I haven't always had the budget for fancy beauty products, but I've always been a beauty product junkie, starting with my prized collection of Lip Smackers at an early age. Even though I do invest in higher-end products on occasion now, there are quite a few under-$20 ones that I'm sticking with, many of which I discovered in my teenage and 20s years. They may not have fancy packaging or chic Instagram accounts but what they lack in aesthetics, they make up for in effectiveness, and many of them can easily be found on Amazon or at the drugstore.
When choosing the items I wanted to include in this list, I selected items that I've purchased multiple times over the years. These items start at just $2 and have yet to let me down. In a world where new products debut on practically a daily basis, loyalty to certain ones can be challenging (especially when you're a beauty junkie like I am), so you know that these are good. Keep scrolling to shop my favorite cheap—but not necessarily chic—beauty best bets.
Most of my moisturizers have a lot going on, but sometimes, you just need something simple for when your skin is just plain dry or you just applied an overnight peel and need to layer something on top. This has always done the trick for me, so I have no reason to splurge on pricier face lotions when I just want something no-frills.
I first became a fan of Aveeno products when I was younger, as I've always had dry, sensitive skin, and it's what my parents used. This body wash has become one of my favorite products from the brand. The lather is so luxurious and the coconut smell makes me feel like I'm on vacation.
I used to buy all of my hair products at the drugstore, and I consider this mask to be one of my best cheap hair discoveries. I don't really have damaged hair, so I don't care to invest a lot in hair masks, but when my split ends are getting out of hand and I'm due for a cut, I always reach for this $3 tube.
I've lost count of how many stories I've put this in but it's just that epic. My hands were in a constant state of extreme dryness until I discovered this. It sinks in quickly and I wake up the next morning with far fewer cracks, flakes, and ragged cuticles.
Body sunscreen is one of those things I hate spending a lot of money on, as I use it up so quickly. I love that Neutrogena's is light and non-sticky and stays water-resistant for 80 minutes. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of high SPFs.
I usually agree with the "you get what you pay for" adage, but not with EcoTools brushes. The bristles are soft yet firm and they have a brush for every need. As someone who hates spending a lot of money on makeup brushes, I'm very happy to have found this under-$10 gem.
I actually prefer this in brown but it's recently been discontinued, much to my dismay, but if you're a black eyeliner wearer, this is the best pencil eyeliner I've found, even compared to its pricey counterparts. It goes on very smoothly and you only need one swipe, which isn't the case for so many eyeliners on the market.
Since I discovered this, I stopped using drugstore deodorants and haven't looked back since. Yes, there are certainly cheaper options out there but this one smells and looks nice and it works. Plus, I only have to buy it a couple of times a year—a little goes a long way.
Another CeraVe gem! I hate the feeling of sticky body lotion when I'm trying to fall asleep but I don't have to worry about that with this lotion. It's saved my dry, itchy skin on so many occasions and it doesn't feel heavy in the humid summer months.