8 Underrated Drugstore Beauty Buys

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Abigail Searcy, FCHS Journalist

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  1. Maybelline –  “The Falsies” Push Up Drama Mascara

Yes, you can pay $24 for a tube of Benefit mascara, but why bother? At only $10.49, Maybelline’s no-nonsense mascara is a steal. The cup-shaped bristles of the brush swoop creamy product onto the lashes, creating a voluminous and non-clumped look. This mascara leaves lashes looking full and glamorous, making it a great choice for an everyday product. Purchase this product here.

  1. Makeup Revolution – Stick Foundation

Available in 18 diverse shades, this $9 foundation is as full-coverage as it gets. With just one swipe, skin is instantly highlighted and perfected. Acne is no match for the creamy formula, as fine lines, redness and other imperfections are hidden. The stick makes for easy application, just swipe, blend and enjoy. Purchase this product here.

  1. Wet N Wild – Felt Tip Eyeliner

If you’re looking for a product that will get the job done for only $4, this eyeliner is for you. Available in dark brown and black, the fast-drying liquid can create any look from a simple line to a dramatic wing. The thin felt tip allows for precise, smudge-free, quick application. At $4, who could resist? Purchase this product here.

  1. Rimmel London – Magnif’ Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

This palette mimics the Urban Decay Naked collection, but for less than a third of the price. At $8, this three palette collection includes Nude, Blush and Smoke options. The long-wear, high-shimmer and easy-to-blend formula makes it easy to create a variety of looks. When wet, the product can also act as an eyeliner. Use a thin eye brush to create fine lines. Purchase this product here.

  1. Sally Hansen – Insta Dry Nail Polish

Available in 48 shades varying from neutrals to purple glitter, this polish dries in just 60 seconds (really, no exaggeration). The rectangular brush makes application easy. Full-coverage, vibrant nails can be yours with just one swipe. According to Sally Hansen, the new and improved formula provides 33% longer wear and chip resistance as opposed to the old formula. At just $3.50, this polish is a beauty staple, particularly compared to pricier brands like OPI. Purchase this product here.

  1. Neutrogena – Makeup Removing Wipes

No matter how great a makeup product is, it will eventually have to be washed off. These wipes are ultra-soft, gentle on skin and you won’t have to scrub to remove residue. According to Neutrogena, the wipes remove 99.3% of your most stubborn makeup, including waterproof mascara. They cost $8 for a package of 25 and will leave your face feeling bare and refreshed. (But remember, it is important to still wash your face with soap and water afterward). Purchase this product here.

  1. Aquaphor – Healing Ointment

This miracle moisturizer can tackle any dry skin, whether it be feet, lips, elbows or cuticles. It is a multi-purpose ointment that has won countless awards due to its versatility. The product is even recommended by doctors, serving a purpose similar to Neosporin. For just $8 a jar, keep your skin hydrated and vivacious every day. Purchase this product here.

  1. NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream

For $6.50, this product is arguably one of the best matte lip creams on the market. The long-lasting, colorful, velvety-smooth product delivers a creamy finish and a bright burst of color. With 12 new neutral shades, there is surely a color for everyone. Purchase this product here.

So instead of spending hundreds at Sephora for just a few products, take a walk down the aisles of your local pharmacy or drugstore. The biggest benefit of shopping this way is the discounts. At Sephora or department stores like Belk, products rarely go on sale and coupons are unheard of, yet by clipping a few coupons from a circular or using CVS ExtraBucks, you can score an undeniable steal on your next makeup run.