Friday, November 1, 2013

Drugstore Makeup-Favourites and New Stuff

I'm going to make a crazy confession right now: I'm not blown away by the last things I bought from Sephora. Or rather, the one really friggin expensive thing(the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder). The Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette is really nice, and the Urban Decay Setting Spray is always good. But getting a disappointing expensive piece of makeup from Sephora makes me feel like a bit of a sucker. I'm not saying that there isn't a lot of great stuff there, but you gotta be careful. I think that a big part of what makes Sephora so successful is HYPE, and I ain't tryna hear that.

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:

Revlon Lip Products-Across the board, Revlon does a great job on lip stuff. Pictured above are ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished(New Purchase-highly pigmented gloss,) ColorBurst Matte Balm in Showy(New Purchase-love this one, it's very smooth and nicely pigmented with a great matte finish), Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural(just a nice, sheer, nude gloss) and Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey and Cherish (these are glossy, sheer lip crayons, very easy to apply and wear every day).
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.

Drugstore Foundation- The two that I really like are CoverGirl 3 in 1 and Revlon Colorstay. I think I previously said I didn't like Colorstay, but it's grown on me. I switch these up depending on how dry my skin is feeling. I love the matte finish of 3 in 1, but if my skin is particularly dry it can look a bit cakey. It's definitely great for oily skin. The Colorstay comes in two formulas, Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily. Neither one of these is super cheap-usually between $15-20. But I always buy them on sale.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder- I had to steal an image from the internet for this, because I've used mine to the point that the label is worn off. This is the best powder I've used from the drugstore. It does a good job of setting makeup, and staying matte like it says.

Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder- Another recent Sephora disappointment was my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil. It performed well, but broke off into pieces. This brow powder is great. It comes with two shades and a wax, but I only really use the lighter shade. I apply it with a small angled brush, and don't have any problems with smudging or anything like that. Good product.

Maybelline Concealers- Sorry about how gross these look, but it's because I actually use them. Pictured here are the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, and a range of Fit Me concealers (because I got pretty tanned this summer). The under eye concealer is very effective (yay!). And the Fit Me concealers work well for blemishes. They're maybe not quite as good as my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, but not far off at all.

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.


  1. Thanks for sharing Ruth, the drug store make-up is the route I go and always love advice on products that actually work well.

  2. Thanks for sharing Ruth, the drug store make-up is the route I go and always love advice on products that actually work well.

  3. Thanks for reading! It's nice to buy high end stuff sometimes, but there's so much good stuff in drugstores.