Cheap Thrills: Best Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars

By Trecee Hutchinson - 11:02:00 AM

Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars
Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars

Like I often say on my blog, I love beauty steals!

There's something about finding a great product for an affordable price that just makes me smile inside. Today, I want to share some of my favorite beauty gems that are under 5 bucks.

When it comes to a product being a beauty steal, for me it has to be not only pigmented, but also needs to be extremely blendable and have some serious staying power. All of the products today definitely fit into these categories. I also like to look out for true alternatives to high end products, because at the end of the day why spend a lot of money if there's a cheaper alternative that's just as good!


On to the List

Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blue Had me at Hello Swatches
Swatches of Wet n Wild "Blue Had Me At Hello"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow - $4.99

These are an OG favorite of mine. All of the palettes are so pigmented and there is even a guide to tell you where you should place the colors. These eye shadows were my go to when I was just getting into makeup because they are so easy to use and look gorgeous on the eyes. All you need is a little primer and these really pop.

Nicka K Perfect 9 palette (Post) - $2.49

I did a review on these palettes a long time ago, but I seriously love these little palettes for lid colors. They are like literally 2.49 and the pigmentation is everything. They also blend really well and really pop on the eyes. My favorite palette is definitely the Nude one because all of the neutrals are gorgeous and did I mention they last like all day!

Absolute New York True Palettes (Post) - $2.99

This is another little palette that is truly a gem. For $2.99, you get 5 extremely pigmented shades that last all day. My favorite thing about these palettes is the color combinations, they coordinate so well. I use the Elements palette when ever I want to add a pop of color to an otherwise boring neutral eye shadow look.  I did a full review on these and posted a few looks that I did using these palettes here.

Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars
Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars

Jordana Lip Lights Lipgloss - $4.99

This gloss is seriously so nice! It's so pigmented and vibrant and last all day. This retails for like $4.99 and is totally comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in terms of pigmentation and staying power. The only downside to this is that it only comes in like 8 colors, but I still really love the two colors that I own.

Ruby Kisses Creamlicious Triple Butter Matte - $2.99

These lip colors are everything that I wish the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams were. They are super pigmented, moisturizing and actually set to a matte finish. It also doesn't settle into lip lines, which is hard to find with matte lip colors in general. I can typically get about 5 hours of wear from this lipstick, which is good considering its like 2.99!

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Lipcolor (Post) (Post) $4.99

To be honest, when I first got these lipsticks they were not my favorite, but I think it may have been the color selection that I had gotten, because the 2nd batch of colors I got were amazing! These also perform really good and are perfect for all night wear. At 4.99, these are perfect for anyone who wants the Liquid lipstick look but don't want to spend a fortune. These are available on the Jordana Website here and come in 12 different shades.


ELF Lip Exfoliator - $3.00

This is my go to item to prep my lips for lip color! If you're like me and suffer from crusty lip syndrome and have 3 dollars to spare, this is the product for you. I love that this lip exfoliator is in lip balm form so you can use it without putting your fingers in the product. It keeps my lips ultra smooth and smells really good too! I also love that this now comes in different flavors to fit everyone's taste. I personally love the mint and the original flavor.

Budget Beauty Finds Under 5 Dollars

LA Girl Concealer - $2.99

I literally just mentioned this concealer in my favorite drugstore base products post (HERE), but I just have to mention one more time how awesome these really are! The color selection is huge and these cover so well. All for 2.99! I own several different shades that I use for different purposes, but my favorite shade is definitely the orange corrector to get rid of all my hyper-pigmentation.

Nicka K Blush Duo $1.99

These are my favorite budget blushes. They go for like1.99 and are seriously really gorgeous and pigmented. These also have great staying power. I use the contour duo for my every day bronzer and contour. Check out my full review (HERE) for more info on these.

Kleancolor Brow Pomade - $1.00

This brow pomade is the real MVP. It's $1 and I swear it is one of the best affordable brow products I have tried in a long time. It's creamy and easy to apply, but when it sets it sets in place. As a fan of dark brows, I love that this pomade has an extensive shade range and several shades that are super dark. If you are a fan of brow pomade, you will like this one. I find myself reaching for this above my Anastasia Dip Brow lately because it is honestly slightly easier to use. You can find this online at here.

Share some of your favorite under 5 dollar steals below! I have soo many so there will definitely be a part 2 to this post. 

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  1. Amazing items for less than $5! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lovely post! I love saving money so these posts are really helpful. The Wet n Wild palette is so pigmented, wow. Must check that out!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  3. Unfortunately I can't get a lot of these brands in Canada, so I will have to do a bit of online shopping...thanks for the picks!

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  4. Love this post I love bargains and I do believe there are great products out there that you don't have to break the bank for :)