Best Drugstore Makeup


Hi friends!

Today I am sharing with you my all time favorite drug store makeup! I’m what you might call a makeup junkie, so I have tried a ton of different products. A lot of the makeup that I have tested out is drugstore, mostly because I was a broke college student with an addiction to makeup for the last 4 years of my life. Now I’ve graduated and I can’t call myself a broke college student, I’m just broke lol (yay student loans). Don’t get me wrong I still dabble in the high end makeup every now and then, but I think drugstore makeup will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s so much fun to find amazing products that are a fraction of the price of some items I buy at Sephora and Ulta. To be honest, I have multiple drugstore “dupes” I actually like MORE than the high end version. It’s so exciting when you find those amazing drugstore dupes, and today I want to share some of my favorites with you!

I tried to pick out one item for every step I use in my every day makeup routine. For some of you, this might be way too much makeup, and that’s okay. That’s why makeup is so much fun, because you can wear as much or as little as you want.

The first step in my every day makeup routine is primer. My absolute favorite drugstore primer is the Prime Shield from Milani. Now, the primer I chose to share with you guys is best used on oily/normal skin. I’m not sure if this primer would work well for you if you have dry skin.. I love to apply this primer where I get the most oily throughout the day, which is my my T zone (basically the center of my face). My nose is the most oily part of my face, so I really make sure to press it into those pores. This primer really helps me keep my oil production to a minimum throughout the day, and it fills in my pores so nicely to give me smooth looking skin.

The high end product I would compare this to would be the Smashbox pore minimizing primer. I honestly do not see a difference between the two, so why not pay less than half of the price for this Milani one!?

This milani primer costs about $9 and I’ve linked it right here for you guys! ( I will link all of the products I talk about today)


The next product I would apply would be foundation. I have so many favorite drugstore foundations that I am actually planning on doing a post on my top 5 must haves. I would have to say that my number one favorite drugstore foundation is the L’Oréal Pro Glow Foundation. Now I know I just told you I have oily skin, so you might be thinking, how in the world does this foundation work for her!? I love this foundation so much because it makes your skin look so healthy and natural. It is definitely not full coverage, which is usually not what I go for (I am totally a full coverage kind of girl), but I just can’t get over how beautiful this makes my skin look! I will say I can not wear this foundation all day long without having to touch up my t zone with powder, but that truly doesn’t bother me at all. I find myself having to blot with high end matte foundations anyways! BUT if you definitely do not want medium coverage and you are all about that full coverage glam, go for this products sister, L’Oreal pro matte, another favorite of mine!

The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation costs around $11. I’m telling you guys, you NEED this foundation!


Alright guys, lets talk about concealer. When it comes to concealer, I 100% need it to be full coverage. I have the worst dark circles under my eyes, so full coverage is a MUST!! When it comes to the drugstore, I have found that Maybelline has the best concealers on the market. I have a few from them that I love, but my absolute favorite is the Master Conceal. I love to use this on full glam days, and my “no makeup” makeup days. This concealer covers up my blemishes and dark circles with no issues. I also do not have a problem with it creasing when set down with a powder, which is a huge plus.

The Maybelline Master Conceal is on sale for only $6.29 if you purchase it through this link! That’s an amazing deal!


Once I have my foundation and concealer on, I set it down right away with my favorite loose powder from Coty, AirSpun. I use the shade “translucent extra coverage”.


I remember always hearing beauty influencers on YouTube raving about this product, but I never got around to trying it. One day me and my best friend were are Walgreens and they had this on clearance, so I decided to give it a whirl. Oh my gosh am I so happy I did, because now it is literally my favorite loose powder EVER! The only other powder that I might love just as must is the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. But that one costs almost $50, so I have to pick this one because it is literally so good and only cost around $10-12 for one container. I do have to warn you, if you are sensitive to fragrance in your makeup products, you will not like this powder. It honestly smells like my great grandmas perfume, but I don’t think that the smell lingers, so I’m totally okay with it. So here’s your warning that it has a very strong scent.

Here’s the link to a three pack, that’s the only one I could find that is the exact shade I use. Keep one for yourself, and give the other two away as presents for the makeup gurus in your life!


When I’m all done setting down my foundation and concealer with loose powder, I start to add some color back into my face. I always start with bronzer. Bronzer is one of my favorite products because it really can transform your face. My all time favorite drugstore bronzer is from Physician’s Formula, and it is called the Butter Bronzer.


I use the shade “bronzer”. I always tell my friends who have fair skin like me to just go ahead and buy this shade, and to skip the shade below it, because it honestly isn’t a deep bronzer at all. I found that with the lightest shade, I was having to build it up a lot to be able to notice it on my skin. So even if you are fair skinned, I say go with the “dark” shade called “bronzer”. This bronzer smells like a tropical dream and it blends so seamlessly!

The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer costs around $12-$15


Next is my absolute favorite step, blush! I have always been obsessed with blush, I admit I can go a bit overboard with it sometimes. I just love the pretty flush if gives to your skin. In my opinion, no look is complete without a pop of blush on the cheeks. My all time favorite blush, whether high end OR drug store, is from Wet n Wild, and it is in the shade “Apri-Cot the Middle”.


As you can see the packaging of this blush has seen better days. I use this probably 8/10 that I do my makeup, I’m not even kidding! It gives the prettiest peachy glowy to your cheeks.

The Wet n Wild color icon blush in “Apri-Cot in the Middle” costs around $3-6, such a crazy good price!


Once I’ve got my blush on, I apply my highlight. One of my favorite drugstore highlights comes from Maybelline and is in the shade “100 Molten Gold”.


If I had to compare this to a high end highlight, I would say it is very similar to Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill’s  “Champagne Pop”. It has a really pretty peachy gold sheen that looks amazing on all skin tones. I like that it doesn’t look glittery like some drugstore highlights do. I hate when a highlight looks chunky and glittery on my face, I want it to be smooth and almost look wet when the sun hits my face. When it comes to drugstore highlights, I actually struggle to find amazing and high quality shades that compare to high end. But this highlight puts even some of my expensive high lights to shame. I highly recommend you pick this guy up!!

The Maybelline Master Chrome highlight in the shade “100 Molten Gold” is around $12.


I have two more products to share with you guys, and that is my favorite eyebrow pencil, and mascara. When it comes to eyebrow pencils, I will always buy them from the drugstore. I used to always buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils until I gave the NYX brow pencils a try, and guys, they are literally the same thing. I honestly do not see the difference. My favorite brow pencil from NYX is the Precision Brow Pencil in the shade “Taupe”. My favorite thing about this pencil is the shape of it. It makes doing my brows sooo much quicker than with a pomade, or with a skinnier pencil like the micro brow.


I really have nothing bad to say about this pencil. It gets the job done and is such a reasonable price coming in at around $10!


When it comes to lip products at the drugstore, I have sooo many favorites! There are so many good lip products for reasonable prices. I definitely want to do a post about my favorite drugstore lip products, because it’s really hard to just pick one. Especially when I love all kinds of lip products, lipsticks, glosses, liquid lips, you name it, I’m a fan. I decided to go with an all time favorite formula of mine from Maybelline, the matte sensation lipsticks.


Oh my gosh guys, if you have never tried these, you need to!! They are so creamy, long lasting, and pigmented, I can’t get enough. I own almost every color in this formula because they are so incredible. If I had to pick my favorite shade, it would be “Darlingly Nude”.

These lipsticks usually range from $7-10. A lot of times I will pick mine up at Ulta when they are having the buy one get one half off sales!

Last, but not least, mascara. L’Oreal has my favorite mascaras at the drugstore. If I had to chose one to be my favorite, it would definitely be the Telescopic Mascara in the shade “Carbon Black”. I love the small rubber wand on this mascara. It really gets into every hair of your lashes and makes them sooo black and so long and volumized. When ever someone asks for a mascara recommendation, I always tell them to buy one from the drugstore. I don’t think you need to spend $25 on a high end mascara when there are so many good options at the drugstore for less than half of the price!

For example the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara is only around $10!


So there you have it guys, these are in my opinion the BEST makeup products you can get at the drugstore. Let me know in the comments if you have tried out any of these products, or if you have any recommendations for me to try out if I haven’t already!

It’s a beautiful day to try out some new products!