No to wallet dents: Best drugstore products

These lipsticks, liners, and lacquers can’t be beat
  • 06 Jun - 12 Jun, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

We’re living in a golden age of drugstore beauty. Where we once had to sacrifice efficacy for affordability, that isn’t the case with the best drugstore makeup now. Quality is on the up-and-up, you can find products in any and every colour, and it’s easy to stock up when the need for a serious smoky eye strikes. And there’s no reason not to when good value is right down the street. No splurge, no buyer’s remorse, no problem.

So, we have looked at every new blush, concealer, mascara, and lipstick, and made some tough calls – which turned into this list of the very best drugstore makeup products.

The best foundation

Foremost, we love that Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin, and it features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. It’s a pore minimising foundation, and it’s also non-comedogenic. It has great medium coverage that stays on all day and doesn't require touchups.

The best concealer

We can’t help but clap it up for this multifunctional Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer. The cushiony yet lightweight texture seamlessly mimics real skin and works beautifully on your entire face. It erases dark circles, brightens dull skin, and sculpts the best cheekbones of your life.

The best primer

Neutrogena water-based primer serum is great for anyone who has more oily skin and needs their makeup to last all day. Apply it right after your moisturiser, and let it set for two minutes before applying your foundation.

The best face powder

Rimmel Stay Matte face powder is specifically formulated for those with oily, combination, or sensitive skin types. When we apply this powder, our makeup is completely matte and stays that way all day. And when we say all day, we really mean it.

The best blush

We love creamy, liquid blushes – they give a healthy, fresh glow. Revlon Photoready Cheek Flushing Tint is sheer but buildable. We like that it gives a very natural, almost invisible blush.

The best lip colour

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche lipsticks are amazing for when you want to add a natural flush or just-bitten vibe to your look. You can really control the finish by either dabbing the product on with your fingers or directly applying the stick.

The best mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is hands down the best mascara we've found – trust us when we say it's everything. It coats each and every lash, making them so thick, full, and gorgeous.

The best highlighter

J. Note highlighter is actually pretty underrated but we kid you not, this is the real deal. We use this gorgeous, very pigmented highlighter all over our face. It stays for a long time and gives a pretty glow.

The best nail polish

If you love a glossy mani but despise the time it takes for your polish to dry, Color Studio Haute nail paints is your answer.

The best eyeliner

If you are the queen of the cat eye, then Etude Styling Eyeliner is just the right choice for you. This gem is not only super affordable, it will also last you through all seasons – humid to frigid temps!