Ahh, the drugstore.  I can never just go in and get out.  I always have to browse the makeup aisles, and it’s a good thing because I have found quite a few of my holy grail products at the drugstore.  Here is my “best drugstore makeup” list.

Eyes

 

1. Maybelling Color Tattoo If you pay any attention to the online beauty community, you already know about this product and know it is a favorite.  Why? It’s impressively long-wearing, lightweight, highly-pigmented and goes on like silk.  There are an assortment of colors, most of which are metallic.  They make excellent eye shadow base, but can also be worn alone in warm weather for gorgeous color that won’t budge.  You will love this all year round, but you’ll be especially grateful you have it during the sweltering summer months.

 

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Maybelline Color Tattoo L to R: Pomegranate Punk and Bad to the Bronze

 

2. Maybelline Line Stiletto  Ok, again, another popular one.  What makes this little guy so impressive? The staying power.  I have literally done tests where I rub and rub at this and it’s the last to budge, even alongside some of my high end liners.  It has a pretty, satiny finish (somewhere between a matte finish and the high-shine finish of the Urban Decay liquid liner).  I have it in “Blackest Black,” and I am by no means disappointed in the color intensity.

 

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Maybelline Line Stiletto

  

3. Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara (Waterproof) One of my favorite mascaras by far.  It is great at lengthening, but without any of the clump.  It has a great formula that is not drying, but rather allows for very comfortable all-day wear.  It is very black, and has a really lightweight formula.

 

4. Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara is one of the best lash extension mascaras I have come across.  Though it had a thick formula, it doesn’t leave my lashes looking clumpy or spidery in the way that many lash extension products do.  It gives a surprisingly comfortable all-day wear, and the lengthening is incredible! I usually use this on top of another mascara on days I do not use it on its own for its amazing lengthening abilities.  Very black color, and creates volume without looking spidery.

 

5. L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara…speechless. This has to be my favorite mascara of all time.  It has all my favorite attributes of the perfect mascara, and is long wearing on top of that.  It is jet black, wet looking, and non-clumpy.  It has lengthening abilities for days, but is also volumizing.  On top of all that, it works amazing well on my top and bottom lashes while performing well on the hard-to-reach lashes near my tearduct.  Worth every penny, I will continue to repurchase this mascara as long as they manufacture it.

 

6. L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner Ok. Mind blown. It’s a pencil and a liquid all at once.  I didn’t believe it when I heard it, but it’s true.  Somehow.  This product has all the smoothness and intensity of a liquid, with the control and smudgeability of a pencil.  It is super soft and hyper-pigmented in a way that puts many high-end liners to shame. For roughly 8$ it is a must-have, a steal, and a holy grail product all at once.  I highly recommend this product for anyone with eyes.  But seriously, my eyeliner was always moving and running until I found this baby and now I am never going back.  On Saturday I was at an outdoor music festival until midnight in the sweltering heat, and when I got back my eyeliner had not budged.  Impressive is an understatement.

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7. NYC Liquid Liner

This has to be one of my all time favorite liquid eyeliners.  Besides the fact that it is incredibly affordable, it has a great formula.  It is really thick, almost like a hybrid between gel liner and liquid liner.  It also has an intense, matte finish that only intensifies the black color of the liner.

 

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Nearly Naked is a dream come true

I bought this foundation shortly after I bought my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in hopes of finding a dupe that is easier on the pockets. Did I succeed? Absolutely.

Revlon nearly naked foundation

In all her glory…

 

Positives

This foundation is nothing short of amazing.  While it does not slide on as smoothly as the Bobbi Brown, it performs just as well in every other aspect and even supersedes its oil-control abilities.  It stays all day, even outside, even in considerable heat!  It is lightweight, buildable coverage at its finest.  Drugstore dupe for my favorite foundation, $9.99.  Being asked about my foundation routine in Sephora by the makeup consultants while wearing a $10 drugstore product? Priceless.  It photographs beautifully with no flashback, and works wonderfully with my milk of magnesia/aquaprime pre-foundation routine.

 

revlon nearly naked foundation

Cappuccino

Negatives

This foundation, being so lightweight, is a bit runnier than average.  Not a problem for me, but the lack of a pump or other more controlled dispenser opens the door for potential mess.

Verdict

This has to be the best foundation I have ever tried when you take both price and performance into account.  It is beautifully light with a buildable coverage that performs well on small breakouts.  Great for combination skin, and those without severe discoloration.

This product can be found at most drugstores for $9.99.  Cappuccino is a bit dark, but I prefer to go dark than lighter, and you can always blend with a lighter shade.

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NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

Feels like Butter

I have always loved butter. But, its kinda not-so-good for you as a food.  Imagine my excitement and delight when I stumbled upon yet another makeup “butter” product! These were part of my first ever NYX purchase, and I must say I am now a fan.  One month later and it’s still like the very first time with these bad boys, and so I had to share the love.

These have to be some of my favorite lip glosses EVER. And trust me, when it comes to lip gloss, I am a certified professional. I mean, my lip gloss has been poppin’ ever since grade school.  It all started with Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper, and it’s been true love.

Sidenote: How many of you remember lip smackers? How many of you loved the Dr. Pepper one? I have to admit, I still do.

Positives

These guys are just smooth.  Just. Like. Butter.  They almost melt into your lips stick without being sticky, and slip without being slippery.  I also love the sent which is shea buttery deliciousness in a subtle, but noticeable way.

Tiramisu is a gorgeous warm nude color that goes on really nicely.  It has a creamy coloring to it that adds a great icing on the cake effect to a nude lipstick.  I like to use over a matter lipstick, or use with a skintone lip liner.  It goes on nicely alone too but those are just my preferences.

Vanilla Cream Pie is a super cute pink color, that has a really impressive coloring to it.  It goes on with a translucent wash of color, but it gives a gorgeous flush to a naked lip.  I prefer using this without liner, and rarely use it over a lipstick.  It is a great go-to everyday gloss that’s super quick and easy since it performs so well on its own.

NYX Butter Gloss

Smells like (Shea) Butter

Verdict

These are must haves.  I cannot wait to add more shades to my collection, and I will definitely be looking into more NYX products as well.  Great for everyday, they are a busy girls dream.

 

What are your favorite NYX lip products? I am definitely up for some recommendations.

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Drugstores are a sort of twilight zone for me.  I can never just go in and get out.  I always have to go through the makeup section, and send at least 30 mins.  I love makeup that much.  Unfortunately, this often results in a lot of unpremeditated spending, and the day I walked away with this lipgloss fatty is no exception.  NYC Plumping Lipgloss is what happens when you take a normal sized lipgloss to the register, and he or she says, “You wanna supersize that?” and you say “Why, yes. Yes I would.”  You know…before that became illegal.  This thing is literally jumbo size.  It’s way too big to be a lipgloss, but what can I say? I’m into that.  SUPERSIZE ME.

 

Positives…

I bought this for some lip plump action because, as I’ve already implied, bigger is sometimes better in my book.  Did it plump? Not really.  But for $3.99, I can’t say I was surprised.  It does have a great, cool, tingling thing going on that I love.  It also has a thick creamy lipgloss consistency without being sticky.  The colors I got are also super beautiful: Colossal Cacao and Plumped Plum.  The Colossal Cacao, LOL, makes a beautiful highlight in the center of the top and bottom lips. Plumped Plum is a really pretty my lip-but-deeper-and-therefore-better gloss.  It has a subtle glitter that gives a gorgeous high-shine without looking like the my-first-lipgloss-ever shade I used to sneak on the playground in fifth grade. (I tried to get my lipgloss poppin’ way too early).

 

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Not-so-Positives…

It can be a bit messy.  I don’t like the smell at all, it’s a little balmy.  Too much comes out when you pull the applicator out, and you have to scrape the excess off.  Mess.  It also doesn’t plump.  That’s pretty significant.  BUT, for $3.99 it was pretty and creamy enough to keep.

nyc plumping lip gloss

Jumbo Applicators

 

Verdict

Not  nightmare. Lol. Not dream either, so I probably won’t buy other colors.  I may repurchase Colossal Cacao because it’s that pretty, but otherwise I could do without.

 

What’s your favorite lip plumping gloss?

 

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