I am so excited to finally reveal to you my favorite drugstore products! These are the ultimate drugstore gems for me, it just baffles me how cheap most of these are!
So, here are my picks for the 10 best drugstore makeup products in my world!
Update: My favorites have actually changed, but these products are still some of my top favorite drugstore picks! For my updated favorites, check out the following related posts.
Related posts: Top 5 Best Affordable Makeup, Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit, Current Australian Drugstore Makeup Favorites, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams Review, Revlon ColorBurst Balms Review.
Disclaimer: These products were personally purchased. Post may contain affiliate links.
I’ve raved about this foundation enough in my comparison review between the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Serum here. So I’m not gonna get into too much detail, but all you need to know is that I’ve tried almost every foundation in the drugstore (including L’Oreal Trumatch, a variety of Covergirl and Maybelline foundations, Physicians Formula BB and CC creams, etc.) and I gotta say, this one remains to be my Queen of Drugstore Foundations.
It works for my terribly dry skin, and works well in hot and humid weather too. Check out my in-depth review for more deets on this gem.
I love these so much I’ve accumulated almost all of them! These shadows are pressed pigments and they have the intensity of foiled shadows. They work so well without primer too!
I love using these on their own or just as a pop of color or shimmer in the center of the lids.
Will write an in-depth review of these in the future but trust me, if you’re looking for a high quality, shimmery eyeshadow in the drugstores, swatch these before you swatch anything else. I guarantee you’ll be hooked!
I contemplated between this concealer and the Maybelline Fit Me concealer because both are amazing, but I ended up choosing this one because I personally use this a lot more often. I’m in my third or fourth tube already!
The texture is rather creamy but it doesn’t crease in my under eye area and it doesn’t dry up looking crackly and cakey either, unlike the Fit Me concealer, which I find to be much more suitable for covering up flaws than dark circles.
The amazing thing about this concealer is that it works well as a spot concealer too! Sometimes I would just use this to conceal my whole face, set it with powder, and I’m out the door! No need for foundation!
There are tons and tons and tons of mascaras to choose from in the drugstore, and my choice will probably change within the next few months, or years, but for now the Maybelline Lash Sensational holds the throne as my no. 1 favorite drugstore mascara.
I personally own the waterproof version and I love it! Most waterproof mascaras have a drier consistency and would make the lashes look a bit wonky and out of place (too much wax, maybe?) but this mascara separates and lengthens so well, while plumping up the roots of the lashes without making the lashes look too spidery. It is also crazy budge-proof and lasts all day!
The curved shape of the wand also helps make the application so much easier, and helps the lashes hold the curl better, unlike the crazy shape of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kate Mascara which I reviewed here.
Now, eyeliner is a bit tricky because I think they have different versions in different parts of the world?
I, for sure, couldn’t find the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner in America and Australia. But let me know if you’ve seen them!
I purchased mine in Singapore and it is, hands down, the best drugstore liquid eyeliner I have ever found. I reviewed it here.
It is the closest thing to the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (my favorite eyeliner of all time) in the drugstores. It isn’t as budge proof, but still amazing. The brush tip is so sturdy but flexible in creating a flick – perfect for cat-eye lovers out there!
The closest alternative I could find in America and Australia is the Maybelline Master Precise Liner, the differences are in the brush tip and longevity of the product. The Master Precise’s brush tip is slightly shorter and more flimsy, thus requiring more control when lining the eyes. It also smudges easily without primer, but just still a good option for a drugstore liquid liner!
I’m sure a lot of you will agree with me on this. Milani makes the best blushes in the drugstores. Physicians Formula would be a close second, but Milani’s Baked Blushes are just so gorgeous and so high quality, they’re in a league of their own. They give a beautiful glow and look so effortless and natural on the skin.
My favorite shades are Luminoso and Fantastico Mauve!
This newbie has quickly become my no. 1 favorite powder in the drugstore! This isn’t transluecnt, which makes it an amazing alternative to liquid foundation.
This has buildable coverage (up to full coverage) yet it feels so lightweight on the skin! It also transforms the texture of the skin to a smooth, silky, velvety finish. You can also use this “wet” by dampening your sponge before applying this. How amazing is that?
It lasts all day, makes the skin look flawless all day, and doesn’t crease on lines! I seriously have never tried anything like it before.
If you’re more into translucent powders, check out the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder!
My love for these balms just cannot be contained. I’ve reviewed a bunch of them here.
I won’t get into much detail but these are just the most amazing and versatile lip products in the drugstore, IMO.
Check out my review to see why I love them so much!
While the Revlon Colorburst Balms are great for hydration and as a sheerer option for the lips, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are the boss when it comes to color payoff and longevity.
Even high end lip creams can’t compare!
Check out my review of four of the shades here!
This here is a cult favorite!
Everything about this palette is perfect – except for its fragile packaging.
Incredible pigmentation and longevity, smooth and buttery texture, very blendable… but the only downside is that it’s very fragile. Well, for US$5 a palette, I can’t complain.
My favorite shade is definitely the right Definer shade, which is a duochrome color, similar to Makeup Geek Pigment’s “Insomnia” which I reviewed here, just a bit reddish.
The left column is perfect for natural, every day eye makeup, and the right column perfect for smokey eyes! Very, very versatile indeed. Hands down, the best eyeshadow palette in drugstores (although you have to be extra careful when handling it).
What are you favorite drugstore products?