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Allure's 6 best beauty products under $30

Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM ET

Video: Kristin Perrotta, executive editor at Allure magazine, shares six effective drugstore beauty products priced under $30.

Eleven thousand products come out each year, so how can you tell which ones are worth your money? Never fear, Allure magazine has tested out thousand of products and have their favorites from their "Best of Beauty Awards."

The Best of Beauty Awards identifies the most effective and innovative products in the marketplace through rigorous testing of thousands of products by Allure editors and consultation with experts, such as dermatologists, makeup artists, hairstylists, and cosmetic chemists. Allure editors put up with rashes and bad hair so that their readers don't have to.

Allure magazine executive editor Kristen Perrotta shares the six best beauty products from the drugstore to the department store — from their "Best of Beauty Awards."

Drugstore finds

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer ($7.99)
 

The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is one of our breakthrough winners. We all know that we should be using body lotion every morning but putting it on and waiting it for it dry can take forever-and it often becomes the first thing to get cut when you're in a rush. Vaseline developed this aerosol body lotion that can mist your entire body in ten seconds available in three formulas: Total Moisture, Aloe Fresh, and Cocoa Radiant. The continuous spray allows you to apply the lotion quickly, get to hard-to-reach spots easily, and absorbs in seconds.

Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment ($24.99)

This product won Best Anti Ager for Wrinkles. The best way to soften wrinkles is to use a retinoid. It sweeps away the dead cells that cause dullness, boosts collagen, and pumps up circulation by increasing blood vessel formation, so skin looks healthy. The retinol in this cream is retinyl palmitate, which is the gentlest form of vitamin A derivative. It means even sensitive skin can use it without irritation.

Revlon File 'N Peel 6-in-1 File-Nails ($4.49)

This Breakthrough Award-winning nail file from Revlon lasts three times longer than a regular because of a very simple and ingenious innovation: when the embery paper gets dull, you just peel off the top layer to reveal a brand-new one underneath. It's double-sided, with three layers for shaping and three for smoothing.

Products worth the extra trip

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl- Lips ($28)

These Marc Jacobs lip glosses are part of his new color cosmetics line that offers women the ability to buy into the designer at a more accessible price point. The opaque and sheer lip glosses look shiny without feeling goopy, give lips a little tingle, and smell like mint candy. It's got drop-dead gorgeous nudes, awesome reds, and a few surprises like neon violet; and comes in crazy-chic packaging that we love.

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner ($20)

The Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner is another breakthrough winner. Sharpening an eye pencil is a drag. Smashbox's new Always Sharp Kohl Liner has a clever cap that sharpens itself every time you twist it. This creamy liner glides on perfectly, it's waterproof, and is available in 8 shades.

L'Oreal Professionnel Volumetry Line ($19-25.50)

This best of beauty breakthrough award-winning hair-care line from L'Oreal Professionnel builds exceptionally long-lasting volume by plumping up each and every strand from the inside out. The hair-care line consists of shampoo, conditioner, root lifter, and dry shampoo.

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