I Tried Hundreds of Beauty Products in 2021—Here Are the Best Under-$20 Ones


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As a beauty editor, I try hundreds of different beauty products every year. Ask anyone—I’m a sucker for luxury products (I could not live without my SkinCeuticals' CE Ferulic!), but I also love products that really work and don’t break the bank. 

You may not realize it, but some of the absolute best products available are under $20. I can vouch for every single one of these products—you will not regret adding them to your routine. Whether you’re looking for a new foundation that will help you achieve flawless-looking skin or a hyaluronic acid serum that instantly plumps and hydrates, I’ve got you covered. There are also some hidden gems that you need to own ASAP, like an innovative in-shower body lotion and claw clips for even the thickest, longest hair. Read on for my favorite budget beauty buys.

The Best Under-$20 Beauty Products Out There

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.