10 Killer Products You Can Buy From The Drugstore


As much as I love a good haul from Mecca Maxima or Sephora, unfortunately they can be extremely pricey and sometimes we get buyer's remorse. Knowing about some of the great drugstore alternatives out there for a lot of products can definitely be useful when you're a makeup junkie. Today I thought I'd talk to you about some of my favourite drugstore buys which may save you a few dollars and surprise you with their great quality!




Although drugstore prices tend to be highly inflated within Australia, if you wait for a good sale such as 50% from Chemist Warehouse or 40% off all cosmetics at Priceline which usually happens once or twice a year, you can really score some great deals. You could even save this post and look at it again when the next sale pops up to score yourself a bargain. I tend to only shop drugstore when there is a big sale and I'll restock on some of my favourite items.




I've already talked a lot about this one in my post about 3 Underrated Foundations Worth Trying, but in a nutshell it is a very luminous, medium coverage foundation with a demi matte finish that looks gorgeous on the skin. It's aimed at aging skin types but I think it would work especially well with normal to dry skin and also works a treat on my combination skin, so I'd highly recommend checking it out!

One of the best drugstore mascaras I've ever used, this one can give Benefit Roller Lash a fair run for it's money. A super black formula, combined with lengthening, volumizing and curling abilities will have you wondering why you haven't tried this one before. The wand is thin, narrow, plastic with little bristle to catch on to every hair. One side has tiny bristles for your bottom and inner lashes, while the other side has larger bristles for the rest of your lashes. LOVE this one.


Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipsticks in Jive, Flamenco and Samba

One of the first blog posts I've ever written was of my Australis Lipstick Collection with Swatches, and I still love them now as much as I loved them then. They are creamy, hydrating and pigmented. They last about 4 hours on me before having to reapply and they have an amazing colour range. For such an affordable price, these really are a hidden drugstore gem,




How could I forget about one of the first full coverage foundations that I tried and loved? The formula gives amazing coverage without being cakey at all and it blends out so well into the skin. I have gone through countless bottles of this stuff and it never disappoints. The finish is matte but still looks quite natural.

A more recent discovery, but still definitely worth mentioning, this offering from Max Factor provides a fuss-free primer that helps to extend the longevity of your base as well as smoothing out any pores or fine lines. The formula is a hydrating, quick drying while also having a smoothing effect. I also love the pump applicator, avoiding any product wastage.



This was a product I included in my post about my Holy Grail Products I've Repurchased because I repurchased this powder countless times! It's finely milled, great for setting foundation, baking and popping under the eyes. I use this in my makeup kit as well as for my personal use and it's excellent! It adds a little bit of extra coverage but never looks cakey. I find it quite comparable to MAC Studio Fix Powder for less than 1/3 of the price.




I mentioned this one in my Guide to Setting Sprays For Every Budget and it still remains one of my favourite drugstore setting sprays. You can get this in a matte or dewy finish but I prefer the matte finish and it works well over dewy foundations when I feel I'm looking a little too shiny but don't want to apply powder over the top. This is a great alternative to more expensive setting sprays from high end brands that does pretty much the same thing.



This is one of the first primers I've ever used and I still absolutely love it. I feel like it is very similar to the MAC Strobe Cream, probably just a little more smoothing and a little less creamy but it still works well on it's own as an illuminating primer or can be mixed with foundation. I also love the packaging of this bottle because it's easy to take with you for travel since it uses up very little space and also has a pump applicator for easy dispensing.

This is a product I've discovered within the last year, and it has quickly become my favourite over the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner. I find this pen so easy to use to create a sharp wing and the formula is a pigmented black that lasts all day for me. 

10. Bourjois Blush $20 AUD
I recently mentioned my love for these in my Addicted to Blush Tag, they are cute little blushes that smell like roses and have a baked formula. They aren't the most pigmented blushes in the world but they have a great shade variety and they apply very naturally and blend nicely onto the cheeks. My favourite shades are 14 rose d'or and 16 rose coup de foudre. 




As you can see, there are lots of drugstore products that I use and love and swear by, even if you may not always hear me talking about them. I hope you found this post useful for when the next big drugstore cosmetic sale is going down!

What are your favourite drugstore products? I'd love to know if you have any suggestions for some products I can add to my collection. 
As always, thanks for reading!

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