Shopping for beauty products at the drugstore can feel overwhelming – no testers and about a million products to choose from? No thanks. But believe it or not, there are some gems within those jam-packed isles, and we’ve got the scoop on the hidden treasure (that happens to be fabulously friendly on the wallet, too). Here, our complete guide to the most incredible, luxurious and life-changing beauty products you won’t believe are from the drugstore. Just try not to jump for joy when you discover these hidden treasures!
Maybelline Baby Lips
This incredible product is everything you want in a lip balm: it’s equipped with SPF 20, is intensely hydrating and has the most gorgeous, sheer colour. It's perfect for when lipstick feels like too much but you want a bit of colour to brighten up your face.
Maybelline Baby Lips, $4.
Wet n Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow Trio
A good quality eye shadow at the drugstore is an anomaly, and Wet n Wild’s version tops their small offering as an absolute favourite. It has a silky smooth texture and glides on with beautiful, blendable colour. If we didn’t know better, we would have thought it was from a high-end department store. It’s a splurge-worthy product at a steal of a price.
Dial Coconut Water and Bamboo Leaf Extract Hydrating Body Wash
This body wash is as fresh as it gets. Coconut water and bamboo extract are combined to create an invigorating soap that’s moisturizing and rich in antioxidants. Talk about a skin saver! Warning: may induce random bursts of singing in the shower.
Fuse Gelnamel Gel Polish
We’re so pleased to present (cue trumpet horns and crowd cheering) the five-minute manicure! This innovative technology uses a small, portable LED light that dries a specially formulated polish in a matter of seconds. While it doesn’t have the same lasting power as other polishes (up to seven days, but more likely one or two), its quick-dry formula means that you won’t ever have to go anywhere bare-nailed again. It’s perfect for busy girls who have trouble squeezing mani time into their jam-packed schedules.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer
Talk about makeup of the future! This tinted moisturizer contains auto-adjusting micro-pigments that mimic your skin’s colour on contact, for perfect, personalized coverage every time. The result is natural-looking and luminous, giving your skin a youthful, radiant lift.
Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream
This day cream is much more than a moisturizer–it balances oil production to prevent breakouts and includes SPF 15. To seal our stamp of approval, the lightweight formula feels fresh, not heavy or greasy as many moisturizers do. Your skin will just eat it up!
This miracle product offers over-the-counter care for those who suffer from scar tissue and stretch marks. It’s also a great all-around moisturizer for dehydrated and aging skin. Slather it on your legs after shaving, use it to prevent stretch marks while pregnant or to reduce scarring from surgery – either way, it’s like confidence in a bottle.
Bio Oil, $13 (60 ml).
Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo
If you haven’t already hopped on the dry shampoo bandwagon, this product will convince you to. It absorbs oil so well that you can use it in place of wash-and-dry shampoo every couple of days, which is a huge time saver. It has a pleasant scent and won’t change your hair’s colour like so many other products do (just be sure not to spray it too close to your roots as it instructs). Less time spent washing our hair? Yep, we can get on board with that.
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Eos Lip Balm
The innovative round shape of this lovely smelling lip balm glides on like a breeze. Not only is it fun to apply, but its bright colour and cute packaging makes it a fun handbag essential. Eos stands for evolution of smooth, and the lip balm’s ultra-hydrating formula certainly lives up to its name.
Essie Apricot Cuticle OIl
This nourishing oil makes cuticle care much less daunting, helping you achieve salon-worthy results with your at-home manicures (although we like to think of it more as an at-home spa for your cuticles, because it feels so luxurious). It leaves your cuticles soft and supple so you can easily push them back, revealing longer, healthier nail beds every time.
Aveeno Protect and Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
It’s difficult to find a sunscreen that feels great on your skin, which is why we’re so excited to share this amazing find. Aveeno Protect and Hydrate SPF 30 is hydrating, oil-free, waterproof, sweatproof and sinks right into the skin to provide nourishing sun protection. It’s a sunscreen you can feel good about wearing.
Soap and Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths
These handy wipes provide three essential skincare steps in one: they help remove makeup, tone and exfoliate. Quicker than soap and water, they’ll help cut your bedtime beauty routine in half. Keep them in your purse for a post-workout refresher and always have them on hand when travelling.
Soap and Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths, $10 for 25.
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Colour
The best part about this lipstick? We can't pick just one. For starters, its matte finish provides great lasting power. And its range of colours? So on trend. From 24 Carrot Gold (a bright peachy orange that graced many-a-lips on the Oscars red carpet) to retro Dollhouse Pink and Purty Persimmon (the perfect orange-red), you’ll find every covetable lip colour for spring in their collection.
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara
Looking for a mascara that keeps its promise to provide big volume? Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara is as good as a pinky swear. It plumps lashes to mega-long lengths for an instant dose of prettiness. Now all that’s left to do is practise battering those big babies!
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Rapair Eye Cream
A high price tag doesn’t always come with a high-quality product, and Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream is the perfect example of that. It contains retinol and hyaluronic acid to keep your sensitive eye area hydrated to fight fine lines. Dab it on in combination with your under-eye concealer for smooth, natural-looking coverage.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush
We’re big fans of cream blush, and this particular product has us absolutely smitten. It glides on for the most flattering sheer, dewy and shimmery colour to highlight and brighten. The bonus? It has serious staying power and will likely last all day long.
Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat
Smooth nails are a must for the perfect at-home manicure. Skip the buffer, which may be tricky to do yourself, and opt instead for this easy-to-apply, ridge-filling base coat. Swipe it on before your colour polish for smooth, shiny results.
Pantene Ultimate 10 Shampoo and Conditioner
Your search for the perfect shampoo and conditioner ends here. Equipped with ten benefits in one product, Pantene’s Ultimate 10 collection will make your hair look and feel so bouncy and shiny that you’ll feel like the star of a hair commercial. Get used to the number ten, because that’s how many complements you’ll be receiving daily!
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm
Every lady has to love the idea of a long-lasting lip stain, but some of them can make your lips look as though you just ate a popsicle. They can also be very drying. Revlon’s lip stain, however, provides gorgeous, bright colour and comes complete with a lip balm to hydrate your lips when need be. The proverbial cherry on top? You won’t have to worry about getting lipstick on your cup (or boyfriend, for that matter).
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish
This pretty nail polish packs a punch. It contains all of Sally Hansen’s amazing nail treatments in one tiny bottle (including a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment and top coat). Its unique precision brush makes it ideal for at-home manicures with lots of lasting power to boot (up to 10 days)!
Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care
The act of shaving is anything but glamorous, but this product makes it feel a little more so. Our favourite in the line of Schick Intuition razors, it comes complete with a conditioning solid that’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and contains soothing ingredients like aloe and Vitamin E, making it ideal for sensitive skin or dry skin.
Spectro Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin
Finding the proper skin care routine for acne prone skin can feel hopeless, especially when the competing products have steep price tags and unguaranteed results. That’s exactly why we love Spectro Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin. This basic facial cleanser is affordable, gentle, non-drying on sensitive skin and effective in reducing pimples and blackheads. What more could a girl ask for from her cleanser?
The ideal product to keep your brows perfectly arched between salon visits? Tweezerman tweezers. Recommended by professionals, their award-winning, easy-to-maneuver shape and precise tip makes it easy-as-pie to pluck like a pro, meaning you can get your brows waxed much less frequently.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $30.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Our drugstore beauty list wouldn’t be complete without this legendary product. Vaseline has healed our cracked skin, irritations, minor scrapes and dry lips for years and nothing quite compares to its soothing, trust-worthy and gentle formula.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10
By now it’s likely you’ve heard about the all-mighty powers of serums. A must in every woman’s beauty arsenal, serums drastically improve the health and appearance of skin. Our pick? Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10. Apply this lightweight serum to your face everyday and it’s only a matter of time before your skin looks brighter and firmer.
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10, $55.