The Best Drugstore Beauty Buys Our Editors Swear By

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.


Volum’ Express The Falsies Black Drama Mascara




Jennifer Hussein, Beauty Editor

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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.


Makeup Removing Wipes




Aliz Gutierrez, Associate Art Director

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[To simply put it]: The best highlighter!!!


Facestudio Master Strobing Stick, Medium




Beatrice Hazlehurst, Deputy News Editor

I’ve brought this up before and I’ll say it again: Revlon lip stain. I love the spongy top, it applies just the right amount of buildable color and it’s perfect for cheeks. I love her, and even though at times I miss a lipstick, but if you want to fake natural you literally can’t go wrong.


Kiss Cushion Lip Tint




Heartleigh Little, Editorial Director

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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~.

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Suede Matte Lip Liner




Callia Hargrove, Social Media Director

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This makes such a noticeable difference in my skin that I can’t imagine my routine without it. Every Saturday I use it to slough away the sins of the week and give me a much-needed dose of brightness.


Brightening Facial Scrub




Beck Diaz, Editorial Intern

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Due to the heavy influence Euphoria has been having on my life, I’ve been obsessed with glitter and neon and gems. I love this glitter because it’s so fine and easy to apply. The color is so visible if you’re going for a heavier look but also doesn’t get lost if you’re going for something a little more subtle.

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Metallic Glitter



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