Happy Monday everyone! Today I thought I would share with you my must-have drugstore makeup products. This post was especially fun for me because as much as I am a product junkie who can spend hours (and $$$) at Sephora and department store beauty counters, I also love finding good, quality drugstore makeup. There’s nothing better than the satisfaction of finding an inexpensive product that actually performs just as well – and in some cases better- than the high end/luxury brands. That said, these are my absolute favourite go-to items that I wear on a daily basis. Some of them are dupes for higher-priced products and others are just tried and true standouts. The best part is, nothing is over $20 (and even less if you find it on sale!) As always, I’ve linked all items below so you can get to shopping ASAP!
Foundation: I hate to admit it but I’ve always been a bit of a snob when it comes to drugstore foundations…I just didn’t think the quality could come close to anything I would spend $40+ on, (insert eye-roll emoji). Well I was wrong, (gasp!), and I can admit it, so let’s just move on and say that the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation is AHHHHMAZING!!! I use this product Every.Single.Day. It’s light-weight with a buildable coverage and really does leave you with that flawless, glowing finish. I’ll be honest, I can’t stand the pad applicator as I find it doesn’t deposit the product evenly onto the skin and it also reminds me of the makeup sponges of the 80’s (yes, I’m old enough to remember those). Instead, I would recommend using a soft foundation brush instead for a more airbrushed finish.
Next up is this beautiful baked powder blush from Milani, in the colour Rose D’Oro. It is the perfect shade of pink, not too bright, not too coral…and who doesn’t love anything rose gold?! I would say it’s a pretty good dupe for the Nars Orgasm blush, but at a much prettier price point. The colour payoff is great and I love that it leaves a slight highlighted affect to the skin. I’ve been seriously impressed with this blush and haven’t worn anything else since trying it almost 3 years ago.
I have a few eye products that I can’t live without and this wouldn’t be a proper drugstore post without talking about the infamous Voluminous mascara from L’oreal. Hands down THE BEST lower-priced mascara out there. There’s a reason it wins best mascara year after year from the editors at Instyle Magazine. It lengthens, it volumizes, it even comes in a waterproof formulation…and if you’re lucky to find it on sale, (as low as $4.98!!!), I would suggest stocking up on two or three.
Another eye product I have been using for years is the Annabelle Kohl eyeliner pencils. I have this thing about paying more than six bucks for an eyeliner…I just can’t do it!! These eyeliners last forever, come in a million colours and are CHEAP!!! I’m not one for the really waxy eyeliners, (eg. MAC and Urban Decay), because I find they smudge way too easily and I end up looking like a racoon, so that’s why I love these kohl pencils. They’re long lasting, don’t budge and are hypo-allergenic, (which means gentle enough to use along the inner rim/water line). So if you’re looking for a good, standard eye pencil, these ones can’t be beat. Oh, and they’re also the #1 eye pencil in Canada…who knew?!
As for eyeshadow, this quad from Cover Girl has been a relatively new discovery for me and it’s quickly become one of my can’t-live-without products. If you’re like me and are used to MAC shadows or the Urban Decay Naked palettes, then you’ve probably never even given these a second glance at the drugstore. But let me tell you, you have been missing out! There are six different colour palettes in the Notice Me Nudes line and I use #700. Each of the 4 shades in this palette are neutral enough for an everyday look, but can also easily transition to a more dramatic evening look by applying the darkest colour in your crease. Bottom line, if I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one eyeshadow palette with me, this would be the one.
Moving on to lips! I thought this one was going to be pretty tough as I have a ton of drugstore lipsticks and didn’t think I’d be able to narrow it down to just one favourite…until I took a look at my lipstick collection and found not one, not two, but FOUR of the exact same lipgloss in my drawer! (I was either afraid this colour would get discontinued, or I was stocking up incase of an apocalypse). The winner in the lip category is non other than Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal. It’s pretty, it’s perfect and it’s almost an exact dupe for the Nars Turkish Delight gloss. Apply this alone or over any shade of lipstick and it adds that perfect pinky-nude finish.
Lastly, I have to mention my absolute favourite nail polish. If you’re a follower of mine, you already know that I’m obsessed with at-home gel nail polishes. In fact, I haven’t bought a “regular” nail polish in months. My most worn gel polish is hands down the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit. It’s the perfect neutral shade – not too pink, not too nude, and gives just a hint of colour. Like all gel polishes, it lasts about a week with no chipping or cracking. If you ever see me with my nails done, this is what I’m most likely wearing. It’s just that good.
So, that rounds up my must-have, no-fail, holy-grail drugstore makeup products. I hope you all enjoyed it and found some new products to try out. I’d love to hear what some of your favourites are. Leave me a comment below and let me know!