While we love a luxurious beauty item as much as the next girl, sometimes our bank accounts beg for something more affordable. Plus, why waste good money when you can get your hands on a budget buy that’s just as good as its high-end counterpart? Ahead, we enlisted our team to reveal their most adored drugstore products that truly get the job done. Next stop, Walgreens!
Face Studio Master Conceal
Kristi Mikesky, Features Editor
"A longtime fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I discovered a drugstore dupe of the amazing formula in Maybelline's Master Conceal. It provides excellent, buildable coverage—if there's one product I apply before leaving the house, it's this stuff, without fail."
Voluminous Original Mascara
Sam Corbett, Graphic Designer
"L’Oréal's Voluminous Original Mascara is my go-to drugstore formula. It's super cheap and gives great volume and thickness."
Miracle Matte Finishing Powder
Stephanie Montes, Senior Beauty Editor
“Since I have oily skin, I’m crazy about setting everything with a translucent powder. This one keeps my makeup in place all day and makes my skin look so smooth. I love how affordable it is too.”
Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 35
Laura Lajiness, New York Editor
"I'm huge on sun protection but prone to breakouts—I love the high SPF and oil-free formula! It also feels nice under makeup."
Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
Rebecca Iloulian, Marketing Coordinator
"Maybelline's Great Lash mascara has been part of my beauty routine since I first starting wearing makeup. My mom always said it was a fail-proof mascara for long, distinct lashes, and I've been a loyal customer ever since."
Claudia Graziano, Social Media Coordinator
"I have a hard time finding a blush that looks nice on my olive skin, but I love the NYX Powder Blush in Terracotta. Plus, it's only $5. What could be better?"
Noir Liquid Black Liner
Christian David, Art Director
"This liquid liner stays on for a long time and doesn't smear."
Flavor Lip Balm
Sari Tuschman, Editor-at-Large
"I like good ol' Lip Smackers for a touch of color and to keep my lips moisturized!"
Lasting Finish Liquid Foundation
Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor
"I picked this up on a whim and I have to say it was a very pleasant surprise, as this is one of the best foundations I've ever used. It seriously covers everything and leaves skin looking smooth and flawless. Plus, it smells amazing."
Intense i-Color Liquid Liner
Shannon Nash, Jewelry & Accessories Editor
"I wear a black cat eye every day, so I use a long-lasting black liquid liner. Almay's little ink pots offer easy application and last forever."
Argan Wear Bronzer
Erin Nicole, Red Carpet Editor
"I never see the sun, so I need a little help getting that healthy glow. This bronzer is argan oil–infused and paraben-free."
Telescopic Carbon Mascara
Jessica Novak, Content Strategy Director
"This mascara makes your eyelashes look so long, like the effect of falsies."
ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey
Nicky Deam, Editorial Director
"I hate reapplying (or worrying about reapplying) lipstick, so this is my lazy-girl alternative. I just put it on once in the morning then top it with lip balm throughout the day."
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