Best of Drugstore Cosmetics

We all love to look amazing, but balling on a budget in the makeup department can tricky. From concealers that cost more than clothing and mascaras that qualify for a mortgage – we have to ask – is the high price tag really worth it? VALLEY has gathered some drug store finds worthy of your face that won’t break the bank.


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Where it all begins – the face. Different products offer different things and ranges in coverage.

For medium coverage that won’t clog your pores and keeps fresh and light from a day of classes right into a night out, Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream with SPF 30 is a great option. Coming in at $8.99, this cream offers eight different benefits – from brightening to hydrating – and certainly gives you the most bang for your buck.

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For full coverage, NYX’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation offers 45 different shades from Pale to Deep Ebony ensuring that you’ll be able to find the right fit for you. While this product is advertised to work for all skin types it also promises a matte look – so if a dewy glow is what you are looking for, this might not be the best product for you. If a matte look is what you’ve been searching for, however, at the pretty price of $14.99 for a 30ml bottle it’s a deal that can’t be beat.

Blemishes can be a drag, and finding a good concealer that doesn’t look cakey, but still gets the job done can be tough. Almay offers the perfect concealer that changes shades to match your skin perfectly and leaves you with natural looking, buildable finish. Smart Shade Concealer, priced at $8.99, is great for light to medium coverage and because it’s a liquid, makes application quick and simple to hide any blemish from a pesky pimple to dark circles.

For even more coverage, turn to Maybelline’s Better Skin Concealer. With skin correcting medication right in the formula, this concealer provides medium to full coverage all while preventing further breakouts. The product’s felted brush to makes application easy and precise.


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When it comes to lashes, it’s easy to love your purchase knowing that you’ve bought a mascara that won’t clump-up – and even easier to love when that purchase won’t empty out your pockets. With their Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara, L’Oreal offers soft, clump-free lashes – without sacrificing volume and length – for only $9.99 a tube.  

Eyeliner can complete or even upgrade a fabulous look when applied correctly. Liquid eyeliner offers more precise, longer-lasting results, but can be difficult to apply. Covergirl’s Get in Line Liquid Liner delivers crisp lines and that jaw-dropping eyeliner effect we’re all searching for, at only $8.99.


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A solid lip can complete any look, but why spend a fortune for a color that wears off as the night goes on? The NYX Slim Lip Pencil at only $3.99 a pop, is long lasting and subtle enough to pair beautifully with any shade of lipstick.  Another great lip color option is L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Lipstick comes in a variety of shades and finishes – from glossy to matte – and is perfectly priced at only $9.99. 

Any of these college-budget friendly options will help you to put your best face forward without spending your entire paycheck. Be sure to share your favorite drug store finds with us on Twitter @VALLEYmag



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