Sometimes, I can be a makeup snob. I admit it. I like nice things – who doesn’t? For the most part I discuss more mid-to-high end makeup on this blog, but now is the time to introduce my love for the drugstore.
Drugstore makeup has definitely evolved over the past few years with great, new brands emerging and oldies (but goodies) revamping their image. With these changes has also come a not so exciting trend of drugstore makeup steadily increasing in price. Some drugstore makeup is nearly the same price as mid-range products at Sephora – CRAZY. If you’re paying nearly the same price, why not get the nicer product? Although this is my general frame of mind when it comes to purchasing drugstore makeup, there are quite a few standouts and things I absolutely LOVE (even more than high-end products).
Check out my favorite drugstore makeup:
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base – A little bit thicker than Clarin’s Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, but gets the same result at a fraction of the price!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick – This reminds me of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil but more creamy. The shade range is very limited, but I trust Neutrogena as a great skin care and makeup brand.
Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer – My parents picked up this beauty for me last year while they were in London. I’d heard so much about Collection concealers and this wand version is bomb. It is almost empty and I will be so sad to lose this quick and easy concealer.
L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother – This is one of my “pricier” drugstore options (isn’t it annoying how drugstores are exponentially raising their prices?). My mom and I both love this pore/line filler in its travel-friendly tube. L’Oreal sells this in a large tube but it is almost too expensive so I recommend this “test” size bottle instead.
L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge – HANDS DOWN
one of the best lipsticks at the drugstore. I don’t know why this ridiculously long-lasting formula doesn’t get more hype. One of my biggest worries is having lipstick teeth but this non-transfer formula has me rocking bold, red lips without worry.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner – These are fantastic eyeliners with a wide color range at a great price. The taupe one is one of my daily staples.
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara – I’ve talked on and on about my favorite high end mascara, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever mentioned this drugstore favorite. The Falsies is a cult favorite for a reason – LOVE. In fact I’m giving a tube away in one of my giveaways HERE.
NYX Retractable Lip Liner & Slim Lip Pencil – NYX has a fabulous range of lip liners in different variations (sharpening and retractable). I’m not a huge lip liner person, but this affordable brand has every color I could ever want.
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer – Again, I’m not a big lip product person but these lip lacquers BLOW MY MIND. They’re ridiculously opaque, smell great, and SO affordable.
Milani Liquif’eye Eyeliner – Best drugstore eyeliner EVAH. Ridiculously creamy and applies like a dream. Most comparable to Urban Decay’s 24/7 or my beloved Tarte SmolderEyes eyeliners but even creamier!