There is nothing like the small satisfaction of getting a new make up item for your collection. Be it high end or drugstore, the thrill and excitement is the same for me.
Here are my favorite drugstore finds that I love to repurchase and find have great quality.
Try to get these when drugstores have BOGO or Buy one get one 50% off for the best price advantage.
Revlon Color Stay Foundation, Nail Polish, Eyeliner, Lipstick
In my humble opinion I believe Revlon to be one of the best drugstore make up brands out there.
The Foundation: Great coverage, rainbow of skin colors, can come in two types- oily/combo and normal/dry. I did notice the same shade from the 2 lines look slightly different in color for some reason? But a simple google search can help you distinguish which shade you are.
Medium to high coverage, and stays on all day.
Cons are the bottle has a big hole on top which can spill, and it kinda smells but I can live with these things.
For reference I am NC 20-25 and am the Revlon shade 118 Sand Beige
Nail polish: Dries shiny, dries fast, 1 coat true to color. Love it.
Eyeliner: Smooth on the waterline, hard to smudge, applies easily. Great for throwing in the bag and when you want to buy more adventurous colors besides the standard black and brown, you can get these for a fraction of the price of a high end eyeliner and they come in a great array of colors for fun adventurous looks.
Also I try to get the one with the pencil on one side and a soft sponge on the other for smoking out effects
Lipstick: Glides on smooth, non drying, huge assortment of colors.
L'Oreal True Match Concealer and Mascara-Voluminous
Concealer: I have used this concealer for years. Great size, heavy coverage, and with a primer lasts all day without flaking.
Reference: I am shade W 3-4 (tiny tiny bit tan for me now so I need a light hand)
Mascara: Alot of ppl have compared this with the mascara from YSL. This offers great volume. Not like WOW omg! my lashes look like they are falsies but definitely noticeable and with 2 coats there is an obvious difference. Can be smudgy towards the end of the day.
Rimmel Powder, Lipstick, Mascara
Rimmel is a bit of a newer drugstore brand for the UK and I think it's great.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, Transparent"
The Stay Matte Powder is a cheap and a great affordable powder. With a swipe of this in the afternoon, literally 1 swipe and my whole face turns matte. I only use this in the afternoon but it is a constant in my purse.
Translucent Powder in 001
Lipsticks: Smooth and shiny application. Non drying. EU seems to have a larger and better color selection which is irritating but then again they receive the same treatment for Revlon products so I suppose it balances out.
Mascara: The Max Volume Flash 14X (the one in the pink tube)
Lengthening and Volumizing. More lengthening than L'Oreal Voluminous but less volumizing. Two coats and it can easily be seen that your lashes are fuller and longer. Even with 3 coats your lashes once curled do not get weighed down by the products so it's good.
I have tried a few items from this brand and the items that I love from the brand are their blushes.
Specifically their Mineral Power blushes and Mousse Blushes. For the powder just a tiny tiny amount provides enough for a beautiful glow. The mousses are great to throw in your purse when you are away on a trip for reapplication and travel sized. No brush needed.
The chap sticks from when we were little girls. A lot of fun flavors. I have packages and packages of the Dr. Pepper flavor in storage. Gloss and the perfect hint of red lips.
Their nail polishes come in so many colors it's hard for me to see their selections in any drugstore and not walk out with a new color for my collection.
Lip balm all the way people!!! the BEST.
Their lip glosses are long lasting and smell pretty nice!