The 17 Best Affordable Skincare Brands With Glowing Reviews

Contrary to popular belief, shopping for skincare on a budget doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality. Even our favorite celebrity facialists agree that you don't have to drain your bank account just to get your hands on seriously amazing products. Just in time for a fiscally responsible skincare refreshDermstore is having the sale to end all sales, offering up to 25% off a number of best-selling brands. Use the promo code CELEBRATE at checkout from August 17 to 25 to save big.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the beauty e-tailer has also relaunched its website with a fresh design and a renewed commitment to pushing the envelope in the beauty industry through continued skincare education and support of dermatologist-backed brands and younger indie labels alike. That means you'll always be able to count on it (and us, of course) to keep you updated on the latest and greatest in the world of skin, makeup, and hair.

To help you decide just what items to add to your cart during the sale, we've surveyed the expansive selection to bring you the best affordable options with five-star reviews. We've identified the holy-grail items, affordable dupes, and cult favorites, all for your shopping pleasure. Below, find our 17 picks. Scroll on!

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Average rating: 5/5

This formula skips some of the ingredients traditionally used to achieve squeaky-clean skin (namely soaps, fats, and oils), but that doesn't mean it will leave your face feeling anything short of purified. 

“Great price and very soft cleanser. It is really good and gentle on sensitive skin,” said one reviewer who identified her skin as acne-prone.

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Average Rating: 5/5

Avène is one of the most beloved affordable skincare brands on the planet. If you're in the market for a dew-inducing addition to your skincare arsenal, look no further than this cult-favorite mist that contains trace minerals and silica to help soothe and condition the skin. 

“So I realize that this is canned water. But there is something about it that is so cool and refreshing. I love this at the pool for a quick cool down. I'm thinking of getting one for my gym bag,” reads one review.

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Average Rating: 5/5

Keep these little babies on hand for the instances when your eyes need some quick de-puffing. Packed with soothing ingredients like cornflower extract, arnica, and chamomile, they'll help erase the evidence of that late-night Netflix session—and that extra glass of wine.

"I am impressed with these," explains one Dermstore customer. "I would not say they gave me a radiant finish, but my skin was definitely smoothed and refreshed looking.”

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Average Rating: 5/5

Seasonal skin issues got you down? A trusted, no-frills moisturizer is probably something you'll need to get over the hump. This one from CeraVe has over 200 reviews on Dermstore, and there's one thing everyone seems to agree on: This cream is highly effective at stopping dry skin in its tracks.

“This humble product is excellent! Fabulous hydration for the price point. Strongly recommend,” says a reviewer.

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Average rating: 5/5

There are quite a few factors that go into choosing an eye cream that's right for you, but finding one that doesn't irritate your peepers tops the list. That's where this one by Derma E comes in. It's lightweight and packs a hydrating punch of hyaluronic acid but skips irritants like added fragrances.

"I have sensitive eyes that flare up due to allergies and dryness," writes a Dermstore reviewer. "When I use other eye creams, my eyes sting, but the Derma E hydrating eye cream seems to be gentle and I can use it without irritation. Plus, it does a nice job hydrating too. It is a lightweight cream with no scent.”

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Average rating: 5/5

This dullness-banishing serum contains vitamin C and licorice root extract, two ingredients known to go to work on the skin's overall tone. Give this one a chance, and get ready for brighter days ahead.

"Very lightweight yet moisturizing. It's taken weeks, but I'm finally noticing a more evened out skin tone," says a reviewer.

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Average rating: 5/5

Weleda Skin Food has quickly ascended the ranks to holy-grail status among beauty-industry professionals and consumers alike. A scroll of your Instagram feed will surely turn up at least one rave review of this thick moisturizing cream, perfect for any spots on your face or body that need a little extra love.

“Skin Food lives up to the hype and the fact that they sell one tube every 30 seconds,” explains one reviewer. “Goes on thick, don't need much! I use this as a primer before makeup and it works beautifully. Apply a small amount on cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose and pat in to skin with a damp beauty blender.”

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Average rating: 5/5

The 764 Dermstore reviews prove this product has made an impact with its deep-cleaning and non-pore-clogging formula. Brimming with luxurious ingredients like olive oil, vitamin E, and rosemary oil, it's the ultimate in hydrating facial cleansers.

"Melts off all of my makeup, even waterproof mascara! I will never go back to using makeup wipes ever again," a reviewer claims.

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Average rating: 5/5

There's nothing better than suncare that can go with you anywhere. This face stick by Sun Bum is beloved for just that reason, not to mention its heavenly scent.

“Sun bum makes my favorite products for the beach. This is so handy for my toddler because it’s so quick and she hates me touching her face,” one happy customer says. 

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Average rating: 5/5

Turns out French pharmacies are breeding grounds for quality skincare products (shocker!). Lovers of this product are consistent, to say the least, and always insisting it's a repeat purchase they can’t live without. Dermstore reviewers pointed out over and over how much they love to use the emollient as a primer under foundation.

"The best moisturizer/primer hands down. Also used on all models at photoshoots which is how I found this," notes a reviewer.

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Average rating: 5/5

Liquid exfoliators aren't for the faint of heart, but they're a life-changing addition for any skincare lover seeking smoother skin. Reviewers have dubbed it a must-have, a staple, and many other variations of all-around favorite.

"Believe the hype!!" one Dermstore customer retorted. "This toner gives me an instant poreless facelift and over time it will brighten your dark spots and even your skin. Helps with rough texture as well. Gives a shiny afterlook… just put on moisturizer and a good translucent powder for shine. NO makeup needed!!"

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Average rating: 5/5

Getting rid of pimples fast is a breeze with these handy, dot gel patches. They instantly deliver a super dose of salicylic acid, tea tree oil, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid directly into your blemish.

“I love these little dots,” says one happy Dermstore customer. “Put them on at night, then in the morning take them off. Overnight they’ve magically sucked out all the yucky pimply goop. It’s magic!”

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Average rating: 5/5

Face wipes are an excellent on-the-go cleansing alternative. These ones by NuFace allow you to cleanse, exfoliate, and condition and are individually wrapped for extra convenience.

"I've tried a lot of different face wipes over the years but they do not even come close to these ones. The smooth side wipes off everything and is moisturizing without a residue and the gritty side is a great [exfoliator]. I find that it gives my face a nice glow," confirms a reviewer.

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Average rating: 5/5

Here we have yet another French pharmacy find that's become an international treasure. The micelle formula works overtime to remove makeup and impurities without irritating the skin. To rinse or not to rinse? That is really up to you. 

"I just found out about this brand and have tried couple of products so far but this cleanser is hands down the best cleaner there is. I also like that I just need a little bit of it for the entire face, since a little bit of it goes a long way," one user notes.

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Average rating: 5/5

Premium ingredients like matcha green tea, jojoba seed, and willow bark extract help to make this face mask a breakout-fighting pore eraser. 

"I expected not to like this mask, I thought it might be too drying," one Dermstore user was happy to report. "But it really does de-stress your skin. I am always happy when something I am not sure I will like turns out to be a winner!"

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Average rating: 5/5

This potent serum helps to fight signs of aging by delivering a dose of glycerin and soft focus spheres to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It basically sits on top of all your other skincare and makeup like a shield against imperfections. 

“This stuff works! I see a [noticeable] change after using. I put on my powder foundation and bronzer THEN use this. Then I add some blush and highlighter. My forehead wrinkles and lines between my eyebrows almost disappear!” a customer attests. 

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Average rating: 5/5

Reviewers of this product agree that a little of this snail secretion filtrate formula goes a long way. Yes, that particular ingredient sounds straight-up gross, but get into it—it'll give your skin some serious glow.

“This product has a great texture. Only 1-2 pumps is needed.. bottle lasts a long time. Does a great job of rehydrating my skin after cleansing & leaves me with a dewy glow!” claims one user.

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