10.10.2010

Top Picks from the Drugstore.

I'll admit that I love MAC and Sephora just as much as the next makeup addict, but I also know that you can find some really great things at the drugstore too, and at much more affordable prices. Here are a few of my favorite products found at my neighborhood drugstore...



e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
$3
This duo appears to be a dead ringer for the NARS Orgasm & Laguna duo but for less than 1/10th the price. The blush is actually quite different from Orgasm as it's less pigmented, lighter, and peachier. I would consider the bronzer, however, a fantastic drugstore dupe for Laguna as the colors are nearly identical with the main difference being that Laguna has more shimmer and sheen.

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Linen
$13
You can read my mini review here but basically, I love this stuff.

Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Palette
$5
I only paid half-price for this palette at Walgreens but by no means would I hesitate to pay full-price for it either. The fact that it has 3 matte shades and 3 shimmery shades makes this palette extremely versatile. And on top of that, the quality and pigmentation of the shadows are fantastic! You can see swatches here.


Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil
$5.50
I have a Black and a Brown one and while neither are really metallic at all, they are fantastic drugstore eye liners. They apply similarly to Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in that they go on extremely smoothly without any tugging of the skin since the pencil is quite soft. They are also super pigmented.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
$5
Fairest Nude is the perfect nude for those who are anti-nude lips. On me, it looks more like a slightly paler version of "my lips but better". It applies smoothly and feels really comfortable on the lips. Since it's one of my favorite lipsticks and is so darn affordable, I'll let the old lady lipstick smell slide, just this once. You can see a lip swatch here.


Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
$6.50
I like to switch up my mascaras quite a lot as I get bored with them easily and like to try new things, but I've repurchased this one several times. In addition to this one being affordable, it's really black, lengthens, volumizes, and doesn't flake off or smudge throughout the day. My only qualm is that the huge brush means it's much more likely that I'll accidentally smudge mascara onto my eyelid since my lashes are so short :/

L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
$8
Before this I pretty much only used pencil and gel eye liners since finding out early on in my makeup wearing days that I was liquid eyeliner challenged. The felt tip is relatively stiff but with the perfect amount of flexibility to allow for easy liquid eyeliner application. Once applied, it lasts all day.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Lilac Pastelle
$6
This is, hands down, one of my favorite drugstore lipglosses ever. It applies with as much pigmentation as I would expect from a MAC lipglass but without any of the stickiness. Lilac Pastelle also happens to look lovely when paired with Barry M 129 or MAC Blooming Lovely.

L to R:
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
L'Oreal Fairest Nude Lipstick
Milani Liquif'Eye in Black
Milani Liquif'Eye in Brown
L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Revlon Lilac Pastelle Lip Gloss

18 comments:

  1. I love it! I have the ELF contouring & blush duo too! I must try that Milani eyeliner. :D

    Btw, just one question..do they smudge if used on the waterline? because I usually use pencil liner to line my water line & I use gel/ cream liners for my lash line. Let me know! thanks, girl!

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  2. LOVE lashblast! Its not in the UK so i baught it off ebay for £4.50.
    Its the best £4.50 that ive spent! Its great stuff, may i say, it even tops YSL faux cils!
    & i'm dying to try the elf duo, i keep meaning to buy it but never do for some reason :/
    xx

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  3. Great picks! Most of the products I already own and the other I'm thinking of buying to try out. I love your posts like these! :)

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  4. Great picks I own or tried most of the products myself. (:
    I'm also having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested.

    http://lifel0veandlipstick.blogspot.com/

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  5. I've always wanted to try that tinted moisturizer but I never get to go to Target! I need to make my parents bring me (since I am not yet of driving age...)!

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  6. I own and use 4 of the things you mentioned! (Wet n Wild Vanity palette, the L'Oreal eyeliner, the ELF duo, and the CG mascara!)

    Great minds think alike. (: I keep hearing about Milani Liquif'Eye and I think that needs to move up on my shopping list...

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  7. @Nikki: Nope, it doesn't smudge when I use it on my waterline at all. After a few hours it'll fade away like all pencils do on the waterline but it doesn't smudge off under the eye or anything.

    @LaurenStephanie: Better than Faux Cils? Wow! I've never tried that one but I've heard it's amazing so I'm glad to hear that this one is just as good, if not better :) Let me know how you like the elf duo if you end up getting it!

    @Maggie: You should! Especially if you don't want to wear foundation because you find it too heavy, this tinted moisturizer will be perfect for you :)

    @pfefi: Yay! I'm glad I picked out some things that you like too :)

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  8. Ooh what a nice post!! If I were living in the States, I'd probably buy all the stuff you mentioned! Hehehe. They sound THAT good for the amount of $$$. Sure I can order them online sometimes, but then I have to pay more money for shipping and everything. *Sigh*

    Revlon superlustrous lipgloss is awesome! I have it in nude lustre and it's been my go-to gloss for a looooong time. :)

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  9. these are great picks! some of my fave drugstore items too

    <3 angie
    pandaphilia.com

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  10. lovely haul!!! would love to try out e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder... :)

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  11. @Fifi: I know what you mean. A lot of times I’ve noticed that even though you can order online, the prices are not equivalent to what they are in the countries where it’s available in-stores and shipping can be outrageous! Sometimes it’s just better to swap for them :)

    @Angie: Yay! Happy to hear that :)

    @jellytelly_ri-chan: If you end up getting it, let me know how you like it!

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  12. I wish they sold ELF here, because I'd be alllllll over that ish :P

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  13. great picks! I need to make a run to my drugstore and check out some items.

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  14. I have all these items in my wishlist!! Amazing!!
    I wish they were available here! :/

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