There is certainly no shortage of beauty products these days, meaning your self-care regime can easily break the bank. While it’s definitely reasonable to fork up cash on your tried and true favourites, there is room to save on many beauty staples… If you thought under $10 was a good deal, think again! Why not set the bar higher and even aim for even lower? The truth is, a lot of beauty companies are ripping you off; price doesn’t always signify quality.
Take a look at 15 ridiculously cheap beauty products that actually work and watch them dissolve any skepticism you may have had.
E.L.F Acne Fighting Gel – $2.97
Your blemishes really aren’t going to know the difference between a $20 acne spot treatment and one that costs under $3.00. With over 323 reviews and a 5-star rating, E.L.F’s Acne Fighting Gel is undoubtedly just as potent as the more expensive versions, the main blemish fighting ingredient being Salicylic Acid.
Equate Cotton Quilted Pads – $4.87
While most cotton pads are affordable, daily usage can really add up; you probably go through way more of these than you think. Stop buying these from the Drugstore because for the same price you can buy a pack of 300 at Walmart. Reviewers also comment on the good quality of these Equate Cotton Pads, stating no cotton threads are left behind after usage.
Hair masks can get ridiculously pricey, especially if you’re someone who colours your hair often. If you’re looking for something to breath life back into your last dye job, look no further than Garnier’s Vibrance Hair Treatment. It has a near perfect rating out of over a thousand reviews, the best part being the $3.97 price tag.
Goody Super Comb – $2.47
Department stores like Sephora are out here trying to sell you bougie teasing combs and brushes for handfuls of money, when in reality, all you need is a normal comb. This comb by Goody is only $2.47 and looks fancier than it is thanks to the cute purple colour. At the end of the day, let’s be real: does a teasing comb really elevate things that much? The answer is no.
Revlon Blackhead Remover – $6.99
Doing extractions at home can be hella scary, but there are tools like this Revlon Blackhead Remover that are the equivalent of having an aesthetician that lives in your bathroom. Rather than spending over $100 for facial to get rid of those pesky zits, spend $6.99 on this bad boy and it will remove blemishes very effectively, without hurting your skin.
While many beauty bloggers attest to Beauty Blenders being worth it, unless you’re a makeup artist, you’re not really going to see any difference when using the Real Techniques version. Get essentially the same product for a fraction of the price. Having used this exact product myself, I can honestly say it works incredibly well.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – $6.80
I can’t rave enough about the facial serums by the brand The Ordinary! Traditionally, serums were one of the most expensive beauty products until this awesome brand disrupted the market with its incredibly low prices. Their Hyaluronic Acid is only $6.80 and will leave your skin feeling supple and moisturized.
Spectro Cleanser – $7.11
Spectro Cleanser is a great alternative to expensive acne-fighting cleansers with this tried and true product. Their Blemish-Prone Cleanser is even cheaper than Cetaphil, but is just as much a cult product. What’s great about this cleanser (besides the affordable price) is that it works on all skin types, whether you have sensitive or normal skin.
Makeup removing wipes are one of the biggest rip offs in my opinion, considering the limited number of wipes that usually come in a pack. E.L.F Cosmetics version has rave reviews, only costs $3.97, and has 20 cloths in each pack. Purchasing these over others seems like a no-brainer.
Charcoal masks were essentially an Internet sensation in 2018, with consumers not being able to get enough of these. While certain brands can get quite pricey, Life Brand’s Charcoal Peel of Mask is only $6.99 and has a ton of good reviews. This is one product that falls under the “no-name” paradox: it’s the same thing without the price of the brand name.
The Ordinary Niacinamide Acid – $5.90
Another amazing product from The Ordinary is their Niacinamide Acid only costing $5.90. Once, after receiving a facial, the aesthetician recommended me this product over the expensive spa brands they carried, saying it had the highest level of Zinc out of any product. It really does wonders as a facial serum for acne and has kept my blemishes at bay.
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