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Beauty Bargains: 5 Makeup Products for Under $5

The world of makeup is an expensive one, and many cosmetic brands sell products at prices upwards of $20. Sometimes it’s worth it to splurge, but for everyday looks, there are many reliable options with much friendlier price tags. Here are five products that won’t put a hole in your wallet.

Almay Shadow Softies


Almay Lilac Shadow

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With a variety of available shades, this whipped powder shadow is perfect to keep in your purse for daytime touch-ups. Purple shadow is hot this fall, and it works with every eye color and skin tone, so try the lilac matte. At Target, it costs $4.89.

Maybelline Baby Lips


Maybelline Baby Lips

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A popular product from Maybelline, Baby Lips is an upgraded lip balm that moisturizes for a full 8 hours. It also adds a pop of color to an everyday look, and they come in six playful shades. The colors range from neutral “Peppermint” to vibrant “Pink Punch”, so there are options for everyone. Prices range from $2.69 to $3.49 at mass market retailers, including Target and Walmart.

Rimmel BB Cream Matte Foundation


Rimmel BB Cream

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This skin-perfecting cream provides all-day coverage while minimizing the appearance of pores and evening the skin tone. There are lots of BB creams on the shelves, but Rimmel’s is a reliable purchase, with a price tag of $4.99 at Target.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish


L'oreal Nail Polish Colour Riche

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This collection of polish features a variety of vibrant hues, ranging from rich reds to brilliant blues. There is a color for everyone, and prices range from $2.69-$4.99 at Target. Try the “Greycian Goddess” or “Because You’re Worth It” shades to follow the grey, metallic trend for fall.

e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara


e.l.f. brow and lash mascara

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At only $1.00 (Target, Walmart), this finishing mascara is a true bargain. Use it to put the final touches on your look. It works to add shine to your eyelashes and set your brows in place.

By Rachael Bouley

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