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Award-Winning Beauty Products UNDER $10

Most major magazine beauty departments do their version of a Best of Beauty round-up each year, but none are as comprehensive and trusted as Allure magazine’s annual beauty awards. The top beauty experts extensively test makeup and hair products in all categories and price points to find the very best of the year.

And all of these “Best of Beauty” winners are under $10, proving you can find award-winning budget beauty products:

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  • NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer, $3.99 1 of 30
    NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer, $3.99
    Allure calls this "the Spank of primers:" firming and evening skin tone with a barely there lightweight formula.
    Read more from Allure
  • Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen, $8.99 2 of 30
    Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen, $8.99
    Beauty lovers are currently on the hunt for the perfect BB Cream — but you might want to step out of Sephora and head to your local drugstore. With five self-adjusting shades (FIVE!) and an SPF 30, this beauty-cream-to-end-all-beauty-creams will work for any skin tone.
    Read more from Allure
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder, $3.99 3 of 30
    Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder, $3.99
    A pretty rose-gold blush that instantly brightens any complexion.
    Read more from Allure
  • NYX Matte Bronzer, $9 4 of 30
    NYX Matte Bronzer, $9
    If you prefer a little bronze year-long, this matte bronzer comes in a range of five shades without the summery shimmer.
    Read more from Allure
  • Mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Berry, $8 5 of 30
    Mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Berry, $8
    A long-lasting cream blush stick that's more affordable than the rest.
    Read more from Allure
  • Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner, $2.99 6 of 30
    Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner, $2.99
    A laser-sharp point creates the trendiest geometric eyeliner looks that we're currently coveting.
    Read more from Allure
  • Rimmel London GlamEyes HD Quad Eye Shadow in Black Cab, $5.99 7 of 30
    Rimmel London GlamEyes HD Quad Eye Shadow in Black Cab, $5.99
    Get the smokey eye look of Fall with this affordable eye shadow palette.
    Read more from Allure
  • CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, $9.49 – $9.79 8 of 30
    CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, $9.49 - $9.79
    An antidote to the flaky, stiff mascara formulas on drugstore shelves.
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  • Vasseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter, $1.99 9 of 30
    Vasseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter, $1.99
    A must for moisture-zapping winter air.
    Read more from Allure
  • Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer, $3.99 10 of 30
    Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer, $3.99
    The perfect way to try out bold, trendy colors — like mint green and canary yellow — without too much of a financial commitment.
    Read more from Allure
  • Revlon Crazy Shine to Go Nail Buffer, $4.25 11 of 30
    Revlon Crazy Shine to Go Nail Buffer, $4.25
    Buff and shine bare nails in mere seconds.
    Read more from Allure
  • Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, $5.79 12 of 30
    Ponds Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, $5.79
    A three-in-one face cleanser that actually does what it claims (that is cleanses, exfoliates, and renews).
    Read more from Allure
  • Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $4.99 – $7.99 13 of 30
    Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $4.99 - $7.99
    A must for moms who can't seem to drag themselves to the bathroom sink before bed (hand raised!). Allure says they cost $1.99, but I've never seen them quite that cheap. Still, they're an under-$10 bargain.
    Read more from Allure
  • Ambi Skincare Fade Cream, $4.99 14 of 30
    Ambi Skincare Fade Cream, $4.99
    For under $5, this face cream fades dark spots and protects skin from future sun damage.
    Read more from Allure
  • Tresemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo + Conditioner, $4.49 each 15 of 30
    Tresemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo + Conditioner, $4.49 each
    A smoothing formula that lasts longer than most drugstore shampoo/conditioner bottles.
    Read more from Allure
  • Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Condition, $4.49 16 of 30
    Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Condition, $4.49
    A cure for over-processed hair — and for under $5.
    Read more from Allure
  • Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $3.25 17 of 30
    Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $3.25
    A non-stripping shampoo that's as good for your hair as it is for your wallet.
    Read more from Allure
  • Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care, $6.99 18 of 30
    Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care, $6.99
    The new beauty obsession: Argan oil. And this argan-oil-infused hair serum is at your local drugstore, not Sephora.
    Read more from Allure
  • Goody DoubleWear 2-in-1 Ponytailer Bracelet, $4.99 19 of 30
    Goody DoubleWear 2-in-1 Ponytailer Bracelet, $4.99
    A hair elastic that actually looks pretty around your wrist which, let's face it, is where it'll be more often than not.
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  • Jergens Crema Hydrating Coconut Milk, $6.25 20 of 30
    Jergens Crema Hydrating Coconut Milk, $6.25
    A lotion that smells "deliciously tropical."
    Read more from Allure
  • Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $7.25 21 of 30
    Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, $7.25
    An exfoliating body wash that lathers with a mere dime-size dollop.
    Read more from Allure
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Hydrosport Sunblock Spray SPF 30, $9.25 22 of 30
    Aveeno Active Naturals Hydrosport Sunblock Spray SPF 30, $9.25
    Allure calls this under-$10 broad-spectrum sunblock a "beach-bag essential" that "swims laps aroung similarly priced sunblocks."
    Read more from Allure
  • St. Ives Naturally Smooth Hand Cream, $2.99 23 of 30
    St. Ives Naturally Smooth Hand Cream, $2.99
    A non-greasy lotion that absorbs in mere seconds, and has a faint fresh fragrance.
    Read more from Allure
  • Finesse Color Lock Mousse, $6 24 of 30
    Finesse Color Lock Mousse, $6
    Finesse's new mousse and hairspray formula has innovative color-protecting polymers that act as a protective seal in the shower — which impressed the Allure editors enough to name this a 2012 Beauty Breakthrough.
    Read more from Allure
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara 25 of 30
    CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara
    Another 2012 Beauty Breakthrough for its close-set mascara bristles that eliminate the possibility of visible clumps. Although this isn't on the market yet, similar CoverGirl mascaras are under $10.
    Read more from Allure
  • Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness, $8 26 of 30
    Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness, $8
    Named one of Allure's Best in Nails for 2012, this trendy mint color is richly pigmented and full of pep.
    Read more from Allure
  • LOréal Paris Nail Color in Violet Vixen, $3.50 27 of 30
    LOréal Paris Nail Color in Violet Vixen, $3.50
    According to Allure, this is "the rare fuschia that even our mother would call timeless — not tacky."
    Read more from Allure
  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm, $6.50 28 of 30
    Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm, $6.50
    Allure's top pick for chapped cuticles.
    Read more from Allure
  • Essie Mademoiselle, $8 29 of 30
    Essie Mademoiselle, $8
    A classic nude pink that's on everyone's must-have list — including the Allure editors, apparently.
    Read more from Allure
  • OPI Big Apple Red, $8.50 30 of 30
    OPI Big Apple Red, $8.50
    This true red polish — not too orange, not too blue — is a Best of Beauty winner.
    Read more from Allure

Read all of Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty Award winners for 2012.

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