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15 Drugstore beauty gems that you have to try

Shireen Platt

6. Matt Bronzing Powder

Image: Essence Cosmetics

Essence is often overlooked by many due to its very low price. While a huge majority of the time cheap price equals low quality, it’s not the case with Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder. It comes with two options (blondes and brunettes), and you get a whopping 15 grams of product for such a low price! The powder is finely milled, easily blendable and the best part of this bronzer is it smells like coconut heaven. (Essence Cosmetics, $5)

7. Eyebrow-pro

Image: Marcelle

The world has gone gaga for Cara Delevingne’s brows, and brow gel became every woman’s new best friend to get thick, full brows. If you have sparse eyebrows like me, brow gel alone will not cut it — and this is why I fell head over heels in love with Marcelle Duo Eyebrow-Pro. On one end you get a retractable pencil to fill in your brows, and on the other end, a lightly tinted gel to keep everything in place. The brilliant little tool is all you need to get the perfect eyebrows. (Marcelle, $15)

8. Color tattoo

Image: WalMart

Is anyone even surprised that this made it onto the list? Creamy, highly pigmented, doesn’t crease and lasts all day without fading, Maybelline Color Tattoo is as good as high-end cream shadows but for a small fraction of the price. Whether you use this as base or for a very quick eye look, these beauties will never disappoint. (Walmart, $7)

9. Liquid eyeliner

Image: WalMart

Don’t let the dirt-cheap price fool you, because this little tube of NYC liquid eyeliner has successfully become a firm favorite of many, myself included. I would go as far as claiming this as my Holy Grail liquid liner, and the main reason why my cat eye flick is picture perfect. This highly pigmented liquid liner is the blackest of black, goes on smoothly and dries down to a matte finish. It doesn’t smudge and will stay put until you remove it. But its incredible staying power doesn’t equal a pain-in-the-ass removal process you can easily remove it with any type of makeup remover. (Walmart, $4)

10. Eyeliner

Image: Well

This beauty is no stranger in the beauty world — with many claiming it to be a dupe for Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in shade Perversion. I have both, and I can honestly tell you I almost never reach for Perversion — while, instead, I use Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in black almost every day. It’s the blackest of black, soft but not too soft that it would break, glides smoothly across the lid without any tugging and stays put all day without fading or smudging. And for such a low price, this is a clear winner from the drugstore. (, $7)

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