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    28 Beauty Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results

    Makeup and skincare that's well-worth the cost — and THEN some.

    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 Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter adds a warm glow to your face with soft powder infused with reflective pigments you can apply sparingly or intensely.

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    Promising review: "This is a great highlighter for its price! I've used Becca's Champagne Pop ($38) in the past, and NO ONE can tell the difference between the two. Its gives a natural looking glow- without the appearance of excess. I use it with both a fan and regular brush. Perfect for both night and day (you'll need to vary the application depending on when you plan to use it, however). Arrived in perfect condition as well." —Ajap Boparai

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in four colors).

    2. Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says "boy bye" to dirt and oil, with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin without removing all the moisture.

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    Promising review: "My new favorite scrub! It's gentler than others that I've tried, but I think that makes it better. The soft seaweed exfoliates nicely and doesn't cause micro-tears in my skin like apricot pits or walnut shells do in other scrubs. Most scrubs make my face look very red and irritated after using but this one doesn't. I do think it brightens, too. I use it two or three times a week and I think my skin tone is evening out very nicely. Not too drying, either! Kind of moisturizing, in fact, which is great with a scrub." —Megan S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches cover each pimple in hydrocolloid dressing, protecting them from further infection, *literally absorbing* pus and oil, and helping them heal WAY WAY faster — and keeping you from picking at them.

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    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. Seriously, I wish I had these in high school. Buy them for yourself, buy them for the teenagers in your life, buy them for everyone!" —Lindsay & Eddie

    On a personal note, I swear by these as part of my sensitive, acne-prone skin care routine!

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.77.

    4. Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub exfoliates your lips with coconut and sugar, but immediately provides lasting hydration and moisture, thanks to avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils. Pucker up!

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    And it's vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Story time: My lips were flaking more than the snow outside. They were dryer than the desert. I followed the directions and it wasn’t cutting into my skin like a thousand knives of fire as it sloughs away the disgustingly gross layer of cells. It also moisturizes like a warm hug. After rinsing away those hug crystals, my lips are given that new life and soft enough to not hurt others’ feelings when I yell about the 2016 Chicago Cubs being the greatest baseball team. Moral of the story: add this to your cart. No regrets will happen." —Awesomeness

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    5. Jacob & Eli Hidden Gems Eyeshadow Palette delivers Sephora name brand–results, for a "wait, you only spent HOW much?!" price.

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    We're talking five matte, nine shimmer, and four duo-chrome shades, all super pigmented and with minimal fall-out.

    Promising review: "I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY. There's almost zero fallout, extremely pigmented colors, blends creamy like butter, and the colors are beautiful. This rivals any of my Too Faced palettes — in fact far less fallout. These are the same quality if not better than my Urban Decay. Seriously not kidding. AND rivals my Kat Von D palettes. I rarely review anything, but this deserved a review." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57 (available in three color sets).

    6. Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask scrubs away blackheads and residue when you rub it in, while leaving lasting hydration, minerals, and nutrients with its rich black sugar formula — because your skin deserves a little dessert, too.

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    Promising review: "This product is hands down a complete winner. In the shower, I apply heavily to my wet face and neck areas and leave it on while washing/conditioning hair, then rub gently again as by then the texture is smooth after the sugary grains have melted. Rinse off for super happy skin. This hydrates, nourishes, exfoliates so well with zero irritation. It's so gentle and effective. I use a bit on my hands, too." —GED

    Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

    7. Maybelline Temptation Brow Definer is what you've been looking for so you can finally stop ~brow-sing~ for better products. Fill in with the teardrop-shape pencil (for precise but natural "hairs") and blend out with the fluffy spoolie for a gorge finish.

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    Promising review: "I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something like Brow Wiz ($21) with the tiny tip is pointless and takes forever and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over" —Duchess

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    8. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water has your back when it comes to effortlessly cleaning your face. It *gently* removes makeup, dirt, grime, and residue from the day, leaving your skin cleansed but not stripped. And you don't have to rinse!

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    Promising review: "After one use of this product, I was thinking 'Where has this been all of my life?' I am using it to remove waterproof eye makeup and it is WAY better than any eye makeup remover I have ever used before. It is not oily so it doesn't feel greasy or blur my vision after I use it, yet it cleans magnificently without rubbing. This is going to become a staple in my bathroom!" —Rabid Reader

    Psst! This won best inexpensive makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48 (available in three varieties: regular, waterproof, and oily).

    9. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation lasts alllllll damn day, thanks to its buildable and lightweight formula containing ~micropowders~ that absorb oil to keep you shine-free.

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    Promising review: "This is possibly the best foundation I have tried in years. My skin is oily and breakout prone. This foundation blended in easily and kept my skin smooth and matte for an entire eight hour shift at work. My job is sometimes physical and involves heavy lifting, so my other foundations turned into an oil slick after four-five hours. This foundation also offers good coverage for acne scars, but does not look cakey. I would recommend this product and will repurchase it." —Clare C.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.47 (available in 40 shades).

    10. Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment calms inflammation and redness, kills acne-causing bacteria, and evens out skin tone, all with only F I V E ingredients. Skin care that's as easy to apply as a tube of Chapstick? Sign me up.

    Free People

    You've head about turmeric masks, but this is honestly so much easier. Just leave it on the areas you choose for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

    Promising review: "This treatment works like a charm! I have struggled with pigmentation and breakouts trying product after product. I've noticed evening of my skin tone and texture for the first time since I started using this regularly! Minimizes bumps and breakouts almost instantly! I've recommended this to all my friends who love it just as much!" —fpSaraNJ

    Get it from Free People for $8.99.

    11. Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner is packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like witch hazel (duh!) and aloe vera to refine even sensitive skin. It can help calm flare-ups or breakouts and improve skin tone over time.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this product for almost four years now and never had issues with skin irritation or packaging. I always order directly from Amazon. I live overseas and never had an issue with packaging, even though it takes about a week to get here due to the distance. My personal experience with this has only been excellent. The toner does have a very lovely light fragrance. I use it day and night after washing my face and before putting on any serums or creams. I do notice that it cleans any leftover makeup or leftover face wash and helps with taming breakouts. I have sensitive skin but have never had any issues. Excellent product." —Yarko Vanko

    Check out why a BuzzFeed writer is obsessed with this product for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    12. NYX Epic Ink Liner delivers the perfect wing every single time — without letting your money 💸 fly 💸 away like other brands.

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    Promising review: "For real, this stuff DOES NOT BUDGE without makeup remover (I use cocoa butter to get mine off). I fell asleep with my makeup on the other night, and my husband said in the morning 'Your hair is a mess, but your eyeliner is FLEEKY!' He knew it would get a laugh out of me. Little did he know that statement totally solidified the fact that i would have a new staple in my make up bag. The brush took a few tries for me to get used to, but it will give you a wing that could out-preform a bald eagle (and it’s EFFORTLESS, Y’ALL). Now, I’ve been swimming with this liner on in pools and oceans and can attest to the fact that it’s truly long-wear and waterproof. Praise the Lord for no more raccoon eyes after the first splash." —TayBranche

    Btw, this won best inexpensive liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.61.

    13. Peripera Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadows bring a subtle sparkle to your lids with a super easy to apply formula — and at half the price of Glossier's Lidstar.

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    Promising review: "I love this liquid shadow! I get lots of compliments on it. Feels like high end makeup and is a good dupe for the Stila shadows ($24). Will definitely get all of the shades" —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95 each (available in six colors).

    14. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser completely conceals dark circle, fine lines, and puffiness under the eyes while treating them with goji berry and haloxyl. You've heard so many people love this — don't you think it's worthy a try?

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    Promising review: "Due to very pale and sallow skin along with chronic allergies, I have had dark circles since I was a little girl. Since then I've tried everything for my dark circles, mostly consisting of spendy makeup counter items. Who would have thought the drugstore would be where I would find the cure to my dark circles?! Love love love this product: the applicator, the color, the coverage, the staying power and of course the price. I use it all over my eye since the discoloration is all over. It's a great primer for eyeshadow. People complain about the stickiness — just be sure to set the product with powder once you have it the way you want it and you'll be good to go." —DanceLady

    A BuzzFeed writer swears by this concealer herself — check out her review (plus seven other Maybelline products we really love) here!

    Price $6.07+ (available in 12 colors).

    15. Teenitor False Eyelashes (two kinds, with 10 pairs each) give you that natural-but-dramatic look that'll set hearts aflutter (especially when you bat your eyelashes at yourself!).

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    It comes with a tweezer-like applicator to make adhering them to your lash line incredibly easy, too.

    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 and not too heavy on the eyelids and give out a nice finish." —Amazon Customer

    Get the set of 20 pairs from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel is the multi-use product you didn't know you needed until now — it's mild enough to use on your face, but also soothes and reduces irritation wherever you need it (I love putting it on my legs after shaving!).

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    Sensitive acne-prone skin? This gel will keep your face moisturized while soothing inflammation and breakouts. Easily sunburned? Keep a jar in the fridge for immediate relief. Prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs? Use it immediately after shaving to prevent irritation AND moisturize your skin. I have very sensitive skin, and I can even *dry shave* my legs with this miracle product!

    Promising review: "Really great product that has done wonders for my skin! I cannot believed how much it has improved the moisture of my skin. I also breakout really easy and most facial products will irritate my skin horribly but this product has never done that! My mom is the same way and it has not caused any reactions for her either. If you have very sensitive skin, I recommend giving this a try!" —Ren

    Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

    17. Yoseng Makeup Brushes have densely packed, ultra fine hairs with a domed top to give your foundation (and the rest of your face) a flawless, airbrushed finish.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE these makeup brushes and the price can't be beat! They are so soft and full and wash up very well. I've not had any shedding, like I've experienced with other make-up brushes and the variety of sizes is really nice. This is a perfect 'dupe" for the outrageously expensive Artis brushes ($360) at a fraction of the price. I got the black set and am very happy with how well they are holding up and my makeup looks so smooth. The brushes feel so soft on the skin and I've had no problems with the handles bending, as other reviewers have said. I think if you use normal pressure, you shouldn't have any issues." —Ellen S.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors).

    18. Elizavecca Witch Piggy Pore Control Serum contains 97% hyaluronic acid (which can carry up to 1,000 TIMES its weight in water), adding a serious boost of hydration and lasting moisture to your skin — and it can help reduce the appearance of pores.

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    This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask so many people swear by (and it looks damn cool).

    Promising review: "I bought this initially because I thought the little pig was cute. This is the best beauty product I have bought in a long time. It has made my irritated, flaky skin so soft and smooth. It feels a little sticky when first applied, but give it a couple of minutes and you won't feel any residue. I have super oily skin in the summer, and this does not make it feel oilier. I am a customer for life." —Nashvegas Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

    19. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.

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    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. It's an official Holy Grail product of mine. I ideally use it once-a-week, and it feels as if angels themselves have taken the time, to delicately renew my skin with the magical touch of their wings. Ok, but really. I wear foundation daily, have combination and sensitive skin, and require hypo-allergenic products. I truly feel this product is a part of why I stay break-out free week after week. I mix with equal parts water and [apple cider] vinegar and use the sensitive skin time recommendation to avoid over-drying or any tenderness afterward, moisturize after and I'm good to go! I also find it works WONDERS as a spot treatment for the pimples that do happen to appear every-so-often. I love this stuff, use it often, and it still lasts FOREVER. Literally the best mask I've ever used." —S.Nae

    Check out more incredible before and after photos here!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    20. L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara builds up for dramatic, full, and fluttery lashes and NEVER leaves smudges under your eyes.

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    Promising review: "I've tried just about all drugstore brand mascaras. I've even tried a few expensive ones from department stores. This L'Oréal mascara is hands down the best one I've EVER owned and I will never try another so long as they keep making this one! No clumps, makes them full with one application, and doesn't flake even in the 90° heat today after I sweated my butt off running around after my niece and nephew. I love love LOVE this stuff!! Love at first sight I tell ya! All the five-star reviews are true! Buy this and you won't regret it even a little bit!" —Oksana Peysakh

    I personally also LOVE this mascara. Check out my review (#2 in thep ost).

    Get it from Amazon for $8.52

    21. Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamp has two sides: a triangular stamp on one end and a felt-tip eyeliner on the other to create the perfect winged liner look in no time flat, i.e., you'll never be late again!

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    It's also water- and smudge-resistant, which 🙌.

    Promising review: "I loved the product. I usually take 15 mins to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It's a must-have for all those who love eye makeup." —rasu

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    22. The Saem Iceland Hydrating Eye Stick instantly cools your under eyes, boosting circulation to reduce puffiness instantly and ~chill~ down any discoloration. It's like a mini arctic vacation in just one swipe.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow. I was not expecting something so simple to be so amazing. I read another reviewers comment about how they kept theirs in the fridge and tried this as well before trying it. After cleansing my face, I took this out and rubbed some under my eyes and it was the most cooling and refreshing feeling! Not only that, but the next day I visibly noticed lightening of my dark circles and the skin under my eyes looked brighter and well moisturized. I really enjoyed the scent of this as well and will definitely keep using this in the future because I actually look forward to taking my makeup off and using this every day!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!).

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    Promising review: "I live in the desert, so I keep mine in the refrigerator & when I put it on my face it feels refreshing. My face is soft to the touch after applying it and stays that way for an extended period. It has a subtle, clean smell which I like and find appealing. Highly Recommended because the price I think is very affordable and the product truly works well." —Michelle Strain

    Check out a truly ~glowing~ review in I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.17

    24. NYX Setting Spray finally spells the end for having to re-do your full face of makeup (or waste money on those blotting sheets). Your face will stay perfect and shine-free all day and all of the night.

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    Promising review: "I’ve been using this for a while, but finally needed to write a review. This morning, I put on my makeup and some generous sprays of this setting spray. Then, I went into the 100+ degree heat and demonstrated a short workout at an outdoor event. Despite drinking as much water as I could handle, I overheated quickly and EMS had to come to my rescue. Between my boyfriend and EMS, there was a small crowd around me: literally pouring ice water on me; mopping my face and neck with cold towels; pressing ice packs on me. This continued for a while and I was sure that my makeup was gone, but this spray kept my face mostly intact! If this spray can keep my makeup on through an encounter with EMS and being essentially submerged in ice water, it can keep yours on through your (hopefully less eventful) day!" —Bugaboo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.37.

    25. Yes To Two-in-One Scrub and Cleanser Stick combines your cleansing and exfoliating steps into one (dare I say fun?) product. And it comes in two amazing varieties: energizing coconut and coffee (moisturizing and tightening skin) and charcoal (removing impurities and excess oil).

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    Just scrub it all over your face to remove dead skin cells and get to work — then rinse! This is also a PEEERRRFECT cleanser for traveling (no worrying about liquids to spill!)

    Promising review: "Very easy to use. Leaves skin feeling clean, but also moisturized. Exfoliant was pretty gentle, but got the job done." —Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74+ (available in two varieties).

    26. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick delivers a mega pigmented, opaque color that'll last up to 16 hours without touchups. It's even pizza proof!

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    Promising review: "Love these liquid lipsticks! I have them in three shades ranging from nude to bold, and they all apply flawlessly. The applicator has a sharper point so it’s easy to put the lipstick on and you don’t need a lip liner. This is a very long-wearing lipstick and has lasted me through salads, pizza, drinking, etc. The formula is non-drying and kind of moisturizing so I don’t get the cracked lip effect. My go to liquid lipsticks are normally ABH, Kylie Cosmetics, and Stila, but I find myself reaching for the Maybelline one more often now. I hope they come out with a wider range in shades!" —colleenonyx

    Get it from Amazon for $7.54 (available in 26 colors).

    This is another Maybelline product we really love!

    27. Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Bubble Mask has over 3,500 five-star reviews that speak to its satisfying foaming action *AND* how soft and clear it makes your skin.

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    Basically you'll want to post a picture of it while it foams up on your Insta story, and then take a 🔥 selfie of how soft and glowy your skin looks!

    Promising review: "I have very few skin care items I buy more than once. Just not usually THAT impressed. That being said, I LOVE this mask. It bubbles up upon application and the tiny bubbles bursting itch and tickle like crazy but stick out the 10 minutes. The first time I used it after washing it off you could literally see the junk and oil sitting on top of my skin as it had been pushed to the surface. The next morning my skin glowed. I have used it a few times since, not much gunk to push to the top now but can see the pores are empty. Def will be buying more, especially for Christmas presents." —Alice D.

    Check out more ~effervescent~ photos in our closer look at this mask!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    28. Coty's cult-fave Airspun loose powder creates a flawless finish to your foundation that won't turn shiny, crease, or fade all day.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this powder. I've used more expensive ones in the past, but this one takes the cake. It keeps my makeup on all day, even with my oily skin. I personally don't use the 'baking' method, but even so it keeps my face in place all day, even when I get hot and sweaty. I recommend it to all of my friends!" —Brittany

    Need more proof? Check out This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in six shades)

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