10 Best Drugstore Makeup Must-Haves

Overhead shot of makeup and brushes on blue backgroundA swipe of lip gloss and a dusting of eye shadow can make you feel like a whole new person. You can walk into a room ready to take on any obstacles thrown your way. But you don’t have to spend the department store prices to exude the same confidence. Before you write off the drugstore labels or drugstore makeup dupes, give these products a try and discover that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks! These 10 makeup and skin care essentials are not only budget-friendly without compromising quality, they all give you Cash Back at Ebates. Take a look and see which ones you’ll be adding to your next beauty shopping list.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Professional Matte Lip Color

e.l.f. Matte Lip ColorGet the bold ruby red lip you long for or keep it neutral with a light rose shade with this drugstore makeup must have. The price is so nice you’ll be able to stock up on a few shades so you can match any outfit or mood.

New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eyeshadow Palette

New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eyeshadow PaletteSkip the overpriced neutral makeup kits in favor of this budget-friendly array that will help you get that glamorous look for less. You’ll love the shimmer this eye shadow palette offers and you’ll be looking good day or night.

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving PrimerRed-toned and acne-prone skin can be hard to cover but this primer will prep you for your day whether you’re facing a camera or not. Get rid of the redness and help your makeup glide on smoothly and last longer with this drugstore makeup must have that will get you great results at half of the price of other primers while earning you Cash Back at Ebates.

CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Volume Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast Mega Volume MascaraShop at Walgreens to get long luscious lashes and incredible volume with CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Volume Mascara. This mascara is a favorite of makeup artists across the world and can be applied in layers to get the dramatic look you love. You can purchase it with a drugstore coupon and save even more making this a top notch buy.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Contour & Highlight Palette

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Contour & Highlight Palette, DeepThe hottest trend in makeup these days can’t go unmentioned. Get professional level contouring with this compact and simple contouring palette from drugstore.com. Accentuate all the right corners quickly and with ease while using a promo code from Ebates for extra savings.

BhCosmetics Studio Pro HD Brow Pencil

BhCosmetics Studio Pro HD Brow PencilGet the perfect brow with this pro-level eyebrow pencil and brush in one. Your brow will look full and flawless with five shades to choose from. Flip the pencil around and you’ll be able to use the brush end to blend and create a natural finish.

Wet n Wild Kabuki Powder Brush

Wet n Wild Kabuki Powder BrushThe same brand that made your favorite lip balms and nail polishes in middle school offer a nice selection of makeup brushes that aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. You won’t spend over $4, making the full makeup brush set extremely affordable.

Physicians Formula Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio

Physicians Formula Kohl Kajal Eyeliner TrioTake your smokey eye game to the next level with eye-popping liners from Physicians Formula. Trios come in multiple colors so you can go neutral for the office and bold for after hours.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar WaterAt the end of the day, you’re going to need to remove all of that glorious discount makeup. This fantastic product from ULTA Beauty gets the job done and also cleans and hydrates! Best off all, there’s no excuse for late night laziness because it doesn’t require any rinsing. Just grab a cotton ball and swipe and you’re done.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

Cetaphil Daily Facial MoisturizerWhether your skin is dry, oily or somewhere in between, you should be moisturizing your skin every day. The same goes for sunscreen. And what better way to get the job done than a lightweight moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection already added? Use this non-comedogenic lotion every day to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

For even more drugstore makeup favorites, check out the huge selection of makeup brushes, bags and kits at stores like TargetSears, and Walmart (have you heard of Walmart’s Beauty Box? Check it out if you love trying new product samples for less.). What are your top picks for the best drugstore makeup products? Tell us all about it in the comments below!



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  1. Pam Brammer

    I like articles like this one that give you info about specific items. I will try some of them.

    • Swapna Dhamdhere at Ebates

      Glad to hear it, Pam!