Make Up & Hair

Top Ten Drugstore Faves That Won’t Break Your Bank

Looking for high quality products for low prices? You’ve come to the perfect place.

All of us beauty lovers have always had the struggle of lusting over those beautifully packaged makeup items sitting in Sephora waiting to be bought and loved. Along with the luxurious packaging, these products come with a hefty price tag that many can’t afford to splurge on. This very reason was what motivated me to write this in the first place.

The list of products I have compiled include dupes of high-end favorites, cult favorites as well as hidden gems I haven’t heard many people speak about.

1. Hard Candy Long Wear 12-Hr Primer ($8.00 – Walmart)

Alright, so this is one of those hidden gems I mentioned before. This primer surprised me the moment I put it on my face. At first, I couldn’t stand the smell but it goes away immediately after you apply it. It has a silicone-y feel and you may feel like your foundation is going to slip and slide but luckily, this primer does the exact opposite. It provides a tacky surface for your makeup to adhere to. I have personally worn it for over 12 hours and it, unlike other products I’ve tested, does not start to break up and look unflattering on my skin. This product is a 10/10 in my book.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation ($5.99 – Target)

It took me such a long time to hop onto the Maybelline Fit Me bandwagon and I’m honestly so ashamed of myself for it. I have dry-combination skin so I unknowingly assumed that this foundation would get super oily in my T-zone. I bought it on a whim one day because I had heard great things about the color selection and at the end of the day was so astonished at the results. My skin looked radiant after one coat and I was able to build it up to full coverage in the spots where I needed. It lasts all day once it is set with powder. For the price, it’s definitely a steal.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Neutralizer ($6.49 – Target)

This little baby has been in my life for over 3 years now. I absolutely adore it and have nothing but positive things to say. It’s lightweight but provides just enough coverage for an everyday look. However, it can also be built up to be full coverage for an intense beat. It lasts all day as long as it is set and looks flawless in pictures as well as in real life. If you could only buy one product out of this whole list, this would be the one I recommend.

4. Coty AirSpun Loose Translucent Powder ($5.97 – Walmart)

When you first open this powder, you may have flashbacks of being back at grandma’s house but trust me the smell is insignificant when you see how this powder performs. It mattifies your face in a way that smooths over your pores and small lines which is a real life saver when trying to achieve a full-glam look. The most powerful pro I could possibly sell you on is the fact is that there is no flashback in pictures as long as you press it into your skin well enough. When baking, make sure not to leave a terrible amount of excess product on. Other than that, you’re pretty much set. Haha, get it? 😉

5. Wet N’ Wild Contour Palette in Caramel Toffee ($3.93 – Walmart)

This product is beautiful to use when you want a nice banana shade to brighten your under eyes or even clean up a messy contour. While I purchase this palette solely for the brightening shade, the contouring shade is perfect for someone who wants a warm bronze. Unfortunately, the shade is too dark for me to use as a bronzer and too warm to contour with. I do, however, put it to work as an eyeshadow when I want to deepen up an everyday eye look.

6. Elf Bronzer + Blush Duo in St. Lucia ($3.99 – Target)

Here’s that dupe I mentioned previously. You’ve probably heard the hype about the NARS Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush if you’re a hardcore makeup junkie. Well this little duo gives you the best of both worlds for less than a quarter of the price. The bronzer is matte and perfect to bronze and contour with while the blush offers you a peachy flush of color that is ideal for a casual look.

7. Makeup Revolution New-tral VS Neutrals ($12.00 – Ulta)

Makeup Revolution really killed it with this palette. At first, it reminded me a lot of the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette. Once I started playing with it, I could tell this was not an exact dupe as the colors weren’t as rich. With that said, you can still achieve some pretty bomb looks with this palette. You have beautiful peachy shades, as well as mauvy tones incorporated in this $12 palette. It has both shimmers and mattes that all work together to come up with undeniably pretty eye looks.

8. NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99 – Target)

Now I’m not usually a fan of brow pencils but this product has won me over the past couple of months. On days when I want a naturally bushy brow, this is my go to product. The shades are not overly warm like the other brow pencils NYX has so it’s ideal for most people who prefer more neutral shades on their brows. The tip is “micro” as the name suggests which provides just the right amount of control when creating hair-like strokes.

9. Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara ($6.99 – Target)

Best. Drugstore. Mascara. Ever. It does all that I want it to do to my stumpy looking lashes. Instead of opting for falsies, I go directly to this mascara because it curls, lifts, and maintains my lashes looking nice and separated until the end of the night when I decide to take everything off.

10. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams ($5.99 – Target)

I discovered this product long ago but didn’t truly fall in love with it until this year. It has become my go to lipstick because the formula is non-drying, lightweight, and very matte. My go-to shades are Abu Dhabi and Stockholm since they are the ultimate everyday nudes. Although, these lippies do fade after a few hours, they don’t crust up around the edge of the mouth like other liquid lipsticks are known to do. These fade gracefully and often stain your lips.

And with that, my friends, we are done. These treasures are sure to make at least one of you happy so don’t hesitate to let me know.

Until next time, xo.

 

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