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My 15 favorite makeup finds under $15

Megan CrevierComment
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I've found myself purchasing more and more drugstore products lately. Mainly because I keep finding amazing products that get the job done at a fraction of the price!  These products have been my favorite finds that I use almost every day - they've become my must-haves and they're all under $15! 

Maybelline Master Prime:
This primer really feels nice on the skin and does a great job minimizing my pores. I find myself grabbing this almost as much as my Benefit Pore-fessional! (gasp!) Shop.

Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation
The coverage from this stuff is SERIOUS. With a small amount of product I get a pretty flawless looking perfection without looking cakey - and I have a lot of freckles. Shop.

NYX Color Corrector
I love using the green shade in this palette to correct redness under my eyes, around my nose, and to help hide any pimples. Shop.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer
On my foundation-free days, I use this concealer under my eyes and in my t-zone - it give awesome but breathable coverage, and 'better-skin' is a perfectly fitting name because it really does just make your skin look, well, better. Shop

Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener
This is the perfect product for brightening the under eyes. I put a dot on the darkest spots under my eyes underneath concealer and it does a great job offering a brighter looking eye. Shop

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Power Foundation
I'll use this alone or to set my foundation/concealer. It offers great coverage that isn't cakey and helps prevent shine if you're oily - my type of product. I use this every single day without fail. Even if I set my face with a translucent powder, I find myself grabbing this to give my t-zone some extra coverage. Just love this stuff. Shop. 

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder
This is great for setting the face and feels super silky. I also find that it helps absorb oil more than other translucent powders that I've tried, and with a great price, you don't feel guilty baking away. Shop

NYX Matte Bronzer
This is a bold claim, but I really think this is my most favorite bronzer ever. That's right I said it, ever. It applies so smoothly and I love the medium shade on my skin tone. I use this product every day! Shop.

NYX Ombre Blush
I love blushes that offer more than one shade, and that's what you get with these NYX Ombre blushes. They're just beautiful colors with dimension and a great formula. Shop.

NYX Wonder Pencil
I'll admit this nude pencil isn't as pigmented as others I've tried, but I just love it for a subtle touch of nude on the waterline - it really brightens the eye without looking like a thick formula. Shop.

L'Oreal Voluminous Feline Mascara
This is just really my favorite drugstore mascara (so far!). I love the bristles on the wand - they're those rubber-feeling bristles that really allow you to coat the lashes. Shop.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss
This is always my favorite drugstore lipgloss - such a great formula that's not too thick or sticky but still good pigmentation! I especially love the shade Peanut Brittle. Shop. (P.S. Paired with their Nude Mechanical Lip Pencil is even better! - Shop.) Most NYX lip products are really just the best of the best.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
Love putting a few drops of this stuff on my cheekbones for a subtle 'glow from within.' Shop.

Morphe Sponge
I used to love the Real Techniques sponge for foundation and concealer, but the last one picked up was definitely a different material than I'm used to and I was not a fan. (I'm being nice... I hated it more than anything...). However, thank the makeup heavens for Morphe because they saved me with this great sponge now sold at Ulta - great material, super bouncy, and blends creams so beautifully. Thank you Morphe! Shop.

Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Wear Boosting Setting Spray Translucent
Another bold claim, but I'm pretty sure this Maybelline setting spray works just as well as my Urban Decay All Nighter. I just love it. Shop.

What drugstore finds did I miss?! Let me know :)

Drugstore Favorites

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Get ready for a long one today, loves! We're completely breaking down our favorite drugstore beauty products. Everything from face to lips to eyes to brushes, we've got you covered. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Favorite Drugstore Makeup

Let's start with the face. 

For foundation, L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte is THE. BEST. Seriously, I haven't found a foundation that can top it. A life saver and best friend for anyone with an oily complexion. 

There's a tight race between two concealers - both Maybelline. Their Instant Age Rewind is more of a lightweight, subtle coverage, but still looks lovely on the skin. Their Master Conceal is definitely heavier and offers fuller coverage. This one also works better as a highlight as well if that's what you seek in your concealer. 

The Maybelline Fit me Matte+Poreless powder is a go-to for a setting powder all over the face. Again, this is great for an oily complexion to help keep the face matte and free from unwanted shine. 

For blush, we've both been LOVING the Milani Baked Blush in the shade Luminoso. It's a perfectly subtle shade for all complexions and works with just about any look.  

Finally, the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette is pure perfection. The banana and highlight shades are great for setting concealer, and the darker shades for contouring under the cheekbones, the temples, the jawline, and the nose. 

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On to eyes - 

For eyeliner, Maybelline wins again. The Define-a-Line is a go-to for the upper lash line (personally, it's too creamy to use on the lower lash and tends to run). It also comes with a smudging sponge for blending. The shade soft black is great for a day-time or softer look, and ebony black is great for a night on the town. 

For brown eyes: Using a smudged, dark brown liner on the lower lash and lower water line can really make the eyes pop. For this, I like the Maybelline Master Drama in the shade bold brown. 

For a dramatic look, my favorite gel liner is Maybelline Eye Studio in blackest-black. Pair it with an angled liner brush to get your sharp cat-eye. 

Once again, Maybelline Great Lash clear Brow Gel is great for keeping your brows in check all day long. 

My ride or die drugstore mascara is L'oreal Voluminous Original in black. Enough said. 

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And as for lip products - 

The BEST 'chap stick' is Vaseline Lip Therapy. It instantly quenches dry lips, and isn't addictive like most chapsticks are. 

The e.l.f Lip Exfoliator is perfect for prepping the lips for lipstick. Bonus - it smells like coffee! 

If you've ever watched our YouTube channel, you know how much we both adore NYX lip products. Their butter gloss is to die for. Some favorite shades: Tiramisu, Apple Strudel, Antwerp.

Lovelyandluxe drugstore favorites

Last but not least, brushes. 

Powder: Real Techniques Powder Brush. Big, fluffy, and soft - need we say more?

Bronzer: EcoTools Domed Bronzer Brush. Its large size makes it easy to warm up the entire face. 

Contour: Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. Basically contours for you with its perfect shape and density.

Blush: The e.l.f angled blush brush is the perfect shape for blushing the cheeks. 

Setting: The e.l.f. small tapered brush is great for setting your concealer. 

Concealer/Precision: The e.l.f flawless concealer brush is great for really getting in the under eye area. I typically use this for a brightening powder specifically under the eyes that I don't want to take down too far on the cheeks. 

Highlight: Real Techniques Setting Brush

LovelyandLuxe favorite brushes

And there you have it! Let us know if you use any of these products and if you love them as much as we do! If you have any questions, just ask in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by! Xox.