Rockstar Drugstore Makeup Under $5

You guys know I am a drugstore makeup fiend. And if you didn’t know that — HI, I LOVE DRUGSTORE MAKEUP. Amazing cheap makeup makes me feel like I can conquer the world, I get excited about finding dupes, and I adore high quality cheap makeup brushes. I will always choose a cheaper alternative if I find it performs just as good as my high end products.

Since I know many of you are into saving money on makeup, I thought I would start really focusing some of my posts strictly on drugstore makeup. Clearly I love telling you guys all about my favorite products, but I always get so many questions about what to pick up at the drugstore. I plan on breaking it down by category, brand, and even dollar amount. Get excited!

Today we’re going to start with getting the attention of our extra frugal friends. We’re talking about drugstore makeup under $5! As always, I own and love each and every one of these products, and wouldn’t rave about them unless I believed in it 100%. I wanted to choose products that were widely available in most drugstores, and you won’t have to scour the internet for them. (I love ColourPop, Makeup Geek and Morphe, but those are online only!) The products I’m featuring today can give you a complete look… and for just over $40! We’re talking 12 products for $40.71. How awesome is that? It’s pretty rockstar, if you ask me!

Rockstar Drugstore Makeup Under $5 - this list has everything for a full face of cheap, but amazing makeup!


Essence Silky Touch Blush – I mentioned this blush in my September 2015 Favorites video. I am loving how soft, pigmented and blendable this blush is. You can find these at Ulta. The brand doesn’t carry a ton of products, and I haven’t tried anything else from the brand, but I give this a two thumbs up!

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara – Hands down the best mascara under $5. Hands down one of the best drugstore mascaras! Get you some. Go. Now.

Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Set in ‘Comfort Zone’ – I first raved about this eyeshadow palette on my blog back in 2011, when I was pregnant with Kennedy! (Side note: my eyebrows have come a long way. So have my eyeshadow skills. Go team!) I still love this palette, and all of the Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadows, honestly. I always recommend them, especially if you are new to eyeshadow. I chose this palette over the others (and the $2.99 trios) because it’s more bang for your buck. You get 6 eyeshadows for just under $5 and this palette is a great neutral option with a little pop of color.

NYC Liquid Eyeliner – All of the YouTubers rave about this stuff. And their raves are totally true. This stuff is black as can be, applies so easily, the brush is tiny and precise, and this stuff stays put. Best of all, it’s under $3. For realz. I don’t even plan on buying that Kat Von D stuff because I’m so happy with this.

Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast Lip Color – I am so impressed with these lipsticks. They’re creamy, pigmented stay put, don’t feather, and don’t look crusty. I seriously cannot believe they’re $1.99. What magic is in these lipsticks? Seriously! The quality is right up there with MAC! I’m serious!

E.L.F. Matte Lip Color – I recently purchased two of these in a berry and nude and I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I love them. I like the smaller, more precise stick, they are creamy, and look amazing on the lips.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal – This concealer knocks my socks off. I wish I had it in a lighter color for highlighting, and I will likely get one. L.A. Girl is a little more difficult to find, but for sure you can find it at Big Lots. I know, random. If anyone has seen the brand in other places, let me know. Anyway, they formulate a lot of their products after high end brands, and this concealer is so similar to the MAC Pro Longwear, but a little more creamy. Highly recommend it!

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation – If you need a full coverage foundation for oily skin, you will absolutely love this foundation. I also like sheering it out quite a bit for lighter days. It’s a mousse-like consistency, blends really well, and stays put for a long time on the skin.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in ‘Sun Bronze’ – While I do love the NYC Bronzer in Sunny, I feel like I don’t always see it. I, however, see this one all the time. I love that it’s matte, and not too warm-toned. It’s perfect for bronzing up the perimeters of the face or for a little contouring.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – The NYX jumbo eye pencils are so much fun, and they come in a myriad of colors. They can be used as eyeshadow bases or even as your eyeshadow color. I particularly love the white one in ‘milk’ because it is an amazing eyeshadow base underneath colors you want to pop, especially brighter colors. I’ve also used it for highlighting the face, and even for under the brow bone.

E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit – It’s really hard to find an eyebrow product at the drugstore. While I love the NYX Micro Brow, it’s one of the more expensive drugstore products, at $9. I have been using the E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit for a while, and I really like it. I use it with an angled brush, and both the wax on the left and powder on the right are fantastic for filling in brows.

I really could keep going, but I am stopping myself for now. What would you guys like to see next? Top drugstore concealers? Best products from a certain brand? Let me know and I will do thy bidding!


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    October 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I’ve got to get thatWet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Set! I love all those colors and you can’t beat that price!

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Yes! Their eyeshadows are so awesome and I am blown away by how cheap they are!! Only thing I don’t like is they break a little easy so be careful with them!

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I love that Stay Matte foundation!!

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      It is fabulous! I had to stop wearing it in summer because I felt it was too thick for the humidity here but I am busting it out again and loving it!

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    October 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I love the Rimmel bronzer! I’ve been using it for a few years and can’t seem to move away from it. I’ll have to find th L.A. Girl concealer too. Sounds awesome!

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Yes! That bronzer is so good!

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    October 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I love the rimmel bronzer, too! I haven’t used it in a while but when I need a refill I’m definitely going to pick some up again! 🙂

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Yes! So good!!

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    October 14, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Seriously, what is with Wet and Wild lipstick?? It is soooo good!

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      It is magic! haha

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    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    October 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I love your drugstore products posts! I have a limited makeup budget – these are definitely cost effective.

    You’re reintroducing me to brands I dismissed a long lime ago (Wet n’ Wild and Rimmel).

    Thanks so much for putting this list together! You rock!

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      Meg O.
      October 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      You’re so welcome, friend! I love me some drugstore makeup!

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    Rhonda McAdams
    December 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    LOVE these great deals & great products!

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