Save vs. Splurge Quality Beauty Products at Every Price Point

Finding the perfect regimen of products is an ongoing challenge for women everywhere. The cosmetic industry is always introducing new products that come with new promises, hero ingredients, and sometimes shocking price points. If you struggle with finding a product that works for you (and your wallet), this list of beauty must-haves has something for every budget and might just point you in the right direction!

Facial Cleanser
You always want to consider your skin type when choosing a cleanser. These three are great for just about everyone, though.

-Cetaphil Daily Cleanser($6.99 at drugstores) is perfect for removing makeup and excess oil without stripping the skin’s moisture barrier.

-Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Daily Wash($38 at uses fruit enzymes to gently slough dead skin cells away while lactic and glycolic acids will clear pores leaving your skin smooth and clear.

-Chantecaille Rice & Geranium Foaming Cleanser($62 at is rich in antioxidants and geranium, which is a gentle anti-bacterial. It has no artificial fragrance and feels truly luxurious on the skin.

Be picky with your moisturizer! Consider what concerns you have for your skin and whether you want an SPF (which is strongly recommended).

-Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15(from $9.60 at drugstores) contains Vitamin B5 to help restore and soften skin. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and a steal with its low price point.

-Origins Dr. Weil Mega Bright SPF 30($51 at lists Rosa Roxburghii, an extract from chestnut rose rich in vitamin C, as a key ingredient. It’s perfect for evening skin tone and its use of essential oils creates a scent straight from nature (no added fragrance!).

-Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Light Cream($385 at addresses global signs of aging and strengthens skin, all while reducing redness. Its pearlescent formula lies beautifully underneath makeup.

HBS Tip: If you’re not ready to invest in the $385, visit a Giorgio Armani counter in your local department store and get a free sample!

Facial Mist
Facial mists are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. You can use them to set your makeup or stash them in the fridge to get a cooling boost of hydration throughout the day!

-Mario Badescu Facial Spray($7 at, made with aloe, herbs, and rosewater, is simply an amazing buy. Aloe is healing and rosewater smells incredible.

HBS Tip: Try spritzing this on your pillowcases before going to bed. You’ll wake up refreshed and smelling amazing!

-Caudalie Beauty Elixir($18 at is filled with essential oils that tone, boost radiance, and tighten pores. It has a minty cool feeling to the skin and can double as an aftershave for men! Celebrities and their makeup artists love this.

-Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System($35 at uses bamboo sap to deliver deep and lasting hydration to the skin.

HBS Tip: If you use a powder foundation, spritz this evenly across your face and watch the powder transform to a fresh and natural finish.

We all know that mascara gives an awakened appearance to the eyes in an instant. These mascaras have nailed both the brush and formula.

-L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara($7.99 at builds lashes up to 5 times their natural thickness without any clumps, flakes, or smudging. The brush is perfect for getting in the tight inner and outer corners of the eye.

-Clinique High Impact Mascara($16.50 at is hypoallergenic which makes it perfect for those with sensitive eyes. It adds volume and length and gives a rich color payoff.

-Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara($27.50 at is an award-winning mascara and once you try it you’ll know why. It noticeably lengthens, separates and defines each and every lash for a polished look.

Everyone loves when their skin looks amazing. Each of these foundations gives a youthful and healthy glow to the skin to keep you looking radiant at all times.

-L’Oréal True Match Lumi($16.99 at drugstores) contains antioxidants which fight free-radical damage and SPF 20 to protect your skin from UV rays. It even helps to improve tone over time with ingredients like Vitamins C and E. It’s available in 12 shades.

-Nars Sheer Glow($45 at, available in 20 shades, hydrates and brightens the skin while leaving a soft and smooth finish. Its sheer to medium coverage allows for an even tone without looking like you’re wearing a mask.

-Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation($62 at has been the number one luxury foundation on the market for the past 16 years. Its weightless texture leaves a naturally flawless glow to the skin. The foundation particles are flat so you can build on the coverage and still have a second-skin effect. This foundation is available in 24 shades.

Remember Estephan? He was interviewed for Just Dew It, one of the most popular articles on HBS. The makeup artist and Giorgio Beauty Armani Face Designer will be writing more articles with makeup tips and tricks for HBS readers to enjoy.

Estephan Armenta

Estephan Armenta is a makeup artist and Face Designer with Giorgio Armani Beauty. He's inspired by strong women and is passionate about helping them feel gorgeous from the inside out. Estephan has an eye for spotting makeup trends fresh off the runway and incorporates them into women's everyday routines. He's obsessed with skincare and wants to share his best tips and favorite products with Hair, Books, & Sugar.

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