As much as we’d like to say we love affordable drugstore beauty products more than spendier finds from Sephora, Violet Grey, and Dermstore, ehhhh that would definitely be a lie. Unfortunately (for our wallets, at least), my fellow WWW beauty editor Courtney Higgs and I have rather expensive taste in beauty products. (Remember that time I realized my makeup routine totaled a whopping $436?!)
But, there is a but. Since it’s part of the job, we’ve definitely tried our fair share of drugstore beauty products. Over the years, we’ve amassed a collection of budget-friendly finds we’re actually more obsessed with than their luxe, investment-worthy counterparts. Sure, I might have a drawer of lovely mascaras from Chanel, Dior, Too Faced, Lancôme, and more, but running short on my beloved neon-orange tube from Covergirl is what sends me into a cataclysmic panic. And there’s more where that came from!
Below, Courtney and I are sharing the best drugstore beauty products we use on a regular basis and mix with or sub for even the most spendy of beauty formulas. They’re not necessarily new or particularly exciting, but they’re the ones we truly can’t live without and haven’t felt the need to replace with higher-end options—even years later. Keep scrolling!