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    18 Products That Will Save You So Much Money On Beauty

    Because you deserve every last drop of that foundation.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Foundation color mixers so you don't have to buy a whole new bottle when you get or lose a tan β€” or just buy sliiiightly the wrong shade. Just mix a few drops in with your foundation and apply!

    This one comes in six different shades for perfect customization: Deep (for darker foundation), Luminous (for a gold undertone), Olive (for, you guessed it, an olive undertone), Opalectent (for shimmer), Warmth (for an orange undertone), and White (for lighter foundation).

    Get it from Walmart, NYX or Ulta for $9.99.

    2. A flexible spatula specifically designed to remove every last drop of foundation or concealer. EVERY DROP. Seriously, look how clean that bottle is!!,

    Promising review: "This product is fantastic for dispensing foundation that doesn't come with a pump. I waste so much less makeup and make much less mess. It also really does help you use up every drop. The other end of the spatula also has a little ball on the end, and will pick up product from much smaller tubes like concealers!" β€”Nurse Jen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

    3. A blunt-tipped syringe for bottles with narrower openings (that a stir stick or beauty spatula wouldn't be able to access), and can be used to suck out any remaining product at the bottom of any hard to reach bottle

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    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.10.

    4. A bottle of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish to give you a long-lasting gel manicure with NO UV light needed. Meaning you get an at-home manicure that lasts and lasts (at a drugstore price).

    Promising review: "The directions say to use two coats of polish and one coat of the top coat. After six days of wear, it hasn't started chipping yet. And it dries much faster than I expected. I finished my fingers and toes in less than 30 minutes. Some of the pastel colors require an extra coat and a little more drying time, but the pink that I'm wearing now was no problem. I think I'm going to stick with this for a while." β€”Henry's Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ or Jet for $6.82+. Available in 87 colors.

    And check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this polish here (#3)!

    5. A pack of cotton rounds you can pop over your powders and shadows before traveling so they don't smash or crumble into a million pieces.


    For smaller eyeshadows, you can use cotton balls instead!

    Get an 80-count sleeve of organic cotton rounds from Jet for $4.28 or three 80-count sleeves (240 rounds total) from Amazon for $11.28.

    6. Or if the damage has already been done, a bottle of rubbing alcohol that'll completely revive broken or smashed pressed powders or eye shadows.

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    Promising review: "I use this to mix and press my own powder cosmetics, or to repair a damaged eyeshadow or powder compact. It works great for this, evaporates away completely without discoloring the product." β€”Amanda Rall

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29 or Jet for $10.28.

    Get more info on how to do it here.

    7. A cruelty-free eyeshadow primer to keep your makeup look on lock all day AND all night. That's right, you will NOT have to reapply before your evening plans.

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low. Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay... they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" β€”Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.06.

    8. A bottle of gentle baby shampoo that'll banish even the peskiest traces of eye makeup (at a fraction of the price of makeup remover).

    Get it from Amazon for $16.76.

    Promising review: "When I was younger, my mom mentioned that she used Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to remove her makeup. At the time, I had been buying expensive makeup remover for a while but I decided to give this a try. That was about 15 years ago. Not only do I use this to remove my makeup, but I wash my face with this too. I love that a little goes a long way!" β€”Susana

    9. A pair of tweezers to remove the stoppers from lip glosses, concealers, and other tubes so you can remove every bit.

    Get a top-rated pair of Tweezerman tweezers from Amazon for $13.67.

    10. A jar of disposable spatulas so you can scoop out your moisturizers, masks, and other jarred products without contaminating your jar or taking too much product.

    Promising review: "I use these with my face cream so that I do not have to use my fingers to get the cream out of the jar. These spatulas help me scoop out just the perfect amount without contaminating my face cream. I am on my second container of these and am sure I'll be purchasing many more!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a jar of 100 for $7.99 on Amazon.

    Learn more about product expirations (and why dipping your hands into the same jar over and over is bad) here.

    11. A two-in-one lip and cheek stain that'll look natural and laaaaast (according to one reviewer, it lasted through a plate of spaghetti), because buying lip AND cheek products gets pricey.

    Etude House

    It's like Benetint, but more than $20 cheaper!

    Promising review: "Love love love this tint. I use it as a cheek tint as well as a lip color to give a lovely natural flush to my skin. A little dab goes a loooong way and it stays put all day long and into the night. Immediately after receiving and trying the red color, I purchased a three pack with the red, pink and orange tints on Amazon, so I wouldn't have to worry about ever being without. It is simply amazing. Great product, a little bit of a wait for overseas shipping (the three pack came with Prime two-day shipping), but it was totally worth it." β€”Antoinette Hewish-Schmid

    Available in three colors (Cherry Ade, Orange Ade, and Strawberry Ade). Or you can get the set of all three for $12. All on Amazon.

    12. A unique cap dispenser system to store your lotion, shampoo, moisturizer, and other bottles upside down so you can get every drop without working too hard.

    It comes with four different connectors to fit all sorts of bottles and containers!

    Promising review: "I am always looking for ways to save money and using this Flip-It! All in One Beauty Pack is a GREAT way to do that! I always seem to realize I'm out of shampoo when it's nearly gone, but with this adapter, you are able to get that last little bit of shampoo or conditioner! This is definitely a money saver since you don't have to worry about purchasing a new bottle of shampoo when you have some left in the old one. You are literally able to pay for what you're actually using, which is great! These adapters can be used on lotion bottles, moisturizers, or shampoos. These are highly versatile and perfect for any household." β€”K. Poling

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    Check out our full review of the Flip It here (#4)!

    13. A mattifying gel for anyone who wants perfectly matte lips but already has a whole collection of creamy colors they don't want to waste.


    Just apply it on top of your favorite color and *POOF*! Instantly matte.

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I tried it for the first time today, and I love it. It made my lipstick matte without drying and kept my lips soft and moist for hours: whoever formulated this stuff is a genius. And you don't need much, either...just a tiny dab for each lip. Thank you, Smashbox. Please don't ever stop making Insta-Matte." β€”Kundrie

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    Check out our picks for the best matte lipstick on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    14. A lip topcoat that'll vamp up any existing lipstick by making it deeper and darker. Plus, it's formulated with shea butter and vitamin E to moisturize your lips while you're wearing it!


    Promising review: "I just recently bought this item and it is great!!! Lipstick is a new endeavor for me and I've been buying it like crazy. This product doubles your lipstick inventory. I love it. I'll probably order a couple more so I never run out." β€”Cassie124

    Get one from NYX for $6 or get a pack of three from Walmart for $20.30.

    15. A set of adorable and TSA-approved refillable bottles so you can stop wasting money on expensive travel-size versions of your beauty must-haves.

    The small jars are perfect for vacation-sized amounts of that expensive eye cream you can't live without. Plus, the set comes with rotating labels so you can mark your products accordingly and a clear carrying case to keep them all together.

    Promising review: "This is a great set. The labeling system works well; I like that they're all different styles. The best thing about them honestly is the fact that the green, orange, and blue bottles, as well as the toothbrush cover, have little suction cups on them. No more trying to fit everything on the tiny ledge in a hotel shower! Just stick them to the wall and go!" β€”Fyrechild

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    16. A bottle of eye re-wetting drops to refresh that clumpy and dried-out mascara that hasn't even expired yet. It'll go on like brand new!

    Learn more about this tip at The Beauty Department and get the drops from Amazon for $8.54.

    And check out our picks for the best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. A fan-favorite setting spray that'll finally spell 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.

    Promising review: "This changed my life! It is just amazing! I'm a waitress, constantly surrounded by food, always sweaty from running around, and I NEVER get a shiny forehead with this stuff! My eyeshadow doesn't move! I mean this is just amazing!" β€”Erynn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 or Walmart for $8.

    18. A face mask mixing kit so you can whip together a soothing and hydrating oatmeal, milk, and honey mask with the ingredients from your kitchen. (Plus, the little jar is perfect for repotting that last bit of lipstick you can't get out of the tube).

    Promising review: "I do a lot of mixing with natural facial products so these items come in handy. I put my lemon spray in the nice spray container. My daughter makes lipstick and the little round container comes in handy. I also love the measuring spoons for my charcoal mask. Love the little brush, it is very gentle, doesn't scratch the face. I am going to purchase a set for my daughter. The price is nice too!" β€”Debbie

    Get this nine-piece set from Amazon for $7.99 or a similar four-piece set from Jet for $8.15 (it includes measuring spoons, a bowl, mask brush, and mask stick).

    Check out some ideas for DIY facial masks (and info on what dermatologists actually say about them) here.

    Check out the money-saving tricks here:

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    Saving money is a beautiful thing.


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