How Our Beauty Editors Would Spend $100 On Skin-Care At Target

There's no denying the magic of Target. (If you're still unsure, just ask Beyoncé.) Where else can you walk in for a tube of toothpaste and walk out with an entirely new living room set? And don't even get us started on the wide assortment of skin-care products. From frothy face washes and clay masks to high-end serums and treatments, you don't have to look far to find exactly what you need.

To help guide you, our editors are breaking down their favorite skin-care picks from the budget beauty emporium. Whether you're dealing with acne or dry flakes, there's a product (or a full-fledged routine) here for you. The catch? Each editor's entire lineup had to come in at under $100 total. Some did it for half the price, some went a little over, but all came out with clear, glowing skin. Check out their pro-approved shopping carts, ahead.

Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
"I have acne-prone skin, so my routine is aimed at preventing breakouts, healing scars, and addressing fine lines — all while keeping my face from freaking out from the freezing winter air and frequent travel. I’ve found some of the most effective treatments at the drugstore, especially now that it carries a prescription-strength acne gel (yes!)."

Total spent: $95.12
"I always double cleanse — it’s been a game changer for my acne — and I'm constantly looking for new formulas since I go through bottles so quickly. This Neutrogena option turns into a milky foam when it’s wet, and doesn’t leave that gross oily feeling that some cleansers do."

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, $6.29, available at Target.
"I follow up with this salicylic acid cleanser, which I use every day. I massage it onto my face and let it sit and do its work while I brush my teeth. (The bubbles are thick enough that it doesn’t drip). Side note: I use a generous amount of this every night and the bottle has lasted me several months. I don’t understand why, but I’m not fighting it."

Clean & Clear Acne Triple Clear Bubble Foam Cleanser, $6.99, available at Target.
"I keep this in my shower and use it every few days to exfoliate my skin. The clay scrub definitely sloughs off dry skin and flakes, but it isn't too harsh. Word of warning, though: The pink color definitely left a stain on my white shower curtain, so be careful where you splash it."

L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser, Exfoliate & Refine, $4.99, available at Target.
"Finally, the pièce de résistance of my routine. This gel, which I’ve been using since January, completely obliterated the stubborn, painful pimples that used to plague both sides of my cheeks. (I just checked in my desk mirror to be sure: Yep, they’re gone.) Since it’s a retinoid, I’ve kept using it to fight scarring and stave off wrinkles, too."

Differin Acne Treatment Gel, $11.29, available at Target.
"Every other night in the winter, I alternate the Differin with a hydrating serum, per my facialist’s recommendation. I love this hyaluronic-acid packed one from Neutrogena, which is a moisture workhouse, but feels like nothing at all."

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum, $17.99, available at Target.
"A classic, SPF-packed moisturizer that every derm recommends — but actually feels nice and luxurious on the skin. I use it every day, and I’ve got my boyfriend hooked on it, too."

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Sensitive, $12.29, available at Target.
"Whenever I use this night cream, my face looks significantly plumper and less red in the morning. It’s a little on the thick side, so I often swap it out with a lighter formula in the summer months, but it’s perfect for the winter when my skin is drier."

Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream Moisturizer, $25.49, available at Target.
"I love all the new clay masks from L'Oréal, which work without sucking all the moisture out of your skin. I’ll be using this weekly to purge my oily skin, and as a spot treatment if any bumps rear their ugly heads."

L'Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask, $9.79. available at Target.
Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor
"I have dry-ish, fair skin that's prone to melasma, so my main goal is to protect my complexion every single day — no matter the weather. Luckily, my absolute favorite SPF is available at Target for less than the fancy brands. In fact, it's one of the things I buy in bulk because it's s0 damn good. While I rarely break out, I do get clogged pores and am constantly dealing with milia and small blemishes around my chin and jawline, so chemical exfoliation at night is key, which I get in both a cleanser and night cream."

Total spent: $104.84
"This cleansing water is all I need to remove my makeup at night — save for a second pass if I'm removing a smoky eye or lashes — and it never irritates my skin."

La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Water For Sensitive Skin, $19.99, available at Target.
"I've found that adding light AHAs into my cleansing routine does wonders for keeping my milia and clogged pores at bay. I love the pore refining line from Neutrogena — I adore the cleanser — and have been eager to try this scrub as well."

Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser Face Wash, $6.39, available at Target.
"After cleansing, and before SPF, is the perfect time to treat your skin to brightening antioxidants like vitamin C. I received this in the mail a few weeks ago and have been dying to try it: It's a two-week treatment that is supposed to make skin look crazy radiant."

No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence, $24.99, available at Target.
"I have been using this French SPF for years and rarely stray. It's crazy light, almost liquidy, and soaks into skin like a dream. No white cast, no breakouts, no smell — it's perfect.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, $32.99, available at Target.
"I don't just slap any 'ol lip balm on at night: most dry out my lips or feel goopy. This Nivea balm, however, is like heaven. Totally scent-free, nice and light, and it makes my lips feel so soft. Trust me: Buy five and keep em in every handbag, drawer, and pocket."

Nivea Moisture Lip Care, $2.49, available at Target.
"Okay, okay, I went a little over my $100 limit, but it's Target, that's what we ALL do, right? This retinol-packed serum is a killer price for a brand that is known to have tried-and-true products. I'd add apply this immediately after cleansing at night, then top with a light moisturizer 10 minutes later. Farewell, clogged pores and brown spots."

Roc Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Deep Wrinkle Serum, $17.99, available at Target.
Brianna Arps, Production Assistant
"If you're looking for me on the weekends, check Target first. Seriously, that's how obsessed I am and at this point there's no hiding it. My absolute favorite section of the store is the beauty department, of course, as I always find something new to try (the range of acne products is amazing, especially for those with oily skin like myself) at a reasonable price."

Total spent: $78.38
"A few years back, I used to be pretty notorious for falling asleep with my makeup on. But with these, there's just no excuse. They are super gentle (sooo soft, too) and leave me feeling fresh — not sticky like other brands. I've gone through like five packs already — that's how much I love using them."

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4.99, available at Target.
"This product is my ultimate defense against caked on waterproof mascara. A few squirts onto a cotton round can break down even the toughest formulas without irritating my sensitive eyes. It's also great for removing matte lipstick and the stains left behind."

Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $6.99, available at Target.
"On some occasions, I've found the foaming action of these types of cleansers to be completely ineffective — or worse, too intense for my skin. But, that's totally not the case with CeraVe's version. Fast and effective, I know I'll experience the same deep-cleansing results wash after wash."

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $9.49, available at Target.
"I've been a fan of this scrub since my days as a teenager in high school. Made with salicylic acid and natural exfoliants (including walnut shell powder), it sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion over time. To prevent irritation and excessive dryness, though, I typically like to use it every other day."

St. Ives Blemish Control Face Scrub Apricot, $3.64, available at Target.
"To be honest, I have yet to meet a K-Beauty product that I didn't like. This toner-serum hybrid is no exception. The stuff is pure magic! It has green tea, which is a known anti-inflammatory agent, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, broccoli extract for brightening, and a high dose of vitamins for added protection."

Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner, $21.99, available at Target.
"As someone with oily skin, my main concern about wearing moisturizer is feeling greasier than I would without it. Here, we have an oil-free pick that mattifies the skin and tightens pores."

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer, $23.99, available at Target.
"From experience, picking at your pimples will almost always leave a scar. Rather than revert back to old habits, these handy stickers alleviate my temptation by taking care of blemishes while I sleep. I've even worn them while running errands, too, since they're practically transparent and stay put just like any other bandage would."

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Overnight Patches, $7.29, available at Target.
Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer
"I have what I like to call "oxymoronic" skin, that is, skin that can't decide whether it wants to be oily, dry, or acne-prone. So, I make sure to keep my skin moisturized, while also treating hormonal acne with gentle acids. Oh, and I always (ALWAYS) wear SPF!"

Total spent: $59.76
"This is a great, no-frills cleanser that never EVER leaves my skin feeling tight and dry. It doesn't remove my full-coverage makeup, but it's a great morning cleanser."

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, $11.29, available at Target.
"Everyone I know is so tired of hearing me gush about this little orange bottle, but it's so good I just have to do it again. If I had to only use one toner for the rest of my life, I'd gladly choose Glow Tonic, the gentle, alcohol-free liquid that contains soothing ingredients like aloe vera and ginseng, but also gently exfoliates with glycolic acid."

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic, $15.00, available at Target.
"This moisturizer isn't fancy, but it's a workhorse. The lightweight lotion has an SPF of 30, and contains hydrators like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides. I switch up my moisturizer a lot, but I always have back ups of this one for emergencies."

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30, $13.49, available at Target.
"Anyone with eczema or sensitive skin should use this featherlight lotion. It's fragrance-free and so. freaking. gentle thanks to a combination of calming extracts (like chamomile and calendula) and hydrators like jojoba oil and grape seed oil."

Skinfix Daily Lotion, $14.99, available at Target.
"This is another classic product I've been using for years. It's hands-down my favorite lip balm because its matte finish makes it the perfect balm to layer under lipsticks without compromising the lipstick's texture. I can't live without one of these little orange tubes in every bag."

Burt's Bees Lip Balm, $4.99, available at Target.
Megan Decker, Production Assistant
"I’ve been told by facialists and derms that my skin is “normal,” which is honestly not all that helpful when my face feels dull and dry, but still breaks out in random areas. For the pimples and whiteheads, I usually just treat them with a drying spot gel before bed. For the rest of my routine, it’s all about making sure my skin’s getting a ton of moisture so I can get somewhere close to dewy cheekbones without having to put on a pound of highlighter each morning."

Total spent: $89.75
"This is a really good moisturizer to have on hand in the winter when my skin gets dry. I don’t use it every day, but I always pack it in my bag when I’m traveling because it's so portable."

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, $19.99, available at Target.
"I’ve used this cleansing water for years. Plain and simple: It’s cheap and it works. The only issue is that I need to remember to keep cotton pads stocked in my bathroom; I should probably add them to this shopping list, too."

Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $6.49, available at Target.
"The Aveeno daily moisturizer is $13 well-spent. It’s nothing fancy, but it moisturizes my face and counteracts any dullness. The SPF 15 is also nice."

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $13.79, available at Target.
"At night, I’m just looking for something simple that’s going to keep my dry skin from cracking and wrinkling prematurely. This night cream does the trick, looks chic on my dresser, and costs less than $25."

No7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream, $24.49, available at Target.
"The skin under my eyes is thin and prone to puffiness and dark circles — but slathering this on helps immensely. I'll admit, it’s a bit heavy for the daytime, so I only use it before bed."

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, $24.99, available at Target.
Samantha Sasso, Beauty Editorial Assistant
"As of recently my skin has transitioned to a lovely concoction of hormonal breakouts on my jawline, dry patches on my cheeks, and oily deposits everywhere else. I'm not big on heading into beauty stores all that often, but I do make a weekly trip to Target for anything and everything. Naturally, I always stop down the aisles lit like heaven's gates holding skin-care saviors I've held near and dear to my heart since high school. In general, I go for a basic routine of a double-cleanse system, moisturizer, eye cream — and plenty of spot treatments for my worst breakouts."

Total spent: $105.47
"The makeup wipes I always have in bulk for every time my friends crash at my place or I roll in too late on a Friday night to bother with a real cleanser."

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack, $4.99, available at Target.
"I heard about the power of this cleansing bar in the comment section on one of our liquid lipstick stories earlier this year. Ever since testing it out on my own, I've been unable to break up with it. Cleansing bars are one of the most underrated skin-care products on the market and this one is a classic. Bonus: It scrubs off any stubborn formulas you struggle night-after-night to remove."

Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar Fragrance Free, $3.94, available at Target.
"I always follow up with a micellar water to wipe away any oil I didn't rinse off the first two times. (No wonder my skin can be so dry...) But hold habits die hard — and this stuff really makes my skin feel extra clean."

Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $6.99, available at Target.
"Sometimes I skip my toner and opt for these anti-acne pads that help prevent even more breakouts from popping up while I'm sleeping. Thanks to the salicylic and glycolic acids, I can treat my active blemishes while the chamomile reduces redness and makes sure my skin doesn't get too irritated from the potent ingredients."

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads, $39.99, available at Target.
"Masking is a crucial step in my routine that I try not to skip out on. Twice a week, I use a brightening and pore unclogging mask like this one to reset my skin and get it prepped for the the days ahead."

L'Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask, $9.79, available at Target.
"Once I heard Jennifer Aniston was the celebrity face of Aveeno, I immediately ran to the nearest drugstore to stock up. After years and years of use, this is the one product that I continue to buy no matter how much my routine changes. It's gentle, it's hydrating without clogging my pores, and it has SPF. What more could I need?"

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $13.79, available at Target.
"Spot treatment patches are my favorite day and night acne fighters. I wear it to work, to bed, to the bagel shop down the street — they're that invisible. Even better, my pimples come to a head within hours of treating it with one of these magic patches."

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Overnight Patches, $7.99, available at Target.
"I once read in Good Housekeeping that this eye cream was the best in the biz — even better than the most prestige on the market. I was sold right then and there. I'm that person who thinks I won't freak out the day I spot a wrinkle, but I know that's not the case. This retinol-infused eye cream keeps that moment at a safe distance a little bit longer."

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, $17.99, available at Target.
Alix Tunell, Senior Beauty Editor
"In the winter, it's a miracle if I don't have a flake of dry skin threatening to peel off my nose at any moment and I'm not covering up what looks like a rosacea flare-up on my cheeks, so I look for super-hydrators rich in reparative antioxidants."

Total spent: $97.95
"All I ask is that my cleanser be creamy, non-stripping, and so gentle as to never, ever irritate my sensitive eyes. This one fits the bill — and it lasts half the year."

Garnier SkinActive Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser, $8.99, available at Target.
"I use vitamin C serum morning and night to lighten the melasma around my undereyes and fade light scarring from years of picking between my brows."

MD Complete Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate, $14.99 $19.99, available at Target.
"Nearly every derm I've asked swears Olay's Regenerist line is just as good as the super-expensive anti-aging products on the market — and I agree. I love this one because it forces me to use SPF but is so lightweight and fast-absorbing, I forget it even has sunscreen."

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $24.99, available at Target.
"My skin gets so red and dry in the winter, so I always use oils at night. With rosehip, almond, and jojoba, this one hydrates like crazy and smells way more luxurious and expensive than it actually is."

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend, $24.00, available at Target.
"When you have serious flakes and dead skin cell build-up, reach for St. Ives' classic apricot scrub. When you're just looking for light exfoliation every other day (and have dry skin that can easily feel stripped), this'll do the trick and leave behind a silky-soft finish."

St. Ives Facial Oil Scrub Coconut, $6.99, available at Target.
"I use these pads from head to bikini line to brighten, keep acne away, and heal razor bumps — they're the drugstore equivalent of the cult-favorite Dr. Gross peel."

L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads, $17.99, available at Target.
Kelsey Castañon, Beauty News Editor
My skin is dry and sensitive — so I'm always looking for products that effectively moisturize, without causing a meltdown.

Total spent: $93.95
"Given my unfortunate habit of applying a lipstick, then immediately wanting to try another one, and another one two minutes after that, I go through makeup wipes faster than any other beauty product I own. My favorite has to be this gentle version from Garnier, which whisks away even my longest-wearing mascara."

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes All Skin Types, $4.99, available at Target.
"There is one thing I will never let anyone put near my face, even professionals, and that is an extraction tool — it’s just too unpleasant. That means I need something heavy duty to get rid of all the tiny blackheads hanging out around my nose, and that’s where this pore-purging cleanser comes in. Bonus points for the dreamy scent."

Bioré Deep Charcoal Cleanser, $5.99, available at Target.
"My skin goes through this weird, indecisive phase during the winter in that it can’t decide whether it’s dry, red, oily, patchy, or a combination of all of the above. On days it’s feeling like the former, this mask helps keep flakes in check."

Yes to Miracle Oil Mud Mask, Argan, $2.50, available at Target.
"I practically cling to this silky treatment during the winter months, which fades any pigmentation and makes me only slightly more willing to leave my house on weekends without makeup."

MD Complete Dark Spot Corrector, $34.99 $39.99, available at Target.
"Bacteria fertilizer sounds like the last thing you’d want in your skin-care product, sure. But in the case of this face cream, which is loaded with prebiotics, it's actually saved my skin."

La Roche-Posay Toleraine Double Repair Moisturizer, $19.99, available at Target.
"The folks over at La Roche-Posay have a proven track record of efficacious sunscreen formulations, but to make an SPF 50 feel this good while also protecting skin? That’s the real real."

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $25.49, available at Target.
Rachel Krause, Beauty Writer
"My skin is sensitive and temperamental at best and straight-up impossible at worst — there have been times when I'm literally just, like, at a total loss as to why it's [breaking out/both overly oily and gasping for moisture/red and furious/covered in tiny bumps/has the texture of sandpaper]. Not to jinx it, but I've been doing a pretty good job of taming the beast lately, and my skin is clear and not ricocheting from one problem to another for the first time in years."

Total spent: $83.50
"I really hate hovering over the sink splashing water on my face, especially during the winter when my drafty bathroom is practically subarctic. So let that be a testament to just how big of a difference a nightly double-cleanse — first with a cleansing oil to remove makeup, then a regular gentle cleanser right after — makes in the quality of my skin overall. The benefits are worth all that splashing around and most cleansing oils are made alike, to be honest, so there’s no reason to splurge on a fancy one."

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $9.99, available at Target.
"I am a big believer in the importance of the microbiome for maintaining balanced, healthy skin. I also recently discovered that I have not just acne but rather acne rosacea, which is exactly what it sounds like — acne and rosacea, at the same damn time — and need to be guarding my skin’s pH levels and moisture balance with my life, or else my face will end up peppered with redness and inflammation à la Steve Bannon. This creamy, bare-bones cleanser has no soaps or sulfates, and leaves my skin feeling perfectly balanced and hydrated but not overly so. Plus, it comes in the most massive pump bottle to ever take up precious space on my bathroom shelf."

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, $11.29, available at Target.
"I’ve been using this alcohol-free toner forever — it’s very mild and soothing, thanks to the aloe and rose water, and the witch hazel feels refreshing but not stripping. It also smells like a bouquet of freshly-cut roses, which is nice."

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner, $10.95, available at Target.
"A couple times a week/when I remember to, I’ll smooth on a pea-sized amount of this game-changing OTC retinoid at night after my toner and before my moisturizer. It’s better than any other topical acne treatment I’ve tried — yes, even the prescription stuff — at keeping my skin clear without irritation or dryness."

Differin Acne Treatment Gel, $11.29, available at Target.
"Scrubs are way too harsh for my skin, but we all need a little bit of regular exfoliation to clear out dulling buildup from, um, all those dead cells. On nights when I don’t use Differin, I’ll reach for this overnight treatment for my brightening, fine line-minimizing, dark spot-fading needs. It’s both potent and surprisingly gentle, since it pairs a high concentration of glycolic acid with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to get the job done without burning your face off."

Pixi Skintreats Overnight Glow Serum Concentrated Exfoliating Gel, $24.00, available at Target.
"I’m super fair and make a point of wearing SPF on my face daily, rain or shine. I started using this one while testing for our Beauty Innovator Awards, and I just finished my first tube of it — and plan on purchasing another immediately. I like that it’s a mineral sunscreen, and it dries really nicely and feels totally lightweight. It doesn’t break me out or make my skin feel like it’s on fire (which, weirdly, a lot of sunscreens do) and wears really well under makeup, almost like a primer."

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, $10.99, available at Target.
"This totally counts as skin care, right? I’m hooked on these tinted balms: All of the shades go on smooth and even and are sheer enough that you can swipe them on without a mirror, but not so sheer that you can barely tell they’re on. They’re also truly moisturizing and won’t enhance any dryness or flakes, which is never a good look. I especially like Rose Petal for a subtle, pretty flush that makes me look put together in an instant, and Hello Bordeaux for something with a little more drama."

ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint Lip Balm, Rose Petal, $4.99, available at Target.
Khalea Underwood, Beauty Writer
"To be frank, I'm the biggest scaredy-cat when it comes to switching up my skin-care routine. I've spent way too much money and time reversing the damages, so when I've found things that work, I've stuck with them. The products I use in the winter are tried-and-true favorites that never let me down."

Total spent: 54.65
"Makeup artist Sir John once told me that he uses this on the apples of his cheeks for a lit-from-within glow, which is something that we can all use when it feels like 56 below."

L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew Rosy Radiance Cream, $18.79, available at Target.
"But, because I like to double down on the moisture, my skin gets a little oiler all over. At night, I turn to any cleanser with charcoal to zap out all of the gunk."

Bioré Deep Charcoal Cleanser, $5.99, available at Target.
"True story: I often end up using this under $20 pick over my other fancy face masks, as it dries out my most monstrous blemishes. This tube gets a lot of action as it works crazy fast to clear out my pores."

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, $15.99, available at Target.
"Coconut oil is the end all, be all for any problem... at least for me. Hopefully this concoction (that also has vitamin E, C, and Shea butter) will help me in my never-ending battle against dullness."

SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Spot Correcting Serum, $11.99, available at Target.
"No matter how much I abuse my lips with drying matte formulas (because matte lips are made for the winter, obv), this little two buck container always saves me come morning time. I keep one in my medicine cabinet, on my nightstand, and in my purse. It's THAT good."

Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy, $1.89, available at Target.
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