Confessions Of A Makeup Snob: Best Drugstore Makeup
I have a confession to make….I am a reformed makeup snob. I have had a life long struggle with drugstore makeup, as I am sure many women have. I was not too big into makeup throughout high school because I just could not get the cheap stuff to work. Then in college I had a friend who who introduced me to the world of MAC, and it was all over after that. I became obsessed with the brand, I converted my friends, I spent hundreds at the counter. I’ve done the different lipstick looks, and I used to rock crazy colors on my eyelids. I had mastered the art of makeup, but at a hefty price.
Recently I discovered a Youtube blog, Tati at GlamLifeGuru, who works with both high and low brands doing beauty blogs everyday. The best part about GlamLifeGuru is she does all of the legwork with drugstore makeup! Don’t you feel overwhelmed with drugstore makeup? There are so many brands and different lines, and the makeup can be so unpredictable. I don’t want to spend even $8.00 on makeup if it is not worth it! I have started talking Tati’s beauty words as the Bible- I literally take notes while I watch her videos. It has led me (and a friend) to some great success with cheaper makeup!
Here I am sharing a few drugstore beauty picks that are my absolute favorites:
Physician’s Formula Mascara- I am a huge fan of this mascara. It has it’s problems, but the good outweighs the bad. There are some pretty scary ingredients in makeup, and mascara literally sits on your eyes, with the biggest chance of getting into your eyes (with the exception of eyeliner, I suppose). Physician’s Formula mascara is only $10.00, and 100% of natural origin. It’s hypo-allergenic, and does not include any parabens or harmful chemicals. It is not waterproof, but it definitely gets the job done, and makes my lashes about as long as any other mascara. If the difference is not that huge, wouldn’t you rather have a product going on your eyes that is chemical free? Not to mention, because the formula I have is not waterproof, it comes off so easy when I wash my face, which I like!
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer – The Dream Lumi concealer has finally helped me to tackle contouring and highlighting in the way I have wanted. This concealer adds the most beautiful highlight to the under-eye area. I also use it down the center of my nose, a small triangle above my nose on my forehead, and to highlight the cupid’s bow of the lip area. I am loving it so far! I have already bought a second tube.
Flower Lipgloss- I was very dubious of Drew Barrymore’s Flower Cosmetics line, you know how celebrity brands can be. With Flower, I am VERY pleasantly surprised. Her lipgloss is highly pigmented, glossy, not sticky, and long wearing. I purchased ‘Hibis-kiss” and “Lovely Lotus.” “Hibis-kiss” is a bright pink that I wear pretty often, and “Lovely Lotus” is a bit more sheer/nude. I don’t love that they only sell it at Wal-Mart, but I would highly recommend this brand!
Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in “SugarCoat” – I picked up this nail color for the first time last weekend and fell in love. The brush is surprisingly thick, so you get a very nice layer quickly. The color is that perfect pink/nude combo I am always on the hunt for, and highly pigmented, I might add. The best part? It’s literally under $2.00.
There are still some things that drugstore makeup can’t replace (hello MAC moisturizer), but there are definitely some makeup staples that I don’t expect to need to buy designer again any time soon. Mascara, eye liner, and lipglosses all seem to be completely replaceable with more affordable brands. What are your best drugstore finds? Share with me below!