Is it just us, or does anyone else get ticked off by those articles that tell you what beauty products to splurge on and what to cheap out on? Maybe we're being overly sensitive, but we don't appreciate being made to feel guilty for our love of pricey cleansers. We'll spend our hard-earned cash on whatever we damn well please, thank you very much.
Just as beauty is not one size fits all, spending habits are unique to each girl. Maybe your skin does just fine with a drugstore moisturizer, but your lashes revolt if you give them anything but that expensive department-store mascara. There's no "right" category to splurge on because everyone values something different in the beauty realm. Nor is every girl working with the same bank balance—what seems exorbitant to one is a justifiable expense to another.
With that in mind, we've gathered up a whopping 90 of the best beauty products for literally every budget. Below, you'll find our picks for the best of the best in each product category, sorted into the low-, mid-, and luxury-price ranges. What you won't find is us shaming you into using a less-fancy shampoo because "you're just washing your cash down the drain." You worked hard for your money, so spend it on whatever makes you happiest.
Click through to see our picks, then tell us in the comments which products you skimp, split, and splurge on.
Skimp: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, available at Walgreens
This oil-free cleanser clears away dirt and oil without sucking all of the moisture from your skin in the process.
Split: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, available at Fresh
A favorite amongst aestheticians, this extra-gentle gel cleanser works wonders to remove even the most stubborn makeup but leaves your face feeling soft and supple.
Splurge: Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser, available at Tata Harper
All-natural and non-foaming, this luxe cleanser babies sensitive skin with a gentle botanical formula that removes makeup and cleanses without drying out your complexion.
Skimp: Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF available atTarget
This back-to-basics moisturizer gives you everything your skin needs—sunscreen, nourishing ingredients, and lightweight hydration—without the hefty price tag.
Split: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, available at Kiehl's
The proverbial work horse of the moisturizer world, this unisex hydrator is a perennial favorite for its skin-smoothing and hydrating benefits.
Splurge: Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream, available atBarneys New York
Featuring a gorgeous gel-cream texture and a host of skin-fortifying extracts, this light-as-air moisturizer gives skin a smooth, radiant, and yes, supple appearance while it invigorates and replenishes.
Skimp: Clean & Clear Persa-Gel. available at Drugstore.com
Featuring 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, this on-the-spot breakout banisher means serious business.
Split: Sonya Dakar Blemish Buster, available at Sonya Dakar
Apply this salicylic-and-probiotics fluid at bedtime, and watch it pull a disappearing act as it shrinks your worst blemishes and speeds up healing time.
Splurge: Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment, available at Nordstrom
While this retinol-based treatment is billed as an anti-ager, it works wonders on any breakouts, making pimples look a lot less angry after just one overnight use.
Skimp: Olay Regenerist Lifting Serum Eye Daily Treatment, available at Ulta
A little goes a long way with this serum, which gets our vote for its ability to make our droopy, tired gaze look refreshed and energized.
Split: Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado, available atNeiman Marcus
Another standout from our favorite East Village, New York-born brand, this creamy treatment moisturizes without feeling greasy.
Splurge: Darphin Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream. available at Darphin
Apply this super-luxe cream to your eye area at night, and wake up the next morning to a firmer, brighter, smoother, less sleep-deprived gaze.
Split: Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial, available at Macy's
Instant is the key word here—in just five minutes, this super-exfoliator dissolves dead skin cells and leaves your skin radiant and soft.
Splurge: May Lindstrom The Problem Solver Correcting Masque, $90, available at May Lindstrom
This mask literally does it all: detoxifies the skin, tightens pores, minimizes inflammation, heals blemishes, and promotes a gorgeous radiance by stimulating circulation. We'd be jealous of its overachieving if it didn't make our skin look so damn good.
Skimp: RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream, available at RMS Beauty
It's not just coconut oil—well, OK, technically it is—it's absolute magic for your skin. Use this organic "cream" as a nighttime moisturizer, and be ready to wake up to the most hydrated, glowing complexion you've ever seen in the mirror.
Split: Neal's Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate, available atNeal's Yard Remedies
We're always wary of clever marketing gimmicks, but this organic serum lives up to its hyped-up name—we swear we wake up looking five years younger whenever we use it.
Splurge: DDF Restoring Night Serum, available at LovelySkin
Strengthen your skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with the dermatologist-formulated anti-aging serum.
Skimp: Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water, available atDermStore
Spritz on some of this fancy French water for lightweight hydration, to soothe redness, and to strengthen your skin's moisture barrier.
Split: Caudalie Beauty Elixir,available at Sephora
Billed as "part toner and part serum-mist," (yeah, we don't know either), we're fans of this skin-smoothing, radiance-enhancing elixir.
Splurge: Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, available at Sephora
A blend of orange blossom, rose, sage water, and apple pectin gives this toner mist its skin-softening and refreshing powers.
Skimp: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, available at Target
We dig this wrinkle-correcting serum because it features anti-aging powerhouse retinol—but in a gentle formula that won't irritate or dry out sensitive skin.
Split: Renée Rouleau Skin Correcting Serum, available at Renée Rouleau
Never has a product name been more fitting—after one application of this does-it-all serum, our skin immediately felt softer, looked more even, and made our blemishes much less noticeable.
Splurge: Joanna Vargas Daily Serum
Like a "green juice for your face," this everyday serum from the famed celebrity aesthetician features all the essential nutrients your skin needs to look soft, smooth, and glowing.
Skimp: Smith's Rosebud Salve, available at Drugstore.com
We're hard-pressed to find a girl who doesn't swear by this cheapie hydrator. While it works well on everything from dehydrated cuticles to chapped skin, we like to slather this multitasker on dry lips to help un-parch our puckers in a flash.
Split: Bite Beauty Superfruit Butter, available at Sephora
Made with a nourishing blend of superfruits—açai, blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate—this heavy-duty butter is the one we turn to when our lips have passed the point of no return. Pile it on, rub it in, let it sit for a few minutes, and be amazed at how quickly your pout goes from cracked to crazy-soft.
Splurge: Eminence Organic Skin Care Citrus Lip Balm, available atEminence Organics
We never thought a lip balm could be life-changing, but that was until our pouts came in contact with this little wonder. Petroleum-free and made with organic shea butter and sunflower-seed oil, it soothes flaky, cracked lips on contact, adding a sexy sheen and subtle plumping effect in the process.
Skimp: Love + Toast Gin Blossom Handcreme, available at Love + Toast
Proof positive that pretty and cheap really can go hand-in-hand (har har), this beautifully packaged handhydrator is vegan and packed with natural moisturizers like shea butter and a blend of natural oils. The gin-blossom fragrance is intoxicating (but not overpowering), and the cream itself leaves hands soft, not greasy.
Split: Diptyque Velvet Hand Lotion, available at Diptyque
When a manicurist applied this gorgeous skin softener to our mitts, we almost hugged her—that's how amazing this hand lotion felt on our chapped, red, and dried-out paws. True to its name, it instantly soothed, hydrated, and left our hands feeling velvety.
Splurge: Rodin Crema, available at Beauty Habit
A ritzy hand cream may seem superfluous, but try as we might, we just can't quit this fabulous one from girl-crush/life-inspiration Linda Rodin. The combination of antioxidants, moisturizers, healing agents, and that intoxicating aroma makes it downright impossible to resist.