Drugstore Makeup Worth Buying

cvs drugstore makeup haul

I am SO EXCITED to finally get up a drugstore beauty favorites post. Over the years I've had quite a few requests for drugstore recommendations or dupes and so many times I've tried and failed. I'm particularly picky about quality, smell, and consistency when it comes to makeup and it can take a lot of trial and error to find the gems among so many products being sold at the drugstore. Now, that's not to say there aren't tons of gems, it just takes a lot of testing and trying. Of the mass amount of beauty product I purchased from my haul, about half of it didn't work (i.e. I didn't like the colors, the smell, the color payoff, etc.). BUT I did find some things I love and can't wait to share them!

(btw the toiletry bag above is from H&M)


sitting at vanity take photo
necklace (20% off with PARDONMUAH20& bodysuit (I sized up to a small) & phone case

covergirl smashes mac candy yum yum
COVERGIRL smashes vs. MAC candy yum yum

Candy Yum Yum is one of my all time summer brights so when I saw Smashes I got really excited! Smashes is less opaque than Candy Yum Yum but on the lips the color and tone is very similar.

la girl eternal pink mac shock value
L.A. Girl eternal pink vs. MAC shock value

milani champagne nyx fortune cookie neutrogena true nude
MILANI champagne & NYX fortune cookie (FAV!) & NEUTROGENA true nude

coppertone glow sunscreen neutrogena ulta sheer body mist sunscreen
COPPERTONE glow  & NEUTROGENA ultra sheer body mist

The Coppertone Glow has a slight shimmer making it a fun sunscreen alternative when you want your skin to, well, glow. The Neutrogena body mist is an AH-mazing find for a stunning sheen on the skin. I watched Jennifer Lopez's makeup artist Scott Barnes use it in a tutorial for photoshoots!

la girl ohh lala lipstick mac influentially it lipstick
L.A. GIRL ohh la la! (loveee) vs. MAC influentially it 

la girl flesh lip liner mac boldly bare lip liner
L.A. GIRL flesh vs. MAC boldy bare

conair life and style comb
CONAIR life & style

I own four of these! The only comb I use to tease my hair - love the double row of teeth for big hair.

wet and wild blossom glow highlighter
WET & WILD blossom glow

maybelline tattoo eye liner deep onyx
MAYBELLINE deep onyx

loreal infallible total cover foundation

Love the color tone of this foundation. I had a really hard time finding shades in the drugstore that weren't too orange. This is a beautiful color and the consistency and wearability is great!

loreal toffee to be lip liner mac oak lip liner
LOREAL toffee to be vs. MAC oak

milani coral cove blush
MILANI coral cove

OBSESSED! I've been wearing this blush every single day since I got it. It's the prettiest bright.

loreal infallible full wear peripera ink corrector
LOREAL infallible full wear (ivory) & PERIPERA ink corrector (purple)

Really impressed with the formula and stay power of the infallible full wear concealer. I actually like it better than shape tape (gasp!) and have been wearing it just as much as my higher end concealers. I like to pair it with the purple toned ink corrector by Peripera. I've gotten lots of questions about where this is in the drugstore and it is fairly difficult to find. I found mine in CVS towards the back of the store, on the bottom shelf, across from the nail polish and cotton balls.

covergirl nudists dream lip gloss marc jacobs sugar sugar lip gloss
COVERGIRL nudist's dream  vs. MARC JACOBS sugar sugar

black radiance star struck lip gloss mac rags to riches lip gloss
BLACK RADIANCE star struck vs. MAC rags to riches

sitting at vanity taking photo

maybelline beige babe lipstick
MAYBELLINE beige babe (if you love nudes, you need this!)

la girl sugar and spice lip liner mac whirl lip liner
L.A. GIRL sugar & spice vs. MAC whirl

la girl forever bare lip liner mac oh honey lip liner
L.A. GIRL forever bare vs. MAC oh honey (retired color)

loreal telescopic mascara essence lash princess
LOREAL telescopic vs. ESSENCE lash princess

I love telescopic because it has a nice, thin brush. I've been trying to grow my lashes out from having extensions and need something thinner that can catch all the small lashes growing in. Thicker bristles just make a mess for me right now (sighhh). The Essence mascara is amazing for fullness and length!

loreal voluminous primer
LOREAL voluminous primer (the BEST lash primer!)

milani bronzer physicians formula bronzer
milani bronzer physicians formula bronzer
MILANI sun tan & PHYSICIANS FORMULA deep bronzer

beauty 360 vitamin e blender and beauty blender
BEAUTY 360 vitamin e blender vs. BEAUTY BLENDER original

Please note, I haven't used the drugstore sponge on the left yet... but I HAD to pick it up after noticing the very stark resemblance to the original Beauty Blender. I will say, after taking it out of the package, the consistency is much different (you can see the rougher, less dense consistency in the picture) so I'm really interested to see how this works!

amazon pink handheld fan
this fan is from amazon and it's perfect for drying your lash glue or finishing spray!

I hope you all enjoyed this drugstore favorites! If you have any holy grail products I should know about for my next haul please comment below or send me a dm on Instagram.



  1. I always love finding new drugstore favorites! I didn't get a chance to reply to your story when you were asking for recommendations, but some of my all-time drugstore faves are the Maybelline lipstick in "Nude Nuance" (great dupe for Mac Whirl!), the Loreal Lash Paradise mascara, and the Sleek MakeUp Solstice highlighting palette (I find mine at Ulta). Also the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker plumping gloss is NO joke! Some people find it uncomfortably tingly, but I think it weirdly feels good, haha.

  2. Great recommendations! I recently got a Wet n Wild highlighter and I love it. I definitely want to get some of these products when I visit the states this summer

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