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Improvements in Drugstore Makeup

I know there's already a favorite thread for drugstore brands, but I was wondering if anyone else has noticed different improvements in drugstore makeup?  Fran11 and I mentioned improvements in another thread, and I thought that would make an interesting discussion.  


I didn't experiment too much with various drugstore brands in high school; I always bought the same things over and over when they ran out.  Some things did not work well for me, but I still didn't experiment more within the brand of the evil product lol.  


Lately, I've noticed some drugstore products are working wonders for me.  Here are some photos of some drugstore items that I love in my stash.


Drugstore mascaras seem to love my long lashes.  Although I despise Cover Girl concealer (that was the evil product lol), the new Clump Crusher mascara is amazing!!!!!  My mom randomly picked it up so I could be the guinea pig for it, and it gives me the exact same effect that the original UD Big Fatty mascara gave me.  Maybelline The Rocket is a close second for the Big Fatty effect lol.  I also love The Falsies and Colossal Volume.  Not pictured is my clear Maybelline Great Lash mascara I use as a brow gel because it is almost empty lol.



Last year was the first time I tried Neutrogena cosmetics, and I have been very impressed.  I use the Shine Control items during the hot TN summers.  I do have to be cautious with the primer at times.  If my skin isn't too oily, I won't use it because it can feel a bit dry.  For a person with really oily skin, I would suggest these items to them.  The foundation is light, but the color is a bit dark for me at the moment.  The Healthy Skin Enhancer is amazing!  Blends well with no streaking.  I actually like it better than the TMs I've used in the past.  The concealer is another favorite that will, sadly, run out soon lol.




I randomly picked this up yesterday.  I've never tried anything by Hard Candy.  I think I read a while back that it was originally a department store brand.  Is that correct?  Anyway, the greens caught my eye.  I used it this morning, and so far I am impressed.  Of course, I always use my UDPP.


Green closeup.


Ecotools brushes!!!!  I love them!!!!!  After various cleanings, they have not shed and they aren't "spikey" and "pokey."  They're amazing!!!!

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ecotools for me and almay eyeliners :-p i have yet to find mascara that doesnt clump it all does for me, cheap expencive, unless its clear mascars everything clumps, help! :-p 

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I forgot to include the L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. Those puppies are AMAZING! 

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Love this topic!  Keep meaning to add pictures like kimmi did but things a little crazy this week.


Like others, most of my collection is high-end stuff.  I didn't get into makeup until my mid-30s so I just went to my local Sephora and plunged right in.  However these last few months I've been exploring more drugstore brands and seeing with a critical eye whether I really HAVE to pay premium prices for decent makeup.  Here's what I've found so far:


Foundation:  My current favorite is Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse.  Perfect for my dry skin, love it just as much as (possibly more than) my Clinique, Laura Mercier, Lancome, etc.


Brushes:  Like everyone else, love EcoTools and Real Techniques.  Would've saved me a bundle if I'd known about them earlier!


Cream Shadows:  L'oreal Infallible is GORGEOUS.  I suspect it's the exact same formula as the Lancome 24H shadows, just different shades (Lancome is owned by L'Oreal).  Maybelline Color Tattoos are also gorgeous.  Between those and my Benefit, not sure which ones I like more.


Felt-Tip Liner:  L'Oreal's Lineur Intense is suspiciously similar to Lancome's Artliner.  Exact same felt tip, and I haven't noticed any difference in formula although I haven't compared ingredients or anything.


Mineral Foundation:  Love Physician's Formula, I use the talc-free SPF16 one and really love the texture of the powder.  Would love to try more of their stuff, like powder highlighter or blush.


Skincare:  CeraVe, 'nuff said.  My skin texture all over has improved so much since I switched to CeraVe.  I used to have rough, horribly dry skin but no more.  Now I have smooth, slightly dry skin.

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Have you tried the Physican's Formula eyeshadows?  They have a pretty good selection of palettes, and some of the packaging is adorable.  However, I've only looked at them.  

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I purchased a eyeshadow palette from PF and I really disliked it. The quality is just not there. I haven't really found any PF product that I like except for their blush (has a little stiletto on it!). Overprices drugstore crap in my opinion. 


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haven't tried them, but I do hear good things about those "Shimmer Strips" and they look very enticing! I wanna try a blush or illuminator because they have adorable hearts pressed into the powder!

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Most of my makeup falls under the department store/high end category, BUT I do have some drug store cult favorites that I cannot fathom giving up.


NYX: Their lipglosses, blushes, and glitter eyeliners are to die for. One of my all time favorite glosses is Beige...which ironically isn't beige at all but a soft pink. Most of their stuff is highly pigmented.


Ardell Lashes: My lashes of choice are #113. They're long and doll-like with the perfect amount of density.


Burt's Bees: Their cuticle butter is my main favorite. I use it everytime I give myself an at home manicure.


Sally Hansen: SH has really stepped it up this year. I really like their gel nail system.


Whimsically yours,

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I only have one NYX lipgloss but I looove it! I want to pick up more!

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I still need to try NYX!  Whenever I go to Ulta, I always tell myself that I will try NYX, and then I end up in the nail polish section lol.

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oh man I love NYX!  their single eyeshadows are AWESOME, such a smooth formula and large-ish color selection.  I hear great things about the powder blushes too.  I have a highlight/contour compact from NYX that has a white powder and a cool brown powder that I love.  Definitely want to try the matte lip cream or whatever it's called.  

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