Have you joined our (not-so) secret Facebook group The Beauty Line yet? If not, it's high time you did: The discussion among fellow hair and makeup savants is on point, the tips and pointers are top-notch, and the product recommendations are pure gold. Case in point: After recently pondering aloud which affordable beauty products actually get the job done, I was met with a barrage of odes to drugstore and frugal finds—from the mascara to end all mascaras to the lip balm that rivals a designer-name version. Commence the shopping spree.
I know I'm guilty of thinking I need to spend more to get exceptional results from my beauty purchases, but this exchange put me firmly in my place—and smacked an entire roster of products on my radar. But did any of your own picks make the cut? Keep scrolling to see the products under $20 that are actually worth buying—and chime in with your own recommendations in the comment section below.
"They smell like a spa and don't dry out your skin with that chemical-y grossness that other wipes have." — Hallie
"Even after trying out the most coveted foundations, I always come back to this." — Michelle
"I will always buy it. It has the best wand and formula." — Kirbie
"I've tried almost every high-end mascara and always come back to this one." — Mariah
"There's something about those L'Oréal mascara wands." — Rachel
"I've used it for years. Put it on before bed and wake up to blemish-free skin!" — Stacie
"I can't quit that brush." — Liza
"It's an awesome dupe for the Dior version." — Elizabeth
"I have runny eyes during the fall and winter, and it's the only liner that I can get to stay on all day in the worst conditions! It's a steal." — Taylor
"I of course have others with SPF that I'll layer if I need to, but it has been my all time favorite for years!" — Sophie
"This is unlike anything. I can put another coat on hours after application with no clumps or running. It doesn't smudge and it's easy to take off." — Lucy
"I use it every single day. I have super fine, flat hair, so it's my desert island product." — Lauren
"It's the best." — Fernanda
"It's the perfect wash of color and hold—it looks like your natural brows, but better." — Victoria
"Until baking became more mainstream, I never even thought about getting a different brand. At $5 a pop, you don't have to feel bad about over-powdering your face (or body), and the translucent shade is perfectly clear on my medium brown skin." — Aisha
"Rose Bouquet is the best color ever for olive skin." — Alejandra
Got any recommendations of your own? Tell us your favorite beauty product under $20 in the comments below!