Cheap Thrills: 12 Summer Beauty Finds Under $12

Don't believe anyone who says you have to spend big on beauty. We've hunted down a dozen good-as-it-gets products that blow their pricier rivals out of the water.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer

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Perhaps nothing sets the tone for a new season more than a statement-making bag. This colorful creation (complete with two zippered compartments for added organization) is compact enough to stash inside your everyday tote, yet roomy enough for storing all of your summer makeup staples. Watch this video to see more award-winning beauty products to add to your new case.

To buy: Sonia Kashuk Makeup Organizer, $9.99 at target.com

Essie Hide & Go Chic Nail Polish Collection

Essie Hide & Go Chic Nail Polish Collection

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There's no hiding when it comes to the playful polishes in this new collection from Essie. (And with shades like "Fashion Playground" and "Romper Room", why would you want to?)

To buy: Essie Hide & Go Chic Nail Polish Collection, $8.50 each at essie.com

Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby

Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby

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Bulk up on color - not baggage - with this double-duty find from Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty collection, which packs full coverage for lips and sheer, controllable coverage for cheeks into one powerful push-up.

To buy: Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby, $9.98 each at walmart.com

Forever 21 Geo Cosmetic Brush Set

Forever 21 Geo Cosmetic Brush Set

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Update boring (and bristle-bent) brushes with this budget-friendly find from Forever 21, which rings up at under $5 for a set that includes one blush brush, three for shadows and another that works as a brow-lash combo.

To buy: Forever 21 Geo Cosmetic Brush Set, $4.80 at forever21.com

Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trio

Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trio

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If you're looking for an eclectic, and completely wearable, eyeshadow mix, download this new beat from Mary Kay. While the combination shown is especially great for bringing out green or hazel eyes, the brand offers three other shade variations for spinning up your own eye-conic creation.

To buy: Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trio, $10 at marykay.com

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

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If your skin reads "speed bumps ahead", smooth out any imperfections (we all have them!) with the brand's first whipped pressed powder, formulated with 60% less talc to keep you looking flaw free.

To buy: Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder, $9.99 at maybelline.com

CoverGirl truBLEND Liquid Makeup

CoverGirl truBLEND Liquid Makeup

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Still having trouble finding "the one" when it comes to natural-looking liquid makeup? Partner up with this new innovation, which promises a perfect match for 99% of all skin tones and comes in 21 shades for more precise pairings (and less mask-like jaw lines).

To buy: CoverGirl truBLEND Liquid Makeup, $9.99 at walgreens.com

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara

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This Old Hollywood-inspired throwback of a mascara coats lashes individually and creates a bold, wide-eyed, false-lash look (allowing you to pile on the glam without clumps).

To buy: Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara, $6.99 at cvs.com 

L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner by Infallible

L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner by Infallible

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Time is on your side when it comes to this new smudge-proof pick. Like a liquid liner and pencil in one, the silky formula comes in four shades (ranging from a soft, shimmery pink for everyday brightening to this dark black for adding depth come evening) and works a 16-hour shift so you can forget about reapplying.

To buy: L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner by Infallible, $8.99 at lorealparisusa.com

NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush

NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush

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Add some instant pick-me-up to a tired complexion with this highly pigmented powder from NYX. The buildable color can be applied with a dry brush or, if you're looking for a little more drama, a wet makeup sponge for greater intensity.

To buy: NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush, $7 at nyxcosmetics.com

Sephora Collection Cooling Mint Blotting Papers

Sephora Collection Cooling Mint Blotting Papers

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Combat an over-achieving "natural glow" (and help avoid breakouts) with these lean, green, grease-fighting machines (otherwise known as blotting papers). While the absorbent sheets pick up unwanted moisture, the cooling mint works to soothe and refresh skin

To buy: Sephora Collection Cooling Mint Blotting Papers, $10 at sephora.com

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Berry Acai

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Berry Acai

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As soothing as it is sweet, wear this balm solo for a natural sheen, or under your favorite lip color for an extra kick of antioxidant-rich moisture.

To buy: EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Berry Acai, $3.29 at evolutionofsmooth.com

 

 

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