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The Best Drugstore Makeup and Beauty Products


There’s no denying makeup can change your look from gloomy to glam in a matter of minutes. But just because you want to look like a million bucks, it doesn’t mean you should go for broke when it comes to buying makeup. Believe it or not, there are many inexpensive makeup and beauty products found in drugstores that are just as effective as the expensive products found in MAC and Sephora. So before you pay $20 for your favorite Make Up For Ever lipstick, check out these budget beauty finds that all cost less than $10.


  • CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara – If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara that gives you incredible length and definition, this is the one! ($7 to $8)
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara – If you think $7 is still too much to pay for mascara, you can’t beat this buildable, clump-free formula by Jordana ($3)
  • Ardell Fashion Lashes, Wispies – 100% human hair eyelashes that look so natural they’ll be mistaken as your own. ($2.50 to $3)
  • Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow – This high-intensity cream gel offers vibrant, crease-proof color that lasts all day. ($7)
  • Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow – Not only is this shadow extremely blendable and buildable, it contains over 92% natural ingredients. ($7.50 to $8)
  • Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit – Everything you need to achieve the perfect brows, in one convenient kit! ($4)
  • E.L.F. Eyelid Primer – This primer might not be on the same level as the legendary primer potion by Urban Decay, but for $18 less, it’s worth a try. Especially since it offers great color payoff, and crease-proof, longer-lasting shadow. ($1.50)
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow & Eye Liner Pencil – This pencil performs double-duty, offering silky smooth definition in more than a dozen rich colors. ($1 or less)
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover – Gently removes all makeup without any oily residue.


  • Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter – This buttery balm provides sheer to medium color payoff and promises to boost lip moisture by over 150%. ($8.50)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor – If you’re looking for a bright, daring lipstick with ultra-vivid pigment, this line is for you! ($4 to $8)
  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Protection for your lips with just the slightest hint of color. ($6 to $7)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm – Forget your basic lip balm. Now you can have hydrating lip care with a burst of neon color! ($2.50 to $5)
  • NYX Butter Gloss – Rock this sheer, buildable gloss alone or over your favorite lipstick. ($4 to $5)
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color – A lip stain that gives you intense color, and lasts up to 8 hours? Yes, ma’am! ($3)


  • Milani Baked Powder Blush – Silky smooth application for shaping, highlighting, and contouring. ($7 to $8)
  • CoverGirl Cheekers Blush – This blush has been around since the 80’s and it’s still just as great today. ($4 to $5)
  • E.L.F. Mineral Glow Bronzer – Whether you want to contour or just add a warm glow, you can’t beat the price of this mineral makeup. ($8)
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets – Remove excess oil from your face without smudging your makeup! ($4 to $5)
  • Ecotools Bamboo Brush Set – These range in price depending on which ones you buy, but you get pretty good quality brushes for the price. ($5 to $10)
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Concealer – This oil-free concealer is formulated to conceal and even out skin tone. ($5 to $9)
  • Neutrogena Clear Pore Daily Scrub – A face scrub that’s tough enough to fight acne breakouts, but gentle enough to use every day. ($6 to $8)


  • Nicole by OPI 3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener – Talk about killing 3 birds with 1 stone! This awesome product prevents nail staining, helps nails grow longer and stronger, and keeps nail polish from chipping. ($7 to $8)
  • Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat – The perfect way to give your regular polish an ultra-matte finish. ($6)
  • OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection Nail Lacquer, Gaining Mole-mentum – The shredded gold foil and chunky pink glitter looks amazing alone or on top of your favorite shade of polish. ($9)
  • Orly French Manicure Nail Lacquer – Create beautiful French manicured nails without streaking, peeling, or chipping. ($8)
  • Sinful Colors – It’s hard to believe nail polish this great is this inexpensive. That’s probably why I own nearly every color! ($2)
  • Blue Cross Cuticle Remover – Loosens and removes dead tissue from fingernails and toenails–leaving cuticles soft and pliable. ($4 to $6)
  • Revlon Color Allure Press On Nails – Get a perfect manicure in minutes. These nails come already painted in several high definition colors. ($8)

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing