Top 10 Cheap BUT Good Makeup Finds for 2017

If your budget’s more canned tuna than caviar, your makeup doesn’t have to suffer. Like the right $5 bottle of wine can taste just as good as a $50 bottle, the best cheap makeup can produce equally high-end results.  Cheaper skincare products are often just as effective as the more expensive ranges.

The following 10 best cheap makeup products are consumer-approved, high-quality and available for around $5 or less.

1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, $7, Amazon

In my mind, spending $20+ on a bottle of designer nail polish is not the best use of money. After all, nail polish naturally dries out over time. That’s why I love this drugstore option, which at less than $10 is a steal. The best part? It lasts for multiple days without a chip.

2. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipstick

COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Lip in AVENUE Full Size 3.2g

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick In Trap, $6, Amazon

I’m constantly amazed at how Colourpop manages to sell their crazy popular ultra matte lipsticks for such an incredible price. Seriously, compared to the other liquid lipsticks in the beauty arena, $6 is practically free. I’ve heard nothing but good things about these liquid lipsticks.

3. Morphe Brushes

Morphe Angled Contour Brush, $8.99, Amazon

Makeup brushes tend to be pretty outrageously priced, but I’ve always been impressed with how Morphe manages to make such a great product at such a low price point. If you’re a makeup junkie who wants to build a sizable collection of brushes, Morphe is a great place to start your search.

4. Real Techniques Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $7, Amazon

I picked this sponge up on a whim during a Walmart run after my Beautyblender bit the dust, and I’ve been completely impressed with how well it works. It blends makeup flawlessly, and I love the flat edge for tapping concealer around my nose. If you’re a germaphobe like me who hates the idea of using a blending sponge for too long, this option, with its less-than-$5 price point, is easy to replace every month or so.

5. ColourPop Pearlized Highlighter

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter - STOLE THE SHOW -Pearlised by Colourpop

Colourpop Pearlized Highlighter In Spoon, $7.95, Amazon

Colourpop strikes again, this time with a blendable highlighter that comes in a wide array of shades and is available at the very affordable price point of $7.95.

6. Garnier Cleansing Oil

Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil For Dry Skin, 4.2 Fluid Ounces

Garnier Clean + Nourshing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, Amazon

If you’ve been wanting to jump on the cleansing oil bandwagon for awhile but don’t want to invest a ton of money in a trend you’re not sure you’ll like, this Garnier bottle is a great place to start. It’ll melt your makeup off without stripping your skin.

7. Maybelline Under Eye Concealer

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Light 120, 0.2 fl. oz.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, $5.69, Amazon

Dark circles, which are hereditary, are one of the most annoying flaws to cover. I’ve tried a bunch of products designed to diminish or cover under eye circles, but nothing works as well as this affordable drugstore option.

8. NYX Brow Mascara

L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Mascara, Medium to Dark 380, 0.27 Fluid Ounce

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, $5.88, Amazon

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve recommended this brow mascara, which I love almost as much as other high-end brow mascaras I’ve tried (ILYSM Boy Brow and Gimme Brow). But with a $7 price point, it’s hard to resist this product for everyday use.

9. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce

Batiste Dry Shampoo, $5.99, Amazon

This dry shampoo is a cult favorite for a reason. If you use dry shampoo, you tend to use a lot of dry shampoo. That’s why replacing a $26 bottle of dry shampoo every few weeks isn’t exactly economical. This does the job, smells great and is easy on the wallet.

10. Maybelline Stick Foundation

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Oil-Free Stick Foundation, 355 Coconut, 0.32 Ounce

Maybelline Shine-Free + Balance Foundation, $6.4, Amazon

Anastasia’s stick foundation caused waves this year when it launched, but this drugstore alternative is a surprisingly great option.


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