Whether we're picking up something in a pinch or going in for a big haul, there's one superstore we always turn to: Target. Need a set of sheets that'll fit the twin XL mattress at your new dorm? Or a bag full of frozen hor d'oeuvres for your housewarming party? The friendly red-and-white-tinged aisles of your local branch have it all — and the beauty section is no exception.
Past the bananas, bikes, and HD TVs, you'll find aisles stocked to the brim with quality makeup, skin, and hair finds. But what makes the retailer different in the beauty department? Six brands exclusive only to Target shelves. To make your shopping experience that much more focused, we rounded up our favorite items from each brand. The best part: None of 'em will set you back more than $25. Check out the slides ahead, STAT.
Sonia Kashuk's enormous and colorful displays in Target stores have long been one of the primary reasons this writer frequented the retailer's aisles. The
celebrity makeup artist's line boasts a wide range of skin care and body products, gorgeous brushes, and highly-pigmented makeup that flatters all skin tones, including this 12-pan matte eyeshadow palette. Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral 02 Eye Palette, $19.99, available at Target. More
The Shine Luxe Lip Colors are another A+ option from the brand. The sheer formula slides onto the lips like balm and requires very little effort in the precision department.
Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Lip Color in Sheer Fuschia, $10.99, available at Target. More
Celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess, whose A-list clientele includes Lucy Hale, Lauren Conrad, and Jenna Dewan Tatum,
launched her namesake line of hair products in January this year. New to the brand? Check out Ess' Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, which sops up oil and not-so-great smells with just a few spritzes. Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, $14, available at Target. More
Warm up a dime-sized amount of this pomade in the palms of your hands and rake the sticky wax from mid-lengths to ends, scrunching hair as you go. The product will instantly give piecey, moveable texture, while providing just the right amount of hold.
Kristen Ess Depth Defining Water-Based Pomade, $10, available at Target. More Read More
Up & Up
Chances are, you've seen Target's in-house brand Up & Up before — but not like this. It's stepping up its game with colorful, patterned, and insanely affordable buys worth checking out — like this super-soft four-piece face brush kit.
Up & Up Complexion Kit, $11.99, available at Target. More
For less than the cost of a round-trip Subway ticket, you can snag a huge (seriously, it's 48 ounces!) bag of Epsom salts. Pour a cup into hot bathwater and sink into a minty oasis after a long workday.
Up & Up Epsom Salt For Soaking, $3.89, available at Target. More
Pixi by Petra
Although Pixi boasts a stellar makeup collection, the brand's skin-care line up is what gets us most excited. This classic toner is beloved by just about every editor and blogger in the biz. Why? Because its alcohol-free formula contains glycolic acid to gently exfoliate our skin and aloe vera to soothe it.
Pixi Glow Tonic, $15, available at Target. More
Unlike many clay masks that can leave our skin feeling tight and stripped, this one effectively de-gunks our pores while hydrating our skin, thanks to the aloe vera and ginseng in the formula.
Pixi Glow Mud Mask, $22, available at Target. More
Don't be fooled by this serum's lightweight texture — it's loaded with a slew of hydrating, soothing, and acne-fighting ingredients, like manuka honey, oat milk, and turmeric oil. Wear it as your primary moisturizer in warmer weather or layer it under an oil or cream during winter months.
Bare Republic Milk & Honey Daily Recover Serum, $11.99, available at Target. More
lips need sun protection just as much as your cheeks do. Not only does this lip balm contain mineral SPF (meaning it won't destroy our coral reefs), it's also packed with shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil to intensely hydrate. Bare Republic Natural Mineral Lip Balm in Dewberry, $3.99, available at Target. More
Defy & Inspire
Last year, Target launched its own 38-piece polish line which references reality TV in hilarious ways. Case in point: This moody black hue named "Mom The Manager."
Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in Mom The Manager, $7.49, available at Target. More
The line up boasts a bevy of deep, bright, and neutral colors. This mauve-meets-pink hue, aptly named "Ladies Who Lunch," is one of our favorites for everyday wear.
Defy & Inspire Nail Polish in Ladies Who Lunch, $7.49, available at Target. More
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