Drugstore products that are as good/better than high-end brands

I thought it would be fun to post our drugstore finds that are as good or better than the high-end stuff. Most of my makeup is high-end and NARS is one of my favorite brands. But there are two products that I think beat their high-end competition:

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. I cannot love this product more! Beautiful colors and so pigmented. And for $6, it's a steal.

 

Maybelline Dream Finish BB Cream. A little goes a long way with this product. I also have the Smashbox BB cream, and the Maybelline goes on better and doesn't look cakey and doesn't dry out my skin. Love it! And it's only $8.

 

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I really love E.L.F lip exfoliator. It tastes like brown sugar and leaves my lips feeling amazing. I've been using NYX Wonder Pencil for about a month and really like it as well. It's so multipurpose!

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I love it too! I considered buying a Lush lip scrub, but why bother when we have the super cheap super sweet Elf stick??

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Agreed! I bought e.l.f. lip primer/plumping duo yesterday. Looking forward to using it. I'm very impressed with the brand and it's so affordable. 

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I'm in love with the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation!

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I love the Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana. It's my favorite highlighter and it's only $4! I bought it during spring, used it everyday, and I barely made a dent in it!

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Wet and Wild liquid liner... but back when it was $1.99 not $4 like it is now and in a bad formula :smileysad: 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Only recently pulled the trigger on a couple of the Maybelline 24-hour Color Tattoo shadows and haven't used anything else since! 

 

Super easy, blends nicely, one-step finished look. A+ would buy again.

 

I'm definitely going to have to check out these NYX lip creams though. Definitely resounding reviews in here thus far!

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are you talking about the maybelline color tattoo in the cream or powder form (it comes in both, now, right ?)

when the creams first launched i got it in a beautiful burgundy but it was soooo dry. i maybe tried to use it twice before i had to give up on it, i was so disappointed. was it just a fluke ?!

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Yes, they have both. I bought the creams - Bad to the Bronze and I believe, Barely Branded - both metallic neutrals.

 

I haven't really experienced any dryness issues with the two shades I bought, but I do think they walk a very fine line. They're both pretty sticky - which is great so they stay in place and don't go wandering where I never intended them to be. But that does take away from a rich, smooth consistency, so I can understand where you're coming from. 

 

From the other reviews I've seen, the shades are inconsistent with the brighter colors being more patchy and inconsistent. 

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I love L'oreal infalliable shadows. They have a great range of colors and I love the soft texture of it. I also love Wet n Wild's nutmeg shadow. for $1 it's quality is way better than some mid/high end makeup shadows I have tried. ELF studio blushes are my fav from their line. I think it works just as well as NARS and their color range fits me well. They do have less options in terms of colors than NARS but I don't mind. 

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Totally agree about Infallible eye shadows!! They are super buttery and pigmented. I love them!

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I was always a huge fan of L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara. It is still one of the best I have ever used. They only reason I stopped using it is I have switched to only cruelty free brands now so L'Oreal doesn't make the cut. I was definitely sad to have to cut it out, however.

 

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NYX soft matte lip cream is, hands-down, my favorite !!! low-end, high-end, it's my favorite. 

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Really?? I love the finish and the colors, but I can't get over the play-doh smell!

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Agreed. The smell was so disgusting..

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it's a vanilla smell that admittedly kind of reminds me of the lipsmakers i wore in middle school. but i personally don't get play-doh smell from it ! and it doesn't linger after its applied / dried. 

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Yes! I completely agree with this.

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I'm a big fan of Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation and Physician's Formula's Super BB Cream.  Also, Revlon ColorStay Lip Color has the best staying power out of any brand I've tried.

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