Best Beauty Bang For Your Buck

Our SheKnows Beauty team got to work testing, sampling, polishing and primping, and compiled a list of the best (and affordable!) cosmetics, skincare products, nail polish and haircare products on the market. If you are looking to get your money's worth on beauty products, here's a list our top picks -- the 35 best choices for all your get-gorgeous needs.

Top cosmetic and beauty products

With the current state of the economy, a big factor in picking the products was "bang for your buck." Therefore, most of these beauty products are inexpensive and many of them you can find at your neighborhood drugstore. Whether you are looking for makeup, skincare products, nail polish or haircare items, you can find it here on the list of the top 35 beauty products.

Top Cosmetic Products

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest primer

Cult classic Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($32) is a top-notch choice. It creates a smooth, silky texture that allows your foundation to glide on. Photo Finish diminishes the look of pores and fine lines, reduces oils and makes makeup up lasts longer. Beauty bonus: It contains vitamins and antioxidants so it's actually good for your skin.  

Noc-Out Cover Compact

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest concealer

NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact  ($38) is more than just a concealer. It features three different products in one convenient compact - one combats redness/blemishes, one covers dark spots and one hides under eye circles. Apply with a sponge or brush for flawless coverage.  

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest foundation

For liquid foundation, you can't go wrong with anything from Chanel. However, the best inexpensive foundation in our opinion is Perfetly Real Makeup ($24) from Clinque. It controls oil, wicks away sweat and lasts all day long. If you like powder foundation instead, MAC Studio Fix ($27) is a fantastic choice - giving skin a smooth, matte finish. 

Top Cosmetic ProductsLaura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder Best loose powder

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($34) offers a truly flawless finish. It's light, never cakes and leaves your skin looking and feeling beautiful. We love the fact this formula works with all skin tones and does a great job diminishing the look if imperfections.

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest bronzer

If you want to get that sun-kissed look without the damaging effects of the sun (really, the only way to tan), turn to CARGO WaterResistant Bronzer ($28). It gives you a natural glow that never looks fake and it's water and sweat-resistant making it the perfect poolside beauty essential!

L'Oreal HIP Eye Shadow

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest eyeshadow

L'Oreal HIP eyeshadow is a terrific choice. HIP stands for high intensity pigments and the colors are definitely rich and vibrant. They go on smooth and evenly. Plus, you can't beat the price at around $8. If you prefer a cream shadow, Clinique Quick Eyes ($16) comes in a lip gloss-like wand for easy application and on-trend color that lasts.

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest lip balm

We never leave the house without Rosebud Salve ($6), the perfect way to keep lips hydrated and smooth. It soothes dry lips, calms irritation and adds a touch of pretty shine. Plus it's cheap!

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest eyeliner

There are so many eyeliners to choose from - pencils, pens, liquids and gels. But if you are looking for something that lasts, opt for Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21). It glides on smooth and dries quickly, staying on all day (and night) until you take it off.

Top Cosmetic ProductsSephora Triple Action MascaraBest mascara

Sephora Triple Action Mascara is a lengthening, curling and thickening mascara that maximizes the look of your lashes with one stroke. It's only $14 at Sephora and a waterproof version is also available.

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest blush

Nars Powder Blush cheek color ($27) comes in a rainbow of flattering hues. One of our favorites is Zen, which is a neutral, sheer brown that can be used as a blush or contouring powder. It's a light, natural color that works well on most skintones.

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest lipstick

YSL Lipstick

For a long-lasting, smooth lipstick, try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Silky-Sensual Lipstick SPF 15 ($34). This rich lipstick features dense pigments but doesn't feel heavy and comes in array of shades from Nude Beige to Red Taboo. For a drug store lipstick, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($8) is a fantastic option. The silky rich colors are luscious and beautiful. 

Top Cosmetic ProductsBest lip gloss

If you are trying to find a lip gloss that is shiny but not sticky, check out Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Gloss ($14). It comes in 8 hydrating shades and contains antioxidants to protect your lips.


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Comments on "Top 35 beauty products"

Bagbabe53 April 05, 2013 | 11:02 PM

Love Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Bronze for summer tan on my face and elsewhere without the damage from the sun. Only caveat is to remember that a little goes a long way--- it does have shimmer which can be overdone. The stripes of color can also be used as eye shadow as well!

Diana Beatty January 16, 2013 | 10:42 AM

These are some great examples of what one would need to make a total makeover great prices too. I love the eye shadow duo it looks so rich and love the color. I love the mascara from Sephora they always have great deals on their site. thanks

Tami Levin August 16, 2011 | 11:35 AM

Clinique - Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser- a fantastic make up remover. It almose a pre-cleanse that really breaks down liquid foundation. Your face will feel so much cleaner and fresher!

lala April 26, 2011 | 4:41 PM

hey, i think that forever has inexpensive and greatly pigmented eyeshadows maybe you can do a review on it :) thanks -lala

Emma April 21, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Laura Mercier's Loose Setting Powder and OPI are two of my faves - great picks!

jagroop December 15, 2008 | 8:34 PM

all the best

CoconutOilGuy November 28, 2008 | 8:15 PM

Hello Keri! Yes, coconut oil has always been very effective against dermatitis so using virgin coconut oil (VCO) in lip balm products is indeed a wise decision. Just my two cents. Take care. Cheers, CoconutOilGuy www.coconut-oil-central Your Drugstore in a Bottle

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