Cult Beauty: Our Favorite Drugstore Products
By Nicole Wieder , Editorial Assistant |
Some have been on shelves for decades while others became instant cult-classics, but one way or another, these drugstore beauty products have stood the test of the time and continue to remain best sellers today. Scroll through to see which ones made the cut.
Product: Alba Botanica Good & Clean Dual Textured Exfoliating Towelettes, $5.50
What they do: Cleanse, tone and exfoliate skin
Why we love them: One side of the towelette is more roughly textured so it can exfoliate dead skin and get rid of toxins while the other side cleanses and tones with it’s soft and smooth texture.
Product: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $7.50
What it does: Gently soothes and cleanses skin
Why we love it: Regardless of your skin type, this mild formula won’t strip your skin or cause irritation, which is why it’s the ultimate cleanser for any skin condition.
Product: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner, $4.50
What it does: Refines pores and removes and controls oil
Why we love it: Like many other toners, this formula is non-drying and won’t strip away skin so you are left with healthy-looking, balanced complexion.
What it does: Protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays
Why we love it: The lightweight formula absorbs quickly so you can virtually get dressed seconds after its been applied. It’s also fragrance-free so it won’t compete with your perfume.
Product: Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, $30
What it does: Cleanses while it exfoliates
Why we love it: The supersoft bristles are extremely gentle yet make you feel like you are still getting a deep cleansing. Did we mention it leaves you with brighter, smoother skin after each use?
Product: St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, $4
What it does: Exfoliates and brightens skin
Why we love it: Free of both sulfates and parabens, this heavy-duty scrub manages its way deep down into pores for cleaner, softer and healthier-looking skin.
Product: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream, $31
What it does: Hydrates and moisturizes skin
Why we love it: The luxurious, creamy formula provides 48-hour hydration and employs hyaluronic acid to plump skin for a more radiant appearance.
Product: Almay Oil Free Gentle Makeup Remover Towelettes, $6
What they do: Gently removes makeup
Why we love them: These supersoft, soothing towelettes instantly remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil without irritating your skin.
Product: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, $3
What it does: Moisturizes and soothes lips
Why we love it: Just as equally moisturizing as it is hydrating, this minty lip balm leaves your lips feeling softer than ever. And the bonus? It’s only $3.
Product: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers, $2
What it does: Enhances the eyes
Why we love it: You can wear one shade for a sheer coverage or layer up with a few different ones for added intensity, but either way, these shadows truly make your eyes pop and enhance any look your trying to achieve.
Product: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.50
What it does: Conditions and thickens lashes
Why we love it: Every 1.1 seconds, a tube of this miracle mascara is sold worldwide, but that’s not the only reason why we love it. The rich formula instantly lengthens, volumizes and thickens, leaving you with your most lush lashes ever.
Product: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $12.50
What it does: Evens skin tone and hides imperfections
Why we love it: The silky foundation not only leaves your skin looking flawless, but it also improves the condition and texture of your skin over time. The fact that it contains SPF 20 is also a major plus!
What it does: Sets makeup and bronzes skin
Why we love it: The soft, lightweight powder leaves your skin with a healthy, natural glow sans the sun damage.
Product: RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum, $50
What it does: Enhances and conditions lashes and brows
Why we love it: We’re all about achieving more voluminous lashes and brows in as little as 30 days.
What it does: Adds instant color to lips
Why we love it: On the market for decades, this iconic red shade will not only cause heads to turn, but it also softens your lips with vitamins C and E.
Product: Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, $4.50
What it does: Provides depth and defines the eyes
Why we love it: Plain and simple—It stays put without the need for touch-ups.
Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Scent, $6
What it does: Cleanses hair without water
Why we love it: One of the first of its kind, this dry shampoo instantly refreshes strands and removes excess oil, ultimately leaving you with enhanced body and texture. Oh, and because it seriously smells divine.
Product: Conair Infinity Pro, $35
What it does: Dries hair
Why we love it: The 1875-watt drier battles frizz, eliminates shine and safely seals the hair cuticle with the help of neutralizing ions ultimately leaving you with the perfect blowout. We also appreciate the modest price point!
Product: Garnier Fructis Flat Iron Perfector, $3.50
What it does: Combats frizz and provides shine
Why we love it: A few sprays of this product before you straighten you hair is all you need for sleek, shiny strands. Why do you need it? It protects your hair against heat and fights frizz.
Product: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, $13
What it does: Provides long-lasting hold
Why we love it: The 1950’s European cult classic remains a must-have because it accomplishes everything you could ever want from a hairspray. It delivers long-lasting hold, shine and humidity protection and leaves behind hair that feels like satin.
Product: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, $7.50
What it does: Resurfaces hair cuticles and reduces frizz
Why we love it: If you have any type of hair damage, this serum will help strengthen your strands the more you use it.
Product: Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, $20
What it does: Thickens hair
Why we love it: By increasing the diameter of existing hair fibers, this product claims to minimize the appearance of thinning strands and enables hair to feel less brittle and more manageable.
Product: Remington Frizz Therapy Iron, $40
What it does: Straightens hair
Why we love it: The iron’s ceramic plates are infused with frizz-resistant micro-conditioners that are transferred to your hair during styling. Just make sure you apply a heat protection spray (see slide 21) first to preserve your hair.
Product: Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture, $5
What it does: Prevents odor and wetness
Why we love it: The newly reformulated deodorant contains NutriumMoisture to give you the brand’s most advanced care ever while still being the same product you’ve depended on for years.
Product: Jāsön Body Wash, $14
What it does: Cleanses the body
Why we love it: Formulated without harsh chemicals or preservatives, these flavorful body washes smell just as good as they feel on the skin.
Product: Jergens Original Scent Dry Skin Moisturizer, $7
What it does: Moisturizes and hydrates the body
Why we love it: If you’re looking for one product that does many different things—think moisturizing, hydrating, softening and brightening—then you’ll love this lotion just as much as we do.
Product: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soaps, $4
What it does: Cleanses and moisturizes skin
Why we love it: These freshly scented soaps leave skin feeling clean without ever drying it out or stripping away natural oils. We love the Olive & Honey scent because it gives the feeling of being on vacation in Greece, which is also where the soaps originated.