When it comes to our beauty and skincare products, we all have things we’ll definitely splurge on without a second thought and things we’d rather hit up the drugstore for. It all comes down to personal preference, but the good news is that there are a lot of affordable finds out there that are just as good as their pricier, name-brand counterparts.
For me, I don’t mind opening up my wallet for moisturizers, eye creams, retinols, and sunscreens. I think there are some great drugstore dupes out there, but I’m okay with investing in keeping my skin in good shape, and I feel lucky enough that I have the means to do so. But there are a couple of items I purchase at the drugstore more often than not, like eye shadows, mascaras, and lipsticks. And the skincare item that I always buy on the cheap is makeup removers.
I’ve tried both expensive and drugstore makeup removers, but honestly, I really can’t tell the difference between the two sometimes. My favorite formulas on both sides get the job done and manage to erase every trace of makeup off my face (even the waterproof stuff), so in the interest of saving a few bucks, I always choose the cheaper option. It’s more money in the bank for the other skincare items I want to invest in.
Yes, I know some of the pricier formulas can feel a little bit more luxe on your skin and have some pretty fancy ingredients, but let’s not knock the drugstore stuff. A lot of them are still nourishing for the skin and don’t strip it bone-dry. Plus, removing makeup is just one step of the skincare process for a lot of us—there are more cleansers and moisturizers and serums to add, depending on your personal routine.
To prove my point, here are some of my drugstore faves. Say hello to saving money and goodbye to sleeping in your makeup!
Save some cash.
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