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    20 Things From Sephora That Cost Less Than $25 And Have Over 1,000 5-Star Reviews

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    1. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% may just become your new favorite product. (I, an acne-prone person, swear by my Niacinamide serum, but hey, that's just me). All you need are a few drops a day to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion.

    The dropper bottle of the serum — the serum itself is clear
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    To use, apply a few drops of this to your entire face in the morning or evening before applying heavier creams. Note, that if topical vitamin C is part of your skincare routine, or will be part of it, it should be applied at alternate times with this serum in the a.m. It's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Promising review: "THE BEST! I know its not for everyone based off the reviews, but this stuff is amazing for me. I have an oily T-zone and bumps on my forehead that never go away, and a week into using this my forehead is wayyy less red and the majority of the bumps have gone away! I think my skin purged as I had a lot of whiteheads around day three to four, and now after a week they are all gone, so push through. This stuff is great and the price is amazing." —Emily2899

    Price: $5.90/1 ounce, or $10.60/2 ounces

    2. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer provides long-lasting shine, but instead of leaving your lips feeling sticky like some other glosses do, its shea butter formula will leave them nice and soft.


    This lip gloss contains shea butter, so not only will it give your lips a beautifully glossy shine, it'll also help condition and soften them. This is free of parabens, phthalates, and is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the best lip gloss I've ever used. It's not sticky, it lasts a long time, and it's so pretty. I won't use another lip gloss, unless I have to." —Dean31

    Price: $19 (available in six shades)

    3. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser helps to clean away dirt, oil, and makeup. It contains meadowfoam seed oil that'll leave skin feeling hydrated and clean, but not stripped.

    bottle of cleanser

    To use, massage onto the skin with a small amount of water both morning and night for 30 to 60 seconds, and then rinse thoroughly. This cleanser is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

    Promising review: "This did a good job of taking off my face and eye makeup — nice to have in one product! I used this with my Clairsonic brush for a little exfoliation. I used it when my skin was super dry (I was on Accutane), and also when it was oily/combination. It worked well both times, and it leaves your skin with some hydration, but doesn't strip all of the oil out and leave you dry." —lindz990

    Price: $13/mini size, or $25/standard size

    4. Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara delivers exactly what its name says — dramatic lashes that will actually last throughout the day. Ya know, the way mascara should be.


    Promising review: "I received this product for complimentary testing. I love this mascara! I have thin, easily clumped lashes that are short. This helped separate and lengthen without clumping and getting all over my eye. The drier formula will work great if you have sparse lashes. This lasted all day with only two coats applied in the morning." —mer5346

    Price: $13/mini size, or $25/standard size

    5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration provides rich, soothing moisture, so even the most itchy and irritated skin can feel smooth and hydrated.

    @firstaidbeauty / Via, Sephora

    To use, apply to your face and/or body at least twice a day or as needed for dry skin. This is cruelty-, and gluten-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "This stuff is great for my super dry skin. It's my favorite daily moisturizer so far. I use it each morning on my combination/mostly dry skin and it goes well under my primer, and any other products for the day. When applied heavily it makes a good 'mask' for overnight. I'm very happy with this and will recommend it to anyone." —AndiundNaga

    Price: $14/mini size

    6. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Waterproof Easy Shape & Fill Eyebrow Pencil makes filling in your eyebrows a BREEZE. If you're like me, and precision and patience aren't your strong suits, and you want a brow pencil to match, this is your answer.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this brow pencil. I first started using it a few years ago after an eyebrow waxing appointment at a Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar. They filled my brows in at the end with this baby, and I loved it so much, I bought it and now I can't be without it. I don't like my eyebrows to look too thick and filled in, but I also don't like when they look too thin and sparse either. This brow pencil gives me just the right amount of fill that I like, looks natural, and is just an overall staple in my cosmetics collection." —Sam Wieder (aka, ME!)

    Price: $14/mini size (available in three shades), or $24/standard size (12 shades)

    7. Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask moisturizes, smooths, and evens your skin tone all while you're asleep! If only I could figure out how to do my laundry and vacuum the floors in my sleep, too. 🤔

    A person taking a spoonful of the watermelon sleep mask out of the jar

    To use, take two scoops or a generous layer, and apply to your skin as part of the final step of your evening skincare routine. If you have drier skin, you can apply an additional dime-sized amount. Simply pat the mask into your skin and then wash off thoroughly in the morning. This is gentle enough to be used every night! It's free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more ingredients making it a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product and the smell! Totally reminds me of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. This product has helped my skin avoid the extreme dryness I typically experience during super cold winters! 10/10 recommend." —Cheyennewest

    Price: $22/mini size

    8. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray helps to ensure your makeup stays on all day long. Gonna make a fair assumption that you didn't spend time in the morning putting together your favorite beauty look all for it to wear off by lunchtime, right?


    This is claimed to be good for all skin types, but especially for oily skin. To use, shake the bottle, hold it about 8-10 inches from your face, and spray four times in an X and T formation after applying makeup. You can also apply it beforehand, and you can use it on makeup-free days as well! This is free of parabens, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "This is my go-to setting spray! My makeup won't budge! I have oily skin, plus I sweat a lot when I'm hot, so for this to work for me is amazing!" —NVOISJ

    Price: $15/mini size

    9. Verb Ghost Oil – a weightless hair oil ideal for all hair types, but especially great for those whose locks are prone to getting frizzy. This will help leave it looking and feeling glossy and smooth.

    spray bottle of ghost oil — the ghost oil itself is clear

    This contains moringa seed oil to moisturize, detangle, and smooth hair, bamboo extract to strengthen hair follicles and retain moisture, and argan oil for enhancing elasticity and adding shine. It's cruelty-, paraben-, and sulfate-free, and vegan, and all you need to do is apply about two to three drops to damp or dry hair.

    Promising review: "I use this after showers and it always makes my hair easy to comb. It also makes my ends look nice! It's so lightweight that it pretty much vanishes as soon as I put it in my hair, so my hair isn't oily and there's no residue left behind (love that). It also has a light citrus scent that's so lovely you'll be sad when it disappears (I know I always am).

    This is free of parabens and mineral oil. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging." —Nusrat Sultana, BuzzFeed Editor

    Price: $18

    10. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores only needs to be used one to two times a week for about 10 minutes at a time in order to deep clean your pores and remove excess oil. That is only 20 minutes out of 10,080 minutes in a week.

    The tube of the charcoal mask surrounded by pieces of charcoal

    Before applying this mask, wash your skin with a cleanser of your choice, and place a warm towel over your face to help open up your pores. Then, apply a generous layer of the mask, leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse it off well, and follow-up with a moisturizer of your choice. This is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and over 50 other ingredients that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "This mask instantly tightens my pores and leaves my face feeling incredibly smooth. My blackheads are coming out faster, and fewer pimples are popping up." —scheetz

    Price: $13/mini size

    11. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner reviewers love because it actually keeps its word and doesn't smudge. Ahh, eyeliner smudging, a struggle I'm sure many of us are all too familiar with. Well, no more!


    Promising review: "This eyeliner does not move, fade, or smudge. The color stays true no matter where you are. The product is neat and easy to use." —mjlv

    Price: $22 (available in six shades)

    12. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask smoothes and moisturizes dry lips overnight, so they feel soft and supple in the morning.


    To use, simply take the applicator and apply a generous amount to your lips at night and leave on while you sleep. In the morning, gently wipe it off or cleanse. This is free of parabens and phthalates.

    Promising review: "Great hydration for parched lips! A little goes a long way. I’ve had this tub for a few months now, granted I only use it three times a week I would say. I notice a huge difference in the moisture and texture of my lips the morning after I use this. I don’t need to use a lip scrub first, but I like to occasionally just to make sure my lips are extra soft. I want to try the other flavors soon." —babiipiink

    Price: $22 (available in seven varieties)

    13. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer Mini gives dry, coarse, and brittle hair the moisture and protection it needs from harsh UV and heat.

    spray bottle of the invisible oil primer

    This hair oil contains coconut oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, and macadamia integrifolia oil to help soften and add shine to hair, and UV filters to protect from sun rays which can dry the hair. It's free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, and it's also cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I can't get over how much I love this stuff. I got a sample as a point perk and immediately fell in love. As soon as I ran out, I went out and bought the biggest bottle! I love that it is a leave-in treatment. It smells amazing, provides heat protection, fights frizz, and makes my hair feel sooo silky smooth. There is never any residue left behind and I can't even tell that I have anything in my hair, it's so lightweight. With really fine hair, this is really important. If I had to choose one hair product to use for the rest of my life, this would be it!" —nicolegizzo

    Price: $13

    14. Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer helps to wake up dull normal-oily skin, and provides 72 hours worth of hydration.


    To use, apply this moisturizer both morning and night after using your choice of serum. It's free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "I have been using this for about two to three weeks now every morning/occasionally at night, (I have a separate face oil moisturizer for night from a local store.) It goes on super light, but REALLY does a great job at moisturizing. It smells amazing too — like orange yumminess in a jar!!!! I have normal-dry skin with the occasional breakouts between my brows and chin. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a light yet effective moisturizer. Plus, it’s cruelty-free." —k8lynnnnn

    Price: $19/mini size

    15. Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C is an overnight mask that works to brighten, hydrate, and plump your skin while you do more important things, like catch up on precious ZZZs and dream about Harry Styles.

    The tub of the mask

    To use, apply an even layer over freshly cleansed skin, and leave on overnight. In the morning, follow-up with your regular cleansing routine. This is vegan, cruelty-, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging. It's also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more ingredients making it a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "My skin is super temperamental (literally dry and flaky, also oily and prone to acne, red and sensitive, and your girl turned 30 this year on top of all that). I love this product! I use it every night and my skin is glowing, smooth, and hydrated by the morning. It seems to help with my acne as well because my skin has been the best it's ever been since I started using this. This is definitely my holy grail product and I'm addicted!" —Fyne

    Price: $15/mini size

    16. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer corrects, contours, and highlights where you want it to for up to 16 hours. Say goodbye to midday concealer touch-ups, and hello to more you time.


    This is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. It's also vegan and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "Serious coverage without being too cakey. I found the shade range much better for rosy complexions than Naked Skin. Very creamy and blendable. You don't need to use much to get good coverage. I anticipate it will last me a while." —roo92

    Price: $13/mini size (available in 30 shades)

    17. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is a dermatologist-developed liquid cleansing soap that'll allow you to quickly and easily wash your face, before moving onto the next step in your skincare routine.

    The liquid facial soap surrounded by some bubbles

    To use, lather the facial soap between your palms with tepid water (two parts cold, one part boiling), massage over your face and throat, rinse, and pat dry. You should use it twice daily. It's free of parabens and phthalates.

    Promising review: "I love Clinique, and their cleansers have never failed me. No matter the season, I can use this cleanser and feel clean. It does not overdry and does not leave behind a residue. If you aren't sure which cleanser to choose, give this a try!" —OlderLexy

    Price: $19 (available in three varieties)

    18. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 contains sugar to prevent moisture loss, meadowfoam and black currant seed oils to moisturize, and grapeseed oil to help smooth and soften your lips and protect them from damaging free radicals. Not to mention, it adds a subtle pop of color to your lips. Is there anything this baby can't do?


    This is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more ingredients making it a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "My new favorite go-to tinted balm. Love this product and love this color. It is perfection. It protects lips with a little added color. One step and you're out the door." —donnabfromnj

    Price: $24 (available in 14 shades)

    19. Murad Clarifying Cleanser helps to not only clean away oil and skin impurities, but also helps to treat acne and prevent future breakouts. We're all about multi-purpose products here.


    To use, massage a small amount over your dampened face and neck morning and night, then rinse with warm water, and pat try. This is cruelty-, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "So I never everrrrr write reviews, but I have to mention how great this product is. I’ve been struggling with acne since I was about 12-years-old (now 22), and I’ve literally tried every skin care and home remedy possible to try to help reduce or get rid of it. I have oily-combo skin. With the help of a few other products, this Murad cleanser has been a game-changer for me. I have been using it for two weeks now, and I have no new breakouts on my forehead (problem area), as well as the my T-zone area. I am so happy I tried this product!!! Definitely recommend if you have moderate acne! Just make sure to find a good moisturizer as your face can feel a little dry after using." —ilovesomalia999

    Price: $12/mini size

    20. Sephora Collection Face Mask makes for a gentle, relaxing at-home spa treatment. There are different varieties to choose from and each one does something a little different, so be sure to pick one based on your own skincare needs!


    To use, unfold the mask and peel of the film, apply to clean skin, leave on for 15 minutes, and gently massage excess product into your skin for max absorption. These masks are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and are also vegan!

    Promising review: "This mask is absolutely a staple for oily skin. It not only works immediately, but lasts for up to a week for controlling oil and blemishes. My skin is so smooth and looks practically poreless. The smell is faint and tolerable. Definitely invest in buying this in bulk if you have oily skin." —Candi22

    Price: $4 (available in three varieties)

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