The Best $4 Mascara You'll Ever Buy and Other Cheap Thrills
Find out which products our editors drop major cash for, and where we skimp and save
"I was never a big fan of lipsticks, but now I realize it was only because I was using cheap ones. After trying Chanel's lip color, I don't think there's any way I can ever go back. Sometimes I think about all of the cappuccinos I could be buying instead of dropping 30-something dollars on one tube of lipstick, but the creamy consistency, rich color and the fact that's it's basically free compared to the Chanel bag I've always had my eye on let's me rationalize the price."
Cheap Thrill: ULTA Amped Lashes Mascara, $4
"Once upon a time, I spent hours in Sephora, going back and forth between billions of mascaras before inevitably choosing a prestige brand (one that usually rang up just under $30) -- until I found this wand. It gives the perfect mix of definition and buildable volume I'm always looking for, and at only $4, there's zero buyer's remorse."
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