Refresh your look with these budget-friendly beauty gems
Go easy on the pocketbook this year with these drugstore cosmetics that not only come at a great price, but fabulous quality as well. Stock up and you’re all set for your next office Zoom call, virtual date night, or just a little glam pick-me-up…
1. Revlon PhotoReady Candid Foundation, $16.49
RevlonWe’re all about achieving that dewy, flawless look, and Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid Foundation gives you just that. It boasts anti-pollutant properties, and is rich in antioxidants, plus it has anti-blue light ingredients (perfect, since we are all spending more time in front of our screens). It's oil-free, and great for sensitive skin, plus, it’s available in 22 different shades and feels like you’re wearing moisturizer.
2. Maybelline New York Baby Skin Primer, $10.96
Maybelline New YorkThe key to a glowing face is starting off with a great base. Our top pick is Baby Skin by Maybelline, which instantly clears up pores, and will keep skin feeling soft and smooth throughout the day. Use it on its own, or before applying your makeup products.
3. NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer, $11.99
NYXNYX’s top-rated concealer is available in 24 different shades, so you can easily brighten up under the eyes, contour, or cover up blemishes. The formula is lightweight, matte, and provides full coverage for 24 hours, which means it’s not going to budge until you take it off.
4. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner, $10.47
RevlonWhether you’re going bold or sophisticated, Revlon’s liquid liner is a hit when it comes to creating a precise, classic cat eye that won’t smudge. This formula has been ophthalmologist-tested, so you know it’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Plus, there is no way you can go wrong with the price!
5. Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner, $6.49
Annabelle KohlAdd a rich pop of colour to your look with Annabelle’s Kohl eyeliners. We are obsessed with the sultry pigments that are long-lasting, and come in three different finishes: matte, metallic or chrome. They will take defining your eyes to a whole new level.
6. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $10.96
L’OrealA favourite of celeb makeup artists and beauty editors worldwide, this mascara by L’Oreal Paris gives expensive products a run for their money. The fibre wand delivers a lot of product to each individual eyelash resulting in a voluminous, feathery finish. Also available in a non-waterproof version.
7. E.L.F Cosmetics Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $12
E.L.FYou can never go wrong with a smokey eye, and this palette by E.L.F Cosmetics gives you 10 different shades, taking you from neutral to dramatic in no time. We love the satin matte texture of the colours which blend seamlessly together, and you can even pick a single shade to use as an eyeliner with a thin brush.
8. Milani Baked Blush, $9.97
MilaniA little bit of blush is the quickest way to brighten up your face, especially when you want to keep your glam to a minimum. Our favourite is this pocket-sized one by Milani, which has a rich pigment, not too much sparkle, and just the right amount of rosiness for the cheeks.
9. Covergirl Easy Breezy Brow Micro-Fine and Define Pencil, $8.97
CovergirlFor naturally full-looking brow goals, Covergirl’s micro-fine pencil is a winner. Define your eyebrows as much as you like, and then use the built-in spooley brush to groom them in place. Plus, not having to use a sharpener makes things super easy!
10. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, $20.99
Physicians FormulaEven though we can’t travel right now, get a vacation-worthy glow thanks to this bronzer by Physicians Formula. Available in four different shades, it’s blended with murumuru butter for an extra moisturizing finish and smells like your favourite tropical destination... which is exactly what we need right now!
11. Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighter, $7.29
Wet N WildWet N Wild’s highlighting powder has become a cult classic when it comes to drugstore products. We call it the holy grail of highlighters with its super fine, highly pigmented shimmer, available in six shades. Contour, blend and stay radiant all day.
12. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick, $7.99
MilaniGone are the days of having to break the bank for lip colours that last. Milani’s Colour Statement lipstick comes in 12 different shades, including a deep Sangria and a subtle Dulce Caramelo. The formula includes both vitamin A and C so that your lips will stay hydrated and lustrous for hours.