The $6 Lip Stain That Replaced My Spendy Lipgloss
There are many reasons to love it -- there's the aforementioned pigmentation, subtle glossiness and wear time. Then, there's the fact that it's quite comfortable and adds some shine without the heavy stickiness often associated with glosses. It has a unique, watery gel texture that's quite breathable, and once the gloss fades, it settles into a beautiful, even stain.
Right now, it only comes in four colors, but that's more than enough. My personal favorite is Let's Mauve to the Beach, and the other three options are vibrantly flattering as well. --Rosie Narasaki
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The Best Brow Gel on the Market Is Only $2.99
Make Me Brow is a phenomenal dupe for Glossier's best-selling Boy Brow and about 80 percent cheaper, too. Applying it takes a fraction of the time I used to spend on filling and setting my brows with pencil and gel. What I love most about Essence's product is the rock-star pigmentation; you need just the tiniest bit for each brow. And the blond shade (Blondy Brow 01) is a neutral, natural-looking hue -- with none of the brassy or green-ish tones that are common in drugstore brow products. --Katie McCarthy
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The $8 Eyeliner That Changed My Eye Makeup Game
That's why I've come to appreciate the oh-so affordable NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner, $8. Though this eyeliner pencil performs as well as prestige products, at less than $10, it's something I can justify purchasing, even if I'm rarely using it. It glides on smoothly (even given my history of eyeliner struggles) and holds up throughout the day.
Not to mention, I totally dig "faux blacks" concept. Black eyeliner can sometimes overwhelm my face, but NYX's eyeliner, which comes in a range of dark colors that aren't black (think: navy, dark purple, burgundy and deep teal), defines my eyes without swallowing them up. Plus, the colors are incredibly flattering (I love the way the dark purple makes my blue-green irises pop).
While my eyeliner skills remain mediocre at best, having a tool that looks great and is easy to use has made me a little more willing to take the extra time to apply eyeliner. Who knows, maybe a cat-eye will be in my future someday. --Mary Squillace
See all of Mary's favorites on Instagram @msquillace
The Lip & Cheek Stain Every Girl Needs in Her Handbag
Despite its balmy appearance, the slim stick packs a wallop of pigment that brightens up lips while keeping them hydrated. The stain, which you can also use on your cheeks, sticks around for hours for an easy, no-fuss, weekend look.
Nourishing botanical ingredients like avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil and olive fruit oil keep lips feeling lush, making it the perfect chapped-lip-season accompaniment. --Jill Provost
Ever had a beauty product you love so much that you shook, hacked, scraped or squeezed its container until you were absolutely positive you had expended all of its precious contents? Rare indeed is the product that elicits that deliciously desperate feeling, especially in beauty editors. So when our team of beauty mavens encounters a rave-worthy product, you know it's the real deal. Herewith, our editors rattle off their "beauty empties," aka the best beauty products that they can't help but use until the last drop. Read on for their best nail polishes, hair products, skin care products and makeup now.