Scoring current beauty finds while on a budget used to mean pawing through the sale bins at Sally’s. Thankfully, drugstores and major retailers like Target now carry a wide range of quality products. Not all gently-priced lines are gems, however, so we’re here to lend a (well-moisturized, perfectly polished) helping hand.
Below, we’ll reveal our favorite bargain beauty steals for this summer, and beyond.
Palmer’s Coconut Milk Formula Body Butter
Buzzwords like “organic” and “pure” abound on this product’s label, not to mention the photo-ready sheen it lends to your skin. Use on hands, legs, and for a dewy, glowing décolletage.
Pricetag: $9.90, Available at most drugstores
Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner
Though this product was created specifically for long locks, the formula produces seriously smooth and shiny results for all lengths. Of note, through personal experience, we’ve discovered that it really does produce maximum impact when the shampoo and conditioner are used together.
Pricetag: $5.99 each, Available at most drugstores
Broadway Nails Real Life Glue-On Nail Kit
No time for a pre-party mani? These glue-on nails, pre-painted with an American manicure, are the answer to your prayers. This category of products has come a long way since the ‘80s, and Broadway’s version in the “petite” length will give your hands a flattering, realistic look.
Pricetag: $6.49, Available at Walgreen’s
Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan Spray
In the ongoing search for a summer glow, minus the sun damage, this sunless tanning mist wins. Keep in mind, however, that a smoothing with the hands after spraying is the best way to achieve an even appearance (though the label states otherwise). The extra effort pays off with gorgeous golden color that beats any product on the market, no matter the price point.
Pricetag: From $9.99, Available at most drugstores
JK by Jemma Kidd Backstage Makeup Kit
In the world of drugstore makeup, the JK by Jemma Kidd line offers an awesome array of color choices. Plus, it’s an ideal choice for travel.
Pricetag: $35, Available at Target
Revlon Matte Lipstick
Finally, sparkle, frost, and glitter are currently passé when it comes to lip color, yet locating a stunning, affordable matte shade isn’t easy. Thank you, Revlon, for the debut of this collection, including our personal favorites Pink Pout and Sky Pink (pictured), both fresh choices for the summer months.
Pricetag: $8.49, Available most drugstores
(Photo credits, from top: Lead image via Amarixe.com, 1. Amazon.com, 2. Pantene.com, 3. Walgreens.com, 4. Neutrogena.com, 5. Target.com, 6. Walgreens.com)