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    26 Cheap Ulta Products That Actually Give You The Same Results As High End Ones

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    1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation proves you don't have to shell out the big bucks to attain a smooth AF, shine-free, and pore-minimizing canvas. With 40 shades, you won't have a problem finding your perfect shade, and at $8 a pop, you can buy multiple shades for different seasons without an ounce of guilt.

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    Promising review: "This foundation is AMAZING! I am so angry at myself for not trying it until now! The color selection is great and includes several shades for pale people like me! I have combination skin with minor acne, so I'm looking to cover hyper pigmentation and spots along with something that will last all day and won't cling to dry patches. This foundation is it! It has never clung to my dry skin, and looks so incredibly natural. It wears well too: in fact, it gives me a satin-matte finish that enhances my skin and makes it look so smooth and natural; I like the look so much that I don't touch up, and it looks great for 8-10 hours! This is the perfect everyday foundation, and with it lasting so long in the summer, I can't even imagine how wonderful it will be in all the other months!" —JTheDogLover

    Price: $7.99 (available in 40 shades)

    Compare it to Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation ($40) or Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40).

    If you want to focus in on the full coverage criteria, check out a BuzzFeeder's review for the SuperStay Foundation (it's #2)!

    2. ColourPop Got A Minute? Lippie Stix Bundle packs three super wearable rose/pink shades in a totally breathable formula that never feels heavy or chunky, and requires minimal touchups — toss all three in your purse, why not!

    This set includes: Brink (matte terracotta rose), Daydream (matte plummy brown), and Goal Digger (matte warm rose)

    Promising review (for the shade "Brink" from ColourPop's website): "I’ve been using this color for a while now and I love how versatile it is as a 'nude' color (for my complexion). I can wear it at any time, during any season. It’s my perfect go-to lippie. I can rely on this color to pull my look together when I’m in a rush or want to keep it simple. I always find myself reaching for it. The wear is light and comfortable." —Jo

    This is our pick for the best cheap matte lipstick on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Price: $12 (for a set of three)

    Compare it to ABH Matte Lipsticks ($18 each) or Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38 each).

    3. Milani Make It Last Setting Spray is shine and humidity's worst enemy: it acts as a mattifying primer *and* keeps your makeup in place for up to 16 hours, while adding a bit of ~natural~ radiance.

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    Promising review: "Was VERY surprised with this setting spray, and for the cost it is definitely worth it. Living in 100+ degree summers, I was definitely looking for setting spray that can last throughout the day and not make me look oily, and this just did it for me. I pair with Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation, and they're the perfect duo!" —Mommy

    Price: $9.99

    Compare it to Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32).

    4. Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo mops up excess oil on that head of yours just like that *snaps finger* and leaves your hair matte, lighter, and tousling-ready. Third day hair? No sweat.

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    Promising review: "Love this stuff! Keeps my day-two and sometimes day-three hair looking fresh. Particularly essential for bangs. I have light brown hair, and once I brush the spray through I don't see it at all — no white cast. Doesn't get sticky. And it smells nice, but it's not overpowering. Glad this one worked out before I started sampling more expensive products. My wallet and my hair are very happy." —stephmeetsdress

    Price: $5.99

    Compare it to Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($23).

    5. Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara combs every single itty bitty hair into its rightful place and adds a dose of natural color, so your brows stay full and fabulous all day long.

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    Promising review: "SO quick and easy to use (much more practical for me than a pencil -- no need for blending!), and it always looks great. Natural look, but darkens and evens my brows. I got my mom hooked on it too! The best part? The price. It's so cheap that when it finally dries out (even though it lasts a good while), I can just buy another without a bit of remorse. Love love love!" —Sarah

    Price: $2.99 (available in three shades)

    Compare it to Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel ($24).

    6. L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer comes in skintone colors, as well as color-correcting shades like orange/green/purple, so you have a solution to every pesky blemish, dark circle, and areas of redness you come across.

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    Promising review: "I was a longtime buyer of the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, but this concealer takes the cake for a dupe — and it's even better. Compared to the MAC formula, which was a lot thicker and harder to blend, this formula is thin yet buildable, giving you the option for light or full coverage. My biggest concern was the coverage, since it's so affordable and most concealers with good formulas are pricey. But this one is an automatic hit — I continue to purchase it, sometimes three tubes at a time, just to be able to use as much as I want. I love that it doesn't make you look cakey. Even if my foundation is mostly off by the end of the day, the concealer stays put! Also, amazing color selection." —Nina

    Price: $4.99 (available in 28 shades)

    Compare it to Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Concealer ($27).

    7. Garnier SkinActive All-In-One Micellar Cleansing Water swiftly removes all of your makeup without leaving any sticky residue or film behind, because we'd like to keep our vision intact — and you get a hefty 13.5 oz. bottle, so you don't ever feel guilty for squeezing out a little more than you might actually need.

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    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and tend to break out if somebody looks at me the wrong way, so I have to be careful of what I'm using on it. I was burning through those makeup remover towelettes, and it was getting seriously expensive — those always smell perfumey and leave a soapy film behind too. This stuff however goes a long way!! I use two cotton rounds with a tiny bit on each to completely remove my waterproof eye makeup. It takes it off so easily and doesn't leave that weird oil on my actual eyeball — making my vision blurry for a few seconds — like some of the others I've tried. It has no scent, leaves no film behind, and it's super effective." —The Schultz

    Price: $8.99 (or $3.99 for a travel-sized bottle)

    This is our pick for the best cheap makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Compare it to Lancôme Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30) Dr. Jart Dermaclear Micro Water ($32).

    8. Lottie London Starry Eyed Stamp Liner Duo makes it a total snap to add a little flair to your usual cat eye — from personal experience, people will be so impressed by these "tattoos" that took literally no effort to create.

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    Promising review: "It glides on smoothly and evenly, doesn't bleed into cracks or wrinkles, applies easily over eyeshadow. All around amazing performance, and the stamp is super cute. 10/10 would buy again." —Emma

    Price: $7.49 (also available in heart, moon, wing, and treble-maker)

    Compare it to Milk Makeup Tattoo Stamp ($20).

    9. Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oils soothe dry, cracked lips instantly with their sheer, glossy, and super-comfortable-wear formula boosted by nourishing Vitamin E and Alaria Esculenta Extract, which is an antioxidant conditioning agent.

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    Promising review: "One day, I forgot my chapstick so I used this as a replacement — it was very nourishing, and one application does the trick. Then I used it BEFORE putting on my matte lipstick that seems to always crack and feel dry, and now I use it before I apply almost any lip product!! It improved the longevity of my other products, boosted the other products' quality, and honestly, it's an all around very good product that I'm heading back to buy more of!" —Angie from IA

    Price: $9 (available in three varieties/scents)

    Compare it to Clarins Instant Lip Oil ($26).

    10. EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo blends your foundation, concealer, and cream contour (hello, precise flat edges!) to total perfection — plus, they're PETA-certified, packaged in 100% Tree-Free Paper, and made with 80% bamboo fibers. What's not to love?

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    Promising review: "I've tried many cheaper alternatives for the original Beautyblender, including the Real Techniques Sponge, and none of them were even half as good as the OG. This sponge, however, is absolutely amazing! It's soft but won't soak up your makeup, and it expands to a perfect size when wet. I am able to blend my foundation to perfection 10X faster than I did with a Beautyblender because of its size and shape. The flat edges are perfect for blending cream contour and concealer. Save some cash and buy this sponge!" —MelC

    Price: $9.99 (The larger, dark green blender is also available individually for $4.99.)

    Compare it to Beautyblender ($20).

    11. e.l.f's Bubble Masks come in three types: Hydrating, Clarifying Charcoal, and Mattifying* — all three are gels that fizz up into foamy seas of bubbles that wipe away excess dirt and deep clean pores for a more radiant you.

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    Promising review: "This and the e.l.f. mask tool are the only products I have left a review on since I started online shopping, lol! I have oily skin that's prone to breakouts. This mask really felt good while it was bubbling, and I could see a big difference. My pores seemed clear and smaller the next morning, and my skin was glowing afterwards. I felt I was getting a truly deep cleaning. Really amazing." —Hello829

    Lady Gamez, the ~lady~ in the second photo, also has a YouTube channel, so check that out if you want more reviews!

    Price: $14 (The Mattifying Mask is not available on Ulta, but you can find it on e.l.f.)

    Compare it to Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque ($44).

    12. Makeup Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in "Iconic Fever" is just one of many eyeshadow palettes that basically mimic famous palettes from Huda, ABH, Urban Decay, and more at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing an ounce of quality and amazing pigmentation.


    Promising review: "This is a copy of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. The foils in this palette are just like they are in the Huda palette. The red is a pressed glitter just like the Huda palette too. The pigmentation is insane. This is a beautiful palette for a fraction of the price of the original one." —Denise

    Price: $7 (available in six color schemes)

    Compare it to Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($49) or Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette ($65).

    13. If your lipstick preferences fall somewhere between liquid and gloss, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is perfect for you: its creamy formula is long-lasting but not drying, and leaves a soft matte — almost satin-y — finish. It also comes in SO many shades that include non-pinks, reds, etc.

    Promising review: "This has a soft mousse formula with a doe foot applicator. I find it easy to apply the neutral to deeper shades without messing up or staining but I start with very little product then fill in with a more saturated applicator. It's long-wearing but not bulletproof — it will transfer and wear around center of lips — but reapplication is a snap, and there's no weirdness of new vs. old layers. I like that it's not super dry, it did not give me the white ring of funk in the inner lips, and it didn't travel in my tiny lip lines. A total win!" —Tia

    Price: $6.49 (available in 35 shades)

    Compare it to Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21).

    14. Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Primer has a few tricks up its sleeve, like making pores vanish and filling in fine lines, so you emerge from the magician's hat with a smooth, polished complexion ready for the show—I mean, day. / Via

    Promising review: "Do yourself a favor and BUY THIS PRIMER! I am a thrifter when it comes to makeup and you get a lot of product for a small price with this guy! It comes in a small tub and is so simple to put on with your fingers or a makeup sponge if you want. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft, and my pores disappeared (and I have HUGE pores). My foundation went on beautifully afterward. It also helped my eyebrow pigment go on smoother and actually stay." —Emily

    Price: $6.99

    Compare it to Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer.

    15. L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara uses 200+ bristles and a soft, wavy head design to catch every single millimeter of lash and bless you with voluminous, silky, and intensely black lashes.

    Promising review: "This mascara is so perfect for an everyday fluttery and natural look. All I need is one or two coats, and my lashes look twice as long and full. It doesn't smudge at all! I've taken naps between classes with my mascara still on, and when I wake up, my mascara still looks like it did when I put it on that morning." —Jill from the Block

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review for more deets (it's #2!)!

    Price: $9.99 (available in four shades)

    Compare it to Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($24) or Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara ($23).

    16. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder packs in ~mega~ pigment and glow without the scary price tag — because taking amazing selfies shouldn't cost a fortune.

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    Promising review: "This is my favorite highlighter out of any of my highlighters. I have a lottttt of highlighters: they're the one thing I can't help but splurge on, so I have many high-end highlighters and super hyped highlighters, but I find myself reaching for this one every day. It makes the skin so glowy, more so than my other products. Basically what I'm trying to say is this extremely inexpensive highlighter is MUCH BETTER than other expensive highlighters! I am very fair skinned and the shade 'Blossom Glow' is perfect for me." —Bri

    Price: $4.99 (available in five shades)

    Compare it to Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlighter ($26) or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38).

    17. Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner prevents whiteheads and blackheads from even thinking about forming and disrupting the peace and balance of your facial landscape, and it also exfoliates/removes dry flakes and dull skin cells — it's so gentle, you don't even have to wash it off afterwards!

    Promising review: "I've suffered from acne on my cheeks for quite some time now. Even with a good diet and high water intake, I noticed that my acne was still prevalent. After researching, I found this product and it has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced my acne. There was a slight purging period for the first week, due to the AHA and BHA, but then my skin started appearing less oily, tight, and my breakouts have reduced. Most definitely will be repurchasing." —Arhanaity

    Price: $17

    Compare it to Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner ($55) or REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic.

    18. J.Cat Beauty Rock 'n' Glitz Liquid Eyeliner make your eyes ~sparkle~ in eight different colors — because why would you only buy one? — without any messy glitter fallout, just a neat line that lasts until you're ready to take it off.

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    Promising review: "1. Best colors beyond just dull, matte black. 2. Does not budge 3. Has an easy-to-use fine tip for fabulous cat eyes or just skinny definition of upper lash line 4. A shake-style pen dispenser is the best kind to have — distributes product and prevents drying out. Superb product at a great price point — buy them all!!!" —DinaNYC

    Price: $6.99 (available in eight shades)

    Compare it to Kat Von D Ink Liner ($20).

    If you're not looking for a glitter liner, check out our top picks for best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes get the job done — you know, removing your makeup and refreshing your face — quickly and gently: hello, being gently cuddled and pampered by a sheet of cooling cucumber and aloe.

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    Promising review: "I've used these for six years now. Every once in a while, I try a name brand or more expensive wipe, but I ALWAYS come back to these. They are gentle yet remove makeup better than any wipe I've used. They're also more natural and very skin friendly." —Jo

    Price: $5.99 for 30

    Compare it to Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths or Ole Henriksen Stay Balanced Cleansing Cloths (both $15 for 30).

    20. Conair Infiniti Pro Dryer cuts down on blow dry time with its quiet but powerful motor, so your hair is on blast for a shorter amount of time and ends up looking sleek and frizz free.

    Promising review: "I blow dry my hair every day of my life. I have thinning hair and have to dry it every day in order to apply my voluminous hair products. When looking to replace my old blow dryer I wanted something quick (to shorten my morning routine) but non-damaging. I went to Ulta and literally turned on every one of the blow dryers (under $50 bucks of course) and this by FAR was the strongest and fastest one. The high setting on most dryers is the medium setting on this one and the high is actually high. I love it. The only con is it's pretty heavy but it's worth it too me since it dries it quicker and I don't have to hold it for long. I'd recommended it for all hair types." —Marla

    Price: $34.99

    Compare it to Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399.99).

    And check out our picks for the best hair dryer on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. Cosrx One Step Original Clear Pad is a super convenient and lightning fast treatment for breakouts and generally acne-prone skin — each pre-soaked pad contains betaine salicylate and willow bark water to gently exfoliate dead skin and excess oil, without further drying or irritating the underlying skin.

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    Promising review: "I bought this product after several beauty bloggers I follow raved about it. I have normal/sensitive skin with hormonal acne (especially around my chin and nose) and have trouble finding products that don't irritate it. I've used this product for a week and noticed immediate results. Even my fiancé noticed, and he doesn't notice much, bless his heart. I would highly recommend this product for those with stubborn acne. Tips for use: Cut the pads in half. They'll go further. The pads are thinner than you think. The treatment feels a lot like a toner, so you may want to try it if your skin needs both. If you follow a multiple step routine like me, be sure to plan time for the product to absorb into the skin." —Shelly

    Price: $20

    Compare it to Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads ($42).

    22. Milani Baked Blush never packs too much or too little color — just gentle press your brush down to the level of flush you want, and it'll highlight your face just right.

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    Promising review: "I never tried this blush until now. I can't believe I waited so long! It's a beautiful peachy pink with a golden glow. Very beautiful on my medium to tan skintone. Very soft. A little goes a long way. I just love it. It has become a fast favorite. Affordable and cruelty free." —MomentsWithMia

    Price: $7.99 (available in four shades)

    Compare it to MAC Mineralize Blush ($29).

    23. NYX Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette features 16 stunning colors that work extremely well together, so you can experiment to your heart's content and you know it'll always look damn good — and at $1.13 per color, you can't lose!

    Promising review: "There are endless possibilities with this palette! I bought this a while back and literally use at least one or more colors from it EVERY TIME I do my makeup. I searched forever to find the perfect natural, neutral warm palette, and I finally found it. I've been able to create a natural 'no-makeup' type look, a dark brown look for going out, and an everyday look for school and work. This is the ultimate must-buy product." —Sam Combest

    Price: $17.99 (also available in Cool Neutrals, Multi-Finish, and Brights)

    Compare it to Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54).

    24. Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows accent your eyes with unprecedented color/glitter, so they have no choice but to pop, pop, and really POP — just one swipe, and you can't help but stare at the mirror and say "wow."

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    Promising review: "What a diamond in the rough. I found these and figured, 'Why not? If it sucks, it'll become a base,' but I routinely use these as standalone shadows. They hold the test of time, and come in a beautiful array of colors. My only regret is that there aren't more." —TheAddict

    Price: $4.99 (available in seven shades)

    Compare it to Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($24).

    25. e.l.f Eye Refresh targets pesky under eye puffiness and dark circles with a blast of coolness infused with pomegranate, rosemary, green tea, cucumber, and grape — aka, the perfect pick-me-up anytime of the day!

    Promising review: "This really helped my under eyes feel hydrated, and my husband even used it multiple times and loved it too! For the price it is a total win! Feels cooling too, which is amazing in the morning after just waking up. Feels like it was in the fridge all night, even thought it wasn't! I'm a new mom and haven't gotten adequate sleep in months, lol, and this product has saved my eyes! It is also plastic, lightweight, and small enough to carry around if you wanted to. Travel friendly for sure!" —Trisstopher

    Price: $3

    Compare it to Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage ($32.50).

    26. NYX Micro Brow Pencil excels at mimicking tiny hairs because of its super-fine tip, so you might even have fun drawing in your brows every day. Imagine that.

    Promising review: "I have bought this item more times than I can count; it's definitely a dupe for expensive brow pencils. You can make natural-looking hairs at an angle, and you can blend the rest in super easily." —tiffanie

    Price: $9.99 (available in eight shades)

    Compare it to ABH Brow Wiz Pencil ($21).

    *high fives self*


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