7 Beauty Budget Buys Under $20

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Summer 2024

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We’ve all heard the saying: “You get what you pay for.” In some cases—like kitchenware or even footwear—the expression rings true. Indeed, there are times when going for the cheapest option does yield the cheapest results, and in times like these, it’s best to spend a little more for better quality and experience.

The good news is that, when it comes to certain beauty products, you don’t necessarily need to buy the most luxurious item to look your best. Look no further than these seven beauty products under $20 for proof.

Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalene

Skincare is a must when it comes to beauty and hygiene, and no routine is complete without retinol. Also known as vitamin A, retinol is key in cellular regeneration and development. The Ordinary line of retinol is one of the most popular products in the industry, and it starts at a mere $9.10.

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 50 88mL

As we finally leave winter behind and spend more time outside, it’s important to remember to wear sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Clear Face Sunscreen is the ideal product for your face and body. Dermatologist-recommended, its virtually weightless and leaves your skin with a matte finish. Get it at Wal-Mart for $16.97.

E.L.F. Hydrating Camo Concealer

E.L.F’s Hydrating Camo Concealer is one of the best and most affordable in the game. At just $7, with over 20 shades to choose from, there’s a concealer for everyone. Whether it’s a blemish, a breakout, or dark circles under the eyes, this product provides crease-proof full coverage with a satin finish.

Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30

For those with sensitive skin, Cetaphil is a brand that is often recommended by dermatologists. Its cleansers and moisturizers have been proven to help defend against dryness, roughness, irritation, and tightness. The DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is perfect for hydrating and replenishing the skin, all while absorbing excess oils for a matte finish. It’s available on Amazon for $17.47.

Glossier Milky Oil

This waterproof makeup remover is popular among those who often wear makeup. Its dual-phase formula combines micellar water and weightless oil to target long-last and waterproof makeup. With a tagline like “Tough on makeup, nice to skin,” you know it prioritizes getting the job done without damaging your skin. It’s available on the Glossier site for just $18.

Innisfree Volcanic AHA Pore Clearing Clay Mask

For just $19 at Sephora, you can own one of the best clay masks available. This one from Innisfree specializes in cleansing your pores while also exfoliating your skin. It contains Jeju Volcanic Clusters to absorb excess sebum, as well as lactic acid to help remove dead skin cells and minimize pores.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

There’s a reason it’s called foundation: this make-up must-have is the base for all your glamorous looks. Maybelline’s Matte + Poreless Foundation, in particular, comes in 40 shades, and offers a natural and seamless finish by controlling shine and blurring pores. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. You can get it for $10.99 on the Maybelline website.

Jericho Tadeo | Contributing Writer

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