Budget Beauty: My 6 Best Recent Makeup Purchases Under $10

Even with access to pricey products, these drugstore picks still rise to the top for me.

Writing about beauty has opened up my world to brands and products that I might not have otherwise experienced, including some higher-end options. Although I’ve loved a lot of the luxury items I’ve tried, there are some drugstore products that just can’t be beat.

Here are a few of my most recent budget-friendly faves.

There are so many makeup tutorials that mention the use of a white or nude liner on the lower waterline to make eyes appear brighter and more awake. For the longest time, I had a hard time finding a nude that wasn’t too stark of contrast for my skin tone (#browngirlproblems). This one isn’t a spot-on match for my skin tone, but it’s pretty dang close. This pencil is smooth and creamy without smudging, and it stays on ALL day.

Ardell Accent Lashes #305, $3.49

When I say that I am the WORST at putting on false lashes, I’m not even exaggerating. There have been times when I’ve actually broken out into a sweat (and shed many a tear) trying to put them on. Even with tweezers (specialty ones included) I cannot seem to get them on correctly, especially when it comes to the inner corner of my eye. I’ve seen a lot of beauty hack lists mention cutting your lashes in half to ease in application but I’ve also somehow managed to mess even that up.

THANK THE LORD that someone finally brought these Ardell Accent Lashes to my attention. Game. Changer. Because I don’t have to worry about fighting that inner corner, I’m able to pop these babies on with no problem, giving myself a nice fanned-out lash look.

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade, $7

I started doing a bolder brow look the beginning of last year, and the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade was my main product for achieving that look for a while. A few months ago, I saw that NYX had a similar product on the market and decided to give it a whirl for comparison.

I LOVE this stuff. It’s not as dry or heavily pigmented as the Dip Brow, but I like that because it gives me a little more “play” time when it comes to getting my brows filled in, and it looks more natural. I don’t think it’s quite as bulletproof as the Anastasia product, but it most definitely gets the job done.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Push-Up Drama Mascara, $9.49

I’m ride-or-die for L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara — I’ve yet to meet a mascara that I love more. I do, however, really like this Maybelline mascara for days when I want definition but not a ton of volume or for days when I want to layer mascaras.

I normally really hate the way rubber bristles feel (they seem to make my eyes irritated) but these are softer than most and separate my lashes really well. This mascara is definitely more lengthening than volumizing which is perfect for my “no makeup” days.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, $7

I’m glad liquid lipsticks are rising in popularity on the drugstore side because I love those kinds of formulas. NYX already makes my beloved Soft Matte Lip Creams, but I also really love the texture of the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks. The formula feels a little more wet and mousse-like to me, but they have pretty decent staying power. Vintage, a deep mauve shade, is my favorite of the bunch.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, $8

I’ve cycled through a few different matte setting sprays, but this one has been my favorite so far. I like that it doesn’t really have a strong sent, it holds my makeup in place, and it’s super-affordable.

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