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8 top-rated Sephora buys that cure skin-care FOMO for less than $15

Zoe Weiner

Zoe WeinerMay 20, 2020

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Traditionally, the drugstore has been the go-to destination for affordable and effective skin-care products. While that still rings true (ILYSM, Neutrogena Hydroboost and L’Oréal Paris 10% Glycolic Serum), these days, Sephora is giving drugstore a run for their money.

Thanks to brands like The Ordinary, The Inkey List, and InnisFree, luxury-level products that won’t break the bank are piled high on Sephora’s shelves. The beauty retailer just released its list of top-rated skin-care products under $15, and it is stacked.  There’s a user-beloved pick for every skin type and concern (cleansers! serums! moisturizers!), and not a single one will cost you more than a designer salad.

We rounded up some of our selects from our rankings, all of which have been tried and tested to confirm they really are as good as thousands of Sephora users say they are. One thing to keep in mind, though? Thanks to COVID-19, there may be some delays in shipping, but the good news is you’ll want these products around for the long haul, anyway.

Innisfree Green Tea Hydrating Cleansing Foam, $10

A J-beauty favorite, this cleanser is made with a Jeju green tea extract that packs a one-two punch of being hydrating and filled with antioxidants. It transitions from a cream to a rich foam, and removes makeup and impurities in a single cleanse.

Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer, $15

Everyone loves a two-in-one formula (because, fewer steps!), and this product serves double duty as a toner and moisturizer. Thanks to amino acid-rich white tea leaf water, it balances and brightens skin, the way a toner does, while also hydrating and strengthening the skin barrier like a cream would.

Clinique Mini Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $15

This moisturizer has more than 1,000 five-star reviews, with many users sharing that they’ve relied on it as a beauty cabinet staple for as long as they can remember. Meant for dry skin, extracts from cucumber fruit, sunflower seed, and barley support barrier function while retaining and maximizing moisture.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, $7

Photo: The Ordinary

Consider this serum the closest thing you’ll get to an in-office peel for under $10. It uses a combination of lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid, to chemically exfoliate, sloughing off dead skin cells and leaving behind  brighter, more even texture.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream, $10

Like eight hours in a single tube, this eye cream makes you look more awake. The stimulating ingredient helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness and fine lines, and is paired with peptides to pep things up even further.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $12

I’ve been spritzing my own skin with this facial spray for the past three years, and am so in love with the stuff I keep a bottle at home, in my purse, and on my desk at work. It provides an instant boost of dewiness (thanks to rose, gardenia, and thyme extracts), and is great for using before makeup in the morning or to re-hydrate skin throughout the day.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $14

Dry skin is no match for this cure-all moisturizer, which is made with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and allantoin—aka a triple-threat of soothing and skin-barrier enhancing ingredients. It’s thick, but thirsty skin will drink it right up for immediate absorption.

Sephora Collection Coconut Water Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes, $8

Photo: Sephora

Unlike many harsher makeup removers on the market, these wipes use soothing coconut water to ensure that skin isn’t left stripped after you use them. One side is textured and exfoliating while the other is smooth, which means you can get two uses out of a single wipe.

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