Get Stuff We Love

You have successfully subscribed to the TODAY newsletter.

Subscribe now and get trending stories, celebrity news and all the best of TODAY.

The best affordable beauty from Allure's new Readers' Choice Awards

The readers have spoken.
by Sarah Bracy Penn /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

Get Stuff We Love

Subscribe to our newsletter.

What is better than finding your new favorite lipstick costs just $5? Or a stellar mascara for only $7? Here at TODAY, we're always excited to read up on the highest-rated beauty buys. But it's even more exciting when they're drugstore finds.

Allure Magazine has just revealed its annual Readers' Choice Award winners, and we tapped the magazine's executive beauty director, Jenny Bailey, to dish on a few standouts in each of the competition categories: hair, skin, makeup, face and body, naturals and breakthrough products of the year.

Find Bailey's favorite award-winning beauty picks here, as well as a few TODAY editor favorites (many are available for $15 or less!) and a few new products we can't wait to try.

HAIR

CHI Ceramic 1" Hairstyling Iron, $80, Ulta

TODAY has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not by TODAY. All prices are subject to change and items could sell out based on the merchant’s inventory.

Also available at Amazon and Walmart.

This 1-inch wide flatiron straightens, smooths, curls and is a major favorite for Allure's readers!

SKIN

GlamGlow SuperMud Activated Charcoal Treatment, $60, Sephora

Also available at Dermstore and Nordstrom.

With activated charcoal and several exfoliating acids, this mask aims to shrink the size of pores and leave skin feeling polished and smooth. Slather on the dark gray mixture and feel the high-efficiency ingredients working almost instantly.

MAKEUP

L'Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $10, Ulta

Also available at Target and Walmart.

L'Oreal's Lash Paradise Mascara promises to add serious volume to lifeless lashes. But, I can personally attest that it does so much more. It's my new favorite mascara — it stays on all day, doesn't smudge and lengthens my lashes to new heights.

FACE AND BODY

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, $4, Amazon

Also available at Walmart and Target.

The St. Ives apricot scrub is another drugstore classic that is honored time and again. Created to deeply exfoliate and remove dirt and grime, it's won the Allure Reader's Choice Award 14 times!

BREAKTHROUGH

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $34, Sephora

Rihanna made major waves with the release of her new cosmetic line, Fenty Beauty, and this foundation is a notable part of the collection. The foundation comes in 40 shades and provides medium to full coverage.

NATURALS

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick, Juniper Water, $6, Amazon

Also available at Ulta.

An all-natural lip color in a gorgeous deep hue? Sign us up! Did we mention Allure readers say it stays on for hours?

TODAY editor favorites

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee, $5, Ulta

Also available at Amazon and Target.

This $4 lip gloss is a consistent favorite among the beauty obsessed, and for good reason. I also own and love this product, which goes on smooth, not sticky. It offers great shine without too much glitter in the formula, and it stays put for a long time!

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $14, Ulta

Also available at Walmart and Target.

Dermatologists often recommend drugstore face washes with gentle formulas to avoid irritation and drying. Cetaphil's gentle skin cleanser remains popular for that very reason ... plus, it removes all makeup every single time.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Face Gel Moisturizer, $15, Amazon

Also available at Target and Walmart.

Your skin craves moisture, especially after sun exposure (hello, summer). With hyaluronic acid, glycerin and olive extract, Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel moisturizer hydrates and treats dryness. It's really great for the colder months ... I cake this product on before bed to combat dry skin during brutal New York winters!

Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturizer for Body, $10, Ulta

Also available at Walmart and Target.

It's getting warmer day by day, and few things make you feel better in a sleeveless top or shorts than a glowing complexion. Jergens Natural Glow moisturizer is a tried and true way to get a bronzed glow without exposing your skin to harmful sun rays. The brand took home two Allure awards this year; Jergens Natural Glow wet skin moisturizer was also credited as one of the breakthrough products of 2018.

Essie Treat Love and Color Strengthener, $10, Ulta

Also available at Amazon, Walmart and Target.

Nail polish that is made to stay on longer and make nails stronger? Yes, please! Allure's readers also voted this new Essie formula one of the best breakthrough products of the year.

Get Stuff We Love

Subscribe to our newsletter.
MORE FROM today