As editors, we’re fortunate enough to get our hands on some of the newest and most buzzed-about products on the market. However, that doesn’t mean we shy away from an affordable buy. Take our word for it: We love a good drugstore beauty product. In fact, we each have at least one inexpensive staple we swear by and use every day. Here, the finds Team Zoe absolutely can’t live without.
Editors' Picks: Drugstore Beauty Buys
Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Cleanser
"Our beauty director, Stephanie, gave me this cleanser to try when I was experiencing a little breakout and my skin has been pretty much clear ever since. It smells great, exfoliates and my skin feels incredibly clean after each use."
—Alyson Fishbein, Senior Manager, Social Media
"Never would have guessed I'd be introduced to a life-changing beauty product by a boy, but lo and behold. This stuff is a miracle worker—my skin has never felt so silky smooth."
—Kristin Mahler, Graphic Designer
Stay Matte Powder
"If they ever discontinue this, I don't know what I'll do (please don't). It's the best powder ever. Keeps you matte all day and night without caking up. And you can't beat the price."
—Amy Lee, Fashion Editor
"I have been using Bio Oil for years! It's the most multi-purpose product in my vanity—I've used it to soften the appearance of scars, heal super-dry skin and I even rubbed it all over my tummy when I was pregnant to keep my skin hydrated and soft."
—Marisa Runyon, Director of TV & Video
Facial Cleansing Towelettes
"Even though my drive home from the gym is all of five minutes, I'm paranoid about sweat-induced breakouts and refuse to leave without wiping my face clean. Thankfully, my skin has stayed clear since I started using these! Plus, the cucumber is so refreshing and helps reduce that post-workout redness."
—Lauren Black, Content Analyst
Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
"I'm a bit of a hair mask snob, but this damage repair formula is just as good as my favorite premium brands. It's a game changer!"
—Laura Lajiness, Senior Fashion Editor
NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick
"I wear lipstick. Every. Single. Day. (Yes, even to the gym.) So it's important that I find a product that's not only long-lasting but also moisture-rich—without compromising color. This is easily one of my favorite drugstore buys—and with that price tag, it's no surprise I have it in every color."
—Samantha McDonald, News Editor
Rosebud Perfume Co.
"I've carried this with me everywhere since high school, and I'm still convinced it's the best on the market for soft, moisturized lips."
—Aidan Macaluso, Associate Manager, Social Media
Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
"I don't wear eye shadow often, but sometimes I'll use a primer by itself for brighter, rested-looking eyes. This one works as well as any of the higher-end brands and will only set you back $2."
—Natalie Mattozzi, Senior Video Producer
Colour Riche Glossy Lip Balm in 200 Lovely Mocha
"This pinkish nude is my everyday go-to. It gives my lips some subtle color that's natural but looks like I tried (a win-win in my book)."
—Angela Melero, Managing Editor
Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo
"I literally have a bottle of this on my desk, in my car and at home. It's a necessity. I've tried tons of dry shampoos, and I always come back to this one because it smells fresh, the formula is lightweight and it doesn't make my strands crunchy. My hair looks clean even if it's been a day (or three) since I washed it."
—Allie Flinn, Associate Lifestyle Editor
"At any given time you can catch me in a cat eye, so as you could imagine, I go through eyeliner like crazy. This liquid liner goes on smooth and so dark, and the brush is thin, which makes it easy to create a clean wing every time. And at two dollars a pop, I don't feel bad for running through the bottle at such a rapid pace."
—Stephanie Montes, Beauty Director
Oasis Hydrating Gel Mask
"I've been traveling a lot lately and my under-eye area has felt drier and puffier than usual. This cooling eye mask helps keep my skin under control, and they're less than $5 a pack."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor