The Best Budget Beauty

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The Best Budget Beauty

Consumer Reports weighs in

-Paige Herman Axel

Sure Consumer Reports is the go-to when making a big-ticket purchase (they helped me buy my last camera and flat-screen TV) but I’d never think to see what they have to say about makeup or hairstyling tools. So imagine my surprise when I was flipping through the latest issue (yes, my husband I subscribe) and stumbled upon these recommendations.

 

Max Factor Lash Perfection Volume Couture

 

Mascara: Anyone in the beauty-know is a fan of Lancôme mascaras, and their Définicils took home top honors for department store brands. But in the $7 to $9 category, the magazine recommends Max Factor Lash Perfection Volume Couture, Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume, Cover Girl VolumeExact and L’Oréal Telescopic Clean Definition & Lengthening.

 

Infiniti Nano Silver by Conair

 

Hair straighteners: Consumer Reports tested nine of these must-have hair appliances and rated them based on how many passes it took to get naturally curly hair straight. While these small wonders can often run into the hundreds of dollars for professional versions, the magazine rated the $100 Infiniti Nano Silver by Conair as the best performer, and the $30 Revlon Perfect Heat Ceramic RVST2001C as the best value.

 

Revlon Ionic Pro Stylist

 

Hair dryers: For some reason, I go through about one or two blow dryers a year, which is why as tempted as I am to plunk down a big chunk of change for a professional grade dryer, I usually wind up at the drugstore. Of the 10 hair dryers tested by the magazine, all had similar drying times, but the real difference was not only in price, but ease of use, noise and features. While $20 will get you the Revlon Ionic Pro Stylist (the pick for best value), $135 gets you the top rated CHI Pro Dryer CF 1505 and its low noise level, extra lint filter and 100+ inch cord.

How about you – which products and tools can’t you live without?

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0 thoughts on “The Best Budget Beauty

  1. SHARRON27 says:

    I ONLY BLOW DRY MY HAIR ONCE A WEEK SO THE REVLON PRO STYLIST HAS WORKED VERY WELL FOR ME. IT DOES EVERYTHING I WANT AND MORE. GREAT PRICE. A BIT MORE IN CANADA SHARRON27

  2. fdeutsc says:

    Definsils is worth the money! I promise. I swear by it and get compliments all the time.

  3. justwannacomment says:

    @sharron27

    It’s to the left of your ‘A’ button.
    Press it. Use it. Love it.

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