Aimlessly wandering through the aisles of Sephora and spending countless hours scrolling through the Insta feeds of makeup queens are merely two of my guilty pleasures.  Growing an extensive collection of high-end beauty products is the dream but on a student budget, high-end makeup items put a much bigger dent in the wallet. There’s a common misconception associated with drugstore beauty products that suggests that the price tag influences the overall quality, and while that might be the case when it comes to dollar store makeup items there are plenty of drugstore brands that have earned their spot at the top. Here are 5 drugstore products that allows you to beat your face on a budget!

1.L’oreal True match Super Blendable Makeup Foundation

L’oreal True match Super Blendable Makeup Foundation

L’oreal True match Super Blendable Makeup Foundation

This foundation offers medium to full coverage and an extensive range of cool, neutral, and warm shades to fit a wide variety of skin tones! Said to be ideal for all skin tones, I can personally attest that L’oreal True Match foundation is combination skin approved! Long wearing, buildable coverage, and minimal oxidization throughout the day? It’s a YES from me.

2.Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

A common mention across beauty Youtube channels, this concealer definitely deserves its praise! It’s light, easy to blend, and feels great underneath foundation. Dark under eye circles are not a stylish trend, for a quick brightening look Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer acts like a cup of morning coffee for your pretty peepers!

3.Milani Baked Blush

Milani Baked Blush

Milani Baked Blush

Rich pigmentation, long lasting power, and a wide range of matte and shimmery shades, if that’s not enough to tempt you on your next makeup haul maybe the pretty gold packaging or low $7.99 price point might. The Baked blushes offer an intense colour payoff, the lightest of swipes give your cheeks a healthy rosy glow.

4.Nyx Butter Gloss

Nyx Butter Gloss

Nyx Butter Gloss

Cake batter scent and yummy dessert names?! Need I say any more? In all honesty I’m not a fan of glosses, I prefer matte liquid lipsticks due to their smudge-proof staying power. HOWEVER, these glosses not only smell amazing but are surprisingly pigmented without the uncomfortable stickiness. Layer this baby on over a lipliner or lipstick for a rich colour or swipe it on alone, either way your lips will slay!

5.L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

The most important step in a makeup routine (in my opinion) is the setting spray! After all that hard work you put in, you need to lock it all in. While the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray has been a popular choice amongst the beauty community there is a drugstore alternative that works just as well! The L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray  is non-scented, oil free, and nearly half the price of it’s high-end counterparts.

Let us know what drugstore products made it onto your list of must-haves this summer! Comment or tag us using #myVFWstyle to fill us in on how you handle beauty on a budget!

Written by Sara Moghaddassi

Sara M

Currently working towards completing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications at SFU, Sara plans on pursuing a career in the fashion industry. Proud mother of her fur baby Moxy and avid adventure-seeker she loves to go out and explore her city.