Looking to save money on your beauty routine? Consider a trip to your local drugstore for affordable — yet, effective — beauty buys. It’s a common misconception that if a product is inexpensive, it doesn’t work. However, drugstore beauty aisles are actually stocked full of low-price beauty buys that house high-price benefits.
Not convinced? Let these affordable drugstore finds speak for themselves.
1. NYX Cosmetics Hydra Touch Powder Foundation
If you’re running low on your powder foundation, switch things up with this more affordable option from NYX Cosmetics. With over 20 shades to choose from, the Hydra Touch Powder Foundation ($10) boasts buildable coverage with a lightweight matte finish. What’s more? You can apply the innovative formula wet or dry, depending on your preference. It also contains moisturizing extracts for a softer, smoother, fresher finish.
2. Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic
It’s no secret that the beauty industry loves micellar water. And guess what? You can find some of the best micellar waters on the shelves of your local drugstore — or, in this case, Target. From the cult-favorites to the classics, Target is a mecca for all things beauty. Next time you’re out on a Target run, load up your cart with Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic ($11.99). Enriched with coconut water and micelle technology, this rinse-free cleanser melts off pore-clogging dirt and debris, removes makeup, and leaves the skin feeling ultra fresh.
3. Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash
Want to know one of the best ways to save money on beauty products? Look for products with multi-tasking benefits. Not only does Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash ($12) cleanse the complexion, it purifies and smooths the skin, too. Formulated with Superfruit™ Yuzu, this foaming drugstore cleanser effectively removes grime from the skin’s surface and leaves all skin types looking — and feeling — softer, smoother, and fresher.
4. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB
Think you need an expensive BB cream to get the perfect makeup application? Think again! Beauty lovers are obsessed with Maybelline Dream Fresh BB ($8.99) for its ability to adjust the skin’s tone, blur imperfection, enhance the complexion, and protect with SPF 30. What’s more? The water-to-gel formula makes for easy application and even easier blending.
5. OGX (formerly Organix) Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil
Let’s face it: Argan oil is expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. OGX is one of our favorite drugstore hair care brands for their powerful, low-priced formulas, and the Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil ($7.99) does not disappoint. Enriched with — you guessed it — Moroccan oil, the potent formula restores shine, strengthens strands, and leaves dry hair feeling ultra soft and luxurious.
6. Sun Bum Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
Your search for an effective yet affordable sunscreen ends here. Enriched with soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, Sun Bum’s Zinc Oxide Sunscreen ($9.99) can protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, while providing a boost of soothing nourishment. And unlike other sunscreen formulas, this one goes on clear and doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue.
7. Freeman Beauty Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay Mask
If you frequent the beauty aisles at your local drugstore, chances are you’ve come across Freeman Beauty’s impressive collection of affordable face masks. One of our favorite? The Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay Mask ($4.29). Enriched with deep-cleaning kaolin and bentonite clay, this clay face mask cleans, exfoliates, tones, and absorbs excess oil for a clarifying finish.
8. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
Not all acne spot treatments are created equal. Case in point? Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick ($8.79). Enriched with tea tree oil and 100% natural, the blemish-fighting formula is as powerful as it is affordable. In addition to spot treating blemishes, the drugstore formula also balances oil production and stimulates surface cell renewal. Yes, please!
9. Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color
When it comes to drugstore makeup, Wet n Wild is one of our favorite beauty brands. Not only are all of their products super affordable, they’re highly pigmented, too! If you’re in need of a new lip color, we recommend picking up a Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color ($2.99) from the brand’s MegaSlicks line. Enriched with acai palm oil, this drugstore lip shade slides on smoothly without feathering. What’s more? The jumbo pencil makes for foolproof application, too!