Yes, it’s nice to splurge on beauty products, but there are also TONS of amazing beauty products that are super affordable! Luckily for you, we’ve tried and tested hundreds of drugstore beauty products to find the formulas that really work. Here are 15 products under $5 that you can really rely on.
1. The Full-Coverage Concealer: e.l.f 16 Hr Camo Concealer, $5
This full-coverage concealer will conceal and cover everything from dark circles to pimples. It blends out well without losing coverage and stays in place all day long. It dries down to a matte finish, so hydrate well beforehand if you have dry skin.
2. For Acne-Prone Skin: Corsx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $2
Slap one of these patches on your pimple, and within hours, you’ll soothe and calm it. The dressing is airtight and helps to draw out puss and sebum, thereby flattening your pimple drastically. We suggest placing a sticker on your pimple as soon you can feel it emerging, which will not only stop you from picking, but it will trap bacteria and prevent it forming fully.
3. For Soft Skin: Pond’s Dry Skin Cream, $4
This simple, no-fuss formula is designed to hydrate and soothe the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it contains the Age Miracle Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex. Naturally enhancing collagen levels in the skin, it’ll also help improve the skin’s tone and texture. It’s even hypoallergenic, so it’s suitable for all skin types and won’t block your pores
4. The Beauty Essential: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, $4
Vaseline has been a drugstore staple for years. It’s one of those do-it-all essentials that you can’t live without. Whether it’s chapped lips or dry skin, this cream will seal in moisture to speed up the natural recovery process. Plus, it works for all skin types, even super sensitive skin, as the formula is purified three times to remove any nasties.
5. For Full Lashes: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $5
This mascara is iconic: it’s one of those products that everyone has bought at least twice. The award-winning formula glides onto the lashes, lengthening and thickening each lash for a full, feathered effect. It’s also easily buildable so you can play with your look depending on the occasion. If you prefer waterproof mascara, there’s also a waterproof version that is just as amazing.
6. The No-Makeup Makeup Essential: el.f .F Blush, $4
If you’re looking to add a warm, healthy glow to your makeup look, this $4 blush is ideal. It’s basically a dupe of the cult-fave blush, Nars Orgasm. The powder is pigmented and applies aq beautiful wash of color that can be easily built up for a more dramatic look. We’re also obsessed with the shade range; there are five shades including a peach tone that works well for fairer skin tones as well as a deep dusty pink that looks divine on medium to rich skin tones.
7. The MUA Fave: NYX Butter Gloss, $5
When we spoke to celeb MUA Christina Lerchen, she told us “I have these in every color for my kit, and [at that price], you can grab them in any color you like. The payoff is luxurious and on par with other glosses that are triple the price,” she says. “My go-to colors are Angel Food Cake and Creme Brûlée.”
8. For Defined Brows: NYX ControlFreak Eyebrow Gel, $5
This brow gel will tame unruly brows so that they’ll still in place all day long. The clear formula is really comfortable and non-sticky so you can easily sculpt your brows. Plus, if you’re going for a full brow effect it layers well with powder and pomades for an Insta-worthy brow.
9. For Bright Undereyes: LA Covergirl Concealer, $5
This crease-resistant concealer offers intense coverage that’ll instantly brighten your under eyes. The formula is really creamy and blends out well without creasing, which is a must! The collection also includes a selection of color correctors so if you have any pigmentation or dark spots, you can cancel out unwanted tones.
10. For Smooth, Strong Hair: Pantene’s 3 Minute Miracle Mask, $5
We’ve been obsessed with this hair mask for YEARS – yes, it is that good. The formula contains 80% more conditioning ingredients than a regular conditioner. Plus, it’ll smooth and flatten the outer cells of the hair cuticle, so it keeps hair protected and decreases moisture loss. Leaving this product in your hair also really helps to define your curls, control frizz, and just generally keep it looking and feeling healthy – although we’d only recommend this for those with thick and curly hair types.
11. The Curly Girl’s Must-Have: Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, $2
If you have curls, this styling cream is about to change your life. The uber-hydrating custard will add definition to your curl pattern without weighing it down. Without this, our curls are frizzy AF, but with a dime-sized drop of this in our curls, our hair is softer, stronger and bouncy AF.
12. For Full AF Brows: e.l.f Eyebrow Kit, $4
You’ve literally got everything you need in this kit for fierce AF brows. The pigmented wax will help define and sculpt the brow, while the powder will help set it in place so that it lasts all day long. Plus, it contains a double-ended brush for easy application when you’re on the go. One side has a flat angled brush for precision and a fluffier brush for filling in. All of this for $4? What’s not to love!
13. For Sun-Kissed Skin: Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $5
This was one of the first bronzers we ever bought, and we still continue to buy it to this day. The matte powder is softly pigmented and gives a really warm glow so you can maintain a sun-kissed glow year-round.
14. The Celeb Essential: Eucerin Aquaphor Repairing Ointment, $4
This healing ointment has a crazy celeb following, including Khloe Kardashian, Hailey Beiber, and Meghan Markle. Not only is this product celeb-approved, but it’s also the #1 dermatologist recommended ointment for dry or cracked skin. The ointment is formulated with 41% petrolatum, a potent emollient that helps keep the skin hydrated by reducing moisture loss from the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer). We use it everywhere; from our lips to dry skin around our nose. This is a handbag essential, especially with winter on the horizon. Read our full review here.
15. For Mattifying: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, $4
We couldn’t live without a mattifying powder; it gives your complexion that airbrushed finish and ensures it doesn’t melt off by the time 5 pm rolls around. And this powder is great; it’s matte, lightweight, and offers a thin veil of coverage in eight shades.
What are your go-to drugstore products? Let us know in the comments below.