Let’s face it: twenty dollars doesn’t get you very far when you’re shopping for makeup outside of the drugstore. If you look hard enough, though, you’ll find some gems even at Sephora that you can snag when you’re looking to treat yourself on the cheap.
I’ve rounded up my picks for what to buy at Sephora with only $20 or less that are either personal favorites or highly rated. I tried choosing permanent collection products, but if you’re shopping around the holiday season you’ll find a ton of great value gift sets around this price point as well. Click the image of the product to find it online.
1. Sephora Collection Rose Quartz Facial Massager ($20)
I have really embraced the practice of lymphatic massage recently, and using facial rollers has helped me de-puff and honesty just relax. You can learn more about the benefits in my post here. Put it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect that will feel great on tired skin.
2. It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Mini ($15)
This CC cream is perfect for those who want coverage without using a heavy, cakey foundation. This full coverage color correcting cream offers SPF 50+ protection and is infused with an anti-aging serum containing collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins that nourish the skin while you wear it. The finish is fresh and slightly dewy for a natural radiant look that’s smooth and even.
3. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($8.70)
The Ordinary proves that you don’t need to spend a lot on skin care that works. This toner contains 7% Glycolic Acid which exfoliates, targeting dullness and uneven texture.
4.Peace Out Acne Healing Dots ($19)
Hydrocolloid acne dots are my secret weapon when I can’t heal a zit fast enough with my normal routine. They pull out all the gunk from your spots, treating them with Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid while aloe vera helps soothe and reduce redness. I’ve always had really great overnight results with these, making stubborn acne much less noticeable and easier to cover with makeup by morning.
5. NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil Duo ($20)
One of the brand’s most iconic products, this set contains two mini Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils that deliver high pigment and a creamy finish. Each set comes with two complimentary shades: a lighter more neutral shade along with a deep sultry color. These pencils are not drying, made with Vitamin E and the matte finish lasts for hours.
6. Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C Serum ($20)
Ever since I added a Vitamin C serum into my skin care routine, my skin is clearer than ever. The ingredient helps with clarity and dark spots, and this serum has the added benefit of Vitamin E for moisture and protection. Naturally derived peptides give it a tightening effect. The product is part of the Clean at Sephora line, with 97% natural ingredients and a recyclable glass bottle.
7. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($15)
I trust this setting spray with my life. The All Nighter Setting Spray is a classic and will keep your makeup looking fresh all day. I typically only buy the mini size (1oz) because it’s easy to travel with and lasts a couple months with daily use.
8. Invisibobble Slim Hair Ring ($8)
I switched to spiral hair ties a few years ago and never looked back. Invisibobble is the OG when it comes to this style, and the Slim Hair Ring is great for a sleeker look without sacrificing the strong grip.
9. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Mini Duo Set ($15)
Bite Beauty makes some of the most luxurious feeling lipsticks. This duo set includes two mini lipsticks in Maple and Radish, both reddish-purple shades.
10. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($14)
My collection used to be filled with these when I still shopped at Sephora regularly… slowly transitioning to drugstore makeup after starting college. The shade range is insane and the lasting power is, too. It’s super comfortable and vibrant with both matte and metallic finishes to match any look.
11. The Original beautyblender ($20)
I hesitated putting this one on the list, because there are several makeup sponges I like better than the beautyblender. But… I feel like everyone needs to try it at least once. The tool is still one of the best out there in terms of blending makeup seamlessly.
12. Violet Voss Fun Sized Berry Burst Eyeshadow Palette ($18)
These 10-shade eyeshadow palettes are great for adding a bit of color to your collection, and perfect for travel! The pigmentation is super intense and the finishes well balanced to create several looks. The Berry Burst palette is a berry and rosy neutral palette that will give you a ton to work with for fall looks.