Drugstore makeup must haves!

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I’ve really started liking drugstore makeup!  I have sensitive skin and I always felt like I needed good quality, expensive to avoid bad reactions or breakouts.  This is not true! The drugstore makeup game has completely stepped up as of lately. I also started noticing that lots of different makeup brands are owned by the same companies which means theres a lot of overlap in the product. Loreal owns Maybelline, NYX, Essie and Lancome. Here’s the full list. Estee Lauder owns Mac and Clinique.  The formula is gonna have overlap and be similar but whats different is the packaging.  High end makeup packaging is very expensive and luxurious compared to drugstore which is why it’ll cost more.  Think of Too Faced packaging compared to NYX.  There is a big difference which is why NYX is so much cheaper.  Packaging for the most isn’t going to affect the way the product works its just more aesthetically pleasing.  Enough of my rambling but you see my point is that it is possible to find drugstore makeup that are great products! All the makeup I’m sharing is stuff you can find at the drugstore. Not drugstore price range but actually at the drugstore!
Maybelline vivid hot lacquer. Glossy lips are very in and this is the most pigmented drugstore lip gloss I’ve tried. Their super easy to apply and they wear very nicely. They’re pigmented enough to wear alone or on top of other products.
Neutrogena Glossy stick. These are a dupe for Clinique chubby sticks! They look the same and apply just like a chubby stick.  They have a really nice subtle smell and they’re an easy swipe of color and gloss to the lip.
Elf highlighter. This is $3 and it will give you some serious glow!  They’re odd because you have to scrape off the first layer to really reach the pigmented part.  Its weird I know but it’s only $3 so you can’t go wrong. Once you scrape it off its so pigmented and smooth!  (This one’s more on the drier side so I recommend using it with a setting spray after you apply it so it blends with the skin.) You can do a subtle glow or build it up to an intense highlighted, instagram baddie sort of look.
Loreal Lash Paradise. I LOVE THIS. I think this is better than any high end mascara I’ve tried in a while. I loved the Too Faced better then Sex like most but it never kept my eyelashes curled.  I use the Loreal lash paradise waterproof version and it keeps them curled all day long!  I’d say its a dupe for the Too faced mascara so it’ll lengthen and add volume to your lashes.  I always raving about this mascara!  It’s a drugstore MUST!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.  Lets go back to my little schtick I made about high end packaging up there. ^^^^ This powder first off looks so mangled and wonky in the picture but lemme tell you it rocks!  It’ll keep you matte, set your makeup all day and won’t flash back. For like $5!! The packaging however sucks and the lid will break in no time and now it doesn’t stay on…which is why theres marks in the powder. The writing on the plastic is also gone. The powder itself is so good and it’s worth all it’s $5 so I will suck it up for the packaging.
Revlon Colorstay eyeshadows.  I love this just to swipe on my eyelids for easy day makeup. This stays on my eyelids all day and I have the OILEST eyelids so if it works for me it will work for you. Mac has some and some higher end brands have some too but the drugstore ones really work well so I’d say you don’t need to splurge.  You could also find a nude color to use as an eyeshadow primer and a base on the lid.
Maybelline Age rewind concealer. I LOVE THIS!  It’s supposed to be an underage concealer but I use it all over and it works so well for what I love.  (no makeup, natural skin look)  It’s so light weight and will not look cakey!  I use this everyday for mostly redness and little spots. I find that when I use heavier coverage I always get very cakey.  I don’t have that problem with this.
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Maybelline Lipsticks.  I love their range of nude lipsticks! I have like 4 and the formula is really nice and comfortable. I haven’t tried the colored lipsticks because I really only wear nude but formula wise I really like them and they do the job.
Burt Bees chapstick. Everyone needs good chapstick and you can never go wrong with Burts bees!  I like the mort fruity flavors. This one is black cherry.
Maybelline Master Chrome. Thee best and most pigmented drugstore highlighter. This will give you an INTENSE glow and looks so beautiful and smooth on the skin.  This will rival a Becca highlighter glow/look.
Covergirl Total Tease. If you want a lengthening mascara this is for you! It’s not voluminous but you’re lashes will look so long.  It also has a perfect applicator for bottom lashes!
Milani Baked bronzer. I got this bronzer because makeup artist Patrick Ta has it in his kit and swears by it! I love his work and he does Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Shay Mitchell and a bunch of more people’s makeup so of course I have to have it too. This is in the shade 05 and it’ll flattering for tons of different skin tones.  It has shimmer in it so it will give you a softer, all over, luminous tan and I live for that!



  1. luxblush
    September 8, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I have not seen that Maybelline highlighter before, but it looks gorgeous! There are so many great products here xx
    Hannah | luxuryblush

  2. September 8, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I have tried and LOVED most of these products, especially the vivid hot lacquer gloss and stay matte powder. Some drugstore products really hit it out of the park!

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