Update your makeup kit for the season with these budget-friendly steals
Drugstore beauty brands are more popular than ever right now, not only because they are affordable, but many of the products are on par with luxury items when it comes to quality, ingredients and finish. Plus, with life gradually returning to normal over the next few months, it’s the best time to stock up on glowing, summery looks so you’re ready for whatever the sunniest season holds.
1. Revlon Photo-ready Candid Foundation, $16.99
RevlonAvailable in 22 different shades, this lightweight foundation is a great pick for the warmer months because it’s moisturizing, creamy and leaves you with a dewy finish. Plus, we love that it has skincare benefits such as no harsh fragrances, anti-blue light ingredients, and protection against pollution which can lead to early aging and wrinkles.
2. NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer, $12.99
NYXThis concealer by NYX is a fabulous multitasker that you will love using on the daily. It’s waterproof, long-lasting, and has buildable medium-to-full coverage to correct under eye circles, hide blemishes and contour areas. Not to mention, it has a matte finish so you never worry about your skin looking oily through out the day. A true affordable winner.
3. Neutrogena Radiant Primer and Serum, $14.30
NeutrogenaUsing primer as a base is an important step before applying makeup, but the best thing about Neutrogena’s product is that you can use it on its own to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Formulated with peptides and pearl pigments, it has a subtle shine to keep you radiant all day.
4. Wet n Wild Mega-glo Highlighter, $14
Wet n WildA highlighter is a must-have in your makeup kit, especially in the summer, because we all love an extra-sun-kissed look. The Mega-glo by Wet n Wild has become an iconic drugstore favourite thanks to its super shimmery, pigmented powder and variety of shades.
5. L’Oreal Infallible Powder Foundation, $19.99
L’OrealMany stay away from powder foundations since they have had a past reputation of becoming cakey and dry on the skin, but here is a game changer that is guaranteed to change your mind. Breathable and matte, this product by L’Oreal gives you light, long-lasting coverage without breaking the bank.
6. Burt’s Bees Natural Blush with Vitamin E, $16.99
Burt’s BeesAchieve rosy cheeks with Burt’s Bees Natural Blush, infused with vitamin E to keep your skin nourished and glowing. Whether you prefer a light pink or a subtle peach, there are five pretty shades to choose from.
7. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, $8.98
RimmelBoost your summer tan, or give yourself a much-needed luminous glow with this cult favourite. Rimmel’s bronzer is soft to the touch, easy to apply, and won’t budge throughout the day. Plus, you just can’t go wrong with the price.
8. Elf Cosmetics Ultra Precise Brow, $7
E.L.F CosmeticsBrow goals are just a few strokes away, thanks to this affordable pencil by Elf Cosmetics. We love how precise the formula is in creating real looking hair, whether you want a natural look or something more dramatic.
9. Milani Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $29.99
MilaniHighly pigmented and velvety, Milani’s eyeshadow palette is fabulous for summer and beyond. We love all 12 of these shades that are perfect for taking your look from day to night, thanks to matte and metallic options.
10. Maybelline Sky High Lash Sensational Mascara, $10.96
MaybellineChoosing a mascara can be a difficult task because there are so many options available. Maybelline’s Sky High Lash Sensational tops the list for us, thanks to a number of reasons. It’s waterproof, doesn’t flake, and the wand not only works to separate each lash but gives them a long-lasting curl. Tried and tested, this formula is guaranteed to be a daily hit, and is also a favourite amongst beauty bloggers worldwide.
11. L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner, $11.99
L’OrealInexpensive, easy-to-use and precise, L’Oreal’s Felt Tip Eyeliner is a drugstore purchase winner. From natural to cat eye to bold, you will be able to draw whatever look you want with the specially designed applicator. Not to mention, the formula doesn’t smudge which is a huge plus point when selecting a liner.
12. NYX Professional Slim Lip Pencil, $5.49
NYXLip liners are definitely having their moment right now, and NYX’s product defines your pout with a pigmented and lustrous finish. There are a variety of shades to choose from to complement your lip colour, and you might as well grab a couple because the price is so great.
13. Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick, $10.99
MaybellineThis hydrating formula has been tested on over 50 diverse skin tones, and we love that there are so many different colours to pick from, as well as both satin and matte finishes. Infused with honey nectar and beeswax, your lips will stay lush all day.