I love drugstore makeup, and I love high-end makeup. I love makeup period. I always check out YouTube videos and blog reviews before making a high-end purchase, though. I hate going to Sephora and spending $100 only to get like 1 or 2 items, but if it’s worth it I’ll buy it. High end makeup isn’t always worth it though, and it isn’t always necessarily better. I love going to Target with only $20 and seeing how I can stretch my money on beauty buys.

In more recent years drugstores have drastically improved their makeup quality. I know not everyone can afford high-end makeup especially when you’re young and just starting out to experiment with beauty products.

I know firsthand how overwhelming the drugstore can be because there’s so many products out on the shelves and they don’t have people to help you like they do at Sephora, that’s why I came up with a quick list of not just makeup, but hair and skin care items that all cost under $10, and are amazing quality! YAY! I hope you guys find this post helpful.


1.) Revlon Colorstay Foundation

One of my all time favorite drugstore foundations. They have a wide color range. It also comes in two formulas: normal to dry skin, and oily. Coverage is medium to full.

2.) Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

I’m oily skin and this powder is great for setting my foundation and keeping me matte. The only con is the color selection is limited (there’s not a lot of darker colored skin tones to choose from).

3.) Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush

I love Sonia Kashuk products. The blush is no exception. They’re highly pigmented and stay on all day. They’re very smooth and easy to blend.

4.) Maybelline instant age rewind concealer

Great concealer for concealing those unwanted dark circles and hiding wrinkles. The applicator makes it easy to apply and blend.

5.)  MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

I LOVE this spray. I cannot say enough good things about this facial spray. If you have dry skin I recommend spraying this on your face BEFORE doing your makeup and after. If you’re oily just apply a bit to your face after doing your makeup for a beautiful and glowing look.

6.) No7 Stay perfect primer 

There’s not a lot of drugstore primers out on the market at least not any good ones in my opinion. I recently discovered this at Target the other week, and I love it. It’s very comparable to TOO Faced primed and poreless primer.


7.) Wet N Wild Megaliner Liquid eyeliner

My holy grail eyeliner. It dries quick and it doesn’t crack like other inexpensive eyeliners.

8.) E.L.F Essential eyelid primer

For $2 this is not bad at all. It keeps my eyeshadow from creasing. If you can’t afford Urban Decay’s Primer Potion which btw is $20 I suggest you try this. It’s a decent dupe.

9.) Ardell eyelashes

Love Ardell. They have a wide variety of eyelashes most under $6. They also last a few uses, which is great. My favorite are the wispies and demi wispies. 

10.) Maybelline Lash Stiletto

It’s a great lengthening mascara. Dries quickly and is buildable without getting clumpy.

11.) L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara

This mascara has false fibers in it which help lengthen your normal lashes. The formula is very dry, so you have to apply your coats fast.

12.) Milani easy brow automatic pencil

A good dupe for the Anastasia Brow wiz. Enough said. 🙂

13.) Wet N’ Wild color icon trio eyeshadows

These are really good little trio eye shadows with great pigmentation. You do have to prime your eyes before using otherwise they tend to crease.


14.) E.L.F Studio Line Brushes

I love most of the E.L.F studio line brushes. Prices range from $3-$6. I personally have the kabuki brush, studio powder brush, blush brush, and contouring brush.

15.) Real techniques miracle complexion sponge

I just bought this sponge last week, and I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a good dupe for the beauty blender. It’s a little easier to hold than the beauty blender; however, it’s a little harder to clean.


16.) ST. Ives Apricot Scrub

This scrub has been around forever and it’s my holy grail. It is a bit “grainy,” but once you wash and scrub it leaves your skin feeling very smooth.

17.) Sephora Collection Face Masks

I know Sephora isn’t a “drugstore.’ But these face masks are only $6 and are an awesome buy. 


18.) Batiste Dry shampoo

I’m a dry shampoo junkie, and this has been my current favorite for a while now. the original formula smells very clean and although it sprays on white and looks powdery it’s very easy to comb through your hair and it leaves your hair feeling clean, fresh, and grease free. The hint of color series is good as well. I have the dark and deep brown color which is blends perfectly with my dark brown hair.

19.) Yes to Carrots Shampoo

It’s a great nourishing drugstore shampoo that leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth. It is paraben, sulfate, and cruelty free.

20.) OGX Anti-breakage Keratin Oil Conditioner

I love the whole OGX brand. Their drugstore affordable and are also paraben and sulfate free. Their coconut milk and argan oil shampoo and conditioners are great as well. The keratin oil one is great if you have damaged hair due to coloring and styling.

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