Everybody I know LOVES a good splurge, but what is almost better than a good splurge is a save that looks like a really, really good splurge! You guys know I'm a big fan of a good dupe. I've got one for my favorite Givenchy satchel, one for the Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong sandal that I've worn a million times, and on and on and on (you can find more of these in my Bag Guide: Splurge or Save)!!!
One of my most FAQ is about drugstore makeup. Everybody wants to know what the very best drugstore makeup is! I have had the opportunity to quiz TONS of makeup artists at Sephora and Nordstrom and get the scoop on all their favorite drugstore priced products. I tried ALL the things and now I'm reporting back to you guys!
Gorgeous makeup starts with a gorgeous base. I've loved Olay for YEARS! This face moisturizer is super hydrating, plumping, and does an amazing job of keeping your skin soft and hydrated ALL day! It's so so nice to have that SPF 30 already included so that I know I'm protected from the sun without having to do anything else! (You can read more about my 28 days of using just Olay here). You can get this moisturizer here or here.
Olay deep hydrating eye gel
Olay deep hydrating eye gel really helps with dark circles and puffiness and TOTALLY helps give your eyes that I'm awake! look. And if you're going to do any type of baking or even just setting your under-eye makeup with powder, using a good hydrating eye gel or cream is a MUST. This gel can be found here or here.
I recently discovered this Poreless Putty Primer (also available here) and IT IS AMAZING. It blurs your pores and makes your foundation last all day. I love this stuff so much that I frequently use it instead of my nicer stuff just because I don't mind using it up!
A good eyelid primer can make or break your eyeshadow game! This $10 Eyelid Primer is such a great option. It's silky smooth and keeps that eye shadow in place and crease free all day!
Maybelline Fit Me
I heard about this Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation from a makeup artist that works with one of the very highest end makeup brands at Nordstrom. This was her pick for the very BEST foundation out there. EVER. This foundation is UNDER $6!
I'll be honest, I was pretty hesitant to try out a drugstore foundation because I've just never used one that I loved and have always kind of felt like that's one of the things you have to spend a little more on to get good quality, but man was I wrong. I see now why this Nordstrom makeup artist skips the high-end stuff for her foundation and uses this foundation instead!! You can also get this foundation here.
L'Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear
I've used L'Oreal Foundation Infallible Fresh Wear for a while and it is truly BETTER than some of the department store foundations I've tried. It really does last ALL DAY and I LOVE that it has SPF 25, enough protection but not too much that I'll miss out on that summer glow!
L'Oreal Paris beauty blender
L'oreal Paris beauty blender is easy to hold and does exactly what a beauty blender should! I like that it has different edges to fit into the different contours of my face! Get this beauty blender here or here!
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind
I absolutely love this Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer. Like maybe even an all caps kind of LOVE. This stuff works miracles!! It looks super nice going on. It STAYS on. It's insanely highly rated $7 magic, and can be found here or here.
Maybelline finishing powder
I really, really like this Loose Finishing Powder from Maybelline and I love the $5 price point that you can get here or here! It goes on super smooth, it's not cakey, it keeps your foundation set, and it totally helps control shine.
I don't wear this every time, only when I really want my makeup to last a super long time. Otherwise this is a step I think you can skip!
Morphe eyeshadow palette
This Morphe Eyeshadow Palette is packed full of the most creamy, highly pigmented, super blend-able, prettiest eyeshadows! This palette is $35 which is pretty amazing for how many beautiful, high quality colors you get in one palette!
Honest Everything Eyeshadow
This Honest Everything Eyeshadow Palette is a one-stop-shop and can be found here or here! I like to focus the shimmer on the inner parts of my eye and used the darker matte shades to add depth and contrast to the outer corners! You can also use the black shadow to line underneath my eyes with an angled liner brush.
With this L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Shadow in iced latte, I concentrated this creamy shadow from the corner of my eyelid to the middle as a primer for the Honest eyeshadow palette. It's crazy shimmery, which I LOVE for spring and summer! It also lasts all day, has amazing reviews, and comes in 22 shades!
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Butter Bronzer from Physicians Formula is a total cult favorite. I like this bronzer better than I like a lot of department store bronzers that I've tried, and you can get it here or here! It goes on really nice, it stays nice, it's a really gorgeous tone and it smells AMAZING!
Milani Baked blush
This Milani Baked Blush is the perfect pink and it's probably THE most popular drugstore blush out there among YouTubers, bloggers and makeup artists. It gives you a beautiful healthy, peachy glow for less than $7, and it's a great dupe for my favorite department store Nars blush that I mentioned in my recent Sephora roundup. You can find this drugstore blush here and here!
MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
This is another product that BLEW. MY. MIND. This highlighter from Wet N Wild is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner and according to a Sephora makeup artist who I spoke with, better than anything at Sephora! This MegaGlo Highlighting Powder is less than $6 here or here!!
I tried the Blossom Glow and Golden Flower Crown and loved them both. The Blossom Glow was more of the traditional highlighter look. The Golden Flower Crown has a really pretty golden tone that's perfect for spring and summer (and what I wore in today's IG stories). These are seriously phenomenal.
L'Oreal Paris Illuminator
To use this L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator Blush and Highlight I mix the colors and applied it where I would normally use a highlighter. You can grab this here or a 2-pack from here.
L'Oreal Paris Boosting Drops
L'Oreal Paris Brow Definer
Still head over heels for this Anastasia dupe eyebrow pencil from L'Oreal. It's amazing. It's under $8. And while I love LOVE love Brow Wiz, I also found a dupe for that! This NYX micro brow pencil in taupe is an incredible dupe for the Brow Wiz in taupe that I've been recommending for YEARS. You can grab it here or here.
NYX Microbrow Pencil
NYX Butter Gloss
These NYX Butter Glosses are under $5!! I've tried a TON of the colors and I love them all, but my fave by far is Creme Brulee. They are pigmented enough to wear alone or over a lipstick or lipliner to add softness and shine. Get this gloss here or here.
Honest Beauty lip crayon
This muted pink from Honest Beauty Lip Crayon-Lush is ultra-moisturizing thanks to the trifecta of coconut oil, murumuru butter and shea butter! It's an upscale version of a lip balm, and I LOVE that it is formulated without harsh ingredients! You can order it from here or here.
L'Oreal Paris Lash Paradise
I have been asked multiple times on social media what my favorite drugstore mascara is and HANDS DOWN it is this one by L'Oreal!! It's a total dupe Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara and it is amazing! Apparently Beyonce's makeup artist is obsessed with it too so…#goodcompany? Get this mascara here or here.
I did NOT wear any mascara in today's IG stories because I have my at-home lash extensions on that I posted about recently, but I do love a couple magnetic lashes that are drugstore and they're linked in this post about my fave lash extensions, and linked at the bottom of today's post too!
Makeup setting spray
L'Oreal Paris setting spray
This L'oreal Paris Shaken Glow Dew Mist Setting Spray is a great finishing touch to my makeup routine, with a touch of shimmer to round the look off perfectly! You can order this settings spray from here or here.
NYX setting spray
Drugstore makeup brushes
5 face brushes
Five brushes for the price of ONE department store brush? Yes, please! This Morphe Complexion Master Collection brush set includes all the essentials! This is a great set of affordable brushes.
Eye blender brush
A lot of beauty bloggers and beauty YouTubers use this $4 E.L.F. Eye Blender Brush. It's super fluffy and it great for ensuring your shadow is all blended out and smooth and pretty. Grab this brush here or here.
You can see MORE of my favorite makeup brushes in this post!
Billie makeup wipes
Billie makeup wipes are hands-down my very favorite makeup wipes I've ever tried. They're only $9, they have hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum in each wipe, they're alcohol free and have an amazing texture weave to really take your makeup off! They've saved me many, many times when I crawl into bed and I'm too tired to want to wash my makeup off.
Last of all, if you REALLY want a blast from the past, I'm straight-up giddy about having a Caboodles back in my life because I totally had one in Jr. High and I totally loved bringing it back. You can snag your own here or here.
5 minute makeup tutorial
In this Instagram story highlight you can see a quick 5 minute makeup tutorial of me using JUST drugstore makeup! All of the products I used in that makeup tutorial are *starred below.
*ELF Poreless Putty Primer, or here
*L'Oreal Foundation Infalliable Fresh Wear, or here (I wear 460 when I'm more pale and 465 when I'm more tan)
*Concealer – in neutralizer, or here
*Butter Bronzer, or here
*Milani Baked Blush, or here
*Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, or here
*NYX Eyebrow pencil, or here
*Honest Beauty Lip Crayon-Lush, or here
MORE drugstore makeup faves:
Olay Moisturizer, or here
Olay Eye Gel, or here
Liquid Foundation – in 220 natural beige, or here
L'oreal Paris beauty blender, or here
Loose Finishing Powder, or here
Morphe Eyelid Primer
Morphe Eyeshadow Palette, less expensive similar HERE
Honest Everything Eyeshadow Palette, or here
L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Shadow
True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator Blush and Highlight(2-pack), or here
True Match Lumi Glow Boosting Drops, or here
L'oreal Eyebrow pencil, or here
NYX Butter Glosses (in creme brulee), or here
L'Oreal Mascara, or here
Magnetic lashes – natural
Magnetic lashes – volume
L'oreal Paris Shaken Glow Dew Mist Setting Spray, or here
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Complexion Master Collection
E.L.F. Eye Blender Brush, or here
Billie makeup wipes
Caboodles makeup carrier, or here
Photos by Arielle Levy
Did I miss any?
Did I miss any drugstore products that you're head over heels for? Share in the comments below!