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38 Beauty Products Under $25 That Work So Well, You Might Want To Shed A Tear

Pass the tissues because we're talkin' affordable makeup, hair tools, and at-home treatments to help you achieve salon-worthy results.

1. The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution reduces the appearance of the oil slick that appears on your T-zone every afternoon. With a trio of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids, it only needs 10 minutes to rejuvenate, resurface, and decrease congestion caused by the overproduction of sebum. Professional facial who?

the bottle of red exfoliant

2. Makeup Revolution Hydra Bomb Lip Gloss drenches your pout with hyaluronic acid that leaves your skin with a sheer, silky finish. Lips feel soft, full, and never sticky.

3. Latorice dip powder kit provides you with the kind of staying power one could only dream of having for a fresh, fancy mani. This chip- and smudge-resistant dipping system is easy to do at home *and* contains vitamin E and calcium to strengthen the nail bed. Win-win, baby.

4. Or! Pretty Fab Nails Marble Mani Wraps allow you to easily achieve fall-ready nails without the fuss, mess, or price tag for that matter.

the dark blue and purple marble designed nail wraps

5. Essence Lash Princess Mascara achieves skyscraper, false-y lashes at such a gasp-worthy price you won't be able to shut up about it. That's right, this holy grail sculpts lashes at only $5 a tube. "It's a fraction of your paycheck you'd probably spend on an iced mocha!" You'll say...

buzzfeed editor's eyes before and after using the mascara with the done lashes looking darker and longer

6. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème replenishes ringlets like an absolute dream with a medium-hold styler that leaves curls lookin' bouncy and feelin' moisturized. Those with medium and thick textures — that favor a wash 'n' go treatment — should also know that this protects against protein loss!

A model holding the jar of product

7. Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint becomes one with your skin with a luscious, buildable formula that offers a soft pigment and won't leave you with a cracked kisser. It comes with a precision applicator that moves with the natural shape of your lips, so, humblebrag...applying signature shades just got even easier.

reviewer wearing the coral link ink and holding the product

8. Artnaturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum plumps up lackluster skin with a collegan-boosting formula that fights off signs of aging and boosts hydration for a radiant everyday glow. Reviewers who suffered from acne even noticed their scars diminish!

bottles of the serum

9. Glossier Wowder softens shine as the final step in curating your selfie-ready look (no Insta filter required). I, for one, cannot stop bragging about its ability to blur pores because the moment this light powder hits, *poof* skin appears smoother and foundation stays put well into the night.

10. Colab Overnight Renew Dry Shampoo works the night shift to freshen up your sad, greasy roots. Since this stuff does the work of two products (cares while cleansing your scalp with pink clay and lavender), you and your locks can wake up feeling refreshed — and with more time to snooze!

model with greasy roots as before then model with voluminous, fresh roots

11. Refy Sculpt Shape and Hold Gel crafts your fluffiest, most fullest brows with a gel-wax hybrid. You can thank the nifty applicator — of not just a spoolie — but also a comb *and* brush to clean up your caterpillars. Perfectly groomed, beautifully full — without the commitment of having to get your brows professionally laminated.

12. E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer grips makeup for all-day wear. Sweep the velvety-soft formula — that has 1,000+ reviews — over skin pre-foundation to smooth out uneven complexions, and minimize the appearance of pores.

model holding the jar of primer

13. Womaness Eye Opener Treatment lifts, firms, and brightens up dark circles with advanced hyaluronic acid and a plant-derived retinol (hellooo, luxury skincare at half the price!). De-puff by dabbing the cooling metal applicator around your peepers for a wide awake look every morning.

hand using the tube of eye cream with the metal applicator

14. Pickle's Potions & Lotions Hoof Healer tackles tough skin around your hooves so you don't have to keep 'em hidden, or fork out for pricey pedis. Sandal season may be on its way out, but having baby soft feet year round? A blessing, honestly.

Large twisting bottle with solid balm inside
Pickle's Potions & Lotions / Etsy

Owner Kristin Mutchler runs this small business out of Wayne, Maine. And FYI, Hoof Healer was an Editor's Choice winner in the Beauty Shortlist Awards this year!

Promising review: "I love the packaging! I've been using the product for over a week and the results are stunning! My soles are not as rough or cracked anymore, giving me boosted confidence to show off my feet this summer! Thank you!!" —Alyssa 

Get it from Pickle's Potions & Lotions on Etsy for $8.99+ (available in three scents and two sizes).

15. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Powder Foundation promises up to 24 hours of transfer- and sweat-resistant wear in a neat compact formula (that was made famous on TikTok!). It covers like a liquid and mattifies like a powder for a smooth, shine-free, flawless complexion — even after a full day of meetings.

16. Fenty Beauty Lip-Loving Scrub nurtures your kisser with a twist-up stick packed with apricot seed exfoliators to slough away dead skin. Apply this without the mess and what will you be left with? A pillowy-soft pout ready for a balm, gloss, or stain. Mwah!

17. Glossier Cloud Paint blush blends like a cream for subtle, buildable color when you want to look kissed by the sun without having to, you know, actually see the sun. The lightweight formula means it won't ever look cakey, and you can dab some on your lids for days when you're feeling matchy-matchy.

BuzzFeed writer wearing Dawn, an orange shade
the tubes with swatches
Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed, Glossier

BuzzFeed Writer Nusrat Sultana has this and raves: "That's me above, wearing Cloud Paint in Dawn. Reviewers note that you only need a little bit, as it goes a long way, which is great because it means the tube will last you a long time. It's so seamless and hydrating that it almost feels like a moisturizer. It's also hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and cruelty-free."

This is cruelty-free, too!

And check out our full Glossier Cloud Paint review!

Promising review: "I am such a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I used to never use blush or bronzer. A simple tinted moisturizer with some concealer and whatever. BUT CLOUD PAINT CHANGED THAT. I absolutely love the color and glow it adds to my face. And it only takes three seconds to put it on. Perfect for a makeup minimalist like me." —Jennifer T

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in eight shades).

18. Goodal Green Tangerine Vitamin C Serum brightens up post-blemish marks with with a gel-like serum that features green tangerine that — rumor has it — contains 10x more vitamin C than the ripe orange ones! Perfect for sensitive epidermis, this gentle formula fades hyperpigmentation STAT.

The bottle of dark spot serum

19. Revlon Deep Waver Barrel sculpts impeccable waves that exude a ~I just got back from a white sand vacay~ vibe. Or, better yet, Olivia Mossbacher vibes re: White Lotus. If you, like me, were fangirling over her look the entire series this device ensures your hair will stay as sharp as her tongue...

model holding the hair waver

20. Anastasia Eyebrow Highlighter Crayon conceals any makeup mistakes or pesky hairs that are growing back in, plus it defines the ends of your brows for a flawlessly clean look every single time. Pro tip: Apply this as an end-of-the-day touch-up to ensure your brows are looking sharp always.

model applying the crayon to their brow bone

21. Lokfar Freckle Pen simulates the appearance of cutesy lil' freckles sans UV rays. Dot this waterproof pen anywhere you'd like some *realistic-looking* faux freckles to appear — some reviewers mention blending shades of light and dark to really trick people into thinking their frecks are au naturel.

22. Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil Balm cares for dehydrated skin with a handy on-the-go treatment. Thanks to its aloe, safflower, and vitamin E oil ingredients your cuticles can stay looking cute.

A eom holding a tube of cuticle oil balm

23. Mane Club One Hit Wonder recharges your tired mane with a 10-in-1 spray...yes, TEN-in-one, folks. It takes care of everything from detangling, frizzies, split ends, and even provides heat protection up to 445 degrees. Simply spritz it on your damp hair and let it do all the work, so you can get a salonworthy blowout without the price tag or the need for nine other products!

24. One Size 24-Hour Liquid Eyeliner laughs in the face of other eyeliner equivalents, because this baby is waterproof, smudge-proof, oh, and like your ever-reliable BFF, this will *never* flake on you.

model applying the fine-tipped eyeliner

25. Amika Dry Conditioner reworks two-day tresses, much alike dry shampoo but instead this softens and smooths between washes *and* provides an anti-static shield. Think of it as a detangler, a frizz tamer, and a blow out extender — that won't weigh you down. AKA, this bb will become a fast forever friend.

model before and after with frizzy hair and then with smooth frizz-free hair after using the product

26. Peace Out Cleansing Balm polishes skin with a gentle combination of salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide which buff away impurities without stripping your skin. Pores? Refined. Complexion? Smooth. Moisture barrier? Never broken.

27. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray keeps makeup where you want it and not where you don't, i.e., it won't rub off on your friend's white shirt when you lean in to give 'em a hug. TBH, sweat, rain, and humidity should all just admit defeat, because they're no match for this superhero spray.

28. Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches absorb pus and shrink zits ~head on~. For those who are not out of the maskne woods (me), these are great to prevent picking and, according to one of our editors, are an effective treatment to avoid scarring and hyperpigmentation.

amazon reviewer's clear pimple patch full of sebum

29. Coty Airspun Oil-Reducing Setting Powder tackles daily 4 p.m. T-zone shine while locking in your concealer and foundation. Simply put, you can give your skin a quick refresh with this for a "just-applied" look anytime your face becomes more reflective than the screen you've been staring at all day.

the loose translucent powder

30. Tarte Seaglass Shimmer prolongs your summer sparkle so every admirer who lays eyes on you will think that you just returned from a white-sand vacay (when in reality you've been hibernating under a blanket, obvs). Apply this nourishing, vitamin E-rich body gel to legs, shoulders, and collarbones to perfectly accessorize any date night look.

model holding the bottle of gold shimmer

31. Maybelline Great Clear Lash Mascara grooms and separates lashes in preparation for a coat of color, or not — use alone to build length and definition if you're into the naked lash look. And, we love bonuses: This clear formula can also be used as a pomade to tame frizzy hair and flyaways or even as a brow gel!

the clear mascara

32. Black Radiance Foundation Stick conceals and applies all-over coverage for those with darker skin tones as well as playing its role as a contour stick for lighter skin. It's creamy not chalky, and comes with a convenient built-in brush so you can evenly distribute product whichever way you decide to use it.

33. Gillette Venus Mini Razor allows you to get a clean, smooth shave on the go without the need to lug around a full-size razor. It comes complete with a matching protective case that I have been carrying around for *years* now. Toss this in just about any bag for quick touch-ups, so you can get the same results wherever you are.

A model holding a mini razor with a matching protective case

34. Wet 'n' Wild's Photo Focus Primer Water preps skin for makeup application *and* sets all your hard work in place with a 3-in-1 formula. Infused with skin-loving vitamins, this hydrates so you're not left trying to conceal dry patches, and it provides a light, dewy glow.

35. NYX Concealer Color Correcting Palette disguises any evidence of your late night happy hours that went well beyond midnight. These creamy concealers Ctrl + Z literally ANY kind of discoloration (read: acne scars and dark circles). And they can be blended with foundations to fix wonky undertones that don't match with your complexion.

36. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation simplifies the coverage step in your routine with a long-lasting lightweight formula that's free of oil, actually holds up in the heat, and disguises blemishes without the need to add an extra product or step.

37. Athena Club All Day Deodorant keeps year-round sweats at bay. This all-natural stuff is plant-based, free of aluminum, and goes on clear so you can wear your fave black top sans white streaks.

38. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer pencils in patchy brows for a look that's natural, long lasting, and can be tamed using the soft, built-in spoolie. And! Reviewers note that the angled pencil allows for quicker (and easier) application over a smaller, pointed tip.