Ok ok… I couldn’t just pick my top 10 drugstore makeup, so I picked a few more… I’m assuming no one will be upset that I chose a few more 😉 These are products I’ve tried and loved, I would repurchase these without even thinking.
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey (~$7.49 ~ $9.29) – I wasn’t impressed by lip balm pencils so it took me forever to try this even after hearing so many rave about this. When I finally did, I realize everything everyone was saying was true! Revlon’s Honey Balm Stain is a MLBB perfect everyday semi-sheer shade, slight tingle, easy to apply, twist up. Best on the go lip color. Simple and underrated, I love it.
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige ($4.99) – Oh, Beauty Broadcast… I finally caved and purchased this. Beige is an odd name for this shade. It’s a natural almost mauvey pink, NYX describes it as a mid-tone pink. My biggest pet peeve is sticky lip glosses (pointing the finger at you, Bobbi Brown!) but this is the complete opposite, not the slightest bit sticky. This shade seems like it’s made to top Revlon’s Honey balm pencil, its pigmented but still natural.
E.L.F. Cream Eye Liner ($3) – I reach for this much more than I do my Bobbi Brown gel liner! The super affordable price has given me the opportunity to pick up brown, black & purple and I love each of them. I use the brown daily, it’s not too dramatic for the office but still accentuates the rest of my eye makeup. The formula has quite a bit of slip when applying making it easy to glide the product on. Set time is a little long but reasonable; this makes it easy to erase and go over any mistakes you may have made. The brown & black are very pigmented but the purple takes a bit of layering (but not annoying layered) to get the same shade as it is in the pot.
Wet n Wild Eye Trio in Walking on Eggshells ($2.99) – I included this in my UK swap because I knew Kathryn would love it as much as I do and surprise surprise, she did! If you start your makeup collection with any one product, this should be it. A cream highlight shade + a shimmery peach base color + a shimmery soft brown/taupe crease color. For ~$3 this should NOT be passed up.
E.L.F. Essential Beauty School Eyeshadow Compact in Natural ($3) AND/OR E.L.F. Essential Beauty Book Eye Sets in Natural ($5) – I purchased mine at Big Lots, I love the pigmented matte/satin shades although the shimmery shades hardly come out and tend to leave a lot of fall out on cheeks and surrounding areas. Those select shades are great to blend and come up with natural looks as well as smokey looks. I use these MORE than I use my UD Naked palettes + I love the eye lid primer that the Beauty Book Set comes with (not a fan of the dry pencil eye liner though.)
Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink ($7.49) – My affair with Dolce Pink is what made me leave Luminoso for good… Or at least for now. These blushes don’t go on powdery at all yet they are so pigmented and last throughout the day. There’s a slight shimmer to them which I find beautiful when the light catches it. I love the peach of Luminoso but the rosy light pink of Dolce Pink has really got me going.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer ($7.99) – I hated this product when I first bought it, it would settle in to the fine lines around my eyes and get cakey. Enter eye cream… Combining the highlighter with eye cream made the product much more blendable and smooth. I can confidently say my hate for this product came from user error, I can’t imagine doing my makeup without this! Goodbye forever, tired eyes!
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder ($7.29) – A standard powder. This definitely helps keep the shine at bay throughout my day (wow, did I just rhyme?!) I love the mirror on the bottom part of the slide out packaging, I know it won’t get scuffed or broken in my black hole of a purse.
E.L.F. Loose Translucent Powder ($6) – Ever wanted the Kim Kardashian under-eye/cheek highlight? Use this BUT be warned, use a light hand because in flash, this can make your highlights look really obvious. Like the previous powder, this helps keep the shine away and blends in seamlessly.
FOTD using: E.L.F. Primer, Maybelline True Match Lumi foundation, Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer + eye cream, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush, E.L.F. Cream Eye Liner, E.L.F. Essential Beauty Book Eye Set in Natural + the provided eye lid primer, E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit & NYX Beige Mega Shine Lip Gloss
Extras that aren’t pictured:
E.L.F. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6) – A silicon-based primer. Makes foundation apply easily and evenly on to skin while making makeup last longer. Reminds me of the Smashbox primer.
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($7.49) – Subtle shimmer peach baked powder blush. Easily blendable on the cheek in a very flattering color. Great everyday shade.
E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit ($3) – Eyebrows really make a difference and I didn’t realize just how true it was until I had mine filled in. I knew I had to get an eyebrow kit and after using different pencils & powders, this is the one I keep coming back to. It’s the perfect dark brown shade for me (with no red tint) and completes my daily look.
Maybelline True Match Lumi Foundation ($12.99) – Another product I absolutely hated when I first purchased it. For some reason, it made my face super greasy and would slide off in the middle of the day. Powder helped but it didn’t solve the problem. I tucked it away for a while and after my move from CA to TX, I tried it again to find it now works with me! It may be the weather or the fact that I’m in an air conditioned office building all day but it lasts all day and my face has a glowing radiance. The SPF is a great feature too!
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation ($14.99) – Not dewy but not matte, a perfect compromise. My combo skin loves this stuff! Last all workday. This foundation is a medium coverage but you can sheer it out, if you have blemishes, you will need a concealer.
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer ($6) – This is no joke – what a hardcore concealer! Medium shade has a little bit of a green tint and the tiniest bit goes far. Amazing for covering up any red spots. There is a light-medium shade available, yay, no more mixing of both shades!