Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Best Drugstore Beauty Buys

A few years ago, my idea of 'high-end makeup' was the Mary Kay concealer my mom would buy me every Christmas. Everything I owned was from the drugstore. Since then, I've added some more expensive products into my collection, but I will never stop shopping for makeup at the drugstore. Some of my favorite makeup products are 'drugstore products' (CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target) and I repurchase them over and over. Here is my list of absolute favorite drugstore buys.

1. Foundation: Revlon Colorstay
Retail Price - $11-$13

This was sort of tied with my other favorite foundation by the same line, Revlon Colorstay Whipped. I actually tried that foundation first. But once I tried the regular Revlon Colorstay, I was hooked. Its the perfect medium coverage, every-day foundation. It lasts forever even through heat and humidity. I buy the Combination/Oily skin formula, and it never makes my face greasy. The price is reasonable and it is worth every dollar.

2. Under Eye Concealer: Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller
Retail Price - $11-$13

Between allergies and genetics, I really struggle with dark circles. This product is probably one of my absolute must-haves. Even if I don't wear any other makeup at all, I have to put on my dark circle roller. I use the one with a light tint to it. Its sort of a 2-in-1 because it has all of the ingredients of a dark circle eraser- caffeine and all that good stuff- plus, the roller ball 'rejuvenates', and it also has a good light-to-medium coverage that is extremely blendable. It may be considered a tiny bit pricey for a concealer, but its totally worth it!

3. Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Retail Price - $4-5

I have tried a couple of other setting powders, and I keep going back to this one. I use it every single day. Its the perfect complement to my foundation, and I also use it to set my undereye concealer. Super inexpensive, and much better than any other I've tried. If you have problems with oily skin I would definitely try this setting powder.

Retail Price - $4-$6

I talked about this eyeliner in my beauty favorites post, and like I said then, I have been using this eyeliner since I first started wearing makeup, over 10 years ago. It goes on so smooth and thin and doesn't smudge at all. It somehow stays on all day, yet comes off really easily with any makeup remover. I haven't heard much about this eyeliner in the beauty community, but I would say it is definitely worth trying. 

5. Mascara: Maybelline Falsies
Retail Price - $6-$8

I like this mascara because its natural, yet dramatic, if that makes any sense. It doesn't make my eyelashes look clumpy or spidery. They just look wispy, fluffy, long, and voluminous, all while looking natural at the same time. The flexible wand has a slight curve to it, which plumps and builds volume without clumping. 

6. Brush(es): Eco Tools
Retail Price - $8-$10

I own some expensive brushes, but Eco Tools brushes continue to be some of my favorites, and you can find them at any WalMart, Ulta, or drugstore. They are the softest, fluffiest brushes I've ever come across. I use their blending brush for my eyeshadow, a blush brush for my setting powder, and another for my bronzer. I have yet to find a softer brush, at any price point!

So that's it! You may notice that I didn't include blush or bronzer. I am not a huge fan of blush, and the only one I have ever found that works for my skin tone, is a high end blush. As far as bronzer, my absolute favorite drugstore bronzer was discontinued. :( It was a matte bronzer by Milani, and the name completely chipped off of it so I've never been able to find it online because I don't have the name. So those two are off my list. But I hope you pick up the products listed above, and give them a try. They are all so inexpensive, so its always worth it!


  1. I get #4 whenever I run out of my Mary Kay eyeliner. When I got it this last time, when I first noticed the new design (which could've been forever ago), I noticed it has made one of my eyes water so badly. I can barely keep eye shadow on because of the watering and have decided I might be allergic to it. It's so weird though because I've used it since high and on? Random comment haha, but I was just wondering if this ever happens to you or anyone else?

  2. I've never noticed it with that eye liner, but I used one from Rite Aid called Prestige and never had a problem and then all of a sudden it made my eyes really itchy and watery! So I switched back to old faithful! Maybe we're just getting old lol