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The 15 Best Drugstore Makeup and Skincare Products for 2020

by @abigailrena
Feb 26, 2020


In 2017, Groupon conducted a study with 2,000 Americans asking how much money they spend on their appearance. The women surveyed spent an average of $3,756 a year (that is $313 a month, and up to $225,360 in their lifetime) and the men surveyed spent an average of $2,928 per year ($244 a month, and up to $175,680 in their lifetime). That's a lot of bread.

We don't know about you, but it feels like we've already spent thousands of dollars on Drunk Elephant products this year alone, and we don't even want to know how many times we've entered Sephora with one thing in mind but left with a basket full of sheet masks and perfume we definitely didn't need.

Last time we asked you guys to share your drugstore must-haves we received hundreds of responses, so we rounded up the 15 best drugstore products, according to your reviews. Hopefully, this will help you save some of that dough.

1. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

Set your foundation and concealer with Coty Airspun’s Loose Face Powder. This $6 powder comes in four shades (Honey Beige, Naturally Neutral, Rosey Beige, and Suntan), but our SG community seems to prefer the translucent powder. There is also Translucent Extra Coverage if you’re looking for something a little stronger. The cloudlike formula of this powder is perfect for baking, setting, and blurring fine lines.

Watch more Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder reviews

2. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

After cleansing your face, soak a cotton pad in Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner and swipe it across your face or pat it into your skin. This $11 toner helps to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and balance the skin’s natural pH level. The alcohol-free formula also includes Aloe Vera so it is soothing to sensitive skin. SGers love the rose scent, but it also comes in coconut water, lemon, cucumber, lavender, original, and unscented so there are plenty to choose from!

Watch more Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner reviews

3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

It’s no secret Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay is the cureall for many skin ailments. Use this $8 clay for facials, acne, bodywraps, clay baths, and foot soaks or chill the clay in your fridge for a knee pack and bug bite relief. For the best results, mix the clay with apple cider vinegar and don’t let the clay come in contact with metal bowls or utensils, which may make the clay less effective.

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4. Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighter

As a final touch to your makeup look, dust on a thin layer of Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaGlo Highlighter for blinding shine. This $5 highlighter can’t be beat, according to our SG community. Infused with super fine pearl pigments and nylon for a silky texture, this baked powder will highlight your natural glow. It also comes in seven shades (including purple-y Royal Calyx) so you can choose the undertone of your glow.

Watch more Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighter reviews

5. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Introducing the first step to your new cleansing routine: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. Soak a cotton pad in this $9 micellar water and swipe it across your face for easy makeup removal. Formulated without oil, alcohol, or fragrance, this is sensitive skin’s dream cleanser. It comes in four varieties for different skin concerns including hydration, waterproof, sensitive skin, and mattifying.

Watch more Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water reviews

6. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation

A great makeup look starts with a flawless base. Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation provides lightweight, matte, and pore blurring coverage in 40 shades. This $8 foundation is ideal for those with oily to normal skin. Micro powders in the formula help to absorb oil and minimize the appearance of pores.

Watch more Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation reviews

7. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Hide those tired eyes behind Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. This $10 concealer comes 18 shades. Just twist the top of the product until you deposit the desired amount of concealer on the attached sponge applicator. Some SGers love this product so much they wear it as foundation. If that’s the case for you, I have good news. It also comes in a bigger size for more surface area coverage.

Watch more Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Treatment Concealer reviews

8. Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer

Achieve a sun-kissed glow with Physicians Formula’s Murumuru Butter Bronzer. The silky texture of this $15 product helps it glide on the skin for an even distribution of pigment and pearl. It’s also formulated with a blend of butters including Murumuru, Cupuacu, and Tucuma for ultra-hydrated skin.

Watch more Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer reviews

9. E.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer

Conceal breakouts with e.l.f.’s Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer. This full-coverage concealer is only $6 and claims to last up to 16 hours. It dries matte and comes in 26 shades including white. Our SG community is also a fan of the large doe foot applicator for faster surface area coverage.

Watch more e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer reviews

10. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Amplify your lashes with L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. The brush on this $11 mascara contains over 200 bristles to comb and coat ever. single. lash. The effect is long, fanned out lashes perfect for a flirty flutter. It also comes in three shades: Black, Blackest Black, and Brown Black.

Watch more L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara reviews

11. Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer

You already read about the Fit Me foundation earlier in this list. Well, meet Maybelline’s Fit Me! Concealer. Like the foundation, this $6 concealer is oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic. It also comes in 12 shades so it’s easy to match with the Fit Me foundation. Plus, this slim tube makes it an easy product to throw in your bag for touch-ups, not that you’ll need to!

Watch more Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer reviews

12. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

People all over the world love NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream. Each shade of this matte liquid lipstick is inspired by cities around the globe. If you can’t afford a trip to Cabo, at least you can afford this $7 lipstick called Cabo. And since it is a matte cream, it’s more hydrating than regular matte liquid lipsticks.

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13. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Splash into hydration with Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel. This $21 gel moisturizer made with hyaluronic acid absorbs into the skin quickly for instant hydration. It’s also non-comedogenic and alcohol-free so it won’t irritate the skin or cause breakouts. Wear it alone or under makeup as a hydrating primer.

Watch more Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel reviews

14. Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Have you ever taken a photo and been horrified to find the flash illuminated your concealer like a reflector vest in headlights? Wet ‘n Wild’s Photo Focus Foundation prevents photo flashback with a light-diffusing formula. It has been tested under several different light conditions with and without the flash so you can be sure that you won’t take any embarrassing photos when you wear this $6 mattifying concealer.

Watch more Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation reviews

15. Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

At the end of the day, you need something that will reliably take all your makeup off. Neutrogena’s Makeup Removing Wipes gently remove makeup (even waterproof!) without the need to tug and pull on the skin, which can not only irritate the skin, but also lead to wrinkles. Plus, this is the easiest way to clean your skin when you’re having a lazy day.

Watch more Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes reviews

Does your favorite drugstore product make the rank? Add your review below to help your product climb to the top!

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