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15 Drugstore beauty gems that you have to try

Shireen Platt

11. Mascara

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous mascara will give you unbelievable length and volume without any clumps. While the simple and plain packaging might fool you into thinking this mascara is boring, it is anything but that. The wand separates and fans out my lashes beautifully and it delivers drama without making my lashes looking spidery. (Walmart, $6)

12. Mascara

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Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara was released late last year, and it made a huge wave as a great dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash. I have both, and let me tell you, I much prefer this cheaper drugstore option. The wands are the only similarity between the two and Lash Sensational’s formula is definitely thicker and wetter — which can be a little tricky to use initially. If you have a little patience, let the formula dry out a little — I do it by pumping air into the wand like a mad woman a few times a week — and you will have one of the best mascaras that gives your lashes length, volume and curl. (Walmart, $7)

13. Lip liner

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Soft, creamy, pigmented and extremely long lasting, Rimmel London Exaggerate retractable lip liners are the perfect companions with lipstick or to be used by its own. These glide smoothly across the lips, and the creaminess allows me to easily wear it on its own. (Walmart, $7)

14. Matte Balm

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It’s easy to see why the beauty world went absolutely bonkers when Revlon first released these gorgeous matte lip crayons. Fast-forward to today, we are still equally, if not more, in love with ColorBurst Matte Balm. Creamy? Check! Hydrating? Check! Great pigmentation? Check! Long lasting? Check check! And psst! Bonus point: The shade Standout is a brilliant dupe for Mac’s Russian Red, so close that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference on your lips. (Walmart, $9)

15. Butter Gloss

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I have a confession: I have an intense love-hate relationship with lip gloss. Every time I see beautiful glossy lips, I will die a little inside and have the sudden urge to buy a new lip gloss — but I hate the feel of it on my lips. I thought the relationship between lip gloss and me was doomed for eternity until I got my hands on NYX Butter Gloss. These are the haute couture of the lip gloss world, and it’s impossible not to fall in love. Opaque, glossy and the texture is neither thick nor thin without being grossly gloppy, these vanilla-scented lip glosses are perfect for any lip-product lovers. (London Drugs, $8)

What are your old favorite drugstore beauty products?

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