What a coincidence! Reader Aimee must have known I was planning a jaunt to Tar-ghay today.
I’m traveling to Miami in the US next month, and I’d like to hear about your favorite drugstores in the US…
Which of these are best for make up (price and variety): CVS, Target or Walgreens? Thanks!
You’re a girl after my own heart. Whenever I travel, I always try to do a bit of beauty research beforehand, and I’m stoked about your enthusiasm for drugstore makeup. I’ve been a Rite Aid regular (aka a Walgreens wallflower) since as far back as I can remember. Drugstores are veritable cosmetics cornucopias!
I’ve shopped all three of the stores you mention — CVS, Target and Walgreens — and have generally had good experiences with each.
I end up going to Target a lot because of 1) how close and 2) how big it is. In addition to carrying the big drugstore beauty lines (your Revlon, Cover Girl, L’Oreal, etc.), they also carry “higher end” drugstore brands, some of them exclusive to Target (at least in the US), like Sonia Kashuk, JK Jemma Kidd, NP Set and Boots.
Target also has testers, which makes swatching easy, but I’m not crazy about their makeup return policy. Most of the time products have to be new, unused and in their original packaging.
With more than 7,000 stores in 45 states, chances are there’s a CVS somewhere nearby. They have a great selection of drugstore brands and a fantastic product return policy. Truth be told, I’d shop at CVS more often if there wasn’t a Target so close. They accept returns on any opened or unopened beauty products and will refund the full purchase price, no questions asked. Just be sure to bring your receipt or invoice. Oh, and some CVS stores carry the awesome NYX line, which is one of my favorite drugstore brands for colorful eyeshadows and blushes.
No joke, but I used to haunt the Walgreens beauty department back when I worked in downtown San Francisco. Walgreens carries many of the same beauty lines that CVS and Rite Aid do at very nearly the same prices, but I don’t visit as often as I used to (there isn’t one close).
Another great place for drugstore beauty. They carry all of the general brands and have sales often. Plus, with almost 5,000 stores in the US, there’s probably one nearby.
Prices will vary among the stores, but most are within shooting distance of each other when it comes to makeup. It also pays to keep an eye out for the weekly sales, and look for BOGO deals (buy one, get one free) and BOGHP(?) LOL! — Buy one, get the second one for half price.
Walmart, Ulta, Costco and More…
You might also want to consider hitting up Walmart (they also carry the Hard Candy brand), Ulta and Costco while you’re here. NOTE: Costco is a membership store, so you’ll need to know a member with a card.
Hope this helps! Happy beauty hunting.
Budget beauty lovin’ ladies, what are your two cents? What are your favorite drugstores for beauty products?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,