Top 10: Drugstore Faves

Who doesn’t love a bargain? Truly, besides the obvious Kardashian’s of the world {and, I’d argue,there’s a few drugstore faves for them, too}, I’ve not yet met one person who doesn’t. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may have seen my similar post on my top 10 high end faves; it’s about time I do one for the drug store lover in you {sounds like a commercial, doesn’t it?}.

My criteria for what makes a ‘drugstore’ product is really quite simple: you can buy it in your local drugstore, Wal-Mart, Target, or grocery store, it’s not a department store product, and, generally speaking, it’s under the $20 mark. That’s it. Quite simple, really. I know the title of this post indicates it may be exclusive to drugstores, but I didn’t want to limit this post entirely. While your local drugstore may carry one or all of the items, I can almost guarantee there’s at least one of them available just at your fingertips.


Without further adieu, here goes:

1.) NYX Butter Lip Sticks and Butter Lip Glosses

{yes, it’s technically 2 products, but it’s my blog, so we’re going with it…}

There’s no particular shade preference here – I love them allllll!!! Y’all know that, though, right? The formula of both products are long wearing, highly pigmented, and keep my lips moisturized. The latter is the ABSOLUTE most important to me – I can’t stand the dry lip flakes that happen when a lippie dries you right out. NYX is quickly expanding their colour range, so visit your local drugstore to pick up one or both of these.


2.) Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

It’s no secret I love this stuff. You’ve read my rave posts before {see here}. It somehow manages to separate and volumize at the same time, while keeping a curl in my otherwise uber-striaght lashes. It doesn’t flake off and doesn’t transfer to my cheeks {unless it’s an unusually humid day, of course}. The price? You can’t beat it. I think the most expensive I’ve seen it for is $11, but if you’re savvy and watch for sales, you can get it for a cool $6. What’s not to love?


3.) L’oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadows

I have loved these since I first discovered Amber Rush many moons ago. They stay ooooonnnnnn without a primer, much like a pigment. The colour payoff? Insane. In fact, I’d compare these to the Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Shadows that retail for $42 here in Canada. Pro tip: save yourself the cash – stick to the drugstore version!


4.) Covergirl Shimmering Sands Eyeshadow Trio

This trio was, I believe, my first ever “palette” of shadows, and it’s still in my stash today {not the same one, of course}. It contains a matte, pearl, and shimmer finish shadow that all blend together effortlessly to create the perfect daytime look, or work well on their own. You can even darken this up with a little vampy liner and create a perfect evening look to go with a dark lip. They need a little primer to really pop, but don’t seem to crease or wear off when worn without. The trio of shades is universally flattering and a perfect foray into makeup for the newbie or teen girl in your life.


5.) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

The formula of this covers beautifully. It comes in a rather limited shade range, but does have acorrector option {though I don’t like it as much as my beloved MAC Prep and Prime!}. I’m not really sure how much it does to reduce fine lines – let’s be honest, makeup is really limited in what it can do to fully prevent aging – but it does cover any existing fine lines with ease! It doesn’t pull on sensitive under eyes and blends effortlessly into the skin. Top with your favourite finishing powder and I find this photographs like a charm, too!


6.) Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadows

I find WNW can do no wrong when it comes to shadows. I’ve loved almost every single one I’ve tried, actually {faves are the Petal Pusher and Comfort Zone palettes, in case you were wondering}. They’re highlight pigmented, easy to blend, and last all day. I find that WNW are {bonus!} some of the cheapest shadows in the drugstore. What’s not to love?


7.) L’oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color #601 in Nude Ballet

Full disclosure: I’ve not tried the others in this line, but love this one so much that it made the list! Rumour has it that Kim Kardashian wore this on her wedding day, so if it’s good enough for her million dollar wedding, it’s good enough for us on the daily, right? It’s a great shade with a tan, and gives just a hint of gloss without giving the look that lips will slide right off of your face {I truly can’t stand that look…}. It doesn’t flake off and wears beautifully.


8.) Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

This is an oil free formula that photographs like a dream. It is a heavier coverage foundation, but that’s why it photographs so well. It has a wide range of colours, and I’m almost guaranteed to find one to perfectly fit a client who needs it. Once set with a light dust of powder, it gives a flawless finish and sets all day. It’s supposed to have a built-in powder, but I like to set it anyway, just to be sure and to stave off any extra oil that may creep up during the day. I’ve seen this retail here in Canada for as low as $6, so definitely pick it up next time you’re in the drugstore!


9.) Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Can you see that drugstore foundations have really upped their game? I’m including this one, though only recently discontinued, in hopes that you can pick it up in a few drugstores before it’s all gone. It’s a great every day foundation that is very light and blends into the skin with ease. I can mix colours together to get a perfect tone, but this comes in a wide range of colours on it’s own. The glass packaging feels super expensive, but it’s a cheap $10 at most Wal-Mart locations. I sure hope Revlon comes out with something similar in short order.


10.) NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny

I think I’ve posted about this one before. Sunny is my absolute go-to winter bronzer for the last few years. It gives a light, bronze-y glow to my skin when it needs a glow the most. I can apply this where needed to lightly contour {nothing worse than a dark contour when skin ain’t so dark,know what I mean?}, and it doesn’t oxidize on the skin throughout the day. I use this on my clients with a lighter skin tone, even in the summer, and it wears like a dream on them too. I’ve picked this up for as little as $4 at Wal-Mart, though I think most drugstores now sell NYC on the ready.



I’m always looking for new bargain finds.  What are your drugstore faves?  Sound off in the comments below!




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