The absolute Best Drugstore Makeup Products

The absolute Best Drugstore Makeup Products

*UPDATE: This is one of my most popular posts! So thank you! Since writing this post, I have started exclusively using cruelty-free makeup. So I figured I would update this post with the absolute best cruelty-free drugstore makeup! Enjoy!

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like spending a lot of money on one single item. Especially when it comes to makeup. The drugstore is the only place I like to shop. Granted, I do have a few high-end products but let’s be real, you can’t beat drugstore makeup prices.

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So here are my absolute favorite drugstore makeup items I’ve been obsessing over lately.

1. Pacifica “Crystal Blur” illuminating foundation 

Not only is this product cruelty-free but it’s also chemical free! This foundation is usually more than I like to spend on a foundation but guys, it is worth every. Single. Penny.

This stuff has amazing coverage but is still so breathable. I love that this bottle has a pump because why have a foundation without one? I just can’t say enough good things about this product.

Just remember, a little goes a long way. Which is good because you really get your money’s worth.

the absolute best drugstore makeup products


2. ELF “Mad for matt” eye shadow pallet

This eye shadow pallet is the bee’s knees. One of the most affordable pallets I have ever purchased but don’t let the price tag fool you, it’s an amazing product. The pigmentation is stunning, rich and oh, so creamy.

This is my go-to product for an everyday eye shadow look.

the absolute best drugstore makeup products


3. Milani “Stay put brow colour” 

Hands down the BEST brow product I have ever used. I have found that potted brow products work so much better for me than pencils. This stuff is highly pigmented and creamy to give buildable coverage. 

the absolute best drugstore makeup products

4. Wet n Wild colour icon blush 

Yes, yes, YES! I cannot say enough good things about this blush. It’s pigmented, but not too pigmented and looks so natural on the cheeks with just the right amount of shimmer. This shade also gives off the perfect summer glow. *drools*

the absolute best drugstore makeup products

5. Elf baked highlighter in “moonlight pearls” 

If you’re looking for a dramatic highlight, this isn’t it. But that’s ok! It’s great actually! I don’t like blinding people on a regular basis, so this highlight is everything I’m looking for. It has really good pigment for an every day, all-natural glow.

Related: The best of elf cosmetics

the absolute best drugstore makeup products

6. Physicians Formula “butter bronzer”

So, I finally gave in and bought the drugstore bronzer literally EVERYONE raves about. Truth be told, I only bought it because it was on sale.

$20 seems a little pricey for the drugstore. But anyway. I’ve never been a fan of bronzer or contouring because I’m so flipping pale but not only is the formula of this product absolutely amazing and creamy and oh so blendable, but it goes with my skin tone really well.

So I guess it’s safe to say I will be repurchasing this bronzer again in the future.

the absolute best drugstore makeup products

7. NYX “powder puff” lippie

Lipstick has and always will be my first love when it comes to makeup so I’m very picky when trying new ones out. But this one is by far the best lippie I have ever tried.

I wore this lipstick for a whole day in 32 degrees Celsius heat. (For non-Canadian’s that is VERY hot) And it didn’t budge. Didn’t melt, I was sweating buckets but my lipstick didn’t budge. Which is crazy! Crazy good.

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the absolute best drugstore makeup products


And that concludes my list of everything I’ve been wearing on my face recently. Leave a comment down below telling me some of your favorite drugstore makeup products, I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. March 23, 2018 / 12:55 am

    You have selected some really great products at the drugstore. The Wet n Wild blushes are amazing, the lash paradise mascara is great as well. But there are some that I still have to try even though I have heard really good things about them. Great Post! thanks for sharing.

    • Caity Rose
      March 24, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks so much for reading! I know, I felt that way about the butter bronzer! I’m always hearing amazing things so I finally decided to try it and I wasn’t disappointed!

  2. Cindi
    November 6, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Nice post! I like using e.l.f. products not only for their price point, but most of their products are just as good as the high end products. I recently picked up the mad for matte palette and I like it too!

    • Caity Rose
      November 6, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Yes! The price is what drew me in but the quality made me stick around!

  3. Lisa
    January 28, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    Great post! If i went to my Walgreens they don’t have 3/4 of these products. Only a small section of Wetnwild.

    Was hoping for a bigger self promotion in product placement. I would have to go to Ulta for everything !

    • Caity Rose
      January 29, 2019 / 10:03 am

      Same! I have to go to three drugstores just to find what I need!

  4. Bevlyy
    July 20, 2019 / 1:00 am

    Hi, I would to know what the color the of Pacifica foundation is? Trying to simplify my makeup.

    • Caity Rose
      July 22, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      Hi! I can’t remember the exact name but I use the lightest shade. Hope that helps!

  5. Brooklyn
    July 22, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    Where do you get the Pacifica foundation?

    • Caity Rose
      July 23, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      I got mine at a local health store but you can order it online at and depending where you live you can check your local drugstores 🙂

      • Desi
        August 11, 2019 / 2:02 am

        Target has it for $15.99. Hope that helps.

  6. September 20, 2019 / 3:36 pm

    Ooooh I love this post! I switched to cruelty free makeup entirely recently and I love finding more affordable options! Great job!

    • Caity Rose
      September 20, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for reading, I’m glad you found it helpful! 🙂

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