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 to a million events, and on and on and on (you can find more of these in my Bag Guide: Splurge or Save)!!! A few months back I discovered an insanely amazing dupe for the Anastasia Brow Definer I love AT THE DRUGSTORE!! And spoiler alert: I like the dupe better than I like the real deal!
One of my most FAQ is about drugstore makeup. Everybody wants to know what the very best drugstore makeup is! Recently 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 tied ALL the things and now I'm reporting back to you guys!
MOISTURIZER: 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)
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.
PRIMER: I am a major advocate for primer. This NYX NoFilter Blurring Primer was a surprising total win, because finding a good primer can be super tricky. This one is UNDER $10, is super light and sets up your foundation really well!
FOUNDATION: 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!!
BEAUTY SPONGE: I still think the real deal Beauty Blender is king and worth your pennies. With that said, I think this $8 Morphe Highlight Contour Beauty Sponge is really great if you're on a budget, and especially if you're baking your makeup and using that technique. You can lay the angled end flat against your skin as you're baking your powder in and I love it for that. It does work very, very well for applying your makeup on the traditional side. I just think you end up losing more product in this sponge versus the Beauty Blender.
CONCEALER: 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.
LOOSE POWDER: I really, really this Loose Finishing Powder from Maybelline and I love the $8 price point! It goes on super smooth, it's not cakey, it keeps your foundation set, and it totally helps control shine.
EYELID PRIMER: A good eyelid primer can make or break your eyeshadow game! This $10 Morphe Eyelid Primer is such a great option. It's silky smooth and keeps that eye shadow in place and crease free all day!
EYESHADOW: This Morphe Eyeshadow Palette is packed full of the most creamy, highly pigmented, super blend-able, prettiest eyeshadows! It's SOLD OUT right now which is why we had to link to the exact one on amazon but they've priced it 3x what it's worth (ouch!) so instead I would go with this one that's super similar for what it should've cost in the first place, $24 which is pretty amazing for how many beautiful, high quality colors you get in one palette!
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. It goes on really nice, it stays nice, it's a really gorgeous tone and it smells AMAZING!
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 $8.
HIGHLIGHTER: 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 $5!!
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 is perfect for summer. These are seriously phenomenal.
EYEBROW PENCIL: 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, if you're looking for a thicker and creamier pencil, the L'Oreal version is my vote over the Anastasia version every day of the week.
LIP LINER: This $4 Nyx Lip Liner is super creamy and glides on super smooth. I lined my whole entire lip and then applied gloss over the top. The color stays on really, really well and looks good all day (or night!) long!
LIPSTICK: These NYX Butter Glosses are under $3!!! I've tried a TON of the colors and I love them all!! They're pigmented enough to wear alone or over a lipstick or lipliner to add softness and shine.
MASCARA: 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?
MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY: For under $10 this Matte Finish Setting Spray from NYX is awesome! It's a fan favorite, it has thousands of perfect 5-star reviews, and it works well.
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.
PENCIL CREASE BRUSH: This $6 Precision Pencil Crease Brush is a smoky eye must have!
OVAL SHADOW BRUSH: Another $6 favorite! This Morphe Oval Shadow Brush is a one brush wonder when it come to eye shadow application. The color goes on evenly. You can blend with it. It's a great, affordable option.
EYE BLENDER BRUSH: A lot of beauty bloggers and beauty YouTubers use this 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.
MAKEUP CARRIER: 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 for $9.
Olay Eye Gel
NoFilter Blurring Primer
Liquid Foundation – in 220 natural beige
Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge
Concealer – in neutralizer
Loose Finishing Powder
Morphe Eyelid Primer
Morphe Eyeshadow Palette, less expensive similar HERE
Milani Baked Blush
MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
NYX Lip Liner – in peekabo neutral
NYX Butter Glosses – in creme brulee
Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill The Complexion Master Collection
Precision Pencil Crease Brush
Oval Shadow Brush
E.L.F. Eye Blender Brush
Caboodles makeup carrier
Photos by Arielle Levy
Did I miss any drugstore products that you're head over heels for? Share in the comments below!