I’m a Sephora girl through and through, ’tis true, but I’m also fond of the I’m in Walgreens anyway, why not just grab a little bit of love from the makeup aisle? maneuver. Because some days (okay, a lot of days) simply demand a little lagniappe of the beauty variety. And though it’s also true that most of my favorite beauty products are of the higher end variety, I have discovered a few drugstore makeup brand treasures over the years that I’ve come to love and depend on when it’s penny pinching time. And honestly, some of them give their departments store brand counterparts a serious run for their money.
Anyway, since a couple of people have asked me to share, I thought I’d devote my Five (plus one) Favorites this week to reviewing a few of those lovelies…
In the product description, Revlon’s Lip Butter is described as a “buttery balm” and that’s exactly what it is. It’s soft, it’s sweet, it’s pretty, and I am quite smitten with it.
Revlon’s Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick is my favorite of the long lasting lipsticks because though it may not condition as well as Lip Butter, it’s not nearly as drying as the other long lasting lipsticks I’ve tried. It lasts all day and that is something this busy mom is oh-so grateful for.
So, we had a little conversation recently about our favorite drugstore mascaras over on Instagram. The top 4 recommended varieties ended up being Maybelline Lash Discovery, L’Oreal Paris Voluminous, Covergirl Clump Crusher, and Maybelline Great Lash. I myself have long been a Lash Discovery devotee because it miraculously manages to add quite a bit of length to my incredibly stubby eyelashes. In fact, I love it so much that I don’t even ever splurge on department store brand mascaras anymore. How about that?
Even though I’ve always been perfectly happy with Lash Discovery, I did decide to try Clump Crusher recently because of all the rave reviews I kept running into online. It’s pretty great, girls. As I mentioned, Lash Discovery adds a lot of length, but if you’ve already been blessed with nice long lashes (lucky ducks) Clump Crusher adds a yummy va-va-voomish thickness.
I’ve tried quite a few concealers over the years and Maybelline’s New York Fit Me! is the only drugstore brand that I’ve ever been happy with. It gives great coverage while still maintaining a lovely natural look. I love it.
I have yet to try a Rimmel eyeshadow that I wasn’t happy with, but their Glam’Eyes Quad line is my favorite. I just love having a collection of coordinating colors in one compact set. Easy breezy beautiful. (Sorry, Covergirl.)
This may just be due to my unique skin type, but now that I’ve discovered cream blush I will never go back to the powdered stuff. Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Blush is fantastic. It offers a subtle soft glow and is super easy to apply. Win/win.
Loving the cat eye look like I do, I’ve tried many a gel eyeliner. My absolute favorite is Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner. If you’re looking for a drugstore substitute, though, Maybelline’s Lasting Drama is pretty great.
For a slightly softer eyeliner look CoverGirl Perfect Point has yet to let me down. It doesn’t smudge, the color is strong, and the soft blending tip is a nice added bonus. Good stuff.
So, there you have it! My absolute favorite drugstore beauty products. Have I missed any must-haves?
Happy gussying, cutie pies!
Edited to add: For more makeup tips, check out Jen’s awesome guest post. :)
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