This may be the jolliest time of the year for you, but your bank account likely feels differently. After shopping gifts for all your loved ones (and, okay, maybe scooping up a few things for yourself too), the last thing you need to spend money on is a slew of new beauty products. But because this time of year also requires you to look cheerful and bright-eyed, you may still be in need of a few makeup necessities. Thankfully, your local CVS has got your back, with the best selling drugstore concealer — and other affordable beauty favorites — to keep you looking on point through the end of the year and beyond.
As much as you may love a good high-end beauty buy, you know that sometimes your funds are better used elsewhere (these cool, charitable gifts, for example). And while you might've been able to swing for a pricey lipstick or ritzy highlighter mid-summer, now you're in full savings-mode and looking to cut costs wherever you can. For beauty, that means heading to your neighborhood drugstore to scout out the best budget buys that'll still have you looking and feeling fresh.
Luckily, it just so happens that CVS' top-selling products include pretty much everything you'd need to keep your makeup on point this season — and each item will cost you less than $25 a pop. That means you can re-stock your entire makeup bag without totally blowing your budget. Cue a sigh of relief.
If this season has meant late nights out celebrating with friends — or, long days in the office trying to meet deadlines — you're probably in need of a heavy-hitting concealer to hide your lack of beauty sleep. Snag Maybelline's dark circle targeting under-eye concealer, $9.99 at CVS, to fully cover up any signs of fatigue. It has over 300 five-star reviews and a best-selling status for a reason: it effectively conceals without looking cakey or settling into fine lines. Fake it 'til you make it (to bed), right?
While you're in full fatigue-disguising mode, grab a tube of CVS top-seller Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara from L'Oréal Paris. The $9.99 formula adds volume and length to every lash for a wide-awake look. Considering it's a bestseller with more than 700 five-star reviews (many claiming it beats department store brands), it may just become your new go-to.
And if you're in need of a bold lip color to brighten your face for festive holiday parties, opt for the bestselling matte liquid lipstick by Maybelline, $10.99 per tube. With such a cheap price tag and 30 shades to choose from, it won't hurt to stock up on a few shades of the long-lasting formula.
Since now's not the time to go all out on expensive and over-the-top beauty products, take advantage of your local drugstore's stock of just-as-good (and way more affordable) picks. Browse below for CVS' top ten bestsellers to try.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Eliminate darkness and fine lines in your delicate eye area with this best-selling full coverage under-eye concealer.
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara 0.28 OZ
A soft, bristle-packed applicator brush coats every lash with a volume and length-boosting formula.
Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner
This eyeliner has a near-perfect rating thanks to its long-wear formula. You can sharpen it with the built-in sharpener for a precise line, or use the smudging tool for a smokey look.
Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
All-day matte lips don't have to cost a fortune. Maybelline's $11 formula comes in 30 long-lasting shades, from bright reds and pinks to a range of nudes.
WunderBrow 1-Step Brow Gel
This all-in-one brow gel adds drama, flexible structure, and color to your eyebrows with a cutting edge formula.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
This powder to cream bronzer melts into skin to give off a blurred focus, soft glow.
NYX Professional Makeup Make Up Setting Spray
Affordable setting spray that ensures your makeup stays put all day? It exists in this NYX dewy-finish setting mist.
Ardell Natural Multipack Lashes
For the nights when your eyes could use a little extra drama, use Ardell's best-selling set of false lashes.
e.l.f. Face Primer in Poreless
Create a super smooth canvas with this pore-refining face primer.
L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer
Get an all-over, fresh, natural glow with this highlighting and illuminating skin hydrator, available in 4 shades.