I like kickin’ it at the drugstore because I can “ooh” and “ah” over eye palettes and shampoo without my wallet raising hell.
Here are some drugstore gems that caught my fancy this week, along with a few misses.
1. Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balms ($4.99 each)
If I were eight years old and spotted these at CVS, I would BEG my mom to get me one or two or three. (“Pretty please, Mommy!”)
They’re so cute! These moderately moisturizing twist-up balms contain fab fruit oils and SPF 20, but they’re super sheer, so I can’t really tell the difference between them. Juicy Peach and Fresh Strawberry look pretty much the same, but that’s OK, because they’re just TOO CUTE.
They’re just basic balms, but oh, yeah — they taste and smell like gummy 🐻 bears, too.
Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balms ingredients
Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 3.0%. Other Ingredients: Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Cera Alba ((Beeswax) Cire D Abeille), Parfum (Fragrance), Flavor, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Oxidized Polyethylene, BHT, Silica, Sodium Saccharin, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool
2. Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Volume Arabica Coffee Fruit Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99 each)
and smell fancy and expensive, but they’re only $6 each.
They smell like a caramel raspberry latte (Is there such a thing? If not, there should be.), and it lingers in my hair all the way till the next day. Both the shampoo and the conditioner have arabica coffee fruit (I guess those are the beans?), aloe and sea kelp for moisture and volume.
My hair feels soft, happy and hydrated, and it doesn’t feel heavily weighed down. And my scalp, which has had some dry flake action lately, likes it, too.
Bio:Renew is also safe to use on color-treated hair.
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Volume Arabica Coffee Fruit Shampoo ingredients
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Fragrance/Parfum, Histidine, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Trihydroxystearin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Volume Arabica Coffee Fruit Conditioner ingredients
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Histidine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Fragrance, Stearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-18, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 60, EDTA, Oleyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.49)
My lashes look crazy long when I wear It’s fantastic for length and lift, but it likes to clump groups of three or four lashes together, so if you like individually separated lashes, get your lash comb ready.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara in Blackest Black ingredients
Aqua / Water / Eau Paraffin Potassium Cetyl Phosphate Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Carnauba Wax / Cire De Carnauba Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille Synthetic Beeswax Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 Polybutene Cetyl Alcohol Steareth-20 Glyceryl Dibehenate Steareth-2 Phenoxyethanol Hydroxyethylcellulose Acacia Senegal Gum Tribehenin Caprylyl Glycol Glyceryl Behenate Sodium Dehydroacetate Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil Hydrogenated Palm Oil Disodium Edta Butylene Glycol Sodium Laureth Sulfate Stearyl Alcohol Myristyl Alcohol Tetrasodium Edta Propylene Glycol Potassium Sorbate Silica Soluble Collagen Bht Trisodium Edta
[+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides Ci 77007 / Ultramarines Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Mica Ci 75470 / Carmine Ci 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77742 / Manganese Violet Ci 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide ] F.I.L. D188888/3
4. Wet N Wild Au Naturel Palette ($6.99)
The is stacked with shimmery shadows, but it also has a couple of supremely rad matte browns.
I almost can’t believe they’re drugstore because of how smooth and soft they are. The shimmers are like buttah, too, and they’re packed with pigment.
The only problem is that they like to emphasize the lines on my lids (how rude!). 🙁 If I were 20 or 25, though, I’d be ALL over this. It’s only seven bucks!
VERDICT: Nope! (But if I were younger, this would be a need, for sure.)
Wet N Wild Au Naturel Palette ingredients
Talc, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Ethyl Macadamiate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Polybutene, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitan Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Silica, o-Cymen-5-ol, Tocopherol, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Laureth-7, [(May Contain/Peut Contenir): Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77499 , Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Black 2/CI 77266, Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090] (0815)
5. Physicians Formula Brow Booster Feather Brow Duo ($11.99)
One end of these has a loose brow powder with small fibers running through it (you apply it to your brows with the pointy doe-foot applicator), and the other end has a shimmery, twist-up pale peach brow highlighter.
It’s available in three shades, and I tried the Brunette one (there’s also a Light Brown and Black/Brown).
It was SO messy! The fibers got freakin’ everywhere.
Even though I can build up the color in the sparse parts of my brows quickly with this, which I like, it’s easy to go overboard with it and end up in block-y, scary brow territory. The shimmery highlighter is also sheer and hella sparkly, so this is not exactly something subtle.
Physicians Formula Brow Booster Feather Brow Duo ingredients
Highlighter: Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Cire de Candelilla, Isocetyl Stearate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Phenyl Trimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire de Carnauba, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Synthetic Beeswax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetyl PEG / PPG 10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Ozokerite, Palmitic Acid, Polyglyceryl- 2-Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Fiber: Cellulose, Kaolin, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panax Quinquefolius Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Troxerutin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17
6. Physicians Formula #InstaReady Glide-On Gel Eyeliner ($5.99)
I was hoping to use as a liner to brighten my lower water line, but it’s cray-cray sheer, and I can barely see it at all.
That, and it doesn’t glide. I’m gonna have to disagree with ’em on that. It’s not that smooth.
Physicians Formula #InstaReady Glide-On Gel Eyeliner ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Isododecane, Synthetic Beeswax, Citric Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Propylene, Carbonate, Silica, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Black 2 (CI 77266), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Found any good drugstore gems lately? Quick — what’s your favorite drugstore product under $20 right now?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,