Best Cosmetics Under $10

Looking for high-quality, affordable makeup? Here, our beauty editors share their top picks for inexpensive eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, concealer and other beauty products.


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Avon Shine Attract Lipstick

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Shine, hydration and gorgeous color—this lipstick packs it all into one small tub.

Available at avon.com, $9


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Rimmel London Glam'Eyes HD Eyeshadow

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To up the intensity, add a few drops of water to your brush when swiping on.

Available at drugstores, $6


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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Smokifier

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This gets you through the day and night—use as a liner in the a.m., then apply as a shadow in the evening for a glam look.

Available at avon.com, $8


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SYX by Unforgettable Moments Dual-Sided Eye Pencil

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A one-stop shop for eyes. The Silver Dust shade makes lids pop, especially when paired with the Bold Blue on the other end.

Available at Payless stores, $4


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Sally Hansen Instant Lip Line Relaxer

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Make your smile bigger! The collagen complex smoothes grooves like nobody's business.

Available at drugstores, $9.95


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Beauty Fixation Makeup Remover Swabs

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Finally, a solution for midday mascara smudges. These swabs come pre-filled with solution, so just swipe, toss, and you're clean.

Available at ulta.com, $4.95


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Kiss Premium Eyelashes

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The clever application technique helps you align them perfectly on the first try. Just hold lashes in place, then unthread to remove strings when the glue dries.

Available at Walmart, $4


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Hard Candy Glamazon Glow

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A glowing, minimal-makeup face is the current look. And Hard Candy Glamazon Glow is the "it" kit—keep the travel-size bronzer and luminizer handy for touch-ups.

Available at Walmart stores and walmart.com, $8


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h.wood.beauty Lip Tea Balm

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Your lips will literally drink in the shea butter- and olive oil-infused lip balm. Of the half dozen flavors to choose from, peppermint anise is our top pick.

Available at hwoodbeauty.com, $9.99


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Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream

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Hiding imperfections has never been easier—one side disguises darkness and redness, the other lets you cover up with ease. So handy!

Available at drugstores, $7


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Modella Makeup Bags

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These pouches make lugging around makeup products a pleasure. No loose items floating in your purse, and they come in dozens of fun prints.

Available at Walmart, $3 each


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Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Heavenly

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This fragrance now comes in a totable size. It's a must in your cosmetic bag.

Available at Victoria's Secret stores, $9.99


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Nyx Cosmetics Sweet Pie Lip Gloss

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Three flattering shades, one adorable set. The gloss goes on smooth as icing and keeps lips looking pretty all day.

Available at nyxcosmetics.com, $8/set of 3


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Express Lip Gloss in Watermelon

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Love the clothes? Now love the beauty line.

Available at express.com, $7


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Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

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Application is foolproof—the words Browbone, Crease and Eyelid are stenciled on their shade.

Available at drugstores, $3


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Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Makeup Foundation

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This foundation will give you a picture-perfect complexion so you'll always be ready for your close-up.

Available at mehron.com, $9.95


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Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Denimania Lip Gloss Palette

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Adorable packaging, sweet flavors—there are multiple reasons to be a fan!


Available at victoriassecret.com, $7


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Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Towelettes

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Use to wipe away eye makeup sans rubbing. Even the toughest eyeliner doesn't stand a chance.

Available at Walgreens, $3


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Wet 'n' Wild Megalength Mascara

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A single swipe of this mascara is all it takes to make lashes look l-o-n-g.

Available at drugstores, $3


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Face Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner

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Makeup artists say to clean your brushes weekly! Use this cleaner when yours need a refresh.

Available at sallybeauty.com, $8


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Yves Rocher Watercolor Effect Blush

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Yves Rocher Watercolor Effect Blush comes in a squeeze tube that looks like lipgloss—think of it as finger paint for your face.

Available at yvesrocherusa.com, $5


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Sonia Kashuk's Nail Buffer

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Sonia Kashuk's Nail Buffer is an all-in-one mani—no polish required. File, buff, then use the shine side for tips pretty enough to go bare.

Available at target.com, $5


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Larenim Eye Colour in Perfectly Pink

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Good-for-skin mineral makeup in a sweet shade makes this shadow twice as nice.

Available at larenim.com, $9


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American Classics Yellowstopper Top Coat

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One quick application of this top coat prevents the sun from fading a light-colored mani.

Available at sallybeauty.com, $5


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Eos Lemon Drop SPF 15 Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

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It smells good enough to eat!

Available at Walgreens, $3


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Ms. Pedicure Best in Toe

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This kit makes a DIY pedi easy and fast; a salon visit is no longer necessary.

Available at Walmart, $3.50


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Julep Nail Parlor

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No more messy cuticle oil applications! Julep Nail Parlor's roller-ball applicator keeps it clean.

Available at myjulep.com, $9


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Pure Orchid by Halle Berry

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Take this perfume on your next trip—the .25-ounce bottle is airport security-friendly.

Available at drugstores, $9.99


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Focus on Lips Lip Gloss

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Your lips will be healthier and shinier after you try this lip gloss from CVS/pharmacy's new line.

Available at CVS stores, $6


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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Multi-Pencil

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One side colors lips, the other highlights eyes.

Available at avon.com, $8


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Essence Bronzing Pearls

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Essence Bronzing Pearls almost magically release the perfect amount of powder, so your makeup brush picks up just what you need for a subtle, natural glow.

Available at Ulta, $3


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Fruits & Passion Argan Lip Balm

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Argan oil—from nuts grown in Morocco—is said to be a great natural moisturizer. Fruits & Passion Argan Lip Balm is proof.

Available at fruits-passion.com, $5


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Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

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A daily rub with Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub eliminates any dryness that messes with lipstick. Even better, it tastes like candy!

Available at lushusa.com, $9


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Essence Eyeshadow Duo in Summer Flirt

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Use the midnight shade as a liner and apply turquoise on lids.

Available at ulta.com, $2.50


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Shades of Barielle in Freestyle

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New favorite summer nail hue: a fresh, minty green with barely-there glitter.

Available at barielle.com, $8


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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Lash Booster

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Try this new lash booster over your usual mascara—hello, sky-high lashes!

Available at avon.com, $9.50


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OPI in Panda-Monium Pink

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This pink polish gets two thumbs up—the lavender undertone somehow perfectly complements different complexions.

Available at drugstores, $8.50


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Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in Twice Baked

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The swirled shades in Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in Twice Baked combine for a pretty glow with a hint of shimmer.

Available at sallybeauty.com, $9.99


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Treat Beauty Jumbo Lip Balm in Vanilla Buttercream

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The cotton candy flavor of this lip balm can almost satisfy a sweet tooth.

Available at treatbeauty.com, $9.99


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Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

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Stenciled words on each shade makes applying Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Don't Steal My Thunder a breeze.

Available at drugstores, $3


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Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Time-Released Strength Formula

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Brushing on Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Time-Released Strength Formula keeps brittle nails from breaking.

Available at drugstores, $9


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Milani HD Advanced Concealer

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Cover-up that stays put is awesome, and this concealer also looks superluxe.

Available at drugstores, $7


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Rimmel London The Max Volume Flash Mascara

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A single swipe of Rimmel's new mascara does the trick—no curler or second coat needed.

Available at drugstores, $7


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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Concealer

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This concealer hides blemishes in a snap—literally! Just mix and match detachable shades as needed.

Available at drugstores, $9


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Rimmel London's Sun Shimmer Maxi Bronzer

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The glow from this bronzer makes you look like you just got back from somewhere sunny.

Available at drugstores, $8


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Originally published in the December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 1, 2010, April 17, 2010, May 2010, and June 2010 issues of Family Circle magazine.

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