We get it, buying the latest beauty products can get pretty expensive. and you can easily spend a small fortune stocking up on the essentials. What if we told you that you can still have great skin, hair, and makeup without having to sacrifice all of your rent money? Luckily for you, we’re obsessed with all things beauty, and we’ve tested out countless products that are, in fact, incredibly affordable. Don’t get us wrong, we love a luxury product but there are so many affordable beauty buys out there. The truth is, you can find the perfect face mask to fix your skincare woes or the right concealer to hide even the worst blemish that cost less than your morning latte.
Not convinced? Just keep on reading for a round-up of 9 of our favourite affordable beauty buys that are all under $5.
Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil
This long-lasting eyeliner glides on and stays put, so you never have to worry about creased or smudged eyeliner again. And for $3 you can literally own it in every colour. It’s retractable and compact, which makes it the perfect makeup bag essential.
Tonymoly I’m Real Sheet Masks
If you have yet to try these K-Beauty cult favourite sheet masks, you’ll be thanking us later for its incredible results. Each three-layer pulp sheet is filled with natural ingredients and soaked in enriched essences that target different skin concerns all while leaving your skin with maximum hydration. You can find maks in soothing ingredients that you can actually pronounce like tea tree oil for soothing, rice for clearing, lemon for brightening, and avocado for nurturing.
Price: $3 each
NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick
The secret’s out: you don’t have to spend a fortune to have the perfect, long-lasting lipstick. This creamy lipstick from NYX is made with a mineral-based formula that leaves you with a smooth, velvety texture that lasts and doesn’t smudge. Plus, it’s available in over 50 colours ranging from the perfect nude to fierce red.
Price: On sale for$4.90
Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
There’s literally nothing worse than heading out for the day will a full face of makeup only to look in the mirror at lunch and discover that your eyeshadow has already begun to rub off and smudge. This eyeshadow primer from Essence eliminates all your oily eye makeup fears by increasing the vibrancy and lasting power of your shadow. Think of it as the perfect base for your eye makeup that will keep your look in place from morning, day, and night.
e.l.f Cosmetics Makeup Mist & Set
Whether you’re a professional makeup artist, a beauty enthusiast, or you just want your look to last, no makeup bag is complete without setting spray. We’re currently obsessed with e.l.f’s makeup mist & set spray, firstly, because it’s incredibly affordable, but it will also keep your face and eye makeup in place all day with just a few sprays. Made with a natural formula that contains aloe, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins A, C, and E, it also helps to soothe and hydrate the skin.
Revlon Kiss Balm
If you’re looking for a product that really does it all (and then some) look no further than Revlon’s Kiss Balm. Not only does it hydrate your lips thanks to its mixture of natural fruit oils, but it also gives you a subtle tint of sheer colour and shine, all while providing your lips with SPF 20 protection.
Price: On sale for $4.96
Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gel Mask
Whether you were up late cramming for an exam, had a late girl’s night out, or maybe you just want to look like you’ve had a full eight hours of sleep, this is the product you need. Simply place the patches under your eyes for five minutes, and the blend of caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen with leave you with luminous, glowing, and plump under-eye skin, making it look like you had your beauty sleep.
Sephora Collection Mini Cleansing Wipes with Coconut Water
This mini set of cleansing wipes is the perfect item to toss in your purse so you can have fresh-feeling skin wherever you are. These wipes great for getting airport grime off your face while travelling or for leaving your skin feeling refreshed after a long day. Not only are they an affordable beauty buy, but they smell amazing.
Tonymoly Runaway Strawberry Seeds 3 Step Nose Pack
You can say goodbye to pesky blackheads thanks to this three-step removing strip set that sloughs out deeply blocked follicles, leaving your pores clean and smooth. Not only is it perfect for maintaining blackhead-free skin, but the packaging is also insanely cute.
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