25 Genuinely Great Products You Can Buy With the $5 You Found in Your Pocket

Rachel Krause
25 Genuinely Great Products You Can Buy With the $5 You Found in Your Pocket
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Life may not be worth living without the thrill of a splurge from time to time, but we’ll also admit that nothing compares to that feeling you get when you score a beauty product that’s truly great for practically pennies. There’s just a sense of pride, like you accomplished something—even if all you did was scrounge up some change from the bottom of your bag and use it to buy a lip balm.

Because not all pick-me-up purchases should have to set you back $50, here are 25 genuinely good buys all ringing in at $5 or under. Now you won’t even have to choose between an overpriced artisan coffee and an equally unnecessary trip down the drugstore cosmetics aisle.

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If you have half an hour to kill, strengthen your nails with this intensive mask treatment. It's the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, largely because you can't do literally anything with masks on each and every one of your fingers.

KOCOSTAR Nail Therapy Multivitamin Nail Treatment, $3.50

The curved brush and silky, not sticky, formula gives us the perfect fluttery lashes every time.

CoverGirl Professional 3-in-1 Mascara, $4.99

The beloved drugstore deep conditioner gets an update with a new color-protecting formulation, so your color will be as gorgeous as your strands are soft and shiny.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Color Conditioning Treatment, $2.99

We guarantee you won't be able to tell the difference between this under-the-radar budget fave and other BB creams five times the price.

L.A. Girl PRO.BB Cream, $4.99

This over-the-pond favorite tin of glossy, lightly tinted balm just became available stateside, so start stocking up while you still can.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $4.39

The three varying shades—a medium bronze, shimmery light beige, and soft neutral pink—work together to give skin a totally believable glow.

NYC New York Color Sun 'n' Bronze Bronzing Powder, $4.49

This cult favorite body soap uses shea butter, oats, and aloe to soothe and moisturize skin while it cleans.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap, $4.99

Not sure what an actual baby's lips might have to do with it, but this best-in-class gloss imparts soft, non-sticky shine with tons of moisture.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss, $4.49

Heat-styling and humidity are no match for the serious frizz-fighting properties of this pre-blow dry styling cream.

L'Oréal Paris Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream, $3.99

Smooth, healthy hair with unbelievable shine without seriously offending your wallet? We're in.

Hask Macadamia Moisturizing Shine Oil Vial, $1.99

The hydrating aloe in this makeup-setting formula helps to leave skin looking glowy, not chalky or dry—even twelve hours after you've first applied your makeup.

Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Setting Spray, $4.99

Formulated with 40% coconut oil, this rich, hydrating balm will repair even the most desperately dry of winter-chapped lips.

Skinfix Lip Repair Balm, $4.99

It's worth the $5 for the cute retro packaging alone, but this Swedish skin care secret gently draws impurities out of pores like nothing else we've ever tried.

Egg White Facial Soap, $5

Not just for brows, these old-school tools have gained a cult following for their ability to smooth away peach fuzz in a single swipe, leaving skin smooth and perfectly exfoliated.

Tinkle Eyebrow Shaper, $4.38

The least chalky, most highly-pigmented budget blush formula we've ever tried. Use a light hand for a subtle, natural flush, or lay it on thick for real impact.

Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush, $5

Twenty minutes with this sheet mask will leave skin radiant and unbelievably well-hydrated.

Tony Moly I'm Real Makgeolli Mask Sheet, $3.75

Hydrating, packed with rich pigment, and comfortable to wear, this cheap thrill is one of the best matte lip formulas on the market.

e.l.f. Matte Lip Color, $3

Don't disregard this budget classic: It's an incredibly gentle, hypoallergenic formula that's a classic for a very good reason. We always turn to it in times of skin freakouts to reset and balance.

Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar Soap, $2.99

These cheap lip crayons are incredibly good and come in every color imaginable, from soft nudes and bright pinks to black, gray, and neon green.

Colourpop Lippie Pencil, $5

Definitely not your average bar soap, you can slather this pH-balanced, additive-free clay bar on as a gentle exfoliating mask or rinse it away like a cleanser.

Uncle Harry's Instant Clay Mask Bar, $3

This lightweight concealer wand is perfect for targeting discoloration and darkness around the eyes. The shade range includes three color-correcting choices, too—lavender comes in handy for sallowness, green nixes any and all redness, and yellow brightens the area immediately.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand, $5

Perfect for travel or any other time, this super hydrating, color-protecting deep conditioning treatment is not messing around.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Deep Hydrating Conditioning Treatment, $2.69

The soft, blendable texture of this pencil makes it easy to create natural-looking strokes, and the spoolie on the opposite end is perfect for grooming unruly brows.

H&M Eyebrow Pencil, $4.99

These single-use eye masks come in a version for every under-eye area problem you could possibly imagine—dark circles, dryness, dullness, you name it.

Sephora Collection Eye Mask, $5

If your lips are begging for hydration, this coconut oil-rich formula will quench on contact with a cooling sensation that reduces irritation from dryness.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, $4.99

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