The All-Time Best Drugstore Beauty Products Under $15
Best drugstore beauty buys
While we love a good splurge on luxe eye cream or so-worth-it facial oil, we also can't resist a beauty bargain. And the good news is that it's easier than ever to stock your medicine cabinet with wallet-friendly beauty picks. Whether it's up-and-coming trends like brow gel and micellar water or classic must-haves like lipstick and foundation, you can score tried-and-true makeup and skincare for less than it costs to buy a salad for lunch.
Here, we asked professional makeup artists to share their all-time favorite drugstore beauty finds. You'll find the perfect mascara, creamy BB cream, pigment-packed lip balm, and much more on this list. What you won't find: anything that rings in over $15.
Blistex Lip Vibrance
To buy: $4, walgreens.com
"It’s kind of like an all-in-one beauty product. No matter your skin tone, it tints lips in a natural berry shade while protecting with SPF. It also has this built-in mirror in case you need a little help with application. It’s honestly in every bag I own. Plus, it moisturizes softly, meaning it's not goop-y. Just enough hydration and tint with protection."
—Mickey Williams, makeup artist and Share the Glam founder
CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Extensions Mascara
Burt’s Bees BB Cream With SPF 15
To buy: $15, target.com
"I love Burt's Bees tinted moisturizer because of its lightweight texture. It gives skin a sun-kissed radiance while protecting with SPF 15, and the formula is easy for everyday use. I always suggest this tinted moisturizer, as you're getting natural ingredients and great texture for a really good price."
—Azra Red, Honey Artists makeup artist
Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes
To buy: $7; walgreens.com
"My go-to drugstore beauty product is actually Neutrogena's makeup removing towelettes. I love that they remove all types of makeup, even waterproof. They don't irritate or burn eyes when removing eye makeup, and they're great for sensitive skin, which makes them very safe and reliable for me to use on clients."
—Neil Scibelli, makeup artist in New York City
Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes
To buy: $6, walgreens.com
"These come in clusters of three, so they go on faster than individual clusters and with more control than a full strip. I really like that each pack comes with a combination of different lengths. I apply them with Duo Eyelash Adhesive ($7, walgreens.com) which is non-irritating on the eyes."
—Jenny Patinkin, beauty expert and author of Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying ($14, amazon.com)
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
To buy: $6; target.com
"I can't get enough of Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. My client Debra Messing actually introduced me to it. It leaves skin looking even and matte, so it's great for under foundation or simply on its own."
—Min Min Ma, celebrity makeup artist in New York City
Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water
To buy: $9; target.com
"This product is great for a quickie cleaning or skin refresh, and it's chemical-free. It's hydrating and non-irritating, and I love that it has chamomile and niacinamide in it to help improve skin barrier function and even out discoloration."
Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel
To buy: $5; walgreens.com
"When it comes to drugstore brow options, I love this product because of the hold and how well it coats the brows. It can be lightly applied for a natural look, or built up for fierce brows."
—Nikki Robinson, makeup artist and NOMI Beauty founder
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss
To buy: $5; target.com
"Way better than the $5 price tag would have you think. The quality is great, the color range is extensive, and they actually do feel buttery and lovely on the lips."
NYX Studio HD Powder
To buy: $10; walgreens.com
"As a makeup artist, I need a barely-there finishing powder that doesn't crepe on skin or ride into fine lines. This powder is a bargain compared to other pro alternatives and takes the edge off of blinding shine without looking cakey."
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor
To buy: $11; walgreens.com
"This formula is perfection. It delivers rich, creamy pigment that will last all day, while the vitamin E ensures that lips stay moisturized. Not to mention, the texture is absolutely gorgeous and feels almost weightless on the lips."
—Justin Tyme, celebrity makeup artist in New York City
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer
To buy: $5; target.com
"The wand applicator makes for a foolproof application every time, and it’s easy to control how much product is used—no caking here. It accommodates a wide range of skin tones, as well as color correctors for sallow skin and redness."
—Carissa Ferreri, celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles and New York City