These Drugstore Makeup Products Are Perfect For Summer


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With summer fast approaching, we’re dreaming of bronzed glam, dewy skin, and glossy lips. However, given the current climate, finding affordable options that’ll allow us to achieve our #SummerMakeupGoals is a must. From all-in-one face palettes fresh off the assembly line to bronzers that’ll sculpt all skin tones, here are five drugstore products for the ultimate summer glow up.

1. The Do-It-All Palette: Revlon X Ashley Graham Tropical Pop Kit, $26

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When Ashley Graham and Revlon dropped their new collab last month, the internet went into a frenzy. And we can totally relate – it has everything you need for a sexy, summer makeup look, as demonstrated by the supermodel herself!

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Each Tropical Pop Kit features the Post Beach Glow Eye & Face palette and a juicy Lip Highlight in the shade Island Hopping. We’ll be honest, it was the all-in-one face palette that caught our attention. Not only does it contain three matte eyeshadows and five shimmers, but a stunning highlighter, as well as a sculpting shimmer bronzer that can double up as eyeshadow for a monochromatic makeup look. We also love the bold aqua shimmer shade, which perfectly contrasts with the golden summery hues for an eye-popping look.

2. The Ultimate Summer Lip: e.l.f . The Sheer Slick Lipstick, $5

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Forget about matte lips this summer, it’s ALL about a sexy, juicy pout, and e.l.f. delivers exactly that with their new The Sheer Slick Lipstick, $5. The formula glides onto the lip with a sheer wash of color and a subtle, glossy finish, creating the illusion of a fuller lip. Available in six universally flattering shades from a tangy Grapefruit to a hot pink Jam or Jelly shade, there’s a shade for everyone. It’s also ideal for a no-makeup makeup look, which has become our go-to during lockdown.

Application tip: These sheer lipsticks can moonlight as blushers for a healthy summer glow. Simply apply the stick to the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards with your fingers or a damp makeup sponge.

3. For Sculpted Glam: Makeup Revolution The Glow Splendor Bronzers, $12

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While the beauty industry is (finally) becoming more inclusive, the drugstore aisle still has some catching up to do. Makeup Revolution is making their mark their new Glow Splendor Bronzers, $12, which has garnered glowing reviews thanks to their inclusive, wide-ranging shade collection.

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The bronzer collection has six shades in total (Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Deep, and Deep Dark), which can be used for both face and body sculpting. Plus, the glow-getting matte powders are infused with coconut and pineapple for a super summery-scent. Can we also take a moment to appreciate the ultra-luxe packaging – all for $12? Obsessed!

4. Our Go-To Summer Foundation: Maybelline Dream Cover Foundation SPF 50, $13

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You don’t have to drop a wad of cash to find a great foundation, and Maybelline’s Dream Cover Foundation SPF 50, $13, is solid proof of that. The natural-finish lightweight foundation is designed to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum SPF 50 while simultaneously providing medium coverage. The formula is infused with skin-saving antioxidants like hydrating niacinamide and rejuvenating vitamin E. Another major bonus? It wears well throughout the day and doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles – zero touch-ups needed!

Application tip: While the formula wears well, it’s not completely transfer-proof, nor does it possess any skin-perfecting qualities like minimizing pores – so try combining it with a primer and setting with a little powder, especially if you tend to get oily around your T-zone. For more application tips, check out our full review.

5. The 2020 Essential: e.l.f Jelly Pop Flush Blush, $6

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2020 is the year of blusher, and the e.l.f Jelly Pop Flush Blush, $6, is a great affordable option that comes in two universally flattering colors. The easy-to-build blush has a jelly-like texture that blends seamlessly into the skin for a healthy flush, or you can layer up the color for a more dramatic look. The formula is also infused with hydrating ingredients like watermelon, argon oil, vitamin E, and castor oil to give your skin a radiant, dewy finish – hello summer! It also smells divine!

Application tips: For a natural finish, apply the jelly formula with your fingertips, gently dabbing the product onto the apples of your cheeks. Next, dab any excess product onto the lip for a rosy, summer look.

What’s your go-to summer beauty product? Let us know in the comments below.