12 Beauty Products Under $5–And Why You Need Them All!

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.
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We love a good organic product, especially one so useful in the winter and with a subtle tint.

Yes to Carrots C Me Shine All Natural Lip Tint, $4.79, available at Soap.com.
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This is one of those if-it-ain't-broke products. Why spend more cash on hair spray when there is literally no reason to?

Tresemmé Aero Hair Spray, $3.49, available at Target.
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Nail-art aficionados will agree when we say we never get tired of collecting these quick-dry colors.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color, $4.99, available at Walgreens.
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The charming sting of winter wind can make your eyes water. This completely affordable mascara can be applied before your morning commute, with no worries about what you'll look like when you walk in the office.

Cover Girl Smudgeproof Waterproof Mascara, $4.99, available at Ulta.
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Anyone who styles their hair with heat should be protecting it, too. This serum will safeguard your tresses.

Dove Nourishing Dry Ends Serum, $4.49, available at Target.
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Just washing your face isn't enough to remove all the eye makeup you don't want to sleep in.

Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $2.29 (15 ct), available at Soap.com.
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It's the perfect time of year to road test a new, light bronzer. We suggest using a larger brush at home, but this one is fine for on-the-go touch ups.

Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer, $4.99, available at Ulta.
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Crackle polish, a.k.a nail art for the uncoordinated, shouldn't cost more than $5, anyway.

China Glaze Metallic Crackle Glaze Nail Laquer, $3.99, available at Ulta.
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Don't get caught in a Chicago winter without something soothing for your lips. We'd stash one of these in every tote, handbag, and clutch if we were you.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, $3.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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Skipping this step is a non-option, but don't worry, this light conditioner won't weigh your hair down. It will give it just what it needs in dry winter weather.

Garnier Fructis Conditioner, $2.99, available at Target.
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One Coat Glitter isn't a lie, girls. You cannot beat this price for glitter polish, and you'll be amazed at how it rivals some of your spendy-er favorites.

Milani One Coat Glitter Nail Lacquer, $4.49, available at Drugstore.com.
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You'll be tempted to stop using this once winter dryness finally leaves us, but keep it up all year for constantly healthy hair.

Organix Travel Size Extra Strength Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil, $3.99, available at Ulta.