The Drugstore Products Our Editors Can’t Live Without
As editors, we’re fortunate enough to get our hands on some of the newest and most buzzed-about products on the market. However, that doesn’t mean we shy away from an affordable buy. Take our word for it: We love a good drugstore beauty product. In fact, we each have at least one inexpensive staple we swear by and use every day. Here, the finds Team Zoe absolutely can’t live without.
"Our beauty director, Stephanie, gave me this cleanser to try when I was experiencing a little breakout and my skin has been pretty much clear ever since. It smells great, exfoliates and my skin feels incredibly clean after each use."
—Alyson Fishbein, Senior Manager, Social Media
Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial CleanserYes To $10SHOP NOW
"Never would have guessed I'd be introduced to a life-changing beauty product by a boy, but lo and behold. This stuff is a miracle worker—my skin has never felt so silky smooth."
—Kristin Mahler, Graphic Designer
Moisturizing CrèmeNivea $8SHOP NOW
"If they ever discontinue this, I don't know what I'll do (please don't). It's the best powder ever. Keeps you matte all day and night without caking up. And you can't beat the price."
—Amy Lee, Fashion Editor
Stay Matte PowderRimmel London $4SHOP NOW
"I have been using Bio Oil for years! It's the most multi-purpose product in my vanity—I've used it to soften the appearance of scars, heal super-dry skin and I even rubbed it all over my tummy when I was pregnant to keep my skin hydrated and soft."
—Marisa Runyon, Director of TV & Video
Specialist SkincareBio-Oil $13SHOP NOW
"Even though my drive home from the gym is all of five minutes, I'm paranoid about sweat-induced breakouts and refuse to leave without wiping my face clean. Thankfully, my skin has stayed clear since I started using these! Plus, the cucumber is so refreshing and helps reduce that post-workout redness."
—Lauren Black, Content Analyst
Facial Cleansing TowelettesBurt's Bees $5SHOP NOW
"I'm a bit of a hair mask snob, but this damage repair formula is just as good as my favorite premium brands. It's a game changer!"
—Laura Lajiness, Senior Fashion Editor
Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing BalmL'Oreal Paris $6SHOP NOW
"I wear lipstick. Every. Single. Day. (Yes, even to the gym.) So it's important that I find a product that's not only long-lasting but also moisture-rich—without compromising color. This is easily one of my favorite drugstore buys—and with that price tag, it's no surprise I have it in every color."
—Samantha McDonald, News Editor
Lip Lingerie Liquid LipstickNYX $7SHOP NOW
"I've carried this with me everywhere since high school, and I'm still convinced it's the best on the market for soft, moisturized lips."
—Aidan Macaluso, Associate Manager, Social Media
Rosebud SalveRosebud Perfume Co. $8SHOP NOW
"I don't wear eye shadow often, but sometimes I'll use a primer by itself for brighter, rested-looking eyes. This one works as well as any of the higher-end brands and will only set you back $2."
—Natalie Mattozzi, Senior Video Producer
Shadow Lock Eyelid Primere.l.f $2SHOP NOW
"This pinkish nude is my everyday go-to. It gives my lips some subtle color that's natural but looks like I tried (a win-win in my book)."
—Angela Melero, Managing Editor
Colour Riche Glossy Lip Balm in 200 Lovely MochaL'Oreal Paris $8SHOP NOW
"I literally have a bottle of this on my desk, in my car and at home. It's a necessity. I've tried tons of dry shampoos, and I always come back to this one because it smells fresh, the formula is lightweight and it doesn't make my strands crunchy. My hair looks clean even if it's been a day (or three) since I washed it."
—Allie Flinn, Associate Lifestyle Editor
Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry ShampooDove $4SHOP NOW
"At any given time you can catch me in a cat eye, so as you could imagine, I go through eyeliner like crazy. This liquid liner goes on smooth and so dark, and the brush is thin, which makes it easy to create a clean wing every time. And at two dollars a pop, I don't feel bad for running through the bottle at such a rapid pace."
—Stephanie Montes, Beauty Director
Expert Eyelinere.l.f. $2SHOP NOW
"I've been traveling a lot lately and my under-eye area has felt drier and puffier than usual. This cooling eye mask helps keep my skin under control, and they're less than $5 a pack."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor
Oasis Hydrating Gel MaskH2O Plus $4SHOP NOW