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22 Inexpensive Beauty Products That Actually Work

Drugstore finds that won't break the bank.

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5. Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover

Three cheers for any product that a) easily removes eye makeup in a single swipe, b) doesn't feel oily and greasy afterward, and c) doesn't eventually dry out your skin. Two options under $8: liquid or lotion.

7. Revlon "Just Bitten" Lip Stain

It goes on almost sheer — so you can apply on the go and not worry about the precision that usually comes along with pencil products. But true to the stain in its name, colors are buildable and they stay on for hours. $7 here.

8. Maybelline Mascara

You can't wrong with either of these: Maybelline Great Lash has been around forever, and for good reason. Similarly, Full 'n Soft has a legion of fans, like Lauren Conrad, who swear by the stuff. Get them here and here for $7.

12. Wet 'n' Wild Mega Last Lip Color

These $2 long-wearing mattes come in several shades that mirror high-end versions, like Stoplight Red, which is a ringer for MAC's Ruby Woo. (You can find a longer list of dupes here.)

13. Purpose Cleansing Wash & Moisturizer

A lightweight, hypoallergenic duo that's gentle enough to use daily, even for those with sensitive skin. (And the lotion — perfect as a base — has built-in SPF.) $7 and $9 here and here.

14. e.l.f. High Definition Powder


The loose, lightweight finishing powder goes on translucent, and reviewers dub it as a worthy dupe of Makeup Forever's Microfinish Powder — at a fraction of the cost. $6 here.

16. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is already a godsend. But when it comes in different scents and colors (so that you're not frantically combing out every last bit of white), it's even better. $8 here.

17. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel (as a Primer)


Chafing gel as a primer might sound bizarre, but it works. Bloggers vouch for Monistat's powder gel as fully comparable to Smashbox's Photo Finish primer — for much, much cheaper. $7 here.

18. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

A solid 2-in-1 concealer and highlighter for the undereye area — with the slight downside being the built-in applicator brush, which tends to sop up product. $6 here.

19. Sinful Colors Nail Polishes

Essie and O.P.I. are already prime drugstore buys, but the $8 bottles can add up quickly. Sinful Colors retails for closer to $2, has similar wear, and comes in a wide range of colors. Some MakeupAlley reviewers say that consistency can vary, so for best results, layer up and finish with topcoat.

22. Tweezerman Tweezers

Plain and simple: These are the best tweezers out there. (Their secret: a super-sharp slant that lets you grab onto even the tiniest of hairs.) The full-size version usually tops $20 at Sephora, but the mini pair is a few bucks cheaper and works just as well. $13 here.

Wet 'n' Wild Mega Last Lip Color (#12) was originally listed at Amazon for $7, but can actually be found for $2. Happy shopping!

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