Favorite Drugstore Make-up Products

For the past year or so I have been finding myself at Walgreens or CVS quite a bit. The only products I used to buy from the drugstore were things like cotton rounds, nail polish remover with an occasional lipstick, nail polish here and there. I rarely bought mascara and even foundation but this all changed. These days, my foundation is from Revlon, my mascara is from L'oreal and I am absolutely amazed with the quality of these products! I will definitely be repurchasing all of these in years to come unless they are discontinued or I find something better. But for the time being, that's not the case so here we go! :)

Revlon PhotoReady Foundation

I really think this foundation was formulated with me in Revlon's mind! It provides awesome full coverage, hides my imperfections, dries to a nice matte finish (some complained it looks shimmery under direct sunlight etc, that doesn't bother me since I don't look at myself in direct sunlight) and does make me photo ready! I especially love to use PhotoReady in nighttime looks :)

EOS Lipbalm

So, these aren't really considered make-up but still! I love these lipbalms because they feel really light on my lips, moisturize them pretty well and leave them smooth. They are paraben and phthalate-free so they get an extra point from me! I used to love Burt's Bees lipbalms but I feel like compared to EOS ones, they were a bit on the thicker side and too sticky for my liking. Burt's Bees lipbalms also made my lips look like there was an obvious white-ish layer on them. EOS ones go on clear.

NYC Bronzing Powder

I have used countless numbers of bronzers, cheap ones and expensive ones. When I ran out of my last bronzer, I happened to be at a drugstore and I picked this up. I have been loving it since then. This is actually my second container of it. The only downside of this bronzer is that, it seems to not last that long. I think I finished the previous one in less than 2 months. They are pretty cheap though, so I won't complain. I love that this bronzer is matte and doesn't stain my face when worn over foundation. It could also be used for contouring purposes but for my complexion it seems to be a bit too light.

Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencils

I keep talking about these eyeliners because for me they are just that great. In case you don't know, I used to be in love with UD's Zero eyeliner but then I met something more amazing hint hint! They do not smudge on my lash lines, no raccoon eyes, last for a good while! Now, the packaging does say 'metallic' but they are not over the top kind of metallic, you will not notice it unless you look really close and focus really good. They can be used in everyday looks which is what I do.

L'oreal Voluminous Mascara

My HG mascara. It's got everything I am looking for in a mascara, lengthening check, volumizing check...the whole package! Really makes me feel like I'm wearing falsies but I am not (mini confession, I hate the feel of false eye lashes so I usually avoid them!) Voluminous has a great curved brush that gets into harder to reach places. I don't think I can live without this mascara, really!

e.l.f. Concealer

This elf concealer does a wonderful job brightening up my under eye area which needs a little boost every now and then. Even if I don't always need concealer in this area, I still like the look of a lighter under-eye area so I use the Highlight side. I don't use this concealer on other problem areas such as blemishes as I am not really a fan of liquid concealers on other areas. (For blemishes, I prefer MAC's Studio Finish Concealer, it's unexplainably amazing, perfect color match too!)

Whether or not NYX is a drug-store brand is questionable and debatable as I don't have a drugstore where I live that carries this brand. However I have heard from others that drugstores (especially Rite-Aid) are where they find their NYX goodies. So I will just go ahead and categorize them as a drugstore brand as well.

NYX Jumbo Pencils

These jumbo pencils really live up to all the hype. I don't use every single one for the same purpose. Some of them such as the pink and black help me bring out the colors of my eye-shadows. For example, I love to use Strawberry Milk for purple looks, the combination of this pink pencil and a shimmery purple eye shadow creates a beautiful shade! I use the black one under a dark grey or black eyeshadow such as MAC's Print or Carbon as it can be tricky to get these colors to show up as dark as they look in the pan without having a base. I use the white one on inner corners. I use the other ones with coordinating eye shadows for better color pay off. I do use them with an eye shadow primer because they do tend to crease otherwise.

What are your favorite drugstore make-up products?


  1. Great faves! I love every product you mentioned is some are my faves too. I still havent tried the milaye e/l and loreal mascara. But I will soon.

  2. ..I love love love Maybelline dream satin foundation ..it's the best I ever had ..and max factor mascara I been using for years now ..

    ..I like Revlon foundation as well ..sometimes cheaper things seem to be even better then expensive ones ..those are real examples..

    ..hope you are sweetie : )

  3. I wish those Jumbo Eye Pencils didn't crease on me. I'm going to have to play with them some more. I totally have been wanting to try those Milani liners too!

  4. I bought the NYC bronzer because i remember you recommending it to me a few months back, and it is great. I don't give it much love, but it's a great product and is an amazing value.

    I find with the jumbo eye pencils that certain colours don't crease as much. The white one lasts the longest, and the darker colours crease within minutes on my eyelids.

    I must try this mascara that you and everyone else seems to be talking about to see what all the type is.

  5. I keep hearing great things about that NYC Bronzing Powder. It's such a bragin, I should definitely try it!

  6. Good picks. I'm a die hard fan of Loreal's Double Extend mascara and Revlon's Color Stay pressed powder. They definitely perform at designer standard in my book! :)

  7. I've tried all of your favorites before except for the elf concealer :) I seriously think the Milani eyeliners are some of the best...and they're so affordable! I also got them because I heard they were UD 24/7 eyeliner pencil dupes, and I totally agree that the black one is better than Zero!

  8. I think I'm gonna have to try the Jumbo pencils...everyone says great things about them!!

    I'm loving right now L'oreal products!! Volume Million Lashes mascara and the True Match foundation are amazing!!

  9. I haven't used any of these products but I heard that are great. :)

  10. Awesome pick you have there :)
    I like the Revlon Photoready foundation too! And Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencils are my HG eyeliner right now! LOVE Them! And NYX Jumbo Pencils toooooo!!! They work as an awesome base to bring out colours!

  11. Wish I could try those EOS lipbalms. I've heard a lot of good things about them :)


  12. Sounds like you 've found some excellent products there and now you 're making me wanna try a couple too! ;)

    I 'm with you on the NYX pencils: I really enjoy them, they make great colour bases etc, but some do crease! :(


  13. I freakin agree with the PhotoReady foundation. It's my all time favourite foundation and btw Revlon invented it with ME in mind too =D

  14. ..I love love love Maybelline dream satin foundation ..it's the best I ever had ..and max factor mascara I been using for years now ..

    ..I like Revlon foundation as well ..sometimes cheaper things seem to be even better then expensive ones ..those are real examples..

    ..hope you are sweetie : )