipstick gives you the best of both worlds: the longevity and saturation of a lip stain, plus a lightweight creamy texture so your pucker stays bold and stick-free all darn day.,

    It's even infused with avocado oil to hydrate your lips for a comfortable finish! Did I mention this comes **90** shades?! They're available in both matte and metallic!

    Promising review: "I have to say I'm way impressed. I own this in Marvelous Mauve, Blackberry Sorbet, and Pink Frosting. I have so many other brand versions of this, but I always come back to my Sephora ones because everything else dries out my lips too much. The more expensive stuff does not apply as well or last as long. I mean this stuff stays on! I get the most compliments when I wear these." —schnauzermama

    Get it from Sephora for $14 (available in 90 shades, in matte and metallic finishes).

    4. Coty Airspun Translucent Powder sets your makeup to practically airbrushed levels so acne, fine lines, and shine are totally a thing of the past (aka before you put on foundation). It's basically a way to claim #nofilter IRL.

    You can get it as translucent powder to set your makeup or as powder foundation!

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon $5.97.

    Learn more about it in This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless.

    5. Teenitor False Eyelashes save you A LOT of money if you frequently wear falsies without making you sacrifice quality. They're full, natural-looking, soft, and the best part: they come in a pack of 20.

    Promising review: "I'm never one to really wear eyelashes because some lashes irritate my eyes and are often to heavy on my lids, but I love these eyelashes! This is my second time buying this product! They're very light, not too heavy on the eyelids, and give out a nice finish." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. Shany Cosmetics Natural Fusion Eyeshadow Palette features a whopping 88 shades of highly-pigmented eye shadows, highlighters, and eyeliners so you can experiment with new makeup trends to your heart's content without breaking the bank.

    AND it's cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical because you usually get what you pay for with makeup, however this set is amazing. I am honestly shocked at the depth of the colors and their staying power. They are better than some of my more expensive makeup for a fraction of the cost. If you are on the fence, you won't be disappointed if you just go ahead and order it." —Autumn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.39.

    7. 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.

    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 $1.09.

    8. Batiste Dry Shampoo adds major volume and shine to days-old hair, because we're only human and sometimes we don't wash our hair! TV bingeing is so time consuming, you know? But this rewards you with salon-level tresses so no one's the wiser.,

    Not only does this time-saver absorb excess oil, but it also adds *major* body and texture! Tldr: you are very much rewarded for sleeping in all week.

    Promising review: "Oh. My. Gosh. This is the dry shampoo I've been waiting for! I have literally tried almost every drugstore brand. I'm all about buying cheap, but when all of the drugstore brands left my hair feeling sticky, flat, and cakey, it was time to turn to Amazon for a quality dry shampoo. I have thin, long, and oily hair. My whole life, I've been forced to shower every single morning because if I didn't, then my hair looked so gross! This definitely works well for me. It gives me the 'just-washed,' 'full-bodied-hair' look. My hair looks great! I would even say that now it looks better the second day, all because of Batiste!" —CherylVW

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. Lancôme Click-And-Glow Highlighter Skin Fluid comes to the aid of makeup rookies by making natural-looking ~glow ups~ as easy as a click and a swipe thanks to its pen-like applicator.

    It's like drawing 101, but for your cheekbones! It's even infused with glycerin (a natural humectant) and vitamin E to ensure it sits comfortably on your skin.

    Promising review: "This highlighter is just what the makeup industry needed: a beautiful, healthy looking glow! This highlighter has the perfect amount of strobe, is lightweight, and if need be, buildable! I love it, can travel with it, and now I have a glow all day long!" —tarynmychalmai

    Get it from Sephora for $11.50 (originally $23; available in two shades).

    10. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a matte-lover's paradise. Its opaque finish dries quickly for an even, seamless finish and can last up to *16 hours*! Plus it's easier to apply than a traditional lipstick.

    Promising review: "I never wear lip stick, stain, gloss, or anything because I just can't stand sticky lips, getting stains on teeth, and reapplying every time I drink something. So after looking at reviews I purchased this, applied it, and it hasn't left since! I put it on the day it came, ate two ice cream cones, dinner, went to sleep all night, and woke up. I'll be damned it was still on. I just purchased four more in different colors! Y'all need to get on this bandwagon." —Vooter

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50+ (available in 20 shades).

    11. BS-Mall Premium Makeup Brushes give high-end labels a run for their money, courtesy of their comparably super-soft (and high-density) bristles, big range of styles, and ability to give you an even application.

    This set comes with five basic kabuki makeup brushes and nine eye makeup brushes!

    Promising review: "I started this adventure of looking for a new brush set that didn’t cost an arm and a leg after watching many of YouTube’s beauty gurus rant and rave about how brushes make a difference in makeup application. Before this purchase I owned maybe 10 brushes that I only used for powder product. I used a Beauty Blender for all my cream products. After buying this set I may never use my Beauty Blender again. These brushes apply my foundation, cream contour, and concealer like a dream. They make the product melt into my face, making my skin look airbrushed and flawless. They don’t eat up my product, either. I originally had $150 worth of brushes in my cart when I decided to check to see what Amazon had available, and I’m so glad I did! These brushes are better than my expensive brushes!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a 14-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler pumps up your lashes' volume without ~maxing out~ your card — all before you even put on mascara. Reviewers with short lashes swear by these, because they effectively lengthen without tugging or pulling!

    It's recommended to hold down the eyelash curler for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times — one second per pulse.

    Promising review: "I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last lash curler was twice the price and this is 1000 times better. The product is very well made and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. eBoot Hair Tie Bands are extra-thick to successfully hold especially heavy, curly, and full hair. If you spend every day battling to keep your ponytail in place, prepare to be SHOOK.

    Promising review: "I have 22 inches of super-thick, curly hair which turns into an afro when dry and brushed out. I couldn't find any bands that would fit around my hair without breaking. I started using scarves — YES SCARVES — as ponytail holders. That is, until I came across these! I'm in love! They stretch so well and don't break! The quality is awesome, like they were made just for my hair." —Tribe of Judah

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $7.89.

    14. L'Oréal Paris Makeup Double Extend Mascara dramatizes your lashes while keeping your morning simple with its two-sided design. The first end conditions your lashes with a primer to effectively lengthen, and the second applies smudge-free mascara for a full, luxe finish.

    It uses the technique "tubing" to effectively lengthen and thicken your lashes naturally. It's totally streak-free, but is still easy to remove with just warm water!

    Promising review: "I love this mascara so much. I had this exact mascara about five years ago and once I ran out, I struggled with using other kinds that just couldn't measure up. I finally hunted this one down again here on Amazon and I'm so glad I did. I've yet to find a mascara that so easily gives me length and volume. The extensions this mascara creates are long, fluttery, and simply awesome. To remove this mascara, I simply get the tips of my fingers wet with warm water and gently grip my eyelashes." —Sarah Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    15. Tarte Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette corrects discolorations, conceals pimples, contours, and brightens — all in this one color wheel! Each shade addresses a skin concern (i.e. orange counteracts dark under eyes) so you can conquer whatever the morning throws at you.

    The palette is even numbered and comes with a guide so even rookies can be a pro at color correcting.

    Promising review: "I'm ecstatic about this palette. The creamy colors are very easy to blend out. The shades are mixable and user friendly with the handy guides. They all worked for me and I will use this daily! I'm glowing today!" —Daspen

    Get it from Tarte for $18 (originally $45).

    16. NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray works all day and night to ensure your face remains as flawless, fresh, and shine-free as when you left this morning. Take THAT humidity.

    It gives your makeup a lightweight matte finish that lasts all day!

    Promising review: "I would apply makeup in the morning but my face would become more and more oily as the day went on. This meant my makeup started to glisten (not in a good way) and pool up in spots looking all blotchy. I could never make it even half a day without my makeup melting off. That was until I decided to try this product. With just a few sprays my makeup stays exactly as it was applied and my face doesn't even get oily anymore." —FlamePrincess

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. Shadow Shields by Michelle Villanueva prevents powder fallout when doing eye makeup so your foundation remains safe and untouched. OR you can use these as a stencil to help you make a clean cat eye!

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I found these! I've always had trouble with fallout under my eyes, even with good brushes and quality makeup. Now I don't have to worry at all. When I use these I can do my foundation first and then my eye makeup. I would hate having to wipe away shadow from my cheeks and apply more concealer. I'll be buying more boxes of these." —Tasha

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    18. Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo washes away months (years?) of gunk off your brushes and conditions their bristles back to their original form in a matter of minutes. Even if you're lazy AF you can handle this, I promise.

    Did I mention it's all-natural and cruelty-free?

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I had never cleaned my brushes before (gross, I know) and this stuff got them so clean so fast. I didn't even remember most brushes were two-toned because they were all makeup colored for so long. I can't believe the nastiness that came off my brushes. I was putting all that old stuff all over my face!" —Echo

    Get a 25-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. Bioré Charcoal Self-Heating One Minute Mask draws out dirt and oil to drastically clear out blackheads and stubborn breakouts — all in just sixty seconds! Expensive spa who?

    Its thermal properties (it's self-heating when combined with water) pulls impurities from deep within pores! Color me impressed.

    Promising review: "This is the best deep-cleaning pore product I have ever used on my face! I have used all types of products at every level of price point, and this is by far the best one I’ve used with the most consistent results. As someone who is obsessed with skincare and studies their pores in a magnifying mirror, I absolutely endorse this face mask! I also have sensitive, fair, combination skin and haven’t had any problems with irritation, dryness or redness. I believe this product helps with blackhead removal and the occasional breakouts I experience. I wear full coverage makeup, and the mask definitely helps me deep-clean my pores and prevents the cystic acne type of blemishes I usually get when I don’t properly wash my face." —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $5.82.

    20. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches heal pesky whiteheads practically overnight by gently draining the zit (gross and yet satisfying?). Dermatologist copays have NOTHING on these little miracles.

    These hydrocolloid helpers summon bacteria and debris from deep under pimples so by the time you remove it, the blemish is g o n e.

    Promising review: "This is the most incredible thing I have ever discovered. Yes, they work. Yes, you are sitting at home and you don’t believe me. Yes, I was you. But they simply do. I put a patch on a zit (I get whiteheads) even when they are under my skin. It sucks all the gunk out. No scars. No picking. These are little miracles and I will never be without them. Spend five dollars. It is the best money you will ever spend on your face. I put one on a zit that was under my skin last night — zit is gone, and the patch is full of gunk." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    Check out how a BuzzFeeder became a believer with these seriously drastic (and satisfying TBH) before-and-afters!

    21. Acropass Trouble Cure Patches take care of cystic acne if that's more your battle. Its two-step treatment both treat bacteria and decrease inflammation FAST so you can kiss week-long wars goodbye.

    This two-step treatment tackles deep, hard-to-reach cystic pimples by first sanitizing and treating bacteria with salicylic acid and tea tree leaf oil pads. Next, the patch features innovative microneedle technology to gently infuse the skin with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and oligopeptide-76 to drastically decrease inflammation and treat the infection. Don't worry — the needles are thinner than 1/3 the width of a hair so the entire process is 100% painless!

    Promising review: "So I hardly ever get pimples, but when I do, they're huge, disgusting cystic ones. The ones that take forever to go away and there's virtually nothing you can do about them except wait...UNTIL NOW. I was so excited when I saw these patches that I ordered them right away (and I just so happened to have two giant cystic pimples!). I put them on and overnight, my pimples were flatter and less red. I am sure if I used a second patch the next night, the pimple would have been gone. They don't hurt at all and they stay put all through the night." —Christina C.

    Get a six-pack from Soko Glam for $18.

    22. Lanolips 101 Coconutter Ointment multitasks by quickly treating anything from dry lips, skin patches, cuticles, nasal passages, and more with soothing coconut oil and vitamin E. Tl;dr: if your skin or lips are really, really dry this will fix it.

    This baby has ~101~ uses — even paper cuts and bug bites!

    Promising review: "This winter destroyed my skin like never before. I had dry patches that I scratched until they bled, my hands looked 10 years older and cracked, were visibly dry, and felt awful. I tried so many things — so many — nothing worked, at all. Enter these! After the first use, I was super impressed with the immediate results. There was instant hydration, eased pain of the cracks, and after only two more application the dryness was GONE. Everything has been reversed. You NEED this, buy it now!" —Leybai

    Get it from Free People for $13.50.

    23. Étude House Drawing Eye Brow fills in even thin hairs for natural-looking yet bold brows with its double-sided design: one to precisely draw and the other to neatly brush.

    Promising review: "If you're looking to up your brow game, this will do the trick. I don't typically spend too much time applying makeup and with just a couple of strokes above and below the brow, this pencil gives the me subtle shape and color I'm looking for." —Liz Rush

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19+ (available in eight shades).

    24. Heeta Hair Scalp Massager conquers dandruff and dry scalps by gently deep-shampooing your hair with its silicone brush head.

    Promising review: "This is a great little tool. My daughter and I both have VERY thick hair. Mine is especially difficult because it's curly (I have a combination of type 3A and 3B curly hair). My daughter always had a hard time getting to her scalp, which left some shampoo and conditioner not reaching her scalp, and caused some flaking and dandruff. Since she's been using this, that has stopped. It's made it much easier for both of us to get down to the root shaft. For people saying 'just use your fingernails,' this works better. It's easy to grip and clean." —EMM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

    25. Maybelline Curvitude Liner keeps your hand and your morning *on track*. Its angled tip hugs the curve of your eye to stay precisely on the lash line, while its ultra-fine tip makes even perfectionists swoon.

    Did I mention its long-lasting finish?

    Promising review: "I love this liner! I was hoping the curve would make it easier to apply. It certainly fills that task! I always used to take a chance that I would get a sloppy line and have to start over. This almost always makes a perfect line, and I am disabled so I can't stress enough how great this is for me!" —clynh

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    Looking for a liquid liner? We found the best eyeliner at three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    26. Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray uses aloe, cucumber and green tea to invigorate tired skin, as well as hydrate and even skin tones in as easy as one, two, spritz.

    You can use it all day as a ~wake up call~ to your skin!

    Get it from Urban Outfitters or Amazon for $7.

    27. Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner is packed with argan oil for eliminating frizz and split ends right in your shower. It'll even replenish low keratin levels (a common cause of unmanageable hair) for shiny tresses you can boast as all-natural!

    Its series of conditioning agents, natural ingredients, and silk amino acids (hello, jojoba and argan oils) deep condition for plenty of moisture, shine, and strength!

    Promising review: "I have finally found what I have been looking for. For years and years I have damaged my hair. I'm constantly bleaching, then back to black, then bright red. Repeating this over and over. Finally I dyed my hair close to my natural color and have been letting it grow out for about five months now. My new hair is healthy, but the rest is just awful and there is not enough new hair for me to feel comfortable cutting it. I have used so many conditioners that barely even worked. This is the first one that worked wonders. Now my hair lays flat, there’s no frizz, and my hair is gorgeous and ridiculously shiny without being or looking greasy. All in all, I 100000% suggest this, especially if your hair is as damaged, thick, and as frizzy as mine." —McKinsey

    Get it from Amazon for $10.20.

    28. Pro Beauty Makeup Blender Foundation Sponge applies makeup a heck of a lot better than your fingertips (hello smooth, even finish) so under-eye bags, zits, etc. can go *undercover* — and stay that way.

    They come in five different colors and two styles! You can try out the tri-purpose slanted sponge: its rounded side blots your whole face until fully blended, the flat edge contours, and the precision tip conquers any hard-to-reach areas. OR, go for the teardrop design that delivers a dewy application when you put on foundation, cream blush, or highlighter.

    Promising review: "This has been a great makeup sponge. I really had my doubts because I have always used the original Beauty Blender. However, this stands up to the test! It soaks up water when it is run under water. I am able to squeeze the excess water and use it damp. It blends my makeup beautifully!" —Donna Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in five styles).

    29. Schmidt's Deodorant Stick protects your, er, natural musk from becoming the pits with all-natural ingredients like charcoal so you can stay high and dry from chemicals AND sweat.

    Promising review: "It really works! The scents are soft, natural, and don’t distract or conflict with perfume or aromatherapy oils! A lot of natural deodorants quit working after I use them for a few weeks, but not this one. This is by far the best natural deodorant stick available. I have all four." —Shaunabanauna

    Get it from Free People for $10 (available in five formulas).

    30. Remington Pro Curling Wand creates beach-like waves STAT with its easy-to-use design that'll make it possible for just about anyone to confidently *handle* styling their hair.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full breakdown of this absurdly popular hair tool!

    It has a 1-1½ barrel, only a 30-second heat-up time, and can go up to 410 degrees!

    Promising review: "I have had this for five years and it still works amazingly. I use it so much that people don't know my hair is naturally straight and I get compliments all the time. Honestly, I can not believe how well this works and how longs its lasted for how cheap it is. I bought this on a whim (because it's only $20!) and it is one my greatest purchases of all time." —madison

    Get it from Amazon for $21.96.

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