9 Surprisingly Affordable Products We Swear By

There was a time when many people thought the best way to set themselves apart was by buying designer clothes, luxury beauty products, or pricey tech gadgets. But now that every other person at the bar is snapping away on a smartphone they pull out of their designer bag, some of that rarity and cachet is lost — and in our minds, that’s a good thing. It means everyone is finally catching on to what real insiders have always known: There are killer buys to be had at every budget — not only on the just-hit-the-Powerball side of the price spectrum.
In fact, we’ll go so far as to say much of what we love comes in at $50 or less. Rad-looking, retro headphones that actually sound good? A beauty-editor-favorite serum that packs major glow? The under-$15 Smirnoff vodka that’s smooth enough to serve on the rocks? They all make the list ahead. And this, friends, is why we can have nice things.

More from Living

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.