Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Hit List

What’s the Best Beauty Products Under $25 you’ve tried?

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63 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Beauty Products Under $25

  1. Yellowlantern

    Loreal’s glossy stain knock offs. Lasts for hours even through drinking and light eating and leaves a nice stain (even lighter colors). Really can’t ask for much else except maybe a different scent (it’s floral and it feels weird to me to put floral fragrances on my lips).

    Revlon’s Balm Stains for pretty much the same reason as the Loreal glossy stains. More of a satin/lipstick-y finish than a glossy one otherwise the products perform very similarly on me.

    Loreal’s Infallible eyeshadows. Lasts all day without creasing on me. Is super shimmery if that’s your style. You get a lot of product in those pots too if that’s something that interests you (doesn’t mean anything to me since I’ve never finished an eyeshadow but yeah).

    Maybelline’s Colossal mascara. Great volume and length without clumping or spider lashes. Can’t ask for much else.

  2. Nelly

    Too faced La creme and Maybelline Color Whisper! Them are must have :)

  3. Deb

    Covergirl’s Lash Blast and Clump Crusher mascaras. I could be wearing $500 worth of products on my face and I will always come back to these mascaras. I have tried so many of the high end brands it’s crazy, but these 2 never let me down.

  4. Mariella

    First would be Real Techniques brushes and brush sets. Amazing quality for under $25.

    Next would be the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eyes shadows in Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze and L’Oreal’s Infallible “cream” shadows (I’ve got Bronze Divine and another one).

    I can’t NOT mention Wet n Wild eye shadows (the 8 pan, the discontinued 6 pan and the 3 pan palettes). In Canada, we don’t get quite as many as are released in the US but honestly, I don’t think you can beat Comfort Zone – talk about value, great colours, just all around amazing (and the same applies, IMO, to the Vanity, Lust and Silent Treatment sets)

  5. Summer

    I’ve got a bunch! I’m a girl with dry, sensitive skin, just for reference.

    Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser ($25)
    Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($5.99 but sometimes it’s cheaper depending on the store)
    Caudalie Cleansing Water ($14 for 3.4 oz but it’s $28 for the 6.7 bottle)
    Dior nail polishes ($24 but worth every penny, I promise! Great brush, even formula, tons of shine.)
    Diorshow Mascara ($25 and worth all the hype)
    L’Occitane Hand Creams ($10)
    LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer ($21)
    Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($9.95 at Ulta)
    Sephora Instant Eye Makeup Remover ($8.50 for 4.2 oz or $5 for 1.69 oz)
    Shiseido eyelash curler ($19)
    Soap and Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths ($10 for 25 cloths, soooo underrated!)
    Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19)

  6. Even drugstore makeup is pretty expensive in Singapore (the average price of most drug store brands like Maybelline would be about S$18, though it’s about USD$8.) I’d say my best buys so far have to be:

    Maybelline 24 Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy. I love love love this colour, I’ve used it both as a sheer colour on the lids and a layered it on to get a slightly more intense colour. It feels rich and smooth under my finger tips as I apply it, and doesn’t budge or fade. This costs around S$16 in the Watsons.

    Revlon Colorburst in True Red. I bought this for S$18 a couple of years back I think, and was my first red lipstick. It’s a wonderful neutral red with a slightly glossy finish. The only drawback is that it does feather very slightly.

    • Ghina

      Totally agree with you. In Indonesia drugstore cosmetics are quite expensive. And the items are very limited. If I compare it with drugstore collection in singapore, drugstore product in singapore still feels like heaven. We don’t have maybelline color tattoo here :(

  7. Christina J.

    Agree with other comment-Revlon Kissable Balm Stains-they last a good 4-5 hours on me through eatingand drinking.
    Boots No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation is THE BEST foundation I have found. Out of Nars, Givenchy, MUFE, Clinique, and Dior, I actually think this one looks the best on me (and I couldn’t believe it!)
    NYX Taupe eyeshadow is the best contouring and the cheapest. Better than MUFE sculpt duo, Bobbi Brown and Benefit’s Hoola. Looks really good with a stippling fan brush.
    Urban Decay’s single eyshadows. Even though they are singles, the pans last forever, you can get a palette for them, and the color selection is amazing(but could use more mattes)
    Covergirl’s Lash Blast and Covergirl’s Professional Super Thick mascaras are both really great.They don’t clump, they seperate, and they don’t seem to “wilt” as the day goes on.
    Through ALOT of trial and error and ALOT of money spent, I’ve found that there are some cheapo products that outperform the more high-end brands, and there are some that fall in the “you get what you pay for” catagory. But at least I’ve mostly learned which is which.

    • Christina J.

      I forgot NARS pro-prime eyeshadow primer and/or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Both are really really great shadow primers and must-haves.

  8. Mirian

    Nars Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base!

  9. A lot of LUSH products are under $25 & I think that are pretty amazing. Also, I like the Real Techniques brushes.

  10. xamyx

    Honestly, the list would be far too long to name products individually, so I’m going to list brands that I find have performed consistently over the years.

    MUFE eye products

    NARS mono shadows

    NYX pretty much everything

    Rimmel lip products & eye pencils

    Milani lip products & eye pencils

    Sinful Colors (they also did brushes & lipstick that were amazing)

    Revlon lip products

    WnW pretty much everything

    Sonia Kashuk pretty much everything, but I especially love the brushes

    L’Oreal with the exception of some eyeshadow quads

    Urban Decay mono shadows, and 24/7 liquid liner (HG)

    Aveeno BB Cream & Garnier BB Cream are the two face products I reach for nearly every day.

    I’m quite certain there are many more, but as I stated, the list would be quite extensive. The above are the products I reach for quite often, and my stash consists of mainly DS & mid-range brands, and I never feel a need to go for “luxury” brands.

    • Susan Nevling

      I would add to XAMYX’s list:
      Eccotools brushes,
      Almost everything for eyes at UD
      Too Faced BB creme and primer
      Sephora blushes- creme and powder
      Sephora skin care (gentle on my Rosacea)
      L’Occitane shea butter hand cream
      Smashbox & Dior mascaras
      Almost everything I buy is under $25 unless I buy palettes which I also do.

  11. Karina

    Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
    TheBalm Instain Blush in Lace
    MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
    ELF Powder brush

  12. Dominique

    KIKO smart lipstick ( 3, 90 € ), BB glow foundation ( 11, 90 € ), LE quads ( 12,90 € ) or scented body perfumes ( 9,90 € ) etc …
    THE BODY SHOP butters, scrubs, body mists, all really great
    SAINT-GERVAIS thermal water ( the best ever 5,50 € ),
    ESSIE nail polishes
    YVES ROCHER le Grand Rouge ( great lipstick )
    SEPHORA colourful eyeshadows, adapt blush
    L’OCCITANE shea butter body lotion ( great product )
    DURANCE eaux de toilette

    and many more very good products which are affordable

  13. Jennifer

    Sooooo many to name but only so much space lol! The few I can think of off the top of my head are Maybelline falsies mascara, Sugarpill loose pigments, Revlon lip butters, UD Blackout eyeshadow (OMG!!!) and the Real Techniques buffing brush!

  14. Oh wow, I have a lot of favorites under $25.

    1. Revlon Lip Butters
    2. Maybelline Color Tattoo’s
    3. MAC Lip Sticks
    4. NYX Lip Glosses
    5. Wet N Wild eye shadows

    those are just my top 5, there is soo many more.

  15. Korres Lip Butter
    Maybelline color sensational vivids lipstick
    Maybelline color tattoo Tough as Taupe, and Icy Mint
    NARS Smudge Proof eye primer
    Bobbi Brown creamy corrector
    Bobbi Brown long wear gel eyeliner
    L’Oreal voluminous mascara
    Revlon nail polish
    Zoya nail polish
    MAC brush cleaner
    MAC Powder Blush in supercontinetal, fleur power, harmony (for contour)
    UD Super Saturated High Gloss lip colour

    I could go on.. just a few of my personal favs

    • Kayla

      What are the lighter colored Revlon nail polishes like for you? As in Charming, Sunshine Sparkle, Minted, etc. For me, they’re all bad… They wrinkle and chip too easily and bubble, and the formula just seems to be awful. Could I have had bad luck with all three colors? :(

  16. Erin

    Moon’s Harvest whipped soy body souffle and the sugar scrub cubes are amazing. By far my favorite things that are in my bathroom.

  17. Christina

    I’d say that 95% of my makeup collection is under $25, but that’s only from learning the hard way, after years of buying high-end cosmetics, and having a track record of being disappointed by a pricey product more often than not. Maybe I expect more after paying a lot more? Not sure that’s the issue. Besides, drugstore brands have stepped up their game in recent years.

    That said, a few of my favorite under $25 items include Maybelline Color Tattoos, L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, Revlon Lip Butters, Physicians Formula Eyeliners, and Milani Baked Blushes.

    • Em

      I forgot to mention the Color Tattoos! Those rival cream shadows from Benefit, MUFE, MAC, Bobbi Brown, etc.

  18. becca

    -the real techniques brushes
    -OPI nail polishes
    -tweezerman slant tweezers
    -NYX lipsticks
    -mac feline kohl pencil, lipsticks, blushes
    -clean & clear blotting sheets
    -nars eyeshadow primer
    -loreal power volume mascara
    -urban decay single eyeshadows
    -mac studio finish concealer
    -philosophy purity cleanser (price depends on size)
    -mac 217 blending brush
    -clinique bottom lash mascara

  19. Physician’s Formula eye booster eyeliner pen (not the felt-tip one) in ultra black is a great liquid liner. It’s easy to use, never smudges or fades, and the packaging looks nice.
    MUFE rouge artist natural lipsticks because they’re add just the right amount of color and last well throughout the day.
    Revlon quick dry topcoat dries fast, makes nails super shiny, and keeps polish chip-free for at least a week.
    La Roche-Posay Toleriane purifying foaming cream cleanser is a skin saver for me whenever I get dry, itchy patches on my oily/combination skin. It doesn’t irritate my face, it’s fragrance-free, and one tube lasts a really long time.

  20. Maggie

    Sara Happ The Lib Scrub – $19, so amazing at exfoliating
    TheBalm Mary Lou-manizer – $18, gorgeous…theBalm is so underrated
    Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (better than MAC’s Fluidline imo) – $22
    MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick – $22
    Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box – $20
    Hempz Herbal Moisturizer – $10

  21. Shari

    NYC New York Color nail polish in Grand Central Station. It’s clear and the best quick dry top coat ever. I like it much better than Seche. $1.72 at Walmart.

  22. CeeBee

    SLEEK eye palettes, blushers and BB cream

    NYX nail polishes and Black Label lipsticks

    Virtually anything by Milani, the liquid like eye pencils, color statement lipsticks and baked blushes are all HG products for me.

    L’Oreal kohl pencils


    Dove beauty bar

    Neutrogena makeup remover wipes

    China Glaze nail polishes and Fast Freeze Quick Dry

  23. Hollie H

    I think NYX Slide-On eyeliners are dead ringers for UD’s 24/7. They are an awesome buy for just a few bucks.

    NYX Lip Butters are fab too.

    “Maybelline’s Colossal mascara. Great volume and length without clumping or spider lashes. Can’t ask for much else.” – Ditto

  24. mkdallas

    My cheap thrills are: NYX cream blushes (a total steal at 5 bucks), Bite Beauty lip gloss at $20, Urban Decay
    Shadow and Liner pencils at $20 each, Lumene BB cream (worth way more than the $16 price tag), and Sephora Collection retractable Eyeliner and Lipliner pencils. Also, the Sephora Collection Rouge Cream lipsticks are the steal of the century; at twelve dollars, their texture, wear time and pigmentation rival my $40 Guerlain Rouge G lippies.

  25. Courtney

    Milani eyeshadow primer
    Maybelline color tattoos
    Cover girl clump crusher mascara
    Elf HD powder
    Elf brushes
    Lorac GLOgetter palette

  26. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle! It’s the best conditioner for my hair and it cost about $2.50 for a bottle that lasts months with daily use!

  27. Jennifer

    Urban decay primer potion
    Loreal beauty tubes mascara
    Relvon lip butters
    Relvon balm stains

  28. Genevieve

    MAC Fix+
    MAC cleansing clothes
    painterly paint pot(is that under 25?)
    MAC lipsticks
    some of the permanent MAC eyeshadow
    Nars single shadows
    MAC MSF Natural
    Maybelline color whispers/ vivids
    Skindinavia setting sprays
    Cocoa butter lotion

  29. Em

    *Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow trios
    *Revlon Lip Butters
    *Clinique Chubby Sticks
    *UDPP (in ANY of the colors)
    *Real Technique brushes
    *MAC eyeshadows in Naked Lunch, Soft Brown, Mulch, All That Glitters, Nylon, Satin Taupe, and Woodwinked (I know MAC is overrated for a lot of people and not everything they put out is amazing, but they have some great standby products).
    *Marc Jacob’s Daisy Fresh roller ball
    *Essie and OPI nail polish
    *Clinique Dramatic Different Moisturizing Gel
    *Revlon BB cream

  30. Melissa

    Lash Blast mascara. Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eyestudio gel eyeliner! I like it just as much as MAC’s Fluidline and I think it actually stays put longer!!!! I put the eyeliner on with the applicator in the Almay Intense I-color eyeliner. BUT my absolute FAVE is L’oreal True Match foundation. FANTASTIC! Everything else I use is a dept store brand.

  31. Theresa

    Most drugstore mascaras! They’re great and just as good, if not better than high end mascaras. And run you well under $10.00, and if you get them on sale BONUS!
    Some of my faves are: L’oreal voluminous and telescopic , Maybelline The Rocket, covergirl lash blast fusion

  32. Phoebe

    So many to name, but here are my top five in no order:

    1. Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (stays on like nobody’s business)

    2. China Glaze, L’Oreal, and Wet ‘n’ Wild nail polishes (most long lasting inexpensive formulas)

    3. Physicians Formula waterproof pencil liner/Sephora brand waterproof pencil liner (both are equal to me, but the PF one is cheaper)

    4. Maybelline Clean Express eye and cream makeup removers (both are awesome)

    5. Maybelline The Falsies waterproof mascara (holds a curl like CRAZY and separates very well)

  33. Monica

    MAC Lipsticks
    NYX Cream Blushes
    Cover Girl Lash Blast
    Coconut Oil (I used for my hair & skin)

  34. Hazel

    Lansinoh Cream. It’s technically an ointment for nursing mothers, but it is the very best thing for dry lips. About $10 a tube. It is safe and lasts a long time. Great to wear overnight if your lips are really bad during winter, etc.

  35. geneva

    There are many great products I own under $25, my favorites are: Bobbi Brown corrector, Milani Eye Tech Extreme liquid liner, MAC brow pencil in Spiked, CoverGirl lash blast fusion, Real Techniques buffing brush, Ben Nye luxury powder, MAC Saddle and Naked Lunch e/s, Bath & Body Works My favorite night lip balm, MAC Prolongwear concealer, Urban Decay Primer potion and Seche Vite topcoat.

  36. sue

    Jinsoon polishes are excellent quality, and they wear like a gel as advertised. They’re small though, at .33 oz and pricey at $18.
    At the drugstore, the new Nuance Salma Hayek base and topcoat do really well. I like how the basecoat can double as a matte topcoat. The top coat dries in about a minute on me and doesn’t chip or scratch very easily.

  37. Meg

    Prices in Australia is horrible (Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation is $34.95 when it is about $11 in the US)…

    Anyway, I get most my products online through US stores so that’s fine, jsut have to pay for shipping which is justified considering the retail price of makeup here. so here is my list:

    CoverGil Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation – less than $10.00

    Maybelline Color Tattoos – $6.50

    Revlon Superlustrous Lipsticks – $7.50

    Wet n Wild 8pan Eyeshadows – $4.50

    CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara – $7.00

    Red Cherry Lashes – $1.99

    Sleek Makeup in general (except foundations) – nothing over $10.00 for super pigmented eyeshadows, $5.99 for single blushes, $12.50 for FAce Form and Blush by 3, $6.50 for great lipsticks and paint pouts are less than $6.00

    Essence Lip Liners – $1.95

    Ben Nye Banana Powder – $12 for 8oz

    L’oreal Infallible Shadows – $7.50

    Lime Crime Lipsticks – $16

    I have many more but can’t think of tehm right now…

  38. Erica McKenzie

    Rimmel blush in Berry
    Revlon Kissable Balm Stains
    Cover lash blast is a decent mascara
    Maybelline Colour Whispers
    Maybelline Colour tattoos
    Either maybelline or Loreal illuminating touche undereye concealers
    Carmex works wonders for dry lips and Burts Bee tinted lip balms are the bomb :)

  39. calimom

    Milani Liquif’eye liner-the only one that doesn’t smear on me, and super easy to apply.

    Maybelline eraser concealer-I love how it is lightweight yet covers my very dark undereye circles.

    Both these products perform better than the expensive brands for me.

  40. Tigerlily

    MAC Lingering brow pencil
    MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
    UD 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Underground
    Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler
    Sephora Express nail polish remover

  41. NeenaJ

    Cetaphil Cleanser $9 or less if on sale
    Neutrogena bi-phase eye make up remover $6 (IMO it’s equivalent to Lancome Bi-Facil)
    Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream $5
    Milani Eyeshadow Primer $7 (it’s awesome)
    Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara $7
    Hard Candy Old Skool Eye Shadow Pallete $6 at the W
    Revlon PhotoReady Foundation $10
    A-england nail polish – a lot of gorgeous for $10. I’ve gotten 3 compliments on Tristam in the less than 24 hours it’s been on my fingers.

  42. Trish

    Inglot eyeshadows
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance
    Mac Eyeshadows

  43. Ghina

    It’s hard since make up in Indonesia are very limited. I try to find the products that I want from online shop that sell make up from USA . But I’m quite happy for my findings 😉

    – The Body Shop all in one BB cream. I tried some of drugstore bb creams before. They are all feel too wet & hot for the humidity in Indonesia. But with this bb cream, it feels great with light coverage. Perfect for everyday neutral look.

    Maybelline color tatoo. I have the shade in On and On Bronze. This is a perfect colour for a wake up look for my brown eyes.

    Mac powder blush ( Mocha) My go to blush. If I cannot decide what to wear, I always back to this blush. It have a subtle pink-plum colours. That perfectly match with my lip colour.

  44. L’Oreal revitalift miracle blur!!!!!!

  45. Britney

    Covergirl lash blast and clump crusher mascaras have both become go-to mascaras for me bc they both last all through my work day without smudging.
    Urban Decay single shadows- amazing color selection and they last all day without fading or creasing.
    MAC powder blush in mocha or unconventional- both add a little color to my very pale complection but can be blended so they’re not too harsh.
    Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner pencils- pretty much the only liners I’ll ever use. I especially love corrupt and perversion if I’m doing something more neutral and junkie and mainline or deep end if I want something a little brighter.
    MAC select sheer pressed powder. Great for touch ups throughout the day if needed. At least on me it never feels cakey. Honestly I also love some of their single eyeshadows.
    Purpose face wash- super gentle and washes away all of my makeup without drying out my skin.
    Clinique moisturizing gel- a little goes a long way and a bottle of this lasts forever. Never makes me feel greasy or breaks me out.
    Clinique bottom lash mascara- great product. Makes putting mascara on my bottom lashes so much easier

  46. Kayla

    UD’s eyeshadow primer potion, eyeshadows, lip liner, and brushes! (Optical Blurring Brush… Mmmm!)
    NYX anything
    Sally Hansen nail polish – ANY of them
    Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara
    EcoTools Brushes
    Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips (used as a bronzer!)
    Clinique Super Balm
    OPI Nail Polish
    Orly Matte Top Coat
    Bodycology Body Sprays & Lotion (My favorite right now is Blackberry & Vanilla)
    Organix anything (Beauty starts with cleanliness, right?)
    L’Oreal’s new sulfate free line – just below Organix in my favorite shampoos 😉
    One n’ Only Argan Oil (Just the plain argan oil in the little brown bottle)
    One n’ Only Hair Dye – best hair dye I’ve ever used, hands down. Lasts and is actually somewhat good for your hair! Yay!
    Burt’s Bees – anything for acne basically
    Skinlogics Lip Apeel

    I could go on and on but that would require listing pretty much everything in my beauty collection that is under $25! Doing research before a buy usually leaves little room for disappointment.

  47. Isobel

    lots of products from Loreal, maybelline and revlon I would put on my list they’ve been great recently. I’m jealous of people getting mac products under $25 because in australia mac products are generally over $25

  48. Inglot gel liner 77 Matte black – love it for it’s staying power (a pain to take off though!) Sleek Makeup – so many great products for well under $25! iDivine palettes, pout paint, contour kits, Illuminiser… NYX lipliners LOVE. I could go on all day :)
    My all time favourite beauty must have though are Real Techniques brushes, I have most of them in my kit – great quality, affordable, soft LOVE LOVE LOVE them!