I’m a sucker for makeup. I hardly wear any, and I don’t apply any of it correctly, but I love trying new products. It’s probably the dream that it’ll help me hide a flaw or reshape my features that makes me spend on new beauty products. Given my obsession, I’m all about the drug store products (I’d probably be poor otherwise; let’s be real). It’s so fun to experiment with a new look without spending a lot of money.
I’ve learned over time that my sensitive skin can’t handle trying new foundations and concealer, but bronzer, eyeliner, and lipstick? Count me in. Here are my favorite beauty products this month:
And what I love about these goes beyond just the price.
- L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder Foundation ($10.79, Target) — I’ve been wearing this foundation consistently for the past eight years. Its light coverage looks natural, and is buildable over concealers for when you’re dealing with breakouts.
- Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter ($8.99, Ulta Beauty) — Holy moly, praise the highlighter gods. Easy to apply and blend, not overly iridescent so it still looks natural, and convenient on the go.
- Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette ($4.68, Walmart) — For when you have some more time to do a true highlight at home, this huge palette (literally larger than my fist) has varying tones and levels of sparkle.
- Sinful Colors Nail Color ($2.02, Target) — All of these nailpolish last longer than any of my Essie polishes. Enough said.
- elf Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer ($2.00, Ulta Beauty) — So this isn’t the greatest primer in the world, but it helps neutralize my eyelid tone and adds a slight sparkle to them. It helps keep my eyeliner in place for about thirteen hours. So for 2 bucks, I’ll take it.
- NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner ($3.62, Target) — Super easy to apply, buildable, and stays put almost all day. One complaint would be that it’s not super dark and opaque at first application, but for $3.62, I’m okay with it being buildable.
- Maybelline Brow Define & Fill ($6.99, Target) — I used to use the eyebrow powder duo by Anastasia Beverly Hills, but this Maybelline eyebrow product is so easy to apply and to carry on the go that I’m obsessed. It fills in my brows fully, making them look prominent and defined, without appearing unnatural.
- elf Bronzer Palette ($6.00, Ulta Beauty) — At such a low price point, this palette with four bronze shades is a super buy. With two sparkly shades and two matte shades (one of which has more pink undertones), this palette has worked with me through summer tans and winter paleness, from casual weekends to glitzy nights out.
What drugstore products do you think compete with higher end products?
I’m thinking of making this a seasonal topic, so expect more best beauty deals coming soon!