DRUGSTORE MUST HAVES | THE TOP 10 {CHEAP BUT BRILLIANT} ITEMS YOU NEED

If you guys have been following me for some time, then it’s no secret I love a killer beauty deal, even more so when it’s cheap AND amazing. Beauty doesn’t have to break the bank, and while I do have splurge items I can’t live without, there are brilliant beauty items in the world for any budget. Speaking of… all of the items I’ll discuss below are under $10 and from the drugstore. Yes, you read that correctly… UNDER $10. I’m not kidding. Stop hyperventilating.

Without further ado, when it comes to must have drugstore products, these 10 products are always in my daily rotation.

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FABULOUS DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS: (click product name to shop)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: A fabulous drugstore foundation that will leave you looking natural and smooth all day. (If the matte look isn’t your thing, they have a dewy formula also.) I love that this is versatile enough to wear with minimal other makeup, or as a great base for a more dramatic look. The coverage is medium, slightly buildable, and will last all day on your face.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This concealer gives a very natural finish, and is best suited to even out the complexion vs hardcore blemish coverage (it’s not very buildable or suited to that). It doesn’t crease on me and doesn’t disappear from my face as the day goes on. (FYI: my personal preference is to set any concealer with either the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder or the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder).

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder: This is a gorgeous powder for setting down your foundation and/or concealer without adding too much coverage. Again, perfect for my more natural days, when I just want to fight shine and cover minor imperfections. I use a light dusting of this daily!

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: Ok, to be fair this is over $10 but buy it on sale!!! Physicians Formula ALWAYS goes on sale and doesn’t warrant paying full price for. I bought mine for about $8. This bronzer is seriously like summer in a compact! It works amazingly to warm up your face with a very slight sheen, and is perfect to bronze or sculpt with. It also smells like a summer tropical vacation! A very buttery smooth formula which is easy to blend, and (for good reason) took the beauty community by storm. (FYI: I use the deepest shade, so if you have medium to deep skin tones this will not work for you.)

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: I love blush. REALLY, REALLY LOVE IT. I own far too may to be honest… BUT the Wet n Wild blushes are so affordable (seriously, $2.99), come in multiple shades and have huge pans of product, how do you say no to that?! These blushes go on, and stay on, like a more expensive high end product, but will save you so much money. The two shades which are my fair skin favorites are: ‘Apri-Cot in the Middle’ and ‘Rosé Champagne’.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder: These highlighters broke the internet, literally… they crashed the Wet n Wild website and sold out everywhere! Lucky for us, they’re back and with more shades than before. These highlighters are extremely smooth, creamy and give off a crazy amazing glow for only $5. If you’re looking for a blinding highlight, these are by far one of the most amazing you can find, regardless of price.

NYX Butter Gloss: If you wear glosses and haven’t discovered these yet… OMG GO NOW! These are about $5 and the shade range is so vast, everyone is guaranteed to find a few they love. I find these to be super comfortable on the lips, not sticky or gloopy. They also provide a nice wash of pigment. My favorites are ‘Crème Brulee’ and ‘Apple Strudel’, worn over a pinky nude lipliner or lipstick.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner: I prefer twist up lip liners, as I never seem to have traditional pencil liners sharpened when I want them (I’m all about convenience here) and the Rimmel ones are some of my favorites. They’re pigmented, creamy and don’t skip on the lips when I’m going for a precise application. My favorite shade is ‘Addiction’, which is more of a “my lips but deeper” shade. Top that with a NYX Butter Gloss and I’m good to go!

elf Eyeshadow Palette: These palettes seem to be overlooked by many, but they shouldn’t be! If you’re looking for an every day, wearable palette then look no further than the ‘Need it Nude’ or multiple ‘Mad for Matte’ palettes! I haven’t tried it yet, but the ‘Nude Rose Gold’ palette reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and the ‘Mad for Matte Summer Breeze’ is a great dupe for the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette… but all for a much lower price. These middle ground when it comes to pigmentation, where you can build up the colors but don’t have to worry about not being able to blend them.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: This is a brand new launch by L’Oreal and has quickly become my every day mascara. Seriously, I haven’t used anything else since ripping open the package in delight! If you’re obsessed with high end favorites like the Too Faced Better Than Sex, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, and more… try this L’Oreal mascara. You won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t transfer or flake on me and my lashes look bomb dot com.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter: (I threw this in as a #11 bonus, because while ColourPop is super affordable, it’s currently an online-only brand. However, it is coming to Sephora later this year and keeping it’s budget friendly prices!) I’ve been vocal before at not loving the Super Shock Blushes, but the Highlighters… WHERE WERE YOU MY PRECIOUS!? I love ‘Glazed’ for a more subtle glow, or if I’m feeling daring I turn to ‘Flexitarian’ and crank up the wattage. For me, these are best applied with a damp beauty sponge, to make the highlight effortlessly melt into my skin. All Super Shock formula products were designed to be applied with your fingers, but I find sponges an easier way to diffuse and blend the highlighters.

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What are some of your must have drugstore products? Do tell, I’m always on the hunt for a good deal! Also, let me know if you want more drugstore favorites, or even a list of best drugstore tools/application items. Be sure to subscribe and follow all of my fun social links around here, and please share if you loved this post!

Xoxo, Meeghan 

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