All beauty junkies can attest to that horror when you check your bank account and realise that your savings are being wiped out every month. The stocking of holy grail products, purchasing of new, limited edition goodies, and investing in salon packages every month can really hurt your wallet in the long term.
For those who are on a tighter budget and have resolved to reduce their beauty expenditure, don’t fret: the beauty world is abound with great products that are available at wallet-friendly prices.
We share 17 products that are under SGD10 (WHUT!) but have receive such good reviews we know they’re legit.
1. Innisfree Green Tea Mist
Need a perk-me-up in the office during your food comas, or perpetually suffer from dry skin thanks to the strong air-con? You’ll love this effective and affordable facial mist from Innisfree, which is a favourite of many beauty junkies.
Innisfree’s Green Tea Mist contains organic squeezed green tea from Jeju, and is rich in amino acid and minerals.The green tea from Jeju Island is touted to refine skin’s clarity and texture for soft and supple skin. In addition, the mist contains panthenol, which encourages cell growth and the production of moisture.
2. Innisfree Skinny Brow Mascara
If you have recently dyed your hair a shade that’s very different from your original colour, it’s highly likely that you will be looking for a brow tint that will match your eyebrows to your new hair colour. Well, your search is over!
Innisfree offers a brow mascara that not only has a slim, delicate brush to define your brows, but is also resistant to water and sweat so that you can have strong brow game all day, everyday. Even if you are not looking to tint your brows a different colour, you can also buy the fixer, which comes in a transparent shade, to enhance your brows.
3. Dr.Jart+ Mask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution
We know, all that gift-buying over the past few months has sucked your wallet dry, so instead of your usual facials, it’s time to opt for a cheaper alternative that works incredibly well.
Made of fine cellulose fiber, this lightweight, transparent mask from Dr.Jart+ allows pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and moisturising ingredients for an ultimate hydration therapy. It immediately hydrates dry skin due to lack of moisture, while enhancing moisture retention and strengthen barrier function.
4. Pixi Glow Tonic (15ml)
Dewy skin is within your means – and we really mean it! Pixi Glow Tonic is a gentle exfoliating toner that promises to deliver more even, brighter and clearer skin. It claims to remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy-glowing skin and a refined texture that looks and feels smooth, thanks to its glycolic acid content.
It’s undoubtedly the most famous product by the brand and the Glow Tonic has received glowing reviews from beauty enthusiasts (yes, including us!), and you can actually get hold of this at a price that won’t hurt your wallet at all.
5. Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint
You may think that award-winning, high-quality products are usually expensive, but it’s clearly not always the case – at least not with Etude House. This tint from the Korean brand is actually a long-time favourite among Korean women and a 2017 Soko Glam Best of K-beauty Award winner!
The super pigmented tint applies smoothly like a gel to give you a perfect, vibrant colour that lasts for hours. It also contains pomegranate and soapberry extracts that will hydrate your lips and keep them fresh and juicy – sweet!
6. Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick
Stick eyeshadows are a great choice for those who want a highly-pigmented look without the hassle. This one from Etude House is soft and creamy, which makes for a very smooth and convenient application on your eyelids. It is also formulated with Twinkle Star Powder, which is said to create delicate and shimmering eye makeup looks that will take you from dusk to dawn.
The best part? This will set you back less than SGD10!
7. Tony Moly Easy Touch Auto Eyebrow
TonyMoly Easy Touch Auto Eyebrow Pencil is the answer to your eyebrow troubles AND money woes.
Reviews praise this eyebrow pencil for its buildable colour, making it easy to achieve different brow looks, be it Korean straight brows or Instagram brows. The waxy texture also makes sure that your eyebrow hairs stay in place, so that no one can tell even if you have just survived a hurricane.
Get this at SGD8.90 from all Tony Moly stores.
8. Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow
One of the best money-saving tips is to buy a product that serves more than one purpose. Get the best of both worlds with this lip balm from Maybelline that not only hydrates your lips, but also adds colour so that they look vibrant and healthy.
You will love the glossy candy colour that tastes exactly like the fruit labelled on the packaging, as well as the comfortable feeling from repairing your broken and chapped lips. Bonus points for not burning a hole in your wallet!
9. Cezanne Natural Cheek
You can look as kawaii as the Japanese without breaking your bank, thanks to this blush from popular drugstore brand Cezanne.
The blush comes in two finishes: one contains pear, which is useful for highlighting your facial contours, while the other one is a matte type that is meant for a soft, natural look that evens out the bumps and pores on your skin. It even comes with a small, handy brush, so you can apply it on the go even when you are running late for work.
10. Canmake Candy Wrap Lip Rich
A lip gloss with the colour intensity of a nail polish? Consider us sold!
This all-in-one lip gloss is packed with beautifying and moisturising agents, including sodium hyaluronate, honey, squalene and shea butter. Those with sensitive skin will also be happy to know that it is free from ethanol, mineral oils, UV-absorbers, and fragrance.
Fans love this for its non-sticky finish that feels as though you are not wearing anything on the lips, and the long-lasting colour that barely requires any touch-ups.
11. the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer
Most of us struggle to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep everyday, but that’s okay: with this concealer from The Saem, you can fake it till you make it.
This lightweight concealer blends out smoothly, even on the most delicate skin areas, and can also be used for a brighter complexion. Reviews have praised it for its high coverage of blemishes, and how it manages to last throughout the day without sinking into fine lines and wrinkles. It’s like having a flawless complexion – at only SGD5!
12. Muji Cheek Color
Our favourite Japanese retail store doesn’t just sell stationery and furniture. It has also ventured into makeup and skincare products, which are very popular among beauty enthusiasts for high quality and low prices.
Get this Muji blush in the shade Rose if you want a close dupe for Benefit’s famous blush shade, Dandelion. The clear flip-open packaging is also reminiscent of Shu Uemura’s blushes, but the Muji one sells for just a fraction of the price!
Get this at SGD9.60 from all Muji stores.
13. Muji Moisturising Milk
With a watery and thin texture that delivers a surprising hydration punch, you’ll love using this moisturising milk in our hot and humid climate.
Muji’s moisturiser is said to leave a pretty, dewy glow on your face after application with no irritation or heaviness. Its main ingredient is natural spring water from Kamaishi, which delivers that boost of hydration your skin will surely love.
Get this at SGD7.90 from all Muji stores.
14. Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
Most of us have seen different variations of aloe vera soothing gel spawning from different brands, but nothing beats the OG from Nature Republic, which has sold over 1.5 million units!
Made from 92% Aloe Vera gel, Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is enriched with vitamins and can be used for just about anything, from soothing sunburns to hydrating the skin and hair in the form of a mask, to an everyday moisturizer for supple skin. The aloe vera used to make this product comes from certified organic farmers in California and works well even on sensitive skin.
15. Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water (125 ml)
Garnier’s micellar cleansing water is a fuss-free makeup remover that sits on the vanity table of most women, and for good reason.
It effectively removes makeup, cleanses and refreshes skin. Like a magnet, the micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing. Your skin is left perfectly clean, hydrated, and refreshed – as though you just woke up after using a luxurious sleeping mask!
16. MISSHA Cotton Blush
Fans love MISSHA’s Cotton Blush for the soft, pillowy glow that makes your skin look so radiant and dewy. These matte blushes are formulated to blends easily, giving cheeks a nice, natural flush. They also contain a “silky elastic powder” so that you can keep applying layers to increase colour intensity without getting a cakey look.
This blush from MISSHA costs about the same price as a large cup of bubble tea – perfect motivation for you to cut down on the sugar for a week!
17. E.L.F. Cosmetics Poreless Face Primer (14ml)
You can’t apply foundation without first applying primer, so it’s little wonder that your expensive primer keeps running out so fast. For a cheaper alternative that works just as well, check out E.L.F. Cosmetics’ Poreless Face Primer.
This multipurpose skin primer reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines, and shine for a beautiful, airbrushed look. Plus, it is infused with Tea Tree and Vitamins A & E, so that your skin gradually looks younger with every application!