These Are The Best Smoky-Eye Products Under $15

If there's one beauty signature that's withstood the test of time, it's the smoky eye. The sexy, sooty, layered look has been the go-to for a night out since Cleopatra reigned — and it's as popular as ever today. (Only now, we have the means to take it on with color.) Sure, the smoky eye is basic — but in the way that white tees and Levi's jeans are. Meaning, it's a classic.

There's an art to mastering the look. Half of that is technique; the other half is tools. And when it comes to the latter, you don't need to plunk down a ton of cash. Ahead, we've rounded up a few of our favorite blendable, creamy, pigmented smoky-eye superstars — all of which are under $15.
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This Sephora palette contains eight different shades of plum, graphite, nude and copper to mix and match for the perfect sultry eye — and it comes in an adorable clutch case.

Sephora Collection The Romantic Eyeshadow Palette, $12, available at Sephora.
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When it comes to smoky eyes, chunky crayons are a lazy girl's best friend. Not only do they glide on quickly, but they deliver major pigment in just one swipe. Just sweep across your lids, blend with your fingers, and you've got a smoky eye in five seconds flat.

NYC City Proof Eyeshadow, $2.82, available at Target.
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Trace this metallic, liquid shadow along your upper and lower lashlines, and blend it out with your fingers. You'll be left with a haze of gunmetal that won't budge for hours and looks especially stunning next to blue or green eyes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Gunmetal, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This rich navy shade is the perfect formula for the lazy set. The crayon draws on intense color and blends with just a finger — then sets and lasts all day.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Naught Navy, $4.49, available at Ulta Beauty.
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This nifty smudge-tipped liner delivers the same smoky effect you'd get if you blended powder shadows around your lids, but it nixes the need for brushes. In fact, you can even take skill out of the equation. If you can draw a circle around your eyes, you can work this like a pro.

L'Oréal Infallible Never Fail Smokissime Powder Eyeliner Pen in Black Smoke, $8.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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This icy-bronze pencil is our go-to for daytime. Plus, it's great for bringing out the golden dimensions in brown eyes.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel Flame, $5.35, available at Walmart.
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Instead of reaching for your typical black and gray shadows, try a rich, earthy plum. It's the easiest way to dip your toes into the world of colorful eye makeup. Pro tip: Dampen your brush with water or setting spray before dipping it into the powder for more intense pigment.

Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Scarlet, $14, available at Ulta Beauty.
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