15 Under-$20 Makeup Products I'm Telling My Friends to Buy This Spring

New makeup is hitting the market at such a rate that beauty aisles can sometimes feel like exotic jungles full of unpredictable risk and intrigue. What, among all the hundreds of items, is worth spending your money on? If you're on a budget, the stakes are even higher. Because finding affordable makeup gems that deliver on pigmentation, staying power, and shade range like products twice or three times the price is challenging. Though not impossible.

May the following 15 makeup launches serve as proof. As a self-identified makeup snob, I am genuinely impressed by these recently released lip glosses, highlighters, blushes, eye shadows, concealers, and more, all of which align with current makeup trends and truly perform. Want to know what under-$20 makeup products to buy this spring? Just keep on scrolling.

Amanda Montell
Features Editor
Who's your beauty icon?

Tie among Linda Rodin, Hari Nef, and David Bowie.

Who are your 5 favorite people to follow on Instagram?

@petracollins @katiejanehughes @alwaysjudging @bonnyrebecca @hotdudesreading

What's the beauty essential you can’t live without?

If I have some brow gel and Sisley's Phyto-Lip Twist, I'm good to go forever.

What's your desert island album?

Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism

What's your favorite Byrdie.com story?

Game of Thrones's Nathalie Emmanuel looks so achingly beautiful in our feature with her that I think it's gonna have to be that!