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What Is Your Favorite Drugstore Beauty Product?

Real Simple readers divulge their bargain beauty buys.

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My favorite beauty product is Revlon Great Lash Blackest Black mascara. It doesn't matter how awful I feel or what makeup I forgot to put on―as long as I apply some of that magic mascara, I look and feel sexy all day long.
Misty Grubbs
Allen Park, Michigan

False eyelashes! I love experimenting with different lengths for different occasions. Even when I wear them to casual gatherings, they give my eyes that extra-special pop and make me feel glamorous.
Megan Watkins
Phoenix, Arizona

CoverGirl clear mascara tames my eyebrows and brightens my eyes―and a little dab helps rein in the flyaway hairs on my head.
Heather Dunning
Kirkland, Washington

Neutrogena MoistureShine lip gloss adds quick color to my lips, brightens my face, and reminds me that at least I don't need to look like a frazzled mom.
Binnah Han
Cypress, California

Carmex. There may not be anything pretty about the little yellow-and-white pot that it comes in, but nothing else can make my lips as soft and tempting (to my husband, anyway). I use it every night before I go to bed.
Kelly Davydov
Des Moines, Iowa

As the mom of three kids, I have limited makeup time―limited to the wait in the car between the kids' activities. Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers come in many different shades, and each gives me a great splash of color, SPF, and the healing qualities of a lip balm. And since they're less than $4 each, one can go in my makeup bag, one in my purse, and one in the car.
Jennifer Mason
Independence, Oregon

My Bonne Bell Cherry Lip Smacker is one product I can't leave home without. The scent brings back childhood memories without being overpowering, and the gloss offers perfect protection. My husband says he likes it because I don't get lipstick smudges on him, but I think he just likes the taste.
Julie Peacock
Northbrook, Illinois

I fear that my self-esteem would plummet without Revlon's New Complexion One-Step compact makeup. It's my foundation, under-eye concealer, sunblock, and powder all in one. The foam pad blends the makeup perfectly onto my not-so-perfect skin.
Lori Ulrich
Burke, Virginia 


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