When it comes to stocking your vanity with all the latest makeup must-haves, you don’t have to spend a fortune. We’ve gathered all our most-beloved budget-friendly beauty picks right here, from favorite mascaras to ultra-shiny lip lacquers and a bounty of brushes. All at incredibly good-looking prices, of course! And since all have top ratings and glowing reviews, these cosmetics are tested, tried and true.
Meet our top performers below and see what’s so amazing about each of these on-budget beauty picks:
1. Best mascara: L’Oreal® Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
Why we love it: This masterful mascara keeps lashes looking natural without any clumps. Make it your everyday go-to mascara. Take it from day to evening by layering up for a more dramatic lash. So versatile!
2. Best eyeshadow palette: e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio
Why we love it: With these perfect color combinations, the matching is already done for you! The baked formula makes the application smoother and the colors even more saturated, so you get major bang for your buck. Bonus: These standout colors are formulated with rich ingredients that will keep them lasting on your lids all day long.
3. Best eye liner: Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner
Why we love it: Can you say, “cat eye?” This oil-free formula is going to make achieving the perfect winged liner effortless. The easy glide application also lasts for 24 hours. One application, and you’re done!
4. Best brow pencil: e.l.f. Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil
Why we love it: Your brow game will be undeniably strong, thanks to this easy-to-apply eyebrow pencil from e.l.f. Cosmetics. Frame your face effortlessly and pull off a natural look with one this one powerful pencil.
5. Best lipstick: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Mattes Lipstick
Why we love it: Matte lipstick is all the rage right now, but some of the formulas can leave your pout feeling parched. These creamy colors are infused with oils to combat dryness. The color options are endless, too!
6. Best lip gloss: Flower Lip Radiance High Shine Lip Lacquer
Why we love it: When you want high shine, this is the gloss to go for. Nothing too sticky or gooey here, only pure color that glides on smoothly and gives a natural pop of color to any look, day or night.
7. Best concealer: L’Oreal® Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Crayon Concealer
Why we love it: We got you covered with this concealer. Small enough to fit into any bag and oh-so easy to apply, this crayon concealer is a must-have for every day. We can’t get enough of the pinpoint precision application for quick touch-ups throughout the day.
8. Best liquid foundation: Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin
Why we love it: If you have combination skin and have been on the hunt for the perfect, lightweight foundation, look no further. With a lightweight feel but heavy duty coverage, this makeup gives you all-day balanced color that looks and feels natural while hiding any unwanted shine. And with many shades to choose from, you’re bound to find the right hue for you.
9. Best bronzer: Milani Baked Bronzer
Why we love it: Bronzer isn’t just for summertime skin. It gives off a healthy glow all year round, This is our favorite workhorse bronzer because it’s built for eyes, body and face and baked for streak-free, sun-kissed skin.
10. Best brushes: Real Techniques Care Collection Brush Set
Why we love it: Why collect brush by brush when you can bundle up all the essentials in one perfect package? Super soft and super durable, these are the go-to beauty tools you need to pull off your flawless face.