Gina Vaynshteyn
July 25, 2019 7:01 am
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Watch out Sephora, these low-end beauty buys will give even the fanciest makeup addict a run for their money. Makeup should make you feel happy and good about yourself—and you don’t need to feel left out of that happiness if you don’t have the budget for a $52 foundation. Here are 24 high-quality products that will make you feel pampered and regal AF—and best of all, they’re wallet-friendly.

1e.l.f. Studio Blush


I am never buying another NARS blush again. e.l.f. blushes have a VERY similar formula, and go on smoothly and subtly.

Shop it! $3,

2Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Face Moisturizer


You’ll want to slather this all over your pretty face every day because it’ll feel so smooth.

Shop it! $22.99,

3Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer


Smashbox’s primers are iconic. They even have a primer called Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer…for a heart palpitation-inducing price of $36. If you’re not one who is easily seduced by brand names, Revlon’s Photoready Color Correcting Primer feels and works exactly like Smashbox primer products. Plus it’s MUCH cheaper (and you get more product.)

Shop it! $7.31,

4Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment


I love this product so much, I got poetic about it for HelloGiggles. It’s the perfect light concealer that hides your dark circles (and can also function as an overall face-brightener) that will make you look like you slept for 12 hours straight.

Shop it! $7.29,

5e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper


What’s better than a two-in-one?

Shop it! $3.92,

6NYX Super Fat Eye Marker, Carbon Black


On the hunt for a precise, black-as-licorice eyeliner marker? Congrats, you just met your BFF.

Shop it! $10.49,

7No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation SPF 15


Slightly more expensive than the regular drugstore/Target foundation brand, No7 products feel MEGA LUXE and are worth every penny. Plus, you get a lot for your money.

Shop it! $15.99,

8CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara


No clumping here—just volume, volume, and more volume.

Shop it! $6.49,

9Wet n Wild Only To Reflect Shimmer Palette


Use it as bronzer! Use it as highlighter! Use it as eyeshadow! Bonus: It’s cruelty-free.

Shop it! $5.99,

10Boots Keep it Sweet Body Scrub Passion Fruit


If the bright pink color doesn’t catch your interest, then the lovely scent surely will.

Shop it! $9.99,

11OGX Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco Body Lotion


Legs feeling dry? Elbows in need of some TLC? This luxurious argan oil lotion has got you covered.

Shop it! $16.99,

12Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Soufflé Moisturizer


Not only will this leave your face smelling like coconuts and feeling soft, but you get to say SOUFFLÉ during your beauty regimen.

Shop it! $11.99,

13L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo


This shampoo is seriously the best I’ve ever had (best I eva had, best I eva had). It blows any expensive shampoo out of the water by FAR. Not only is it sulfate-free, but it’s ultra hydrating, great with dyed hair, and smells like rosemary. Get this tube and NEVER LOOK BACK.

Shop it! $6.79,

14Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm


Need a balm with a hint of tint? Here you go.

Shop it! $5.49,

15Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick


Technically, you can’t buy this at a drugstore. You can only buy it online (for now). But if you’re a Kylie Lip Kit obsessive, Colourpop’s formula is almost EXACTLY the same. And it’s $20 cheaper.

Shop it! $7,

16Kiss The Collection Press-On Nails


Press-on nails are NOT just for kids. These press-on nails mean very serious business, and they’re glam as hell.

Shop it! $13.86,

17Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic


This toner literally makes you glow. Enough said.

Shop it! $15,

18L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow


The pigmentation is beautiful, and this eyeshadow can also double as a highlighter.

Shop it! $5.81,

19Maybelline Dream Makeup Blender Foundation Blending Sponge



Shop it! $6.99,

20Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint


Drew Barrymore’s beauty line is lovely, and so is this lip tint which comes in a few summer shades.

Shop it! $3.99,

21NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator


Want to look dewy and fresh, like you just got back from a well-rested vacation? Here’s your secret weapon.

Shop it! $3.99,

22NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer


If you want ramp up the dew, do THIS dew.

Shop it! $9,

23Hard Candy Plumping Gel Lipstick


The ’90s brand that made your favorite ~edgy~ ’90s nail polish is back at Walmart and doing very, very good things. Like this ultra sleek, pretty lipstick you’ll want in your purse at all times.

Shop it! $9.99,

24e.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit


No, you do not need an expensive brow kit to get bold, natural-looking, Jennifer Connelly-worthy brows. You need this three dollar palette, because it’s pure magic.

Shop it! $3,

Now go stock up on these high-quality beauty products guilt-free.