"You'll pay 30 percent to 40 percent less at dollar stores for generic, basic items such as cotton balls, makeup remover pads, cotton swabs, makeup applicators, hair clips, bobby pins, scrunchies and many other beauty items," says Woroch.
"I shop the dollar stores for many basics, including hand sanitizer, bath mitts and sponges, manicure kits and even makeup," says Bauxal. Dollar stores carry brands such as e.l.f. and L.A. Colors and closeout stores may have buyouts from national brands such as Almay and Revlon, she says. "Why pay three or four times more for the same brand at another store?"