10 Affordable Beauty Products That Celebrities Are Crazy About
We often think that, with their wealth and luxurious lifestyle, celebs would never think of using drugstore makeup and skincare products. However, some affordable beauty brands work so well that even the rich and famous can’t resist buying and praising them, proving that high-quality ingredients and effective formulas don’t always have to come with a hefty price tag.
1. Helen Mirren
The legendary actress is known for her relaxed attitude towards aging and for embracing her natural look. That’s exactly one of the reasons why the famous beauty product brand L’Oréal chose Mirren as their ambassador.
Helen admits that she’s been wearing less and less makeup these days, and even if she does, she always removes it with skin cleanser and water. Another huge part of her beauty routine is keeping her skin well-moisturized. To achieve this, the 77-year-old actress uses a $15 L’Oréal Age Perfect rosy tone moisturizer cream.
Enriched with iris flower extract, this moisturizer rehydrates the skin and helps it restore its healthy, natural glow. It also contains natural pink pigments that instantly beautify the skin tone, making it look rejuvenated and beautiful. It also reduces wrinkles without making the skin feel tight.
But Mirren isn’t the only one who swears by the rejuvenating properties of this famous yet affordable brand. People from all around the world keep leaving dozens of positive reviews as well:
’’I got this product by accident, not realizing it was a 60+ product, but used it anyway, and I must say it gave my skin a very good glow and boost of nourishment. I’m 40 and don’t have the best combination skin, but this product moisturized the dry areas and didn’t grease up; it’s quite thick, but my skin absorbed it! Might be a good one also to use just before bedtime because it’s very soothing.
I felt my skin absorbing it all up and left silky smooth with a nice color to it!’’ nikki Koritsas / Amazon
2. Regina King
The secret to Regina King’s healthy and radiant skin is actually quite simple. She’s been using a widely available, budget-friendly moisturizer that contains pretty basic ingredients: ’’I’ve been using Vaseline all my life — a tip from my grandmother — because lotion sometimes can be watery, so I love the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion that I put on, especially for winter,’’ King reveals.
Experts recommend this formula because it contains glycerin, Vaseline jelly, and 100% pure cocoa seed butter that feeds the skin and deeply nourishes it without making it greasy. Vaseline Cocoa Radiant body lotion deeply restores dry and dull-looking skin and brings back its smoothness and natural glow.
Plus, a lot of satisfied users confirm its benefits:
’’Spreads across the skin really well, really great for dry, rough skin, my skin feels so soft after application, and I love the smell. When I purchase a product, I want a really nice intense fragrance, and that’s what I get with this product.’’ Emma Best / Amazon
Buy Vaseline Cocoa Radiant body lotion HERE
3. Jennifer Lawrence
The beautiful Oscar-winning actress keeps her skin looking fresh and red-carpet-ready by exfoliating. “I exfoliate regularly and have found it to be an integral part of my skincare routine,” Lawrence says. Her go-to product, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, is 100% based on natural ingredients, is super-efficient and costs next to nothing.
St. Ives apricot scrub is parabens and phthalates-free, non-irritating, oil-free, and contains all-natural exfoliants. For best results, use 3 to 4 times a week by simply applying it on wet skin, gently massaging it, and rinsing it with water.
Thousands of satisfied shoppers share Jennifer’s enthusiasm:
’’This is my favorite skincare product for the last... I don’t know how many... years. It’s my Holy Grail skincare item, and no other exfoliator can compare to this. I’ve tried several other brands and also a few other St. Ives’ exfoliating products, but I always come back to this one. The product is thick and creamy, and it feels like it’s working AS you’re using it. Plus, it smells great. It isn’t too harsh on the skin, and the granules aren’t sharp or rough. I wet my face and then apply firm pressure and scrub my face in little circles, focusing on my nose for those pesky blackheads. I use this product in either the bath or shower since the hot water opens my pores and also because I don’t trust myself not to get this in my fringe/hair. Once I start to rinse after scrubbing, I can already tell it’s done its magic because my skin feels all tingly and smooth.’’ Elizabeth / Amazon
Buy St. Ives apricot scrub HERE
4. Andie MacDowell
The legendary Hollywood actress is known for being proud of her age: “I don’t really like trying to think that I’m looking younger, so much as I’m looking healthier,” McDowell says. Her way of achieving this is by providing her skin with enough hydration: ’’I am huge into moisturizers because my skin is super dry, and I really do believe your skin is a by-product of what you put in your body and what you put on your body."
The actress admits that she is a fan of L’Oréal’s Age Perfect line. ’’I love having healthy skin. I don’t wear a lot of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so I’d rather my skin look good than have to hide it," she adds.
Enriched with soy peptides and melanin block, this L’Oréal cream is designed to target sagging skin and combat dark spots caused by aging. By using it every day, skin is intensely hydrated, more supple, and even. The brand promises visible results after one month of daily usage.
Tons of glowing reviews on Amazon seem to confirm this cream’s efficiency:
’’I was very dubious and don’t usually use creams or anything, but approaching my 60th birthday this week, I noticed a few bits (mainly eyes and throat) that I wasn’t happy with. I accept growing older, but just want to look ’naturally’ nice as well. I only bought the day cream and used it every night before bed and was very surprised at the difference in just a few days! Will be using this from now on, and for someone who used to hate using creams and such, that is a big thing. I also love the fact that you don’t do animal testing. Please don’t change the recipe on this — it’s soft and gentle and no harsh overpowering perfume. Highly recommended." Moon Maiden / Amazon
Buy L’Oréal Age Perfect cream HERE
5. Hilary Duff
How I Met Your Father star Hillary Duff admits that she’s a huge fan of a $10 Neutrogena sesame oil. In addition to how it feels on her skin, Hilary is in love with the smell of it, but since it’s very light and delicate, she uses it as a base for body cream.
The Neutrogena light sesame oil formula is a very lightweight moisturizer made with sesame oil. The skin quickly absorbs the product after application, sealing in moisture. If your skin is oily or naturally well-hydrated, this light body oil may be enough to give you a silky sheen and a soft feel. But those with very dry skin may need to layer it with another product.
Just like Hilary Duff, many other users can’t get enough of this precious sesame body oil:
’’Amazing light smell, little goes long away, nice skin feeling, recommended after hot shower before moisturizer, and you will sleep and feel like a baby.’’ Gabriel / Amazon
Buy Neutrogena body oil HERE
6. Drew Barrymore
At 47, the ever-youthful actress still looks gorgeous, and she certainly knows a thing or two about keeping her appearance fresh and healthy. Luckily, Barrymore is not secretive at all about her skincare routine and happily shares it online with her fans. The actress claims that her drugstore favorite is the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting moisturizer, as she’s been using it for more than 10 years. This well-known brand uses skin-plumping ingredients such as peptides, vitamin B3, and hyaluronic acid.
This daily face cream visibly renews your skin’s natural glow. Since it doesn’t contain artificial perfumes and dyes, it’s suitable for daily use. Its light, velvety texture makes it ideal for dry to combination skin. The cream is designed to deliver these powerful ingredients 10 layers deep into the skin’s surface.
And Drew is surely not the only one who is impressed by the results:
’’Just purchased my second pot of this, I love this moisturizer and wish I’d found it sooner; it’s much nicer than my usual brand. It’s not greasy as some moisturizers are, and it makes my skin feel really soft. Well worth the money as you only need a small amount, and it lasts for ages. It sits well under the foundation, too. Definitely recommended." Anniethegranny / Amazon
Buy Olay moisturizer HERE
7. Jane Fonda
At 75, the iconic actress is looking as stunning as ever. Famous for her fitness routine, Fonda is also dedicated to keeping her skin radiant and smooth.
She emphasizes the importance of good skincare at any age: ’’You can get rid of a lot of wrinkles and things with good lighting, but still, it’s really important for any woman, whether she’s a movie actor or not, to take care of her skin. To keep it clean and moist.’’ Among creams, moisturizers, and toners, one of Jane’s go-to skincare products is an affordable L’Oreal midnight serum.
L’Oreal Paris cell renewal serum is enriched with an antioxidant complex, making it suitable for women of 25 and up and all skin types, not just very mature skin. Just apply 3-4 drops to clean dry skin every morning and night on the face and neck before your usual skincare routine.
Other Amazon customers tend to agree with Fonda’s choice:
’’I had to check if this really was a L’Oréal product when I first saw it, as the bottle looks high-end and super expensive. Once I confirmed it was indeed the L’Oreal Paris midnight serum and got over my bottle obsession (I like nice packaging!), it was time to see what this product offered. The name suggests to me that it is a night serum, so I was surprised to see that it was meant for both day and night. The claims are that the serum supports your skin’s renewal to leave your skin firmer, more hydrated, smoother, and more radiant. During the day, it protects skin from free radicals, whilst at night it helps the skin to repair. The serum’s texture is ideal as it is quite rich but also light and easily absorbed. It has a delicate fragrance, which I like. It left my skin feeling soft, hydrated, and nourished.’’ DaisyEve / Amazon
Buy L’Oréal Midnight Serum HERE
8. Sharon Stone
Like many other stars, Sharon Stone doesn’t mind spending hundreds of dollars on beauty and skincare products. However, the gorgeous Hollywood actress also has a favorite drugstore cream that she can’t get enough of: $20 Weleda Skin Food.
A nourishing and hydrating cream for the whole body — especially hands, feet, and elbows — made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of chamomile, with wild pansy, calendula, and revitalizing rosemary extract. It re-energizes the skin, protecting it from external elements. Suitable for all skin types, especially for skin that is flaky, dry, and in need of extra care.
Sharon’s claim is backed up by thousands of happy buyers:
’’I wouldn’t say I’ve got very dry skin, in fact, it can be oily around my T-zone. But my friend recommended and swore by it, and we have similar skin textures. All I can say is WOWWWW! My skin has improved 100%, I had tendencies of getting small red spots around my cheeks, and now my skin is smooooooth. I must admit I was slightly scared when I first saw the product, it was thick and slightly sticky (similar to sun cream?), but it applies really lovely and smoothly. When I apply makeup, I can start looking a bit dry and like the foundation isn’t being absorbed by my pores, but since using this product and especially using it as a primer under my makeup, my makeup looks Instagram filter-like (if I do say so myself...). Anyway, give it a try and see how it goes; I guarantee you’ll approve." Ezz / Amazon
Buy Weleda skin food HERE
9. Olivia Wilde
Wilde relies on the well-known, affordable drugstore brand CeraVe for her moisturizer. Although it might not come in a luxurious package, it seems to work great for her and so many other happy users. The brand is famous for creating products that protect and restore the natural skin barrier and prevent irritation, dryness, and even breakouts.
The CeraVe moisturizing facial lotion features powerful ingredients such as niacinamide, three essential ceramides, and hyaluronic acid that protect and restore the skin’s barrier and increase hydration. This all makes it a deeply moisturizing day cream suitable for all skin types. Plus, it contains SPF 30 to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.
’’It doesn’t leave any irritation, leaves behind no residue, and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I get told all the time I can pass for being 18, and I’m 31. Coincidentally, I’ve been using this as well as the PM version daily since I was 18.’’ HappySphynxMama / Amazon
Buy CeraVe facial moisturizer HERE
10. Shailene Woodly
The beautiful actress admits that she is very much into organic products when it comes to cosmetics, and she also doesn’t shy away from using drugstore makeup brands to achieve radiant, natural-looking skin. She uses Physicians Formula organic wear CC cream, even for red carpet events such as The Fault in Our Stars premiere.
Lightweight, but with great coverage, this CC cream goes on smooth and lasts all day. It hides all kinds of imperfections, from redness to spots and scars, but still feels light and delicate. It’s very easy to blend, and it leaves no lines of demarcation. As a bonus, Physicians Formula is committed to making all of its skincare and makeup items cruelty-free.
You’ll find thousands of great reviews for this CC cream on Amazon:
“This product is really fantastic! My skin is very sensitive, but this is very light, I’m surprised my skin hasn’t had any kind of reaction to this. The color melts into my natural completion, which I was worried about because I thought it would make me look orange, but if used sparingly, and you blend well, it looks so natural it looks like I’m not wearing makeup! Will be buying this from now on 10/10.” Samantha k / Amazon
Buy the CC cream HERE
Have you tried any of the products on this list? What skincare essentials are a staple in your bathroom cabinet?
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