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Chicago knows a good deal when it sees one, but when it comes to beauty products, we're never 100% positive what's hiding behind all the slick packaging and discount stickers. If an affordable product doesn't deliver on its promise, you've just wasted money that could have easily made its way into your wardrobe. Not cool. That's why we did the road-testing for you. We're revealing the 12 beauty bargains under $5 that are actually worth way more than their teeny-tiny price tags. Expect to find some new favorites and must-haves on this list of steals, and feel free to share your saving secrets in the comments (if you're feeling generous). We have all the beauty products in the world to choose from so you can make sure every pretty penny is well spent.