The Everygirl’s 2017 Beauty Essentials

It’s overwhelming to walk into a CVS or Sephora nowadays — scanning the shelves of endless products and brands without a clue of where to begin. Do I need primer? Is moisturizer worth the splurge? And does anyone really know what micellar water is, honestly?

Lucky for you ladies, we happen to thoroughly enjoy researching and testing beauty must-haves, and we take the quality and content of products very seriously. Our list of beauty essentials below features both high-end and budget items, so no matter where your finances are hanging out right now you can make educated purchases and fill your bathroom counter and makeup bag with the best of the best.

High-End: Youth To The People Kale + Spinach + Green Tea Age Prevention Cleanser, $36
Budget: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm, $16

High-End: May Coop Raw Sauce, $43
Budget: SHEAMOISTURE African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner, $10

High-End: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80
Budget: Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, $22

High-End: Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum, $115
Budget: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, $36

High-End: REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream, $55
Budget: Botanics Hydration Burst Hydrating Day Cream, $16

High-End: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48
Budget: Tony Moly Water Bomb Sleeping Pack, $16.50

High-End: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream, $55
Budget: Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum, $20

High End: Cane+Austin Protect Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen SPF 50+, $40
Budget: Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock Lotion SPF 110 with Helioplex, $13

High-End: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $72
Budget: Organic Jojoba Oil, $17

High-End: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, $38
Budget: NYX Pore Filler, $14

High-End: Sephora + PANTONE UNIVERSE Correct + Conceal Palette, $49
Budget: e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder, $4

High-End: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, $39
Budget: Maybelline New York Matte + Poreless Fit Me Foundation, $6

High-End: NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, $30
Budget: NYX HD Photo Concealer Wand, $5

High-End: Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, $46
Budget: Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush & Contour Palette, $10

High-End: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38
Budget: NO7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, $13

High-End: Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30
Budget: Rimmel London Natrual Bronzer, $5

High-End: M.A.C Powder Blush in Pinch Me, $23
Budget: NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me, $10

High-End: Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder, $34
Budget: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, $6

High-End: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, $42
Budget: Maybelline The Nudes Wear Eyeshadow Palette, $10

High-End: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23
Budget: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black, $7

High-End: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $20
Budget: NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner, $6

High-End: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21
Budget: ULTA Brow Pomade, $10

High-End: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Candy K, $15
Budget: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Rosy Future, $8.50

High-End: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft, $21
Budget: NYX Matte Lipstick in Euro Trash, $6

High-End: M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+, $24
Budget: e.l.f. Makeup Mist + Set Spray, $3


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  • kadysoo

    The pricing on the highlighter looks off..

  • I’ve not tried any of these! So much intrigue

    – Natalie

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Oh my god so many products I don’t use. I still apply makeup like I did in high school, haha.

  • Nikki Laraja

    So many great recommendations to try, thank you!

  • Great post idea! Love the high end / low end options!

  • Great post idea! Love the high end / low end options!

  • Such a great post! Love all of these options, and hope to try some soon 🙂

    xx, Hannah

  • Hannah Young

    Yes! I have seriously needed this!

  • Freely Mi by Michelle Bazis

    Great choices!

  • Lily Calfee

    What do you gals think about environmentally-friendly/cruelty-free make up brands like 100% Pure or Beauty Counter?

  • Ramona Flowers

    Awesome guide! Sumer is fast approaching and I need my some good sun screen which I may note should not be oil based as it gets sticky and does not go well with my Solvaderm

  • I love how all high end products have cheaper dupes, although sometimes they’re worth the splurge. Drunk elephant looks great, but that’s a lot of money!!

  • Perfect beauty essentials list.