Looking good doesn’t always come with a hefty price tag. In fact, some really great products can be found at your local drugstore. Glitter Guide contributor, Caylee Ashwell, asked the GG team to share their favorites. Find them below!
Beauty junkies by nature, we’re always on the hunt for the next best drugstore beauty find. There’s something wildly satisfying about finding a standout product from the aisles of your neighborhood drugstore at a cost that keeps your wallet smiling. Because we’ve done our part as guinea pigs, we wanted to share the love and divulge our drugstore beauty secrets.
“I swear by this budget-friendly BB Cream! It’s the perfect primer, packs SPF 20 sunscreen protection and evens my skintone without putting on even a hint of foundation. When I’m in a rush, it’s the only makeup I need!” – Carrie Waller on the Garnier SkinActive Mineral Skin Perfector BB Cream ($12.99)
“I’ve tried lots of different moisturizers, and I always come back to this one. I lather it on my face and neck every night and wake up with skin that feels hydrated. Bonus: it also gently removes eye makeup!” – Annie Reeves on Pond’s Dry Skin Cream ($4.99)
“I have a ton of serums and tonics I swear by, but I have a much harder time finding moisturizers that I like. I recently started using this product from Garnier and I’m HOOKED! I use it almost every night, it’s so light and absorbs so quickly that it’s great for layering on top of a serum. It’s also a great price compared to other moisturizers I’ve tried that achieve the same results.” – Caitlin Kruse on Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb the Antioxidant Super Moisturizer ($14.22)
“I love these lip glosses by NYX, especially the color Crème Brulee! Its finish is so creamy, and you can’t beat that price!” – Taylor Sterling on NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee ($4.99)
“After adding retinol to my skincare regimen, my dermatologist recommended this drugstore moisturizer to add to my morning routine to protect myself from sun damage. This moisturizer sinks into the skin really nicely and has SPF 50, which is amazing! The size is also perfect for travel or for popping in your purse to reapply as the day goes on!” – Abby Sterling on Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex ($15.99)
“This lightweight (hypoallergenic) moisturizer has completely changed my daily beauty regimen. It’s not only cleared up my blemishes, but it serves as the ultimate makeup primer. The moisturizer leaves my skin smooth and even-looking. I use it before applying makeup, and right before bed. Bonus: my dermatologist recommended it!” – Arin Kleinman on the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer ($16.99)
“The bitter cold weather in New York City was harsh on my skin this past winter, but this new moisturizer from L’Oréal has completely changed my skin. It’s super lightweight, but it still packs on the power and makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated.” – Carly Hill on the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer ($17.99)
“I tend to avoid buying lipstick that I can’t try on first because it inevitably ends up being the wrong shade. However, knowing that Julianne Moore and I have similar complexions—super pale with freckles—I purchased this matte lipstick and hoped for the best. Lo and behold, it’s totally flattering (though slightly orange) and extremely comfortable to wear. Now I need to add Julianne’s pink and nude shades to my growing lipstick collection!” – PJ Feinstein on the L’Oréal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipcolor in Julianne’s Red ($9.99)
“These towelettes act as a makeup remover, cleanser and toner all in one, and are seriously a must in my nighttime routine! I honestly don’t feel like my face is completely clean without them. I first use these towelettes to take off all my makeup, and then proceed with my face cleanser. They are super soft and don’t irritate my skin like some makeup remover towels I’ve tried in the past. Not to mention they smell amazing with their tropical scent, exotic fruit enzymes and aloe vera. Another bonus is they are 100-percent vegetarian and never tested on animals.” – Kara Stout on the Alba Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes ($5.49)
“Like most girls, I’m madly in love with dry shampoo. I have a few favorites I like to rotate through, but whenever I’m going on a trip, I always stop in and grab a travel-sized version from Batiste. It’s TSA-approved so you can pack it in your carry-on, but lasts a lot longer than you’d think! It’s the perfect way to refresh after a long flight or a busy day exploring a new city.” – Caylee Ashwell on Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Scent 1.6oz ($2.99)