Best in Beauty: My Top 5 Favorite Drugstore Makeup Finds

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Hey, hey, pretty girls! The beginning of a year is a time to look back and assess what was a hit and what was a miss. You have your top TV shows, movies, fashion trends, but I'm most interested in your top makeup products.

Now, of course, where you choose to purchase your products is totally up to you. I, like many girls, love to switch between drugstore and high-end products to compare the quality. However, as a college student, I am very familiar with seeing a sad, empty hole where my wallet used to be. Therefore, I wanted to kick off the new year - and my new beauty column here at CF - with a list of my top 5 favorite drugstore makeup finds:

1. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Foundation

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Covergirl NatureLuxe Foundation - $11.98 at

This has to be my favorite foundation of all time, drugstore or high end - yes, I really do think it's that good.

NatureLuxe foundation is great because it provides medium-to-full coverage while also feeling incredibly light on your skin. No one likes to feel like they're wearing pounds of makeup, so this foundation perfect if you want to cover imperfections and still feel totally clean and natural. In addition, it also smells like fresh cucumber - honestly, what's not to like?

2. Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer

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Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer - $7.99 at | Photo Credit

This next product is a staple piece in my morning routine. Maybelline's Dream LumiTouch concealer is the best at concealing and highlighting the under-eye area - it's the only thing that can make me look awake for those agonizing 8ams. I also love its applicator - you twist the bottom to make the product come out and then the applicator itself is a soft brush that helps blend the concealer beautifully.

3. Maybelline New York "Lasting Drama" Gel Eyeliner

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Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner - $9.99 at | Photo Credit

I've recently discovered my love for winged eyeliner, and this product has become an absolute essential. I've experimented with my fair share of gel liners, and Maybelline New York's "Lasting Drama" Gel Eyeliner is among the best I've ever tried. (Editor's note: We've featured it here on CF before and it consistently ranks among our faves!)

For under $10, you can achieve a dramatic winged-eyeliner look and not have to worry about it smudging throughout the day - this stays on for, like, ever! The consistency is incredibly smooth and easy to apply, and the brush that comes with it makes application a cinch!

4. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

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Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow - $6.99 at | Photo Credit

I guess I must love Maybelline because yet another one of their products ranks among my top 5 faves. This past summer, I stumbled upon Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow and I've been obsessed with it ever since.

Basically, this is a cream eyeshadow that works as a base to help intensify any eye look you're trying to achieve. Color Tattoo helps brighten up any eyeshadow that is applied over it, while also keeping your shadows from creasing throughout the day! It's like an eyeshadow primer, except way cheaper. (Compare it to UDPP - you'll save $10+!)

5. L'Oreal Paris Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black - $8.49 at | Photo via ELLE

My obsession this year is definitely having long, dramatic lashes, and with L'Oreal Paris's Voluminous Mascara, I can achieve that look with just a few swipes.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara is another one of our favorite products here at CF, and for good reason: It lengthens and thickens your lashes while looking completely natural! And if you want your lashes to look more dramatic, just apply a few more coats for a false eyelash effect. The wand of the mascara is also amazing because it doesn't leave your lashes looking like a clumpy mess. I prefer the Carbon Black color for the darkest look, but their other shades are equally lovely.

What are your drugstore favorites?

Now, of course, this is all my personal opinion! To each their own, right? So now, I'd LOVE to hear YOUR top 5 favorite drugstore makeup products in the comments.

I know it may be difficult to narrow it down, so it helps to ask yourself this question: If you lost all of your makeup and and were only able to re-purchase 5 drugstore products, which ones would you pick? (Scary thought, I know!) Tell me below - I'm excited to hear from you.

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