Best drugstore beauty finds under $5

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“Love don’t cost a thing,” a wise woman (aka J. Lo) once sang. And well, we feel like your beauty products shouldn’t either. Whether you’re trying to save for something special or you just live for a good deal (or maybe you fall into both categories like I do), here are our favorite drugstore beauty finds under $5.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $3.17

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Meet the pressed powder with 4.5 stars and almost 5,000 reviews on Amazon! This lightweight formula is absolute perfection when it comes to getting shine under control.

Wet n Wild – MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $4.54

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This powder is my holy grail highlighter. It’s an amazing dupe of the Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer or the BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter with its warm-toned, light-medium gold color. It is easily one of the best highlighters. PERIOD.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss, $5.00

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You know what I love even more than makeup? Good, cheap makeup. This cult-favorite lip gloss checks all the boxes and is definitely one of my favorite glosses of all time. It feels super soft on your lips and has great color payoff that you’ll fall head over heels for. Go ahead and add one of the many shades to your makeup bag.

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara, $4.79

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If I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would definitely be mascara. It helps me feel so awake and like I can take on the world! That being said, this is one of my go-to mascaras because it adds tons of volume, and the heart-shaped brush is perfect for coating every single lash.

Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm, $2.21

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Since the bottom half of our faces are finally reemerging from exile, it’s time to treat our lips to some much-needed love. That’s where Burt’s Bees comes in. This sustainably made lip balm features super hydrating ingredients like beeswax, vitamin E and shea butter.

Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat One-Minute Hair Mask, $3.99

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I’ll be honest: I put entirely too much heat on my hair. Not fire-of-a-thousand-burning-suns heat, but pretty close. So hair treatments like Garnier’s one-minute hair mask are the only thing that keeps my hair from looking like Hagrid’s. This budget buy has nourishing avocado extract that helps bring dry, damaged hair back to life. It’s even safe for color-treated hair!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color, $4.49

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This is one of my favorite drugstore finds of all time because one single coat does everything, thanks to the three-in-one formula. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish features built-in base and top coats and dries in 60 seconds flat.

L.A. Girl PRO Conceal High-Definition Concealer, $4.99

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Beauty gurus swear by this affordable concealer, and they’re not the only ones. This long-wearing product has been recommended to me more times than I can count! L.A. Girl’s concealer covers up dark circles, skin imperfections and discoloration. It comes in over 30 different shades including color-correcting orange, yellow and green.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation Makeup, $3.46

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For the price of your morning coffee, you can pick up a natural-looking, medium coverage liquid foundation that really lasts while also mattifying and refining pores. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation Makeup comes in 40 shades, so you can basically give these babies out to your friends and family like you’re Oprah.

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