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Best Drugstore Beauty Products That People Actually Swear By

Say goodbye to Sephora prices, and hello to the holy grails that Target, Walmart, CVS, and Ulta hold. The best drugstore beauty products are waiting to join your makeup collection.

By Kelsey LangePublished 7 years ago 7 min read

Drugstore makeup is becoming more and more high quality in recent years. Brands can recognize the popularity of the makeup and beauty world, and have matched their customer's needs. There are a plethora of amazing products that won't require you spending an ungodly amount at Sephora or Nordstrom.

Sure, it's nice to splurge on certain items like eyeshadow palettes or a nice liquid lip, but the basic beauty essentials don't have to break the bank. Plus, drugstores are much more accessible to get to, compared to high-end brands. These are the best drugstore beauty products that you need to grab on your next trip to Walmart. You won't regret it!

To start the list of the best drugstore beauty products, we figured we would start with the base for your makeup. This primer by NYX is one of the best primers in the beauty community as a whole, not just within the drugstore. Ever since it was raved about by popular beauty guru, Jaclyn Hill, the product has been flying off the shelves.

The texture of this product is not your typical, silicone-like feel. Instead, it's a thicker consistency that will erase pores in an instant, without even having foundation on. Start your makeup routine off by smoothing the canvas for the most flawless looking skin. NYX promises a satin finish that will allow your makeup to stay on for the entirety of the day.

Another option for a great primer is not actually a primer at all. The Nivea Post Shave Balm for sensitive shin works surprisingly great for keeping makeup on through any condition, and leaving you with a smooth, hydrated finish. Don't knock it until you try it!

To start off your look, this foundation from L'Oréal is a hit among customers. With both a lightweight feel and a full coverage finish, this product is great for those of you who have normal to oily skin.

If you have dry skin, don't fret. L'Oréal has created a version for you as well. The Infallible Pro-Glow has an equal amount of fans, and will give you that glowing-from-within finish. Choose from 12 different shades, and have flawless looking skin in minutes with either of these options.

The next step in your routine should be concealer. This Fit Me Concealer by Maybelline is one of the best drugstore beauty products on the market. Compared to Nars' Radiant Creamy Concealer, you can get the same quality for $23 less!

Offering full coverage with a natural-looking finish, the base color of the concealer is translucent, allowing your own skin tone to match the right pigment. Pus, there are no waxes, no oil, no fragrance, and is dermatologist tested.

You're going to need something to apply these face products with, right? This sponge by Real Techniques is comparable to the high-priced Beauty Blender. This sponge is just under $6 and works just as well. You can even buy a pack of 12 for $30! That's basically a years worth if you're an avid makeup user. Plus, it could be a great gift for your fellow beauty lovers.

The sponge features a rounded side for blending, a tapered tip for blemishes, and a flat edge for baking or carving out your contour. Plus, it's super squishy and doesn't soak up all your foundation or concealor like other sponges might.

Now that you've got your base on, you need to set it. This loose setting powder by Airspun is among the best drugstore beauty products for its cheap price and great quality. This is arguably the best loose powder, especially under the translucent category.

Many colorless powders will leave you with flashback, where your face appears much lighter than it actually is in photographs. This powder doesn't do that, and it locks your base makeup in place all night. It's even great for baking under the eyes or cheekbones. Plus, it comes with a ton of product for less than $10.

Now that your face is set for the night, it's time to bronze it up a bit with this Butter Bronzer by Physicians Formula. Personally, we would say that this is the best drugstore bronzer on the market right now. And it smells like a tropical vacation!

The bronzer has rich tones that effortlessly melt into your skin without looking patchy. It's infused with Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter, and Tucuma Butter, hence the name. Plus, fatty acids and pro-vitamins will help hydrate the skin after application. It comes in either the normal bronzer shade or a lighter version, for a variety of skin tones.

Next on our list of the best drugstore beauty products is this liquid liner. Though not everyone uses liquid liner, this product has been constantly raved about for its precise tip and extreme pigment.

The next step of your makeup routine would be eyes; and unfortunately, there aren't many drugstore eyeshadow palettes that have a spotless reputation. We believe that eyeshadow is one of those products that is worth splurging on a little, especially since they typically last the longest among beauty products.

However, you can still complete a look with some basic liner, either cat eye or a straight liner. And this is the best option to do so. NYX's liner allows for both bold and classic looks with it's brush-tip that dries to a matte finish. Don't worry about an unsteady hand; simply release the pressure as you draw your liner, and allow the product to do the hard part.

Now for one of the most staple drugstore beauty products. Mascaras are often difficult to find the best option for your lash type. Plus, there are so many on the market, especially within the drugstore. Don't feel the need to buy Better Than Sex by Too Faced or They're Real by Benefit Cosmetics. This is a cheap dupe for both of these, and works on any length lash.

This mascara will coat your lashes after the first swipe, with a completely black formula. The wand is thin and precise, pinpointing each individual lash. Plus, it's great for those of you with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. The Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara by L'Oréal will be a great addition to your morning routine.

If you're looking for more of a dramatic look, yet still remaining natural, these lashes are a great addition to your makeup collection. Amp up your makeup look with these comfortable set of lashes by Ardell. They can be used everyday or for a special night out, depending on your preference. Plus, there is no need to splurge on mink eyelashes that you will only get a few uses out of.

Eyelashes are disposable, and having access to cheap, beautiful dupes for high end products amps up your makeup game that much more. Feeling like your face isn't completed yet? Throw a pair of these Demi Wispies on, and you're good to go. I would recommend purchasing them with Duo Lash Glue, the most durable glue in the drugstore. Plus, it comes in either clear or black options.

The last, but not least, addition to your makeup routine will typically be a lip product. Unfortunately, like eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks are typically better among high-end brands, to avoid purchasing drying or transferable products.

Instead, we picked a lip balm that will work great for naked lips or a preparation method before lipsticks. Either way, maintain hydrated lips all day with this lip balm by EOS.

As one of the best drugstore beauty products, this product not only provides moisture, but UVA and UVB protection. It's even created with shea butter, jojoba oil, and Vitamin E. Say goodbye to chapped lips and hello to smooth, soft ones.

Not a makeup product, but equally as important to your beauty routine, these makeup removing towelettes are essential to add to your next CVS run. These makeup removers are gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin, but still thoroughly clean your skin of any makeup, even tough to remove waterproof mascara.

Don't worry about using a makeup removing wash and simply strip your skin bare by sitting at your vanity. Be sure to add this to your night time routine in order to reduce the risk of clogged pores, blemishes, and wrinkles.

After you remove all that makeup off your face, unfortunately, there is still dirt and left-over residue on your skin. That's why you need to add this cleanser to your routine, which is one of the best drugstore beauty products for fresh feeling skin.

Though it might not look fancy, Cetaphil has released a knockout product for skin care, plus a great price point. Clean your face without feeling dry, irritated, or stripping the skin of natural oils. This face wash is great for unclogging pores with easy to use lathering. Leave your skin feeling refreshed with this cheap addition to your skin care.

What better way to finish off your night time routine than with one of the best drugstore beauty products among face masks? This charcoal clay mask by L'Oréal not only detoxifies your skin after a long day, but leaves it illuminated after a simple 10-minute treatment.

Tired of dull-looking skin? This skin will rejuvenate even the most tired-looking skin by removing dirt, dust, and pollution. Allow your skin to breathe better with this simple treatment to finish off your routine.

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