You know our thoughts on drugstore makeup. C’mon, why spend $100 when you can spend $10. Of course, we’ve made exceptions for the classics that are a little more on the pricey side, but a quality cheapie is a no-brainer! To help us find the best ones in a sea of shelves, we asked some makeup experts to dish on their faves! Check out the drugstore gems they can’t live without!
Faves: Elyse Reneau
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.
“(This is) my absolute favorite gel eyeliner. I use it in both black and brown because it is truly waterproof, transfer resistant and never flakes. I've spent a lot of money buying the ‘hottest gel liners of the moment’ but I always come back to Eye Studio. It also has one of the only formulas that I've been able to use to the very end without drying out. It's magical.”
“This is my go-to formula for volume and curl hold. I always look for mascaras that are lightweight, but give volume. There's nothing worse than curling your lashes and applying mascara that weighs them back down again. LOVE this mascara! I want to marry this mascara!”
“Talk about the creamiest pencil I've ever used! This pencil glides on like butter and has a good amount of ‘play time’ before it dries. And, when it dries, it is practically a tattoo! This is the longest wearing pencil I've ever used. Every woman needs this in her beauty arsenal.”
Fave: Allison O’Connor
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
“With contouring in the spotlight, I don’t think I could live without this palette. My clients, and even my roomies, always ask what I use to get my cheekbones so sculpted, and lo and behold, it’s an all-in-one $25 product! Not to mention that it’s easy to travel with. This one palette saves so much space in my makeup bag. Plus, it works for just about every skin tone.”
Faves: Emily Oliver
L'Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche
“I LOVE this lipstick and how it glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours. It feels luxurious on the lips and has a satisfying glide-on applicator. Here’s a quick pro-tip: For longer wear, exfoliate lips by gently brushing them with your toothbrush. Apply a balm, and then your lipstick. Voila!”
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume 24H Mascara
“(This mascara) is always stocked in my kit. I love how easy it is to layer and create a ‘runway look’ with just mascara! The intensity of the black formula coupled with a fantastic wand keeps me coming back for more — and it’s not just for my clients, but also for myself!”
Fave: Ashley Rebecca
Maybelline Baby Lips
“This is my drugstore go-to! I love it because it gives great moisture, color and it’s under $6!”
About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.