I'll admit it: I love a luxury beauty routine just as much as the next person. I love the potent formulas that are full of effective ingredients. I love the shiny bottles and gilded jars. I love the luxurious experience that comes with it. But I'm also a big believer in mixing high and low—pairing expensive products with budget-friendly options to achieve a similar result. I'm also a big believer that you can get a luxurious experience without spending a, ahem, luxurious amount of money. That's why you'll find me shopping between the drugstore and the department store for all of my favorite skincare, makeup, and haircare products.
Speaking of the department store, one of my favorite places to shop for beauty products is Nordstrom. Whether IRL or virtually, I'm constantly scouring its shelves and searching its vast selection. Along the way, I take note of the products that won't cost me an arm and a leg to purchase. And since I'm a beauty writer for the people, I thought I'd share this list of semi-affordable products with you. So without further ado, keep scrolling to see 30 of Nordstrom's best beauty products under $50.
This toner was formulated to give your skin a daily dose of brightening AHAs and citrus oils—mandarin, orange flower, grapefruit, and tangerine, to be specific. The best part is that it's gentle enough for daily use. You can use it day and night for a smoother, brighter complexion.
It's not overly dramatic to say that this product is a social media sensation. People rave about it thanks to a high concentration of salicylic acid, which exfoliates dead skin cells and clears clogged pores for a smoother complexion.
This product is chock full of skin-firming peptides. It also contains fermented honey and pink yeast filtrate, which act as prebiotics to balance the skin's microbiome. Finally, EGCG, an antioxidant found in green tea, fights off aging free radicals. Simply mist it over your skin after cleansing to reap all the skin-boosting benefits.
This no-rinse cleansing water is energized by Ayurvedic herbs like neem, holy basil, and turmeric to gently cleanse your skin. The formula is also infuse with aloe vera juice, salicylic acid, and grapefruit to combat pollutants and other environmental damage.
This luxurious cleansing balm melts into an oil to gently removing makeup and other impurities from the surface of your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. It's infused with a powerful antioxidant blend of kahai oil and vitamin C to support clearer, more radiant skin.
I think it's safe to say that there's at least one Le Labo product on the vanity of every editor and influencer in the fashion and beauty space. While the brand's other products get all the attention (ahem, Santal No.6), I'd like to make the case for this lip balm. It has an unscented, plant-based formula that includes shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba seed to moisturize, soothe, and soften the lips.
This body sunscreen from the 80s-inspired SPF brand, Vacation, is a must-have for summer (at least in my humble opinion). Not only is it effective, lightweight, and non-greasy, but it's also scented with a nostalgic summertime fragrance. Usually, I reach for unscented bodycare products, but this one smells so good that I can't help but use it.
There are only a small number of bodywashes I personally use and recommend, and this one is one of them. It's formulated with a blend of marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils, as well as vitamins A, B3, C, and E, and omegas 6 and 9. It's no wonder they call it a daily multivitamin cleanser.
The newest foundation from Nars combines moisturizing skincare ingredients with light-reflecting pigments to create a smooth and even base. With medium coverage, it blurs the look of blemishes, dark spots, and redness while giving the skin a lit-from-within look.
I'm convinced that this Chanel lipstick (in the shade Boy) is my perfect neutral color. It compliments every makeup look I wear and every situation I'm in. I wear it constantly—whether I'm just going to the office or I'm going out for dinner and drinks.
This has been my go-to liquid eyeliner forever. Really, though, I've been using it for years. True to its name, it stays put and never flakes or smudges. Plus, thanks to a super precise tip, it's easy to apply in tiny strokes and create intricate shapes.
This styling cream promises to hydrate, define, and "weatherproof" curls for long-lasting style without weight or crunch. It's formulated with mollis leaf and tomato fruit ferment to seal the hair cuticle and avocado oil to retain moisture.
I love Sachajuan products, and this shine serum is no exception. I first tried it years ago, and spoiler alert, I've used it faithfully ever since. I love the way it adds a glossy finish to my strands without weighing them down or making them look greasy. Even though it comes in a tiny bottle, it lasts forever.