I’m always on the hunt for the best of the best at the drugstore. There’s very little that gives me more pleasure than finding a product under $10 that performs just like one of my makeup splurges from the department store. Another thing about me? I love a good challenge. So I went out and read labels, tested products, swatches, and swiped samples until I found 5 absolute must-haves that you’ll want in your makeup bag this fall—and they’re all from the drugstore!
We all know that gel nails look better and last longer than regular polish, but the price? Now that’s the kicker. But I stumbled upon this kit, which contains everything you need to get salon quality nails at home in just two steps. It comes in 24 shades—this one is “Roulette Rush,” which just so happens to be the most beautiful red for the changing seasons. Just brush on the base + color in one and finish it off with the diamond topcoat. You’ll be amazed at the way your nails shine and how well the longevity rivals a gel manicure from the salon! For extra staying power, remember to put on two thin coats of polish, rather than one thicker coat. Not so great at painting your own nails? Neither am I, but this unique brush makes it easy to stay in control (and within the lines!).
If you’ve been looking for the perfect blend of mauve, rose, and tan in a single lip color, then go ahead and look no further. This lip pen will give your pout the perfect amount of color that can be worn by all skin tones—day and night. Of course, the convenient pen-like application makes putting it on a breeze. No more carrying around a liner and lipstick with you at all times for touch ups. These lip pens come in two finishes—creamy matte and smooth lacquer, which is what is shown above in shade 201. It’s a fall staple, for sure!
Finding the perfect everyday eyeshadow palette is a little like striking makeup gold, don’t you think? All the shades you need to create the perfect eye look in one small container—it’s harder than one might think. Then finding that perfect palette at the drugstore for under $8? Now that’s a major win. These eyeshadow sets come in various colors suited especially for your own eye color. The one shown above is “neutral browns”—perfect for anyone with brown or green eyes, like me. But don’t worry, blue-eyed babes! There’s a palette within this range for you too!
Brand new at the drugstore (and just in time for fall!) is this two-step primer + mascara that creates super lifted, voluminous, and extended lashes. You may think that having to apply a primer first is an extra, unneeded step, but just wait until you see the results! The mascara includes tiny fibers that extend your lashes, giving a falsies effect you’ll love. And at just around $10, this one is a big must-have.
Fall and winter are the perfect times to rock a cat eye flick. Have you mastered your version of this look, but still haven’t found an eyeliner you love? Try this one on for size. It has the super saturated look of a liquid liner, but the ease of application you know and love in a felt-tip pen liner. What makes this liner one of our top must-haves for fall? The precise tip. It’s the perfect size for even the most detailed lines!