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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products

As much as I try to love drugstore makeup, I just can't seem to find products that I really like. I find that some of the quality of drugstore makeup is lacking and I hate how you can't test the products in stores and I've become too lazy to go and return a product if I don't like it. I think that's why I always sticked to high-end makeup since I feel that it's worth it to buy one product that you really love instead of buying 5 cheaper products that you somewhat like. Luckily, over the years I've discovered my favorite drugstore products and have always sticked to buying these products again and again. Once I really love something, I just can't seem to let it go ya know? Almost all these products I use on a daily basis and some of them I even use on people who want me to do their makeup. Also, some of these products can be used as dupes for other high-end products which I absolutely love. Who doesn't want to save money on makeup yet still have the same effect as a high end product?


Let's begin! In my last post, I mentioned my love for Revlon nail polishes but it also goes towards some of their makeup as well. The first on the list is this Revlon Colorstay Quad in Enchanted, which is amazing for every day use. I typically don't even use a brush when applying because the shadows are easily blendable with your fingers and are very pigmented. I can also use the dark green eyeshadow as a liner since the color almost shows up as black. For around $6-$7, it's a great quad to have in your collection. 

Continuing with the Revlon products, another favorite eyeshadow of myn is the cream eyeshadows in Seashells. As you can see, I've hit pan on the white color and I swear I've used it for almost every ocassion including prom! The gold color is also beautiful as a highlighter when your skin is tan and I've used the pink and grey colors as an all over shadow. It does crease a bit but after using primer I've seen less creasing so it's not a big problem. The cream shadows comes in many different colors but I find that this one is an essential for every day use. 

The last Revlon product on the list is the Just Bitten Lip Stain in Twilight. I bought this when I first saw the commercials and I became a sucker for plum colored lipsticks. This one has a lip balm on one side, unlike other lip stains and I find that it keeps my lips moisturized and helps the lip stain to last longer. I've worn this color to school before and although most people would be intimiated by a plum color for the day time, I found that it was very wearable and gave me full, lucious looking lips. 


I haven't tried many Maybelline products in the past, but I fell in love with the Dream Mousse Blush in the color 40 Soft Plum, after buying the Revlon lip stain. Although a plum colored lip stain looked great against my skin tone, I was hesitant about the blush especially because it was cream and seemed as if it would look dramatic on my skin. Through trial and error, I learned to apply this with a stippling brush instead of my fingers and found that it gave a gorgeous, healthy glow to my skin because of the suddel sparkles in it. The stippling brush allowed for less color to be applied on to my cheeks at once and I became more comfortable with cream blushes due to this. I also love the texture of the Dream Mousse blushes and find that they go on easier than other blush I've used. 

Maybelline seems to be the brand that always comes out with a new mascara every couple of months and everyone I know has a favorite Maybelline mascara. Myn (which is also another holy grail mascara!) is the Mega Plush mascara. The funny part is I originally bought this because the colors on the tube caught my eye but I fell in love with it because of the volume it gave me without making my lashes look too dramatic. Plus a big bonus is that it's a huge, fluffy brush that doesn't make your lashes clump at all. Score!

Back when I was first getting into high-end makeup, I remember everyone on youtube mentioning Mac's Blacktrack Fluidline and how I wished I could've bought it. Back then I didn't have a part-time job and was still in high school so I couldn't afford it and bought this instead. I'm so glad I did because it seems better than Mac's and it's a lot cheaper! It's a creamy, black gel liner that comes with it's own lining brush which you can actually use and not throw away! Another bonus is that it doesn't dry up as quickly as Mac's does and you can simply warm it on the back of your hand if it does. It gives you clean lines and lasts a long time on the lids. What else can you ask for? I no longer use pencil eyeliner because of this!


I tend to avoid buying face products from the drugstore due to hearing people always talk about the bad chemicals in them that could ruin your skin. Ignoring that thought, I was looking for a cheaper dupe for Benefit's Porefessional which is fantastic for covering up pores and evening out skin, but for $30 for a small tube I just couldn't afford it anymore. I finally found the Magic Perfecting Base and I love it more than the Benefit primer! It covers up pores, reduces redness, and gives you a smooth canvas for your foundation to go on easier. One of my favorite things about it is the fluffy, pink texture that blends easily into skin and surprisingly covers up oily areas on my t-zone. I've used this product on girls that I do makeup for and people always wonder what product it is and are surprised when I tell them it's Loreal.


It's no secret that I'm obsessed with everything British from the movies, fashion, and history, and for a while I was following a lot of British bloggers and noticed that many of them used Rimmel products which is luckily avaliable to us in the States. Following my love for plum-colored products, I bought the Moisture Renew Lipstick in Vintage Pink and for the first time ever, found a lipstick that didn't dry out my lips or sink into fine lines! It's also not too shiny and comes in a great range of colors so I'd defiantly give this a try if you're looking for some new, cheaper lipsticks!

Physican's Formula

A lot of people seem to rave about Physican's Formula's bronzers and I tried them and actually hated them so I thought I'd give another product a try which was the wet/dry eyeshadow quad from the Baked Collection in the color Baked Oatmeal. At first, I didn't really like it because it wasn't very pigmented but once I tried it when it's wet, I fell in love with the colors and how it gave me a polished look without a lot of effort. This is a product that I keep in my purse when school starts and I know that I don't have time to do my makeup at home. As you can see there's a dent in the white eyeshadow and that's because I highlight with that color all the time and I love the fact that I don't need a brush to use this.


When I first discovered ELF, my friends and I ordering their products left and right because of the cheap deals. Then I realized that a lot of the products, I didn't like and was only buying them for the cheap prices. A lot of their products I gave away but this one I couldn't part with because it's such a great dupe for Urban Decay's Primer Potion which I can't live without. Every time that I put on eyeshadow, I use primer beforehand and $26 for a primer that I'm using every day isn't very cheap. The Elf primer is only a $1 and I see no difference between the two primers when it comes to how long it lasts or creasing so why not go for the cheaper one?

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know what are some of your favorite drugstore products? Have you tried any of these ones?

Until next time lovelies,


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