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9+ Drugstore Must Haves That'll Make You Skip On Sephora

One of my favorite pastimes is window-shopping at Sephora. It's like taking a stroll through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but for us makeup-obsessed folk out there. I love seeing what new products are out that are going to cure all of my life's problems, but honestly, it can be pretty overwhelming and pricey.

Skip Sephora and count on these drugstore makeup products to never let you or your wallet down when you need quality, inexpensive, and accessible makeup.

1. Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

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Woo-WHEE. Now this is what I call serving golden goddess glow!

This highlighter from Wet n Wild literally has five stars and over 450 reviews, so you know the people know what's up when it comes to a good reliable highlighter.

This is what will happen when you wear it.

You may need to warn people to wear sunglasses around you.

2. NYX Matte Liquid Liner

If you're one of those with wrinkly eyelids, this liquid liner should be fully stocked for at least 10 years in your makeup room. That is honestly how much you'll be using it.

I've never been a huge fan of felt tip eye liner wands because they pull at my eyelids.

But this eyeliner wand glides on smoothly and gives you a killer dramatic cat eye to boot.

3. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation

Maybelline is k i l l i n g it with this diverse foundation line. If you're having a hard time finding your shade, you will definitely find it here!

4. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Do you wish you were on a beach drinking a Mai Tai and letting all that vitamin D penetrate your skin (with sunscreen on, of course)?


But the closest and cheapest way to achieve that vibe is with this butter-smooth, delicious-smelling bronzer that blends perfectly.

5. Physicians Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette

All of our hopes and dreams for a buildable and ultra blendable eyeshadow palette come alive in this cohesive palette by Physicians Formula.

Again, it smells like a Piña Colada. Could we ask for any more???

6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

As someone with short lashes, I've always had issues with mascara formulas weighing my lashes down, making them virtually nonexistent.

But this mascara has been a continued staple of mine for years, lifting and coating my lashes to perfection.

7. Pixi Double Cleanse

Wow! A makeup remover and face cleanser that actually removes makeup? Who'da thunkit!

The oil side works to break down makeup and the cleanser removes the oil, sweeping away the rest of the makeup.

Is it witchcraft? Maybe, but I'll take it!

8. NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe

This blush is great for extremely pale babes out there (holla). When using it as a contour shade, it isn't super muddy and is neutral.

But it's not just for ghosts. It looks great on darker skin-tones, too!

9. Milani Cosmetics Rose Powder Blush

Not only is this the cutest blush packaging that I've ever seen in all my wildest dreams and realities, but it's also a really great buildable and blendable product.

Romantic Rose is my personal fave and goes with any makeup look!

10. L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal Concealer

Concealer is a very important product in your makeup routine and you don't want to mess around with it.

This concealer not only has a wide color range for all skin tones, but it has great coverage and blends out like a charm with a damp beauty sponge.

Yes puh-LEASE.

11. Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette

This little eyeshadow palette needs to be your go-to neutral shadow palette — if you don't have one already.

You really get a little bit of everything in it and it's so compact that you'll have so much more space in your luggage for chocolate souvenirs.

12. Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss

If you haven't heard of Black Radiance, get used to the name.

This black-owned cosmetics company has such a diverse range of products, but is also home to this non-sticky pigmented gloss.

We all need it.

13. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse

I love matte liquid lipstick, but it is not safe for my Saharan desert dry lips.

This lipstick, on the other hand, is matte and creamy at the same time (whaaat?), long-lasting, and ultra comfortable.

14. NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Concealer

This product is said to be an excellent dupe for Tarte's Shape Tape concealer. Can I get a big "HECK YES"?!

It's definitely full coverage, but it's not dry and feels high-end. That is the mood.

15. e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls

This is the perfect universal highlighter shade that is shimmery and dewy-looking, but not glittery and sparkly.

I think the heavens have just opened? Oh, wait. That's just the highlighter glowing lol.

16. Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow

Imagine a cream eye shadow that doesn't settle into wrinkly eyelid lines, is long-wearing, and doesn't look like melted metal was dumped on your lid.

Well, here she is! It is also Tati Westbrook approved, so you know it's fire.

17. NYX Matte Finish

Now that you've collected all the drusgtore makeup you need, you need to set it so it stays on forever. Or just the whole day, but that's why this product is great.