Saturday, December 8, 2012

Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products: Face

So since my broke butt is still in law school and living off of student loans, I have to try and reign in my ridiculous spending habits, especially when it comes to beauty products. That being said, I have found some fantastic makeup items in the drugstore - some recently and some I've been using for a while. You can definitely make an entire gorgeous face of makeup from only drugstore products, and a lot of them are comprable or even better than some higher-end products.

Prices of these products vary by location, Ulta being the most expensive and Target housing some of the cheapest prices. One thing to keep in mind is that while a single product at Ulta is almost always more expensive than Target, if you are buying more than one product of the same brand, Ulta is usually running some sort of "Buy 1, Get 1 50%" or "Buy 2, Get 1 Free" deal on drugstore makeup brands. I definitely have duplicate brands on this list, so that's something to consider when deciding where to purchase these products.

Even just throwing in a few drugstore products can really re-vamp your makeup bag and save you some money to splurge on your expensive must-haves. This favorite drugstore makeup post is dedicated to face products!

FACE PRIMER: L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base & Magic Lumi

I was a religious user of the Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer for years, but it is a really expensive product at $36 a bottle. So I started looking into drug store primers when these two L'Oreal primers came out, and they are both fantastic. The Magic Perfecting Base is a completely matte primer and it makes your skin look flawless, while the Magic Lumi primer gives your skin a very radiant and dewy finish. I have them both and use them depending on what kind of skin look I'm going for. I would recommend the Perfecting Base for super oily skin and the Lumi for dry skin, but if you have normal skin you can get away with both! [$10.99 at Target, $12.99 at Ulta]

FOUNDATION: L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
I know this is kind of cheating because it isn't a foundation, but I actually have been wearing this more than a lot of my foundations lately. If you don't know what a BB cream is, it stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, and BB creams are supposed to be the in-between of a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, while giving your skin actual benefits along with the coverage it provides. BB Creams started in Asia, and the Western BB cream craze has put out some really not so good products. However, L'Oreal seemed to do the best out of all of them in my opinion. I use this in place of foundation in my makeup routine, and in this particular product I wear the shade "Light" (which is actually a fairly dark shade). This product doesn't actually have any skin benefits like Asian BB creams, but it really gives good coverage if you're looking for something light. [$7.99 at Target, $10.99 at Ulta]

CONCEALER: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
This has become my new go-to under-eye concealer. I wear the shade 'Radiant', which is the lightest shade and has a pink hue to it. I use a different concealer for blemishes on my face, but this is a drugstore dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat concealer pen, for about 1/4 the cost. [$6.49 at Target, $7.99 at Ulta]

PRESSED POWDER: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 
I never used to use a pressed powder, but since I started using this product I literally never go without it. I tried the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil before getting this and returned it because I really didn't like how it sat on my skin (and it also smelled really weird). I use the 'Translucent' shade so that it doesn't matter if I'm tan or not. But if you prefer, it does come in actual skin tone shade for a slight dusting of coverage. I use it to set all of my liquid makeup and I also use it after I spray setting spray onto my face. I can't say enough about how great this product is, and for the price it really can't be beat. [$3.29 at Target, $4.99 at Ulta]

BLUSH: Revlon Photoready Cream Blush  / NYX Cream Blush
So I haven't found a powder blush from the drugstore that I'm in love with, although I heard NYX powder blushes are really good and I have yet to try them. However, I own both of these cream blushes and am a big fan of them. The Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in 'Coral Reef' is an awesome bright coral color, which looks a lot scarier in the pot than it is. You can use the tinniest bit and get a great, natural flush. The NYX cream blush in Natural is also a great blush (and it's about half the price of the Revlon one). They both blend easily and you need very little product to achieve almost any look. [Neither sold at Target: $12.99 / $6.99 at Ulta]

BRONZER: Revlon Photoready Sculpting Palette / NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer


I don't have a drug store bronzer recommendation from personal use because I've been using the same high-end bronzer for the last 5 or 6 years and have found no need to look for another one. However, upon several recommendations from very well-informed beauty mavens, I can confidently suggest both of these products.

The Revlon bronzer is 4 shades in one, which is really great because you can use the product year-round. The only downside is the price, which is $10.99 at Target. But for 4 great shades, I think that's a pretty good deal. The other product is by NYC and has been taking the beauty world by storm. To be honest, I tried this product and didn't care for it on my skin tone (it made me look a bit muddy). However, so many people rave about it and for the $2.99 price point, I had to pass it on to you so you had a cheaper option to consider (my guess is it would work best on lighter skin tones). [$10.99 at Target, $12.99 at Ulta / $2.99 at Target, $3.99 at Ulta]

What are some of your favorite drug store products? Let me know in the comments below if I'm missing out on anything spectacular because I love discovering new things to try! Stay tuned for Part II!

images: target.com, walmart.com, drugstore.com, nyxcosmetics.com

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