10 Clean Beauty Products for Every Budget (Starting at $6)

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Looking for clean beauty products? We have the best recommendations!

woman applying mascara

In the market for some new beauty products?

We love a good beauty recommendation, but you know what’s even better? Clean beauty recommendations! While we love our favorites, some of the best products have the bonus of also being part of the clean beauty community.

It’s now easier than ever to shop clean! Sites like Target and Sephora already categorize their products, so that’s one less step to worry about. A big misconception about clean beauty is that it’s expensive; in today’s day and age, clean brands are committed to delivering the best products at the lowest cost possible!

ilia products spread out on the counter

So, what is clean beauty?

Widely put, clean beauty is a term used for products that are vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally conscious. Some brands are stricter than others when it comes to categorizing themselves as clean.

When it comes to specifics, typical “clean” products are free of hazardous ingredients or chemicals that can be deemed harmful to your body. For example, if a product contains parabens, sulfates, alcohol, or synthetic coloring, it is not considered clean.

Check out our team’s recommendations for the best clean beauty brands:

1. Every e.l.f product meets European Union Cosmetics Regulation (EUCR) and FDA requirements.

elf transluscent powder

Our Pick:

e.l.f is an affordable, beauty-favorite brand that has been around for quite some time. In January 2022, the brand committed to becoming a 100% clean brand! Our favorite e.l.f. (aka eyes, lips, face) product is hands down the HD Loose Powder! It sets your face makeup perfectly and is easily comparable to Laura Mercier’s Setting Powder.

2. Origins has an incredible variety of clean facial masks.

origins clear improvement charcoal mask

Our Pick:

Almost every Origins product is marked as Sephora Clean. We love the masks specifically because they target the hard-to-reach dirt, oil, and uneven texture within your pores.

3. HAN Cosmetics are multi-purpose!

han multistick

Our Pick:

HAN Skincare Cosmetics is an online exclusive sold at Ulta; not only are their products clean, but they also use sustainable packaging! We love the Multistick since it can be used for the cheeks as blush, lips as a lipstick or stain, and eyes as an eyeshadow! Since we’re frugal at heart, it’s nice to invest in one product for a variety of uses.

4. cocokind is one of our favorite Target clean brands.

cocokind sunscreen

Our Pick:

cocokind Daily Sunscreen $24.99
Use the 15% off cocokind Skincare Target Circle offer (exp 3/31/23)
Final cost just $21.24!

Sunscreen is one of the most important parts of protecting your skin while also being a great base for makeup. For this reason, we recommend using the cocokind Daily Sunscreen!

Sunscreens can be tricky to be considered “clean” as many, specifically spray sunscreens, pose a threat to reefs. Luckily, this sunscreen is reef-safe while protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.

5. Farmacy is a Sephora clean beauty exclusive brand.

woman scooping Farmacy Mini Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Our Pick:

We love the cleansing balm by Farmacy because it’s a duo makeup remover and cleanser. It’s a cream base that features sunflower and ginger root oils, which helps with removing even the most difficult makeup.

6. Thrive Causmetics are completely free of toxins!

thrive liquid lash extensions mascara

Our Pick:

Thrive Mascara
Only $25!

*brown and mini black colors available on Amazon

A few of us on the Hip team have been fans of Thrive cosmetics for quite some time. On top of being vegan, cruelty-free, and free of toxins, they also donate to communities to help them, well, thrive!

In my opinion, the Thrive Mascara is unbeatable! It elongates the lashes and is super easy to remove.

7. Kosas has clean products for both face and eye makeup. 

kosas concealer

Our Pick:

Kosas face products offer medium buildable coverage that is clean and natural looking. Their concealer has a radiant finish that’s actually good for spot treatment regarding acne and blemishes!

8. ILIA is an overall Hip favorite.

ilia skin tint in bathroom

Our Pick:

A bunch of Hip teammates adore ILIA due to their minimalistic, natural formulas! Their Super Serum Foundation won the 2020 Allure Award for Best of Beauty. This is because it’s light and looks like you’re skin while also giving you that even texture appearance we all know and love!

9. If you’re looking for incredibly fresh, clean cleansers, try Youth to the People.

clean beauty youth to the people cleanser in the bathroom

Our Pick:

Youth to The People is a brand I’ve been using for almost a year, and I can’t get enough of it! The three main ingredients are kale, spinach, and green tea. Each acts as a different powerhouse, and I’ve found it to be extremely consistent and helpful.

10. 100% Pure is full of entirely organic and natural products.

clean beauty products from 100% pure better naked eyeshadow palettes

Our Pick:

100% Pure even offers subscription boxes starting at just $39 if you’d prefer to try out a variety of products. My Hip teammate Kara loves this brand and their reward system. We’re highlighting their eyeshadows because it’s filled with shimmery, natural, and matte hues that complement everyone!

Cheap versus Expensive products – which is better?!

About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 2

  1. Amy

    Thank you-I’m always looking for some clean products!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Amy! So happy this post was helpful for you! Hoping you find a new favorite! ๐Ÿ’•

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