If you’re anything like us, you really enjoy long strolls through the beauty aisle at your local drugstore. Maybe it’s the fluorescent lighting, the nostalgic throwback tunes, or the opportunity to cop a cute lip gloss for a fraction of the price you’d pay anywhere else – but we simply can’t get enough of it.
And while once upon a time we had to sacrifice quality for affordability when it came to drugstore beauty products, that really isn’t the case anymore. Now that we’ve been blessed by the good graces of the beauty gods, splurging at Sephora is no longer a necessity if you want to look your best.
Of course, a walk down any of the packed aisles in a drugstore can still prove to be pretty confusing, especially when it comes to deciding what’s actually worth adding to your shopping cart. Luckily enough, we took the guesswork out of your next shopping trip and rounded up some of the best products your local drugstore has to offer. Scroll on for the 7 beauty picks that won’t break your budget – and might even make your next toothpaste and TP run a little more fun!
Every beauty lover knows that the first step to a flawless makeup routine is to properly prep your skin. And every great skincare routine always starts with sunscreen. Protect your skin from the sun’s rays with this tinted mineral face sunscreen from La Roche Posay. Not only does it provide 100% Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in an ultra-light, fast-absorbing texture, but it also features a light tint to give skin a healthy glow!
They don’t call this the wonder stick for no reason! Part concealer, part contour stick, and part highlighter, this hybrid formula will complete all of your skin goals in one single product. We love its creamy, blendable formula because it allows for easy application and the ability to add both depth and definition to your facial features in a way that looks super natural.
Want to effortlessly achieve longer and fuller eyelashes without even batting one of yours? Let us introduce you to the Lash Paradise Mascara and Primer Kit from L’Oreal. Some say it’s the perfect dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara, but we simply adore it for its ability to add volume to our eyelashes without the clumps or the hefty pricetag. When used in combination with one another, this mascara and primer duo will leave you with feathery-soft and gorgeous lashes every single time.
This bronzer from Physicians Formula was made with an ultra-refined and pigment-enriched formula that smooths the skin’s texture and gives it a bright and bronzed finish. It also features a fan-favorite nutrient-rich mixture of murumuru, cupuacu and tucuma butters which will keep your skin feeling oh so smooth. But the best part has to be its tropical scent, which is so divine that it’ll practically transport you to the sandy shores of a distant beach paradise right in the middle of your makeup routine.
If you’re looking for a way to look like a gorgeous glowy goddess for half the price of a typical highlighter, then this powder from Pixi was practically made for you. Its silky soft, Vitamin C infused formula is designed to brighten and add a natural radiance to your overall complexion. We also love the fact that it’s versatile enough to also be used on almost any part of the face – from your eyelids, to your cheeks, to your cupid’s bow. Trust us when we say that this will have you looking like an angel from every single angle.
Now that your makeup is looking so perfect and pretty, you probably want to make sure it stays that way! And this setting spray from e.l.f will definitely do the trick. With a formula packed with 3 different vitamins, aloe, green tea and cucumber, this $10 mist offers the same extended hold as its more expensive counterparts, but it does it all for a fraction of the price.
When your day is all said and done and the time has finally come to remove your makeup, reach for this micellar water from Bioderma. Not only does it effortlessly cleanse the skin from any makeup and dirt, but it’s also designed to instantly soothe it. So now you can gently remove your makeup and say goodbye to the days of scrubbing it off with a bunch of irritating makeup wipes.
Which drugstore beauty products are you loving lately?
xo, The Pretty Little Hangers Team