As makeup lovers, we all know the excitement that comes from purchasing a new product and testing it out for the first time after spending countless hours researching, blog creeping, and saving up for more of those high end products. It’s almost an addictive thing if you tend to be extremely passionate about cosmetics and have a slightly obssesive personality such as myself 🙂 My opinion when it comes to high end products is that there are some that are definately worth the hype, price, and designer label. However there is nothing worse than purchasing a high end product after hearing how it changed Sandy Beautybuttcheeks’ entire outlook on life and finding it less than satisfactory. Not only does it leave you burned and questioning the legitimacy of Sandy’s buttcheeks, but more importantly it leaves your wallet burned and questioning if high end products are just drugstore products packaged in a fancier and chic way. I’ve experienced my fair share of shitty makeup products, however as someone who falls in love with a product and constantly needs that product in their kit in order to feel complete again, I’ve found a few drugstore products that definately leave my conscience and wallet satisfied.
Boots Botanics Virtually Weightless Colour-Adjusting Foundation
The texture and consistency of this foundation is nothing like I’ve ever experienced before from even high end foundation products. When I purchase foundation for the first time I love to apply it with my fingers to see how blendable and buildable it can be. This product not only feels “virtually weightless” but looks incredibly natural do to its matte finish and color adjusting capabilities. I tend to have a paler face than the rest of my body, so I usually go 2 shades darker than my actual skin in order to get my desired shade.
Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette
What I enjoy most about this palette is that it has not only a greenish tint to cancel out redness, but there are two additional differ shades of concealer for you to apply on various areas and the creamy consistency of these concealers allows you to blend seamlessly and adjust to match your skin tone. During the day I rarely apply concealer to my under eye area because I happen to find that concealing that area really results in creasing for me since I tend to be abnormally expressive with my eyes. Not to mention it just doesn’t look natural. I use concealer more for blemishes, however if I know that I’m going to be photographed or if I’m going for a more “made-up look” for a date or girls night out, I will use concealer. I think overall these concealers are very pigmented for what you pay, and it comes with a translucent setting powder which is definately an added bonus.
Maybelline Black Eyeliner
This shit is my JAM. It comes with this incredible brush that allows you to get that perfect cat eye wing but I also use it for applying this liner on my inner rim and applying eyeshadows on my lash line. I’ve never had to purchase a high end black gel liner because this product not only lasts a long time, but won’t budge. If definately showered with this product on and it even managed to stay put through that. Definately something that once you try, you’ll never need to purchase a high end version of.
Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies Waterproof Black Drama Mascara
Phew, that was a long one. Maybelline generally has great mascaras, but I like this one most because it really adds extreme length and volume if you’re going for a dramatic look. It’s contact lense safe, which is great for me since there is nothing more annoying than getting makeup in your eye and having it permanenly glued to your contact lense.
No 7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse
I bought the bronze color of this eye product 4 years ago, and I’m not even halfway done with it. Initially what drew me to this product was that is was hypoallergenic (*SNORT! NERD ALERT!) but as I used it more and more, I realized that it has a beautiful consistency since it is a mousse cream, and it is so pigmented that a little bit goes a long way. The only thing I would recommend for this product since it is so maleable, is that you really need to use a eyeshadow primer if you have oily lids like I do to ensure minimum creasing. Other than that the colors are beautiful and are perfect if you want that glossy shine affect on your lids without sparkles.
e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer
Because of my acne medication, I tend to have drier patches on my skin. What I like most about this primer is that not only is it good for for smoothing out those drier areas, but its good for controlling the oilier parts of my face which tend to me on my t-zone. Also, other primers that I’ve used tend to make me break out, this is the only one I’ve used that doesn’t torture my skin. I’ve gone through 4 of these primers already, and continue to purchase them because they are only 3 dollars.
e.l.f. Studio Blush in Pink Passion
This color seems scary in the palette, but when applied generously to the cheek it adds the most natural pinky tint to the cheek. Again, only 3 dollars.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Kate Moss Collection
Don’t have much to say about this product other than it applies beautifully on the lips and has great color payoff. I’m not a huge lipstick fan because I find them to be very drying and chalky, but this product is very forgiving to the lips and doesn’t leave them looking like a butthole. You all know what I mean.