“You get what you pay for.” It’s a phrase that may be true in many realms, but with makeup, I’ve found that it simply isn’t always the case. There are many high-quality products on the market that are also budget buys. This post highlights just five of them. With the exception of the eyeliners and oil, all the items in this post are actually under $5. These are all long-time staples in my collection.
Hair conditioner, body moisturizer, cuticle cream, lip balm, natural fragrance oil – honestly, what isn’t coconut oil good for? Without a doubt, it’s one of the most versatile skincare products I’ve had the pleasure to discover. When my hair is feeling particularly dry, I can even use a tiny bit of this on the very ends as a leave-in frizz-smoother. My go-to brand is NOW Foods Virgin Coconut Oil ($9.99 for 12 oz).
BURT’S BEES REPLENISHING LIP BALM WITH POMEGRANATE OIL
I know I mention it all the time, but Burt’s Bees Pom Balm ($3.29) remains my HG lip balm (my review). If you catch me on random days, at least half the time, this is what’s on my lips. I buy this stuff in bulk and keep one in every bag, glove compartment, and jacket pocket I own.
E.L.F. MECHANICAL EYELASH CURLERS
I’m all about making the most of your lashes and these curlers play a huge role in that. The elf Mechanical Eyelash Curlers ($1.29) are my most used curlers. I’m even a bit surprised by this myself – how can a $1.00 item beat out cult-favorites retailing at $20+? Honestly, I don’t know, but somehow these just fit my eye shape and impart a lasting curl better than any other curler I’ve tried. At the moment, it’s only available on the elf site in sets, which I hope isn’t a sign that it’s getting discontinued.
ESSENCE DUAL SHARPENER
I’m convinced the Essence Dual Sharpener ($1.99) is the exact same product as the original Urban Decay Grindhouse sharpener, just with a different label. If you think all sharpeners are the same, trust me, I did too. It was only after I started using this sharpener that I realized how much product I had been wasting. This sharpener does an incredible job of just sharpening, not totally butchering the pencil.
MILANI LIQUID EYE / PRESTIGE TOTAL INTENSITY LINERS
Two of my absolute favorite black liners at any price point. The Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Pencil ($5.50) and Milani Liquid Eye Pencils ($6.99) both deliver smoldering, creamy, smudgable black pigment that never tugs or skips.
What are your favorite wallet-friendly products?