If you have’t already noticed, I tend to gravitate toward some pricey beauty products. What can I say? I’m a sucker for good marketing and rose gold packaging. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good bargain. When it comes to beauty, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are some drugstore brands that offer high quality beauty products and I thought I’d share some of my favorites.
I am a big fan of NYX products in general–great quality at crazy-low prices. The NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer ($11.99) is my absolute go-to when I need to color correct. I’d take a picture of my own palette, but the green is practically down to the pan. This is the only color corrector I’ve used that hides redness, but doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. Another great NYX product is the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss ($4.99), which is a soft lip gloss that comes in a wide range of colors. The NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6.49) is also one of the most comfortable liquid matte lipsticks I’ve ever used.
And speaking of liquid matte lipstick–you know how it basically cements itself to your mouth and never comes off? I love to use the NYX Professional Makeup Be Gone! Lip Color Remover ($4.99) to get off tough lipsticks. It’s like gentle eye makeup remover, but for your lips. Bonus: it moisturizes.
But enough about NYX–let’s talk Wet n Wild. The Wet N Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick ($3.99) is The. Best. Liquid. Lipstick. Ever. I promise you, I’ve tried just about every pricey liquid lipstick out there, and none of them compare. It’s comfortable while it’s on, it stays put for hours (even after eating) and it doesn’t dry out your lips. My only complaint is that it should come in more colors. An honorable mention for Wet n Wild is the MegaGlo Makeup Stick Blush ($3.99) in the color Peach Bums. This is a super light, peachy cheek shimmer that’s very flattering and not too sparkly.
The Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder ($8.99) is hands down, no question, the best setting powder on the market. I have extremely oily skin with big ol’ pores and this stuff makes my skin look like porcelain. It even sets the concealer under my eyes without making me look like a wrinkly old hag. Miracle powder! I find that this applies best with a damp sponge, but a brush works as well.
The e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer ($2) is something I recently discovered. After going through quite a few samples of eye shadow primer, this is the one I like the most. It covers the veins in my eyelids as well as keeping my shadow in place, but doesn’t get cakey. And uh…it’s two bucks.
Nothing gets off your makeup–even waterproof mascara–like micellar water. The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover is a long-ass name, but it’s also my favorite. I can get off liquid eyeliner without rubbing when I use this.
One of the best highlighters on the market is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, which is a whopping $38 at Sephora. A nearly exact dupe for Becca’s best-selling color, Champagne Pop, is the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter. How much is that one? Oh, $4.49.
You could do like the Kardashians do…or you can go to Target and pick up the Pixi By Petra Hydrating Milky Mist. Okay, so this is actually $15, so it’s breaking the rules of this list, but as hydrating face mists go, it’s one of the best (and cheapest) ones out there.
What are some of your favorite bargain beauty products?