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Finding something you want at Sephora is never the problem. Finding exactly what you need, on the other hand, can be challenging. When confronted with aisles (and aisles) of shiny new products and a limited budget, how does one even begin to shop? Here, 16 of the best things to buy at Sephora under $30 (top-rated and vetted of course.) Happy shopping, y’all.

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1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Every woman needs a good dry shampoo in her arsenal, and it does not get any better than this. Beyond reviving greasy roots (which it does exceedingly well), it actually neutralizes any unwanted smells in your hair and replaces them with a fresh, just-washed scent. Tip: Use it to add texture to limp strands before braiding or styling for extra hold.

Buy It ($22)


2. IGK Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil

Color-treated or curly-haired ladies can use this in place of their regular shampoo and conditioner, while fine-haired ladies can rotate it in every other wash. Either way, the cocktail of coconut and sweet almond oils will cleanse away any impurities and add tons of shine.

Buy It ($29)


3. Sephora Collection PRO Foundation Brush #47

If you have only one brush, let it be this one. It has super-soft, densely packed bristles to buff and blend any type of cream or liquid makeup. Streaks be gone.

Buy It ($28)


4. The Original Beautyblender

But if you prefer a sponge, this egg-shaped one is your best bet. Easily one of the most celebrated beauty tools out there, it has a unique shape that makes it possible to quickly cover large surface areas (using the rounded bottom) and reach those tiny nooks and crannies around your eyes and nose (with the pointed tip).

Buy It ($20)


5. Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

It’s no secret that we love a good multitasking product, and this overachiever delivers on all fronts: It moisturizes skin so it doesn’t feel tight or look flaky, it evens out ruddy or sallow complexions and it protects with a hefty SPF of 30. Plus, it’s the rare product that feels as good as it looks on your skin.

Buy It ($30)


6. Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

But if you need a little more coverage, look here. Foundation doesn’t get much easier (or more fun) than this chubby crayon. Just draw a few even strokes onto your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and then blend with that aforementioned brush or sponge. It’s handy for midday touchups, too.

Buy It ($24)


7. Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek

This creamy stick gives even the sallowest skin the most flattering flush of color. Dab it onto your lips and the apples of your cheeks for an instant lift. Mango butter and avocado oil in the formula make it easy to layer on without risking any telltale streaks or patches.

Buy It ($24)

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8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

There’s a reason it has nearly nine thousand reviews (and a 4.5 rating at that). Nothing quite compares to this super-slim retractable pencil and brush. Fake believably full brows by using hairlike strokes and watch your whole face change.

Buy It ($21)


9. NARS Velvet Lip Glide

Leave it to Nars to create something that defies everything you’ve ever known about lipstick. This chameleon lip color goes on like a gloss but has the pigment of a lipstick, the durability of a stain and the comfort of a balm. That chic minimalist packaging doesn’t hurt, either.

Buy It ($26)


10. Chloé Eau de Parfum Rollerball

A handy rollerball of your favorite scent is a godsend come 5 p.m., when, say, you’re running from the office to dinner. (It’s the secret of women who always smell good.) We’re partial to this musky floral from Chloé because it makes us feel sophisticated and polished, even when we’re bordering on exhaustion.

Buy It ($28)


11. Son & Park Beauty Water

Beauty Water is an accurate name for this magical blend of lavender and rosewater that cleanses, tones and preps skin for makeup in a few swipes. Use it in the morning in place of your face wash and at night before any serums or creams.

Buy It ($30)


12. Drunk Elephant Night Bright Duo

Decided you want to commit to a skin-care regimen beyond just washing your face? This two-step kit is a great place to start. Use the pink-capped glycolic serum right after cleansing to slough off dead skin cells and brighten up dark spots. Follow with the yellow-capped facial oil to add back moisture.

Buy It ($28)


13. Formula X City Chic Clix!

Each nail polish is smaller than a ChapStick but has a full-size brush for a smooth application. Besides the obvious space-saving benefits, the miniature bottles snap in and out of the lid so you can easily switch out shades as you please (though we’d say they did a pretty good job of curating these six best-selling colors that work for pretty much every occasion). 

Buy It ($25)


14. Urban Decay Naked Basics

Aka every shade you need to go from day to night in one iPhone-size palette.

Buy It ($29)


15. Touch in Sol Stretchex Mascara

It curls, lifts and lasts all day without flaking or smudging. Grab the travel-size tube for better reach of those tiny lashes in the inner corners of your eyes—and to guarantee that the formula never passes its prime.

Buy It ($11)


16. Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner

You no longer need to choose between liquid and pencil. This genius stick has one on each end and both are waterproof. Booyah.

Buy It ($24)

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