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Skin Care Products Editors Swear

Have you ever heard that you shouldn’t pinch pennies when it comes to skin care? That your face is one of your greatest investments? While these statements are based on good intentions, we’re here to tell you that price isn’t always the best indicator of a quality product. In fact, some of our most treasured skin care products come from the drugstore.

As beauty editors, we often get to try the crème de la crème of beauty products. There have been days we’ve thanked the heavens for the $600 luxury face cream that happens to fall into our eager hands. On the flipside, some of our favorite finds are the drugstore products that absolutely rock our world.

Read on as our editors share the drugstore cleansers, toners, creams, serums etc. that make a regular appearance in their skin care repertoire. These products will save you a pretty penny and make your skin just as clear, smooth and glowy than the more expensive guys. With all the money you’ll save, think of all the drugstore makeup you’ll be able to afford.

Being someone with combination skin, I’m always looking for products to sop up the oily spots without removing moisture from the dry ones. Soap & Glory just gets it right with their Soap and Clarity Facial Wash. First of all, the bottle is huge and lasts forever. It cleans my face perfectly, removes stubborn eye makeup and smooths my skin thanks to tiny, gentle scrubbing beads. The clean, minty, citrusy fragrance (reminiscent of a mojito) is inviting, and the gel feels tingly and refreshing on my skin — which is why I reach for it first thing in the morning as a pick-me-up. After repeated use, my skin is in perfect harmony — free from acne balanced with just the right amount of moisture. 

Skincare Kits That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

It’s nearly impossible to wander the aisles of Sephora without letting one of the store’s skin care sets catch your eye. Maybe in the past you’ve been strong enough to resist the siren call of these curated minis — but why should you? These skin care sets actually tend to be pretty cost-effective — and practical. For one, they let you sample the buzziest new launches, without blowing your entire beauty budget, and they can give you a way to tote luxe, carry-on-sized products on your next trip (bonus: they often come in an adorable, travel-ready pouch. Not to mention sets can make a great gift — so really, when you think about it, it’s a win-win-win. So, where to start? Here, 16 skin care sets to check out during your next Sephora trip.

If you’ve been dying to give beloved natural brand Drunk Elephant a try, this might just be your opportunity. This skin care set includes adorable mini versions of eight of their most popular products, including their best-selling Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Plus, the brightly colored packaging makes the set a great gift.
Have you ever smelled L’Occitane’s signature almond scent? The delectable fragrance smells just like your favorite French macarons; sweet and luxuriously sophisticated. This set gives you the chance to try out their whole almond-scented line, and it comes in an adorable pouch to boot.
To try Erborian’s Bamboo Waterlock Mask is to love it, and this kit gives you a chance to sample that, as well as their Solid Cleansing Oil, and their Bamboo Cràme Frapée. Together, the products work to clear, moisturize and plump your skin for a seriously hydrated, glowy complexion.