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Best Drugstore Beauty Products

Our editors share their favorite budget finds.
Makeup Dori Katz, Beauty Editor

"I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to playing with makeup—I need to test absolutely everything before I decide. A hard day's work, but somebody's gotta do it."

Best Drugstore Makeup
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James Worrell

  1. Eco Tools Recycled Aluminum Retractable Kabuki Brush, $8
    The supersoft bristles distribute powder and creams evenly. Plus, the sleek handles are made of bamboo and recycled aluminum—green and gorgeous!
  2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, $17
    This lightweight lotion provides the perfect amount of coverage with a subtle brightening effect. The built-in sunscreen is the icing on the cake.
  3. CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plume, $7.50
    Smoky eyes made simple—just how I like it. Both sides glide on seamlessly, one to cover the lid, the other as liner and in the crease. Blend and smudge as you like.
  4. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiners, $11
    The perfect metallic shades to enhance my hazel eyes in a formula that goes on smoothly without any tugging. The hardest part? Choosing just one!
  5. Almay Wake-Up Hydrating Makeup, $13
    A powder that has a cooling effect upon contact, with aloe vera, cucumber and green tea extracts to soothe and smooth. A perfect midday refresher!
  6. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Blendable Blush in Berry, $5
    One thing I've learned, a little blush makes a big difference. A few sweeps of this sheer shade and voila! A subtle, natural-looking glow, just right for every day.
  7. Sally Hansen Flirty Eyes Classic Eyelash Curler, $5.50
    A foolproof, easy-to-use tool—it doesn't pinch (promise!) and adds major curl in seconds.
  8. Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Shadow Palette in Eye on Fall Color, $20
    Sonia is always right on trend with the hottest, most wearable hues. This is a gorgeous mix of rich jewel tones and shimmery metallics that inspire you to mix and match, with a little cheat sheet for flawless application.
  9. Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Victorian, $9
    Finally, my ideal pink, and this one actually stays put. The double-ended pen gives just the right pop of color.
  10. Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, $10
    My nails were always prone to chips, until I discovered Seche Vite's tough-as-nails formula. One coat prevents nicks and keeps polish shiny for days.
  11. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara, $10
    It's a fake out—you get the look of falsies without the time or effort. The fiber-rich formula makes my lashes look long and lush, and no dreaded clumping.

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