15 Budget Beauty Buys

This potted gel formula from Maybelline ($9.99) is easy to apply, and it lasts and lasts.

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment ($5.99): Works just well as the pricier MoroccanOil brand, but much, much cheaper.

You pretty much can’t go wrong with any hue
from Essie’s rainbow of polishes—but tomato-red Hipanema ($7.79) is our
latest fave for the perfect summery pedi.

Though recently rebranded as a BB cream, CoverGirl’s
SPF 15 tinted moisturizer
($7.29) has been one of our must-haves for more than a decade. Super lightweight, it lends just enough natural-looking coverage and a dewy finish that’s perfect for “no-makeup” days.

L’Oreal is unstoppable when it comes to mascara. Our fave versions: Voluminous Million lashes ($8.99) and Telescopic ($9.99).

An oil-control cleanser is the key to making your makeup last on sticky
summer days, and Neutrogena’s Acne Stress Control scrub ($7.56) is a powerhouse that eliminates oil while combatting breakouts and

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate
($2.99) is ultra-moisturizing, with just a tiny hint of subtle color. And it’s cheap enough to stash one in every purse.

The be-all and end-all of hairsprays, the magic L’Oreal Elnett Satin
($12.99) made its way stateside in 2008 after years of stylists
smuggling it contraband from Europe. The super-fine mist and insanely effective formula offers tons of hold, with none of the sticky crunchiness of lesser sprays. It’s a little pricey for drugstore hairspray—but it’s worth it.

A daily moisturizer that also combats UV damage, Garnier’s Skin Renew
Anti Sun-Damage lotion
($12.99) is great for quenching parched summer

A teensy dime-sized dab of this heat-protecting serum from John Frieda ($9.99) makes hair silky smooth, prevents damage, and
doesn’t weigh down fine locks.

The tapered tip and
intensely black formula of Revlon’s truly long-lasting ColorStay liquid liner ($7.79)  allows us to precisely draw on the perfect winged cat-eye—and it doesn’t budge.

Our resident BB Cream expert hails L’Oreal’s version ($10.99) as her ultimate favorite. The small bottle is great for on-the-go beauty, yet lasts forever.

We’ve tried basically all of the dry shampoos available at Sephora, but this cheapie version from Not Your
($5.99) is a stand-out for its ability to add volume while removing the oil slick.

Makeup Remover cleansing wipes
($4.99 for 25) gently rid your face of every single trace of makeup. Don’t bother with the myriad different versions—just go straight for the original.

A relative newbie, Clear’s shampoo line ($4.98) launched last summer and quickly ascended the ranks of our faves. It sells out quick, so snag it
when you can.


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