Vogue shares their favorite drugstore beauty products

There’s something so comforting about dropping into the corner drugstore. Perhaps it’s the consistency—same fluorescent lighting, same (different, but same) pop song playing, same row overstocked with candy and plush toys to mark whatever holiday is coming up or has just passed—and of course, all the cult beauty products that keep us returning time and again.

For many of us, the drugstore is the first place we purchased makeup, nail polish, or face cream for ourselves, or thought about what we wanted to look like as the adults we are now. But drugstore poetics aside, the stuff we buy here often falls into the category of “products we can’t live without.” And though it’s hard to break your routine and try something new from the packed shelves, one could argue that a tip on what’s great (and affordable!) is the best kind of beauty advice there is. So, we asked ten Vogue editors to reveal their go-to products—and here are their picks.

Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Daily Scrub and Oil-Eliminating Astringent

Edward Barsamian, Vogue.com Style Editor

I can’t go in and snatch up all the bottles of Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Daily Scrub and Oil-Eliminating Astringent. They’re cheap, effective, and keep me looking—hopefully—like I get a full night’s rest every day.”

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic

Catherine Piercy, Vogue.com Beauty Director

“My hands-down favorite drugstore product is Revlon’s ColorStay Moisture Stain lip tint. The makeup artist Gucci Westman introduced it to me on a shoot and I’ve been obsessed ever since. They give your mouth the perfect hint of color, they’re hydrating but not shiny, and the color really lasts.”

OGX Kukui Oil Curl Cream

Chioma Nnadi, Vogue.com Fashion Director

“I swear by OGX Kukui Oil Curl Cream. In fact, when I see it, I buy it in multiples because I’m afraid they’ll sell out or discontinue it. This stuff basically helped me crack the code to my curl pattern—it holds and moisturizes my hair without weighing it down or looking too shiny.”

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Christina Liao, Vogue.com Senior Producer

“I have an oily skin type, so blotting papers are a must. Clean & Clear makes these great sheets that instantly absorb without smudging makeup.”

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Solid Formula

Jenna Rennert, Vogue.com Beauty Assistant

“I’ve loved Palmer’s Cocoa Butter balm for years. It cures everything from dry cuticles to pesky flyways and the smell is heavenly—and addicting.”

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Anny Choi, Vogue.com Assistant Market Editor

“CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara—which I’ve been using ever since I started wearing makeup in middle school—is my go-to. I’ve tried several other high-end mascaras but they were never quite right.”

Tend Skin

Karley Sciortino, Vogue.com Contributor

“Tend Skin! My life used to be one giant ingrown hair before Tend Skin. Now I use this after I shave, and my bikini line looks as glamorous as someone who waxes, even though I don’t.”

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Lili Göksenin, Vogue Features Assistant

“Cetaphil moisturizer in the giant tub—it’s the best all-season moisturizer but it’s especially good for winter when everything stings because of the cold. It just feels soothing.”

Cutex Nail Polish Remover Pads

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Vogue Fashion Assistant

I carry Cutex nail polish remover pads with me everywhere I go. Consider it an inheritance from my always impeccably groomed mother who, to this day, begins 90 percent of our conversations with ‘How are your nails?’”

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Mark Guiducci, Vogue Arts Reporter

“If I could take only five things with me to be stranded on a desert isle, a never-ending stick of Burt’s Bees would be one of them.”


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