Spend one minute in a Sephora, and I guarantee you’ll spend, at a minimum, $150. Luxury beauty will always have a special place in our hearts, but at $50+ a pop, they can take quite a toll on our savings accounts. So, instead of heading down to the department store, why not take a trip to your local drugstore?
I know you may turn a blind eye to the beauty aisles of your pharmacies, but truth be told, there’s a treasure trove of mascaras, facial cleansers, and haircare essentials that work just as well as (sometimes better than) their pricier cohorts—and even our COOLS editors are wooed by a few of these bargain-friendly gems.
Below, take a peek at some of the go-to drugstore beauty picks:
Jessica Teves, Editor in Chief
I’ve tried almost every mascara on the market, and always return to this classic. Not only is it available everywhere, it’s also affordable and gives you luscious, thick lashes every time. Plus, I have really sensitive eyes and this formula feels incredibly mild and non-irritating.
Jennifer Hussein, Beauty Editor
When it comes to beauty, I’m usually a Sephora or Ulta elitist—I’m spoiled, I can’t help it. But, there is only one thing I consistently head back to the drugstore for: Neutrogena’s Makeup Removing Wipes. Whenever I’m feeling too lazy to go through my steven-step night-time skincare routine, I’ll simply swipe off my makeup with these teeny towelettes and head to sleep. Some of you may be clutching your pearls in disgust, but hey—we all need a break sometimes.
Aliz Gutierrez, Associate Art Director
Facestudio Master Strobing Stick, Medium
Beatrice Hazlehurst, Deputy News Editor
Kiss Cushion Lip Tint
Heartleigh Little, Editorial Director
I might be the only one who actually notices the difference, but this is a game-changer in the morning makeup routine. It makes me feel like I don’t just have lips but ~lips~.
Callia Hargrove, Social Media Director
Brightening Facial Scrub
Beck Diaz, Editorial Intern