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.
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
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-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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Best 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best 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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