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The Best Drugstore Makeup

Based on my personal experience I’m rounding up a list of some of the best drugstore makeup I have ever used. When it comes to buying makeup I love having a variety of both high end and drugstore makeup. Some people have the perception that because it’s cheap, its no good but they are so wrong. Well, with the exception of a few, there are some budget-friendly drugstore brands that I swear by.

An Outline Of The Best Drugstore Makeup All Under $20 | Drugstore Makeup | Travel Beauty Blog

What Is Drugstore Makeup

Drugstore makeup as the name suggests refers to makeup that you can purchase at drugstores, department and convenience stores. However, these are not the only places they can be found, as they are also sold online by retailers such as Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta. They are not considered to be high-end or luxury and therefore do not cost a lot of money. Have you ever gone to the supermarket or a department store and when you got to cashier you saw a heap of makeup on the counter, near the cash register? Those are perfect examples of drugstore makeup although the brands may not be popular.

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Makeup Beauty Awards

Some of the brands even received beauty awards for being the number one choice of consumers. They also would have had great sales, customers rated them highly, and are now widely accepted as favourites. So now lets dive into why these products are classified as the best drugstore makeup.

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Some Of The Best Drugstore Makeup Brands I Use

Those are the most popular drugstore brands that you will find almost everywhere.

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Benefits Of Using Drugstore Makeup Over Pro

  • They are easily accessible and can be found on almost every corner store
  • Very economical, therefore, you do not need to think twice before committing to purchase
  • You can achieve almost the same look as you would with a higher end brand
  • Does not require to have a lot of knowledge on how to apply it properly as they are easy to use
  • Wear them every day and save your high-end makeup for special occasions

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The Best Drugstore Makeup Under $20

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation / Dewy Smooth

Every other person I know has used the Maybelline fit me liquid foundation in matte poreless or dewy smooth. Over 3,000 customers have reviewed it on Amazon with a 4.5 out of 5 ratings. The only thing I don’t like about this product is the way the bottle head is. It’s not really about the product itself but rather the packaging. Maybelline either did this on purpose or did not think it through before creating it.

A lot of product comes out all at once and things can get messy if you are in a rush or not careful. They should really consider making pumps which would be more manageable. An in-depth review of the Fit Me Matte foundation can be found in this post here.

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LA Girl Pro Concealer

What is a makeup routine without highlighting, contouring and concealing because I honestly do not know? This that is what I use the LA Girl Pro Concealer for. Lighter shades for highlighting, foundation match colour for concealing and a darker shade for contouring. However, for contouring, I prefer to use a light-weight powder or a contouring powder palette. Also, I use the lighter shades to clean up my brows after filling them in and over my eyes as an eye shadow primer.  It’s such a useful multi-purpose product and a staple for even the most popular beauty bloggers and YouTubers. Back in 2016 when I had just started blogging I wrote about it here as one of my everyday favourites.

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Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Washable Mascara

While some people prefer The Big Shot Blackest Black Washable Mascara, I love the Volum’ Express. Personally, I have used both and they produce more or less the same results. Which is black, long and full lashes without being able to come off easily.

L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Another holy grail foundation without the scary price tag and works just as good as high-end. L’oreal infallible foundation is longwear and it gives a full coverage face. You should also know that it is very difficult to come with just water. I suggest using makeup remover wipes, cleansing water, deep cleansing oil or exfoliating scrub. Depending on your skin or the finish you desire, there is also a Pro Glow foundation.

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Black Radiance Creme Contour Palette – Medium to Dark

If you are a woman of colour and have a hard time finding contour palettes then I highly recommend this Black Radiance pallette.

Maybelline Makeup Eyestudio Gel Eye Liner

For those of us who have a hard time applying liquid liner, the Maybelline eyestudio is a great alternative. Jet black and waterproof so it’s extremely difficult to come off on its own.

NYX Pro Butter Gloss

Have you ever tried any of NYX’s lipglosses? They are so creamy and nice, not too thick nor too thin which makes them irresistible.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Single Eyeshadow

Single eyeshadows are the best for travelling and this beautiful purple Milani eyeshadow is a must-have.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

A must have for my makeup bag is this Maybelline Baby Lips moisturizing lip balm.

NYX Studio Perfect Primer

Using a primer on your face before applying makeup not only gives you a flawless finish but also protects your pores from getting clogged.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick

L’oreal lipstick, it doesn’t have to be this exact colour but this one is the Cinnamon Toast shade. Such a beautiful colour and great for this Spring season.

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Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter Powder

A metallic highlighter that has almost the same effect as a high-brand and highly rated by many.

E.l.f. Eyebrow Kit, Medium

E.L.F. Eyebrow kit is one of the best alternatives to the Anastacia Beverly Hills as well as this Nyx Eyebrow Powder.

Milani Baked Blush

For a matte shimmery highlight finish, I recommend getting the Milani baked blush and this one is called Luminoso.

Rimmel Pro Eyebrow Pencil

Defining eyebrow pencil by Rimmel for persons who may prefer a pencil as opposed to the brow kits.

NYX Pro Setting Spray

Not many people use setting sprays. However, if you are one of those who uses them, be sure to include NYX setting spray in your makeup kit.

Earn Cash Back While You Shop For The Best Drugstore Makeup

You can shop any of these products through Ebates and earn cash back on all orders. If you always buy makeup then you have nothing to lose by signing up if you have not already done so. There are tons of retailers and brands on there too so it doesn’t have to be only makeup.

Well, that concludes the outline of the best drugstore makeup but be sure to let me know which ones are your favourites. I’ll definitely be doing a part two because there are tons of other products that could not fit into this post.

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