Our Favorite Drugstore Alternatives for High-End Makeup
Don't get us wrong—we love luxe beauty products just as much as the next beauty junkie, but sometimes spending a hefty chunk of change on foundation, lipstick, and mascara isn't exactly the most financially responsible decision (especially when the rent check is due). As a result, we've learned to cut corners (in terms of cost—definitely not quality). Strolling through the aisles of the drugstore and testing out numerous products, we've stumbled upon some items that serve as great replacements for our beloved luxe brands (that is, until payday comes around again). Check out some of our favorite drugstore products that behave like a department store beauty buy!
CoverGirl TruBlend Blush ($10)
This CoverGirl formula contains light-reflecting particles and has tons of gorgeous color payoff. The pretty marble design even looks similar in packaging to some of the high-end brands out there. Though I do find that the luxe versions of this blush are slightly more blendable, I like the CoverGirl blush better than many products twice or three times the price.
L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Concealer ($13)
This L'Oréal pick achieves that same blurred, airbrushed effect as some high-end concealers and is also light in texture and crease-free. Plus, you get tons of product for your buck (the tube is quite big for concealer). This is actually my go-to concealer of the moment—I use it almost every day.
I think one of the hardest products to "go drugstore" for without sacrificing quality is eye shadow. Inexpensive eye shadows often end up lacking in pigment and/or not blending well, or the shimmer is way too intense, bordering on glitter. Amy Nadine's Renewing Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($10) feels like the $30+ eye shadow quads. The color payoff is impressive and you can easily blend them out for a beautiful wash of color. Plus, the shades are perfect—all the neutrals you need without that inevitable color that goes untouched.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ($5)
These tinted balms are a great alternative to many of the $20+ priced lip balms on the market—I have one in almost every color. They douse your lips in moisture and smell like candy, and—best part—don't leave that weird dried line on the inside of your lips after wearing. The clear one can even be used on your lids or as a makeshift highlighter (thanks for that tip, NYFW).
I've found that RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-Up is a less expensive—and in my book, slightly better—alternative than its high-end counterparts. It has the same kind of creamy consistency, but it's 100% natural and comes in a handy pot, which I've found is actually easier to apply than concealer sticks. It literally melts into my skin and hydrates while it conceals. And it lasts all day, too!
L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup ($11)
In a pinch, I purchased this L'Oréal offering from the drugstore. It's similar to high-end brands, but I've found that it's even slightly easier to blend. Plus, it has SPF! While department store foundation is certainly more luxe, this drugstore version is definitely a close second.
Nyx Micro Brow Pencil ($10)
I've been a high-end brow pencil devotee ever since I first tried one out. Even though I may have gulped a bit at the price tag, I knew that it worked incredibly well and lasted longer than any other pencil I'd ever used—that is, until I recently came across Nyx's retractable brow pencil. It lasts just as long as (if not, longer than) the high-end brands I've used and matches my natural brow color perfectly. Plus, at just $10, it feels like a steal!
What's drugstore product have you found works just as well as high-end brands? Sound off below!