It comes as little surprise that the average woman, according to a recent study, spends about $12,000 on beauty products in her lifetime. On a recent trip to Sephora where I was looking for a basic facial moisturizer, I struggled to find one that was under $40. I ended up with one from Caudalie, which set me back $35 for 1.3oz (a.k.a. enough to last me about two weeks).
Sure the moisturizer is great – fast absorbing, non-greasy, and long-lasting – but shopping the aisles of Sephora or department store beauty counters can cost a pretty penny. While there are clear benefits to luxury beauty products (namely quality and packaging), there are plenty of drugstore buys that deliver just as well when it comes to formulations and aesthetics. Check out some of the best below.
From left to right:
- John Frieda Root Awakening Health Infusing Shampoo for Normal Hair, $6.99
- John Frieda Root Awakening Health Infusing Conditioner for Normal Hair, $6.99
- Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Wash, $7.99
- Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast Smoke, $7.99
- L’oreal Blush 494 Shimmering Bronze Bare Naturale, $13.48
- Vichy Normaderm Night, $25.80
- Aussie Instant Freeze Hair Spray, $4.99
- Clairol Nice n’ Easy Perfect 10, $11.99
- Yes To Carrots Deliciously Rich Body Butter, $12.99