The Best New Drugstore Beauty Buys You Need for Summer

Rachel Krause
The Best New Drugstore Beauty Buys You Need for Summer
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We love luxury products as much as the next beauty fanatic, but it’s actually the drugstore that we treat like our mecca. Low prices, quality formulas, a vast selection of products that we can actually afford—we’re there, and not only when we’re picking up prescriptions. The affordable nature of drugstore beauty also means that we can help ourselves to new products when they hit stores, rather than agonize over a price tag and wonder if it’s really worth it. These new drugstore makeup and skin care buys are a must… and at these prices, we don’t feel so bad about saying that.

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The citrusy brightening power of Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Paper Mask is everything we've ever wanted out of high-end sheet masks at just a fraction of the price. Saturated in aloe, glycerin, witch hazel, and—of course—grapefruit, softer, more radiant skin is pretty much guaranteed.

Clarify, deep clean, and rejuvenate skin while we're sleeping? Don't mind if we do. Nip+Fab Glycol Fix Overnight Purifying Gel is an exfoliating, blemish-fighting, anti-inflammatory overnight treatment that's a total blessing for problem skin, or really, any skin type in need of a boost.

The "high voltage" claim alone is enough to convince us to pick up one of these lipsticks on the way to the checkout counter, but rest assured that there's way more to NYX High Voltage Lipstick than a compelling name. These shades are seriously dramatic, and with 22 of them to choose from, we'll take five, please.

Intensify me, indeed. CoverGirl Intensify Me! Liquid Liner has taken our cat eye game to the next level, thanks to its innovative paddle-shaped tip. You can create both thick, dramatic lines or thin, subtle ones, so it'll address all of your eye lining needs in one fell swoop. It also has an easy-grip tube that makes pulling off any look a cinch.

Cleansing oils were once the exclusive province of high-end brands, but no longer. Our favorite drugstore skin care purveyors are making their foray into the makeup-removing must-have, and we couldn't be happier. Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil is a non-comedogenic, totally affordable take on the oil cleanser, and it removes everything without leaving a greasy residue behind.

If your idea of perfect lipstick revolves around sharp, clean edges and a high-maintenance application process, it may be time to reconsider. The latest look involves a blurred, soft-focus approach that has a natural, effortless quality to it, and it's become even more effortless thanks to Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur. The silky matte formula goes on like a dream, and the smudging tip on the opposite end makes it easy to blend the color into your lips for that coveted just-been-kissed effect.

It's rare to find a bronzer in a neutral shade that's truly universal, let alone one that also makes skin look downright ethereal. Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer is infused with pure organ oil to smooth and soften skin and treat dryness all day long, so it'll give you a gorgeous, soft-focus, naturally bronzed look and better skin in the long run.

One cannot judge the efficacy of a product by celebrity endorsement alone, even if said celebrity is Kate Moss. That said, Rimmel London Good to Glow Instant Buildable Illuminator and Highlighter serves as further proof that Kate's drugstore brand of choice is certainly one to be reckoned with. With its smooth, blendable texture and illuminating, yet not shimmery, finish, it's just as good as anything you'll find for three times the price.

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