Best Makeup Picks from the Drugstores

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One of my favorite beauty website, TotalBeauty, did a round up of the best makeup you can buy from drugstores. You may want to bookmark or print out this page for your next trip to the drugstore.

More with Less Today tip – I buy my makeup at CVS because of their return policy:

CVS Pharmacy:  You may return beauty items open or unopened within 30 days.
Per their website:
Our hassle-free return policy allows you to return nonprescription products to any CVS/pharmacy store or by mail within 30 days of receipt. 
100% satisfaction guarantee on beauty purchases.
Be 100% happy or receive 100% money back on any beauty products. If you’re dissatisfied for any reason, you can return the beauty product (opened or unopened) along with your receipt or invoice to any CVS/pharmacy store. We’ll refund the full purchase price — no questions asked!

Here are the top 10 Best Makeup Picks from the Drugstore from Total Beauty. Visit the Total Beauty website to see the rest of their list!

No. 1: L’Oréal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Matte Shadow, $8.49 Average Member Rating: 10*
Why it’s great: Our reviewers are spilling the best kept secret in drugstore beauty — for less than 10 bucks, you can bring a pro-quality pop to your eye makeup with L’Oréal Paris HiP shadows. “The colors are fabulous! They apply very well. Last long, simply stunning!” said one HiP devotee. Reviewers can’t get over the rich, matte pigment, which makes the product “look practically like a MAC shadow.” One user recommended, “You shadow.” One user recommended, “You don’t need much product to achieve a truly stunning look. Excellent for creating the perfect smoky eye.” The HiP line offers an impressive color selection, which, combined with the easy application and staying power, puts this drugstore steal at the top of our list.”


No. 2: Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner, $6.99 Average Member Rating: 10*
Why it’s great: The perfect 10 speaks for itself: reviewers are obsessed with how “soft, shiny, and smooth” this Dove conditioner makes hair after just one use. “I normally have damaged, frizzy, and dry curly hair. This conditioner changes all of that,” raved one satisfied reviewer. “Think only expensive items will revive your hair? You obviously haven’t tried Dove.”

No. 3: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gloss, $6.49 Average Member Rating: 9.9*
Why it’s great: “Nearly perfect,” one reviewer said of Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gloss; and according to the 9.9 rating, she’s totally right. Readers love the gloss’s rich pigment, staying power, and “velvety-soft feel on the lip.” Even ladies who don’t generally wear lip gloss recommend this product for its matte, non-greasy finish. ”


No. 4: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, $28.99 Average Member Rating: 9.8*
Why it’s great: This hydrating serum is one of the fancier products you’ll find at the drugstore, but most readers find that its knack for making skin “soft and taut” compensate for the price tag. “I love how it makes my skin feel smooth and silky, without any greasiness. It’s a great ‘primer’ to my nighttime moisturizer, and I LOVE the smell,” one reviewer said.


No. 5: Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Lotion, $9.49 Average Member Rating: 9.7*
Why it’s great: “This works for even the most severe cases of chapped skin to repair, soften, and nourish,” said one reviewer, putting the Ultimate in Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Lotion. Readers collectively find this timeless product to be “by far one of the best drug store lotions,” even for the most sensitive skin.


No. 6: Dove go fresh Cool Essentials, $4.79 Average Member Rating: 9.7*
Why it’s great: Who could say no to a $5 drugstore buy that keeps you smelling “addictive” all day long? Readers have nothing but high praise for this line of garden fresh Dove deodorants, which go on smooth, “don’t leave those weird unflattering white streaks on clothes, and won’t show up when you lift your arms.” Readers with sensitive skin, tight budgets, and a general distaste for artificial smells are all fans, especially of the Cucumber stick.”


No. 7: Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner, $9.99 Average Member Rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: Black eyeliner is a staple in most any makeup collection, and according to our readers, this Maybelline pick is “a great, budget-friendly liquid eyeliner” that’s “long lasting and easy to wear.”


No. 8: Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter, $2.99 Average Member Rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: We’re on board with anything dark chocolate and peppermint flavored — especially this highly reviewed Palmers lip butter. Reviewers are head over heels for the product’s thrifty price and scrumptious scent. “It smells exactly like an Andes mint, has little-to-no taste, and feels fantastic on my lips.”


No. 9: Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Weightless Body Building Gel, $3.99 Average Member Rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Reviewers that span hair textures and ages say the same thing: this stuff gives your hair volume. “I love this product because it adds volume and hold without weighing my hair down,” said one straight, fine-haired reader. A different reviewer reported, “I have very thick hair and use it every day. I dry my hair with a round brush and it looks like I just came from the salon. This product is just awesome.”


No. 10: Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara, $7.50 Average Member Rating: 9.2*
Why it’s great: Maybe it’s just us, but there’s nothing in the galaxy of beauty products like a quality mascara. Forget Shu Uemura and Guerlain (OK, don’t forget them, but put them on the backburner), because readers are calling this bargain mascara a “Revlon Home Run.”

What are Your Best Makeup Picks from the Drugstores?

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