Lets Talk...Drug Store Makeup

I've been such a slave to Sephora & Ulta that I no longer own any drug store makeup. I'm on a tight budget right now so therefore I must downgrade on a few items. What are you favorite drug store or department store makeups? Eyeliners/Mascaras/Gloss/Eyeshadow...anything...Thanks!

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I've heard glowing reviews on NYX butter glosses and Milani baked blushes. I also love NYX slide-on pencils. They glide on so effortlessly.

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Something I really like from the drugstore is the Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener in 003. It's a dupe for MAC's prep + Prime in Rose. I really love it, and it's great as a highlighter! 



I also love all the L'Oreal Extraordinaire lip colors. They're all so buttery and soft, and small enough to carry on your person at all times. 

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I only use two drugstore products, but I love these more than mid-range and high-end products:


Eyeliner: Maybelline Ultra Liner. It's waterproof and doesn't smudge. I recommend this all the time on this page as it's the only liner I use and I use it every day for my winged look.


Lippie: Loreal Wet Shine/Aqua Lacquer. I've seen these with two different names but they're the same thing. They are an exact dupe of YSL's Glossy Stains (same formulation, staying power, and smell).

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I'm not huge on drug store products but I do have quite a few of the following: 


Jordana Lip Liner

Maybelline Vivid's Collection Lip Sticks

Maybelline Lip Laquers 

NYX Butter Gloss

Milani Baked Blush

Loreal Tru Match Lumi Foundation

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Lips: Revlon Laquer Balms are awesome, they're super pigmented and some come in matte, they're like $7.00. 

Eyes: Maybelines precise liquid eye pen is such a great product it was my first liquid liner and is perfect for thin lines, thick wings etc. 

Revlon 3D Mascara is absolutely awesome as well. 

I also suggest looking at beauty vloggers, they always talk bout drug store products. Makeupbytiffanyd is a good one to follow. 

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I'm generally not an E.L.F. fan (maybe I've just tried all the wrong things?) but I can't get enough of their new Ex-tra glosses. On par with, and if not better than, MAC, Lancome, etc. Seriously, I can't believe how good they are, and only $2. The drawback is that the shade range is super limited. I would Google for swatches instead of trusting the little color square they have on the website.




I also like Maybelline's Color Elixir glosses, Physician's Formula eyeliners, L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows, and a bunch of Maybelline's mascaras. Smiley Happy

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I love Nyx for lip products, specifically gloss.  I also love EcoTools brushes.  

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I highly recommend Maybelline mascaras. My HG mascara is The Rocket (the one in the blue tube). I also love Loreal Color Riche Lipsticks, they have a nice scent, and the colors are nice (though they do have to be reapplied every couple of hours if you plan on talking...)

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  • Maybelline gel liner - unlike my Mac one, this one does not dry up, and it's really nice. The only problem is I have to go back to Mac for unique colors, the Maybelline range has like 3 colors or something like that.
  • Maybelline mascaras, especially The Rocket and the Falsies in the yellow tube.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoos are a really good dupe for Mac's paint pots, and I like them more actually (the paint pots just look really dry on me for some reason and wouldn't blend as much)
  • Loreal Infallible eyeshadows are basically the only regular drugstore e/s I own - I have really oily lids, and nothing works other than these ones. And they have really pretty colors.
  • Rimmel had my favorite drugstore mascara but they discontinued it, but they still carry good mascaras and eyeliners.

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NYX also has dirt cheap single eyeshadows in neutrals that are great as brow powders! I apply it with a wet angle brush for a more precise line or dry for a natural look.


The Jumbo Eye Pencils are so versatile as well. I use 'Milk' for a brow bone/inner corner highlight and as a base for bright eyeshadow looks. You can even use it to waterline for that awesome 60's mod doe-eyed look (I have been a big fan of this lately!)

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Some of my favorite drugstore products:



-slide on eye pencil (reminiscent of Urban Decay liners)

-eyeshadows: Love in Paris palettes, Love in Rio palettes, Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eye Shadow (these are the only ones I've tried and I like them all)



-Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color

-Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lip Stain

...I'm currently crazy about these two in particular; they're so smooth and buttery, and the lip stain is very similar to Yves Saint Laurent's. 

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If you're into gel eyeliners, I really like L'Oreal's Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H -- it has great pigment, is waterproof and long-lasting. My only complaint is the brush it comes with, but you can probably find a cheap drugstore substitute.


I haven't used drugstore mascaras in a couple of years. (I've gotten so many mascara samples from Sephora that I haven't had to buy any for a quite a while.) However, I've heard many a great thing about Maybelline's Falsies mascara. When I do eventually have to buy some again, my plan is to try this out.


Lastly, if you're into tinted lip balm, I would suggest Maybelline's Baby Lips. Fresh's Sugar ones use to be my favorite, but, after they changed their formula about a year ago, this is now my favorite. Long-lasting, moisturizing, and in great colors.

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I'm also loving the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms (they have lacquer balms too). They are similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks, but have excellent pigmentation and a nice minty sensation.

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Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay for a full coverage, long wearing, transfer resistant foundation.


Lip Stain: L'Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stains. I'm obsessed with these because they don't get that weird crusty/uneven texture when they wear off like many lip stains and they don't transfer onto cups! LOVE! I have all but 2 colors!  I also love the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains in Honey. I love this color and the texture, but it does come off on my cups which I hate.


Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte


Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss


Balms/Lipstick: Revlon lip butters


I don't have any mascara recommendations...unfortunately I have hated every drugstore mascara I've tried, even the ones that are supposed to be dupes for my high end favorites :-(

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I have yet to find a lip stain I am happy with so I'm anxious to try these L'Oreal ones now.  Thanks kso!

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Eyeliner - Milani liquif'eyed eyeliner, Wet N Wild gel liner, Physician's formula 2 in 1 eyeliner pen, Rimmel scandal eyes eyeliner

Gloss - Revlon Super lustrous lipgloss, NYX butter gloss, Milani glitzy glamour gloss

Eyeshadow - Wet N Wild Comfort Zone palette, L'oreal infallible eyeshadow,

Blush - Milani baked blush, ELF studio blush, NYX blush

Lipstick - Revlon Super lustrous lipstick, Milani lipsticks, Revlon lip butters, L'oreal color riche lipsticks

Concealer - Maybelline instant age rewind concealer

Bronzer - NYC sunny bronzer


Check out this thread too! It has drug store products under $20



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I second the Wet N Wild Contour palette.  It is possibly better than all the high-end palettes I have!

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Awesome suggestions! I can totally vouch for the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer...amazing coverage and so creamy and blendable! This stuff is honestly better than most of the high-end concealers I've used. Love the applicator as well.

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Ooh, want to try this now!

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I have awful dark circles and I have a ton of expensive concealers, but I come back to this one all the time. I have a backup one in my drawer at all times.....I'm terrified of this getting discontinued. 

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Some of the drugstore mascaras are great. Maybelline has good ones. I like to get the waterproof during the summer when I am swimming or at the beach and don't want to wear expensive mascara. I am always taking my daughters EOS lip balms too.Smiley Happy

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