The Definitive Guide to the Best Drugstore Makeup

Rachel Krause
The Definitive Guide to the Best Drugstore Makeup
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Buying makeup can be a gamble, especially when it comes to purchasing from the drugstore, when there’s no way of trying anything before you buy. (Seriously, something must be done about that.) If you’re looking to venture into new product territory, but aren’t so fond of the risk, we’ve got you covered, from your brows to your lips and everything in between—these tried-and-true products are by far the best in their respective classes, so head into the drugstore feeling good about what you’re about to buy.

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Primer: Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Blur + Smooth

"Blurring" products are all the rage for smooth, even skin, and this relatively new offering is unprecedented in just how flawless it actually makes the skin—and with such a lightweight texture.

Foundation: L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

Like several way more costly foundations before it, this incredibly innovative foundation goes on as a liquid and transforms to a lightweight finish that feels fresh and powdery on the skin, but never dry.

Concealer: Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

We'll never stop repurchasing this blemish-fighting concealer—it somehow manages to perfectly conceal dark spots and blemishes without looking or feeling drying in the least. Better still, it contains salicylic acid, so it treats zits while correcting them.

Tinted Moisturizer: Rimmel London BB Cream

This BB cream evens skin tone, controls shine, soothes irritation, conceals dark circles, and lasts all day long... so basically, what can't it do?

Blush: Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

The intense pigments in this gel-like formula really pop, which means you can dab on just a little for a natural flush or go for the full-on flashy neon look.

Brow Pencil: Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise

The problem with most brow pencils is that they aren't slim enough to create the light, feathery strokes necessary to give brows more heft while still looking natural. No such issue here: This brow pencil is called "precise" for a reason.

Eyeliner: Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil

Years later, this creamy, pigmented, long-lasting classic standby still can't be beat.

Liquid Liner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner

We've never found a liquid eyeliner, drugstore or otherwise, that we love more than this one. It goes on smooth, is super easy to apply, and really lasts all day. It's a true winner.

Eyeshadow: L'Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Quads

Not only are these finely-milled shadows way more pigmented and longer-lasting than others around the same price range, but they also come in four perfectly coordinated shades.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

For full, fanned-out lashes that won't clump, this mascara is the ultimate.

Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick

This creamy, hydrating formula comes in countless colors, and it applies and wears like a dream.

Lip Gloss: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss

A good gloss is hard to find, but this sheer, moisturizing formula manages to be hydrating and long-lasting without a sticky, tacky feel.

Lip Balm: eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere

Not only is this hands down one of the most soothing lip balms we've ever tried, but they all smell great and look even better. We keep one in every bag.

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