As much as I love to shop at Sephora, the reality is that the makeup I wear day to day is mostly from the drugstore. And really there are a lot of great products there that match, or even exceed the quality of their high end counterparts. The only things that I really think are better high end is eyeshadow(in general) and eyeliner(Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner specifically). I've found great products in every other category of makeup at drugstore prices. And another great thing about drugstore makeup is that it pretty much ALL goes on sale. So once you know what you like, just keep your eyes open for when it goes on sale and get it for even cheaper than it already is.
If I had unlimited funds, would I buy all my makeup from Sephora? Honestly probably yes, but mostly because all the packaging is so pretty, and the reason I said I felt like a sucker earlier is because I totally am one. But straight up, there is great quality, affordable makeup out there.
Here are some of my favourites, and a few recent purchases of mine:
I know none of these are actual lip sticks-although the Matte Balm is definitely pigmented and wears like a lipstick. I just don't wear a ton of actual lipstick in general. But I have heard good things about Revlon's Lipstick lines too with one exception:
The ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick isn't a favourite for me. It's one of those long-wearing lip products that really dries your lips out. Just wanted to give you a heads up on that one. Other than that, Revlon lip products are great.
Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush is Pink- I just bought this, so I can't say it's a favourite. But as I said, I'm a sucker for packaging and this adorable little gem won me over pretty easily. Physician's Formula is on the expensive side of drugstore makeup-this blush is sold for about $20. But it was on sale for 40% off-that's the kind of thing that NEVER happens at Sephora.
Nyx Lipliner in Prune- Another new purchase. Drugstore lipliner can be pretty shitty-really dry, not very pigmented. Many that I've tried are literally throw-away products. But I've heard good things about Nyx liners, so I picked this one up the other day. I wore it with dark Revlon Colorburst lipgloss, and I think it performed well. It was maybe not as long lasting as some of the higher end ones I've tried. But it went on very smoothly and the colour was great. I'd say this is the best drugstore lipliner I've tried, and it was only $4.99.
I could really keep going here-there's sooo much good affordable makeup out there. I didn't even mention Revlon Lash Potion Mascara-which is still beating any high end mascara I've used recently. But I gotta wrap it up somewhere(mostly because I have to go to work, not because I'm tired of talking about makeup). Remember: more expensive doesn't always equal better. Don't believe the hype.