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9 Budget-Friendly Products You Need for a College-Ready Beauty Collection

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The start of college is the beginning of so many exciting things—a new school, new friends, and maybe even a new place to live. This is the perfect time to give yourself a fresh start and revamp your makeup bag for back-to-school.

The good news is that your new beauty regimen doesn’t have to break the bank! With Sephora Collection, you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your beauty products for affordable prices. Their products deliver high-quality results at a wallet-friendly price—and what college student doesn’t want that?

Whether you’re building your beauty collection for your first year on campus or refreshing your makeup products for senior year, here are 9 of our Sephora Collection must-haves that are perfect for college.

1. Best Skin Ever Concealer, $15

Sephora Collection’s newest product is the perfect addition to your makeup bag. This full-coverage, long-lasting, and multi-use liquid concealer is great for long days of class or an internship. Its blendable consistency makes it easy to instantly cover, correct, and contour all over the face for a seamless and natural finish. Plus, it’s available in 50 shades, so you can find your perfect match.

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2. Big by Definition Defining & Volumizing Mascara, $12

Fuller and healthier lashes? Yes, please! We love a multi-tasking makeup product, and Sephora Collection’s Big by Definition Defining & Volumizing Mascara fits the bill. It features a multidimensional brush to instantly define and separate your lashes and is formulated with plant-based proteins and vegetable-derived waxes to support your lash health.

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3. Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, $15

Lip stains are having a moment, and Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick gives you the long-lasting, transfer-proof color you’ve been looking for. Plus, it’s infused with avocado oil, so it’ll stay silky and smooth from your 8am lecture to your 7pm roomie dinner.

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4. Insta-Brow Waxy Brow Pencil, $12

If you want brows that wow, this 4-in-1 pencil from Sephora Collection is a must-have. The blade-shaped tip makes it super easy to fill, define, and shape your brows, while the spoolie on the other side helps you tame, blend, and keep them in place all day.

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5. Best Skin Ever Foundation, $20

Say goodbye to cakey foundation. Sephora Collection’s Best Skin Ever Foundation delivers medium coverage in a second-skin finish to achieve that perfect “no-makeup makeup” look. Even better? It’s made with hyaluronic acid and an anti-pollution formula for stress-free, all-day hydrated skin.

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6. Smooth & Blur Primer, $16

Primer is key for getting that perfect Instagram-filter-looking skin IRL. This silky formula blurs pores for a flawless finish. Plus, it’s infused with Ginkgo Extract and Stabilized Vitamin E to protect skin from environmental factors.

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7. Makeup Match Concealer Brush, $10

A great quality makeup brush can truly last you years—plus, these Sephora Collection brushes are perfect for a college budget. This concealer brush is made from short, cruelty-free, synthetic fibers that help precisely apply, buff, and blend products. Pair it with the Best Skin Ever Concealer to conceal the look of dark circles, redness, and other imperfections in hard-to-reach areas with ease.

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8. Matte Perfection Powder Foundation, $20

I don’t know about you, but my skin tends to get shiny after hours on campus—not my ideal look. This powder foundation is perfect for blotting away excess oil with a creamy medium coverage. Plus, its FlexMatte technology moves with your skin to avoid caking and clogged pores.

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9. Makeup Setting Spray, $13

A spritz of makeup setting spray is essential to make sure your makeup lasts all day. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter studying or heading to a party, this spray weightlessly and seamlessly holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours while remaining transfer- and sweat-proof.

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Ready to find your college beauty besties? Visit Sephora online or in-store to shop our Sephora Collection essentials and so much more.

Carli is a 2022 grad of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and served as the style section editor for Her Campus. After being a national style writer for Her Campus, she launched Her Campus FIT. A born and raised Jersey Girl, she is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. In her spare time she loves running, jamming to Taylor Swift, and tracking down the best burgers. Find her on Instagram @carliannescloset.