Good Things Come in Small Prices
Sephora’s yearly revenue tops $4 billion. “Understandable,” says anyone who’s wandered into the inescapable labyrinth of pristinely displayed beauty promises and eye-popping lipstick. And we’re happy to splurge now and then.
But despite the allure of these high-end lines (and their beautiful packaging), we firmly believe in the power of a good drugstore brands, from old standbys like Olay to newer names. Check out our current batch of drugstore favorites that can save you time, money, and even a visit to the salon.
Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo
Give up the daily wash-condition-dry cycle with dry shampoo. Batiste’s color-tinted version matches your hair so you won’t be left with white powdery residue. Game-changing tip: Apply dry shampoo at night for extra oil absorption and more volume come morning.
nügg Face Masks
Abandon the quest for the perfect face mask: There’s no one-time cure-all. Instead try nügg’s one-use version. The nifty single-serving package comes in four varieties: soothing, revitalizing, exfoliating, and hydrating. And at just three bucks a pop, you can try them all without breaking the bank.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish
If you’ve wanted to try a gel manicure but were scared by the price, try this at-home version (no UV light required). Apply two coats of color and one top coat. The polish dries in about five minutes, lasts nearly two weeks, and comes off with ordinary remover.
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum
An oldie but goodie, Olay’s Regenerating Serum is a popular drugstore go-to. While many facial moisturizers — especially antiaging varieties — ring in well over $50, this antioxidant-rich formula hydrates skin for just under $20.
Yes to Blueberries Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
This night cream gets extra points thanks to Yes To’s commitment to paraben and petrolatum-free products and recyclable packaging. Made with blueberries, wild acacia, lemon peel extract, and natural fruit alpha hydroxy acids, you can rest easy knowing it’s 99 percent natural.
Pantene Cleansing Conditioner
If you haven’t touched an all-in-one since Pert Plus, you need to discover co-washing (a.k.a. using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo and conditioner). For winter, we like Pantene’s version. The gentle wash is ideal for damaged, coarse, or color-treated hair (and could be a first step toward no poo).
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
Wind down the day with a cost-conscious, luxurious treat. A ritual soak in Epsom salts eases inflammation, body aches, and stress, and flushes toxins from the body. The eucalyptus-spearmint scent turns your bathroom into an aromatherapy spa (almost).
Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy Lip Protectant
Clear your bedside table and pucker up for this powerful lip balm. Neosporin’s little pot of protection heals and hydrates dry, cracked lips while you snooze.
Curél’s Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
If you need a winter skin saver, look no further than Curél’s latest product. The thick lotion works to loosen dry skin so hydration can reach the areas that need it most. We found it especially effective on problem spots like elbows, knees, and heels.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Normal to Dry
This dermatologist favorite cleanses without irritating or stripping the skin's surface. It’s especially gentle on your face, fragrance free, and good for everyday use.
L'Oréal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
Winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Swap your summer-weight moisturize for L’Oréal's fast-absorbing liquid oil. It satiates dry skin instantly and provides a smooth base for makeup.
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go
Treat dry, torn cuticles to OPI’s luxe, hydrating oil. Unlike most cuticle oils, the brush applicator plus gel formula keeps spills in check. And the portable pen fits in your purse should you want to reapply during the day.