8 Waterproof Drugstore Buys That Won’t Come Off In The Pool

Most of us have learned the hard way that makeup and water don’t mix. (Has anyone else ever lost an eyebrow after a dip in the pool? Just me?) Of course, we could skip foundation or mascara for activities involving water, but sometimes we just feel like wearing lipstick to the beach — and having it last through a sweaty volleyball sesh or a quick dunk in the ocean. Who’s to judge?

That’s where waterproof makeup comes in. Not only do the formulas repel, well, water, they also withstand heat, humidity, and sweat, meaning you can rely on them to stay on your face whether you’re lounging poolside or playing Marco Polo.

Still, waterproof makeup has its pitfalls, namely that it can be damn hard to remove. (Thankfully, the beauty industry has not let us down where powerful makeup removers are concerned.) Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best products that check all the boxes: affordable, effective, and not a total nightmare to take off.


Revlon’s Colorstay foundation clings to your face whether you’re caught in torrential downpour or wrapping your arms tightly around your S.O. (who happens to be wearing a white-collared shirt). Once you buff the full-coverage formula onto your skin, it sets to a truly budge-proof matte finish.

Revlon, $9.99, available at Target


Yes, waterproof setting powder exists — and it’s kind of amazing. You can drip water directly onto this powder and watch it bead right off the formula.

Catrice, $7.49, available at Ulta Beauty


This metallic shadow from L’Oréal boasts a waterproof formula in 18 shades that range from wearable bronzes and golds to vibrant pinks and greens.

L’Oreal Paris, $7.35, available at Walmart


These liners come in gray, dark brown, black, and very black (so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want cobalt). Plus, they stay put through Soul-Cycle or a swim.

Physicians Formula, $6.74, available at Walmart


If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara that’ll see you through an hour of river rafting (or a season of Queer Eye) without any smudging, you’ve found it in this magic wand.

Maybelline, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty


When you’re wearing sunglasses anyway, you might as well just keep your makeup to the lower half of your face. This pigmented matte formula dries to a smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and yes, waterproof finish that won’t budge until you want it to.

NYX, $4.88, available at CVS

Brow Product

Consider this the middle ground between eyebrow tinting and a regular brow gel. The no-nonsense formula promises to last two full days, and it couldn’t be easier to use: Just run the brush through your hairs, and you’re done.

Maybelline, $9.89, available at Target

Eyeshadow Primer

If you want to be extra and wear glitter eyeshadow to the pool party, we get you and so does this product. With just one swipe, your eye makeup will stay in place so you can keep on being your glam self in peace.

NYX, $6.99, available at Amazon

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