7 stellar bargain-status serums under $50

Phenomenal skin and change to spare

Digital Beauty Editor / September 07 2020

Looking your best sure isn’t cheap; in fact, keeping your skin glowing, your hair glossy and your makeup stash going strong can certainly cost a (fittingly) pretty penny.

And though you are, of course, worth every cent, there’s nothing wrong with cutting down costs where you can.

Because while discovering a phenomenal skin care formula that legitimately works wonders is a win at any price, there’s not much better than stumbling upon one that delivers all the benefits for a fraction of the cost.

So, in the name of keeping both your face and your savings in prime condition, here are seven budget-friendly serums you can fall in love with sans any guilt, because restocking won’t be a blow to your bank account.

Nip + Fab Vitamin C Serum, $39.99


The price may be low, but this spritely serum is a very high achiever, considering its impressive all-rounder status. Vitamin C gets top billing (and you’ll soon see why; it’s not playing in the brightening arena) but the anti-inflammatory presence of acai berry also ensures your complexion stays smooth, soothed and moisturised.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum, $34.95

After a silky serum that sends dehydration on its tight, flaky way? Featuring a wildly nourishing quartet of rose flower extract, jojoba oil, aloe vera and glycerin, this superstar serum leaves skin feeling (and looking) calm, plump and hydrated as hell. Bonus points for the milky texture, too – it feels way more expensive than it is.

Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum, $42

If glow is your goal, this lightweight luminosity-booster is your face’s perfect fit. Not only does it keep oil in check (allowing you to swap the bad kind of shine for the good), but it’s also formulated with diamond mineral powder (pretty bougie considering the price) in order to impart shimmer-spiked reflective radiance.

Salt By Hendrix Botanical Facial Serum, $39.95

This bargain-level botanic serum will work wonders for both your skin’s radiance and the vibe of your vanity; the glass bottle screams luxury. Don’t let its water-light texture fool you, though; it’s a heavy hitter in the texture-smoothing and tone-refining departments thanks to its high concentration of vit-C-rich Kakadu plum.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $44.99

Craving a glass skin situation? This guy features two types of hyaluronic acid to help you hit your plumpness, smoothness and hydration targets with one formula. To get science-y for a sec, it’s loaded with 0.5 per cent Macro HA to moisturise and smooth the skin’s overall surface, plus one per cent Micro HA to plump out any fine lines. Genius.

Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum, $48.99

If ‘oil-free’ and ‘certified organic’ are factors you’re looking to tick off, this plumping delight definitely delivers. Loaded with a hefty dose of sauvignon blanc grapes, it works to hydrate, brighten and protect the complexion, while also easing stress levels in your skin the same way any good glass of white would after a long day.

Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalising Serum, $48

This complexion-revitalising cocktail covers multiple bases – niacinamide helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier, and squalane quenches your face’s thirst and keeps moisture levels in tact, all while the formula’s namesake jeju pomegranate juice takes care of your luminosity levels, thanks to its super antioxidant-rich nature.

Main image credit: @saltbyhendrix

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