To say that our daily makeup and skincare routines can get expensive is putting it lightly. With every new launch, it seems like price points only have one trajectory: up. I never thought I would be pining after a lipstick that’s worth $55, or dreaming of makeup brushes that cost significantly more than my dinner. But, here I am, stuck wanting products that are out of my budget and wishing I could turn back time to when I was content with picking up my essentials on the cheap.
That is, I was. Being a determined bargain-hunter, I did some research and discovered that there’s actually a surprisingly large market of great, inexpensive beauty buys out there just waiting to be discovered, and many of them even have cult followings. To make things easy for those of us who don’t have bottomless bank accounts, here’s a list of some of our favorite products under—wait for it—just one dollar. Yes, a singular dollar, and we’re pleased to report that all of them boast rave reviews and dependable quality. Go ahead, treat yourself—after all, it’ll cost you (way) less than your morning cold brew. Keep scrolling to find out the best beauty must-haves, all under $1.
We kick things off with a lipstick that has consistently earned positive ratings online from amateurs and aficionados alike. It delivers long-lasting, super-pigmented color in a smooth formula that’s a breeze to apply. And, at just a buck, you might as well pick up all five shades—users report that they’re all equally flattering.
Mascara wands are arguably the most underrated beauty tool out there as they have a variety of uses. Don’t limit yourself just because they’re meant for mascara—try using a clean one on your brows to quickly tame them, or swipe them through lashes to eliminate errant clumps. The possibilities are endless, and with fifty to experiment with, you’re sure to find several life-changing uses.
Lipliner doesn’t seem so daunting when it’s this cheap. Offering six shades, Wet n Wild makes it easy to choose one that will match your favorite lipstick and take it to the next level. Users warn not to be deterred by the low price, as these pencils are highly pigmented and stay put all day.
This blender is essentially one step up from your makeup sponge, thanks to a sturdy wood handle that makes application easier and more intuitive. Users report that it delivers a streak-free finish and appreciate the fact that it keeps their hands clean when applying foundation. (Bonus point: It even comes in millennial pink.)
Makeup sponges have a myriad of uses that you might not realize. Not only do they blend foundation well, but they are also valuable tools to have when experimenting with nail art. These come in a pack of eight, so you won’t feel guilty about going through them quickly.
If you’ve never tried an eyebrow razor, this affordable tool is the perfect place to start. They’re one of our favorite ways to keep brows in check between visits to the salon or tweezing sessions. Think of these as your answer to achieving a precise brow shape.
This brush makes applying highlighter a breeze. The soft, synthetic hairs distribute product onto cheekbones evenly and comfortably. Alternatively, try using it to gently brush off any fallout after applying eye shadow—the dense bristles will eliminate any light mistakes.
Another multitasking tool, this brush can tame unruly brows and separate lashes in just one swipe. Users love that the comb side is extremely fine, so even those of us who don’t have thick eyelashes can reap the benefits. The stiff bristles on the other end are great for shaping brows or helping to distribute product.
This silicone glove is perfect for getting deep stains and debris out of your makeup brushes and sponges. The multitude of grooves allow for a more thorough cleaning than scrubbing tools with your hands can provide.
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