Being a fan of makeup nowadays can end up being a rather expensive habit. We love Sephora, and there certainly are a few products from there that are simply irreplaceable. But there are also a few products that can be swapped for the much cheaper drugstore version, without compromising quality.
Here are 10 drugstore makeup products that are just as great as your high-end favourites, but won’t break your bank.
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation $10.99
This foundation is easily the most diverse out of all the drugstore foundations you can find. It’s oil-free, smooth in texture, lightweight, controls shine, blurs pores, and comes in 16 different shades. It also has the ability to be layered for full coverage or used sparingly for lighter coverage.
L’Oreal Paris InfaIllible Foundation $19.99
Although a tad pricier than most drugstore foundations, this one is easily worth the cost, and still saves you on spending $50 or more on high-end foundation. The great thing about this product, is its stay-power. It’s everything you love about a lightweight foundation, but with an added advantage: 24-hour coverage. Additionally, it provides a hydrated, dewy, radiant finish, to keep you looking fresh all day. Click here to read more about the best drug-store foundations on the market.
Rimmel Matte Natural Bronzer $7.98
This bronzer competes with the best of the best, in my books. For $7.98, you have a bronzer that will last you months. This product has a strong pigment, so a little goes a long way. On top of that, it is extremely versatile. If used with the correct brushes, and paired with just about any highlighter, this bronzer can be used for contouring as well.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara $9.99
When it comes to mascara, it can actually be more difficult to find one that doesn’t get the job done. But nonetheless, it’s easy to convince ourselves that spending $30 on high-end mascara makes a big difference, even when it may not. This mascara could easily compete with most mascaras, high-end and low-end. It’s clump-resistent, fragrance free, flake-free, and comes in both waterproof, and regular.
L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base $12.99
Many don’t even bother using primer, because it’s just another thing to spend money on. But this primer will definitely change your mind about that, without breaking your budget. For $12.99, you can smooth the look of your skin under makeup, prevent makeup from settling into fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize the look of pores.
NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner $10.99
This liner is an absolute must-try. It features a sleek, fine brush for precision, to help get your wings right on the first try, and a glossy, jet-black finish.
NYX Hydra-Touch Powder Foundation $16.00
NYX is by far the most superior and affordable drugstore makeup brand. Nearly every single one of their products is solid enough to go toe-to-toe with your high-end faves. But nothing compares to their Hydra-Touch Powder Foundation. This hidden gem is a weightless pressed powder that offers buildable coverage, for any occasion. It can be added on top of foundation to set your makeup, and provide extra coverage with a smooth finish, or it can be used alone for gentler coverage.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil $12
This NYX brow pencil will make you never want to spend $27 on an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ever again. This ultra-fine-tip mechanical brow pencil fills brows in, creating the illusion of actual eyebrow hairs, for a natural finish.
Elf Cosmetics Baked Highlighter $4
Choosing a highlighter can be tough since they all look so similar, so we tend to gravitate to the more expensive ones from brands we can trust. But this one is bound to change your mind. For just $4, you can choose from four different shimmery shades, and achieve a glow that could even compete with Fenty. Plus, it’s infused with Vitamin E and hydrating jojoba, rose hip, sunflower, apricot, and grape oils to nourish your skin.
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