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Top 10 Drugstore Staff Favorites

Affordable Beauty Products With Life-Changing Results

Affordable Beauty Products With Life-Changing Results

While there's something undeniably fun about spending eyebrow-raising amounts of money on the latest luxury beauty buys, regularly doing so isn't necessarily the smartest decision for our bank accounts. Lucky for us, the drugstore is no longer just a place to pick up prescriptions and a candy bar or two, but instead, a one-stop-shop for all the budget-friendly skincare, haircare, and makeup essentials our hearts desire—some of which boast results that are just as good as (if not better than) that $70 serum sitting pretty on your top shelf. As product hoarders ourselves, we know a thing or two about which cheap beauty buys are the best of the bunch, and honestly, what kind of editors would we be if we didn't share our wisdom with you? Below, shop the drugstore scores our staff can't live without, from a cult-favorite facial spray to a scalp scrubber that's sure to change your haircare game. The best part? Every single find that follows is available on Amazon, so you can have them at your door in two days with just a few clicks. Keep scrolling for the details. Opening image: @mariobadescu 

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February 14, 2020

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The Rankings


DANGSHAN Beauty Bar Facial Roller & Massager

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: "I am all about facial massaging tools nowadays, and I now understand the hype. This $10 tool is a great dupe for the Jillian Dempsey sculpting bar ($195), and the results are amazing—it reduces under-eye bags, increases blood circulation, and helps with tightening! All a win in my book."—Emma Manning, Marketing Associate 


AVARELLE Spot Patch PM

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: "My saving grace. These acne patches are made for overnight wear, so anytime I feel a pimple starting to form, I slip one of these on. By morning, it’s pretty much non-existent."—Meredith Rimmer, Managing Editor


Purederm Collagen Eye Zone Pad Patches

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: "The price tag of these eye patches is not reflective of the results! I have found that these eye patches work just as well as the expensive ones (maybe even better)! You can find them stashed in my makeup bag, bedside table, and bathroom cabinet. I just can’t get enough of them!"—Jamie Chandlee, CEO


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: "I love using micellar water to remove makeup and impurities both before and after washing my face. These towelettes are perfect for when you’re on-the-go, whether that’s at the gym or during a weekend getaway. I love that they truly feel like water—they don’t leave a greasy residue or irritate my skin like typical makeup wipes do.”—Kate Ferris, Staff Writer


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: “I use this facial spray every single day. I am OBSESSED! It’s great for dampening your BeautyBlender, using as a setting spray, or if you just want a little more moisture on your face! I bring the mini with me everywhere for some added hydration!”—Lily Cockerell, Site Merchandising Intern


CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: “I have used this cleanser for a few years now. My face can be sensitive, and this product never aggravates my skin, yet it is tough enough to remove my makeup—mascara included! My face always feels so clean and tight after I wash.”—Taylor Ohlenburger, Merchandising Associate 


RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: “This is the only drugstore anti-aging product that has truly delivered results. If you're serious about reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, I always recommend this product.”—Beth Zerdecki, Chief Product & Marketing Officer


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge + Case

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: "There are very few things that I repeatedly buy from the drugstore, but this is one of them. It works just as well as (if not better than) a BeautyBlender for a fraction of the price, and the flat edge makes it easy to cover those hard-to-reach areas around the nose and eyes. I like to pick them up in packs of two, but I highly recommend starting with this option since it comes with the handy travel case—it keeps both the sponge and the items in your beauty bag clean.”—Kate Ferris, Staff Writer


Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: “My husband put this in my stocking this year, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed. The material is softer than you’d expect, and where a comb or brush typically gets tangled in my wet hair, this helps scrub and exfoliate my scalp painlessly. In fact, it feels amazing and is super relaxing!”—Emily Carter, Digital Marketing Manager


Bedsure Satin Pillowcase

Our Score

STAFF SAYS: “I was originally looking for silk pillowcases, but decided to give these Amazon pillowcases a try because they are a better price. They are amazing! They make my hair soft and keep my skin clean. They are also under $10!"—Molly Parken, Marketing Associate

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