Duane Reade is having a major cosmetics sale right now. Or, at least, the Duane Reade on 46th and 2nd is. Here’s the thing; drugstore cosmetics are always affordable, but when they slice ’em down to 50% off, it’s seriously time to roll up the sleeves of your winter coat and figure out which new shades of lipstick you need to try. In any case, the sale got me thinking about drugstore beauty. It’s a sad fact that the La Mer and Bulgari creams, the Kiehl’s masques and the Dior mascaras cannot be harbored in bulk anymore. They are specialty splurges I treat myself to once or *maybe* twice a year, and the majority of what I’m refilling the cabinets with is unfortunately quite cheap.
But is it really all that unfortunate? When you look around at all the beautiful women in this city, the mind starts to ponder. Sure, most of us have a really special lipgloss in our treasure chest, or swear by a certain serum that, at $100 (or more) a bottle, cannot be outdone. But for the most part, aren’t many of us existing almost exclusively on affordable products? In other words, I think I’ll be just fine… for now.
*All products below can be purchased at drugstore.com; all photos courtesy of drugstore.com.
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Best Name-Brand Hair Product Line:
Best Expensive-Looking Lip Product:
Hands-Down Best Mascara (Even when compared with Dior!):
Best Cheap-o Makeup Tool:
And, as for that sexy photo above… all it takes is this:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Covet, $18, beauty.com.
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber lashes kit, $12.76, drugstore.com.
Yes to Carrots C Me Shine lip gloss in Nude, $6.49, drugstore.com.
Essie nail polish in Trophy Wife, $8, essie.com.