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Top 10 Holy Grail Makeup Products You Need to Try

VO: Lisa Yang WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Script written by Savannah Sher You don’t have to spend a fortune for high quality makeup products. Sometimes a few dollars spent at the drugstore will outshine even the high end brand products! Make up artists and Youtube makeup gurus swear by products like L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, Real Techniques Brushes, Wet n Wild Highlighters, Magic Lumi Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, Physicians' Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, NYX Matte Lipstick, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer and NYX Micro Brow Pencil!
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Top 10 Underrated Drugstore Makeup Products You Need to Try


You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look like a million bucks. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Holy Grail Drugstore Makeup Products.

For this list, we’re looking at the absolute best in beauty products offered at the drugstore that are just as good, if not better than their high-end counterparts.

#10: Real Techniques Brushes


The makeup you buy is only as good as the tools you use to apply it. Having a great range of versatile brushes is essential for any serious makeup addict and our pick for the best inexpensive option is Real Techniques. There’s no need to spend all your hard-earned cash on expensive brushes when this brand makes high quality options at the other end of the price spectrum. The line was created by the creators of the popular Pixiwoo YouTube channel, both of whom worked as makeup artists before getting into business. As an added bonus, the brand also makes an amazing dupe for the pricey cult favorite Beauty Blender.

#9: Maybelline Color Tattoos


With the ealry 21st century surge in popularity of eyeshadow palettes, trying out new eye looks can be an expensive endeavor. Luckily, you don’t have to shell out for pricey palettes to get an amazing eyeshadow effect. Maybelline offers a unique cream formula that glides on easily and doesn’t require excessive blending. In fact, you can create a whole look using just one color. They offer a wide range of shades and finishes, making these an addictive purchase. The brand claims that the product lasts for 24 hours, but hopefully you won’t have to test it out for quite that long. For a super simple look, you can even apply the color with your fingertips.

#8: Wet n Wild Highlighters


In the early 21st century, the highlighting trend has been straight up out of control, but for a long time it seemed like drugstore brands weren’t able to keep up with releases by mid range and higher end companies. That all changed when Wet n Wild launched their Megaglo Highlighting Powder. It flew off the shelves so quickly that die hard makeup junkies were clamoring for it to be made part of the permanent collection. The formula is metallic and stunning, not suffering from being overly glittery or sparkly like some other inexpensive highlights out there. This product is so beloved that many swear by it over the more expensive alternatives.

#7: Magic Lumi Primer


If you want your makeup to go on smoothly and last all day, a primer is an essential part of your morning routine. But going for a premium option can seriously hurt the budget. This drugstore pick by L'Oréal has light infusing properties and smoothes pores and imperfections so that your foundation applies like a dream. This has made it onto many drugstore favorites lists including that of YouTube queen Jaclyn Hill. This inexpensive product has been called a dupe for Becca’s popular new First Light Primer, but at a fraction of the cost.

#6: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder


A finishing powder is a must, especially for people with oily skin that always seems to look shiny by midday. Powders also help to lock in your foundation and concealer, keeping them looking flawless all day long. The number one drugstore pick for powders is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Formula. The best thing about this is that it’s virtually undetectable on the skin, stopping you from having that unpleasant cakey look. It’s even good for dry-skinned gals because it’s so finely milled that it doesn’t dry out your skin further. The translucent shade is a great pick for all skin tones.

#5: Physicians' Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer


People have gotten a little smarter about bronzing lately, favoring a more natural sun-kissed look rather than slathering it all over their faces like they used to. The best thing about Butter Bronzer is its relatively neutral color. It doesn’t run too warm as many drugstore bronzers tend to, so you won’t end up looking like an orange mess. The shades are subtle and work on a wide range of skin tones. It’s not completely matte and has a slight sheen for the most natural glowing effect possible.

#4: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso


You’ve probably heard of the revered NARS blush in the shade orgasm, but did you know that there’s a drugstore dupe you can find for under ten dollars? Unlike so many dupes out there however, this one actually delivers! Just like Orgasm, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is a peachy shade with gold tones in it that looks flattering on any skin tone. It is pigmented and goes on smoothly for a natural flush. The shade has also been compared to "Papa Don't Peach" by Two Faced.

#3: NYX Matte Lipstick


If there’s one makeup product that you want to be able to get for only a few bucks, it’s lipstick. Lipsticks are easy to collect because there are so many shades available and trends change every season. But if you’re buying from high end brands, the cost can add up quickly. NYX makes the absolute best in drugstore matte lip products, whether it’s their bullet lipsticks, their Soft Matte Lip Creams or the Liquid Lingerie formula. They are hydrating and ultra pigmented, and they come in every color you could possibly imagine wanting in your collection - from nudes and neutrals to reds and brights.

#2: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer


Finding your perfect concealer can be a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for something that is not only a perfect color match but also brightens, conceals and perfects without looking dry or cakey. It can be tempting to try out more expensive formulas in this department because of the assumption that they’ll perform better, but in fact, one of the best concealers on the market is made by the relatively affordable Maybelline. The Instant Age Rewind Concealer has a unique applicator and light yet full coverage formula that you will love. Maybelline also makes the popular Fit Me Foundation, which pairs perfectly with this product.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara






NYX Micro Brow Pencil





L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation




#1: L'Oréal Voluminous Mascara


If there’s one product that even high end makeup lovers often grab at the drugstore... it’s mascara. Beauty editors, bloggers and YouTubers alike swear by their favorite low end formulas, but L’Oreal blew everyone away with their Voluminous Lash Paradise. Previously, the reigning mascara was L’Oreal’s original mascara until they released their updated version. Mascara has to achieve a lot of things and this formula does it all. It lasts all day without transferring or flaking, it doesn’t clump, and it gives you a natural yet enhanced look that is perfect for everyday or evening looks.
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