(Closed) Best long-wearing drugstore makeup?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m afraid I’m not much help in this department, but my sister swears by a foundation-extending primer by Rimmel.

Post # 4
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m far from a makeup expert, but at the recommendation of an Ulta sales associate, I’ve been using Revlon Colorstay foundation (the combination/oily skin version) and it has been very good to me. It really does just stay on, and I’m terrible about forgetting I have makeup on and rubbing it off, but this stuff goes nowhere and gives great coverage, but not too heavy, very matte. I sometimes get a little oily, but nothing major.

Got nothing on primers, but I think I’ve read that some E.L.F. Primers are very similar to Make Up Forever primers. Can’t vouch for that at all, but none of their stuff is expensive and it might be worth a try.

Post # 6
4014 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ive heard the same thing about Revlon Colorstay. I also use E.L.F HD powder and Its just as good as MUF’s version! And super cheap! If youre looking for a primer, just try Monistat Chafing Gel, has the same ingredients as Studio Gears primer.

Post # 7
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Gemstone: I don’t usually wear foundation, but when I do, I wear Stila, it’s awesome and worth the price tag. It doesn’t feel cakey or heavy at all. There’s an organic mascara I bought at Target that I love, Physician’s Formula. 


Word of warning though, it’s not waterproof, so if you’re a crier at weddings this is NOT the right mascara to wear!

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Gemstone: A few years ago one of the Bees talked about it (maybe Star?).  It is exactly the same as Smashbox primer (just not the light version so you might want to tread lightly with oily skin).

Post # 11
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Maybelline makes a dream matte mousse that Ive heard lots of good things about.  Ive used other mousse products and i love them because they tend to sit better on my face.  It sorta looks airbrushed if applied right and it feels lighter on the skin.  Ive also heard good things about revlon colorstay.  I think it would be a bit heavier on the skin but it will probably last longer 

For primer, i know this sounds weird but try monistat soothing care chafing Relief gel-powder.  From what Ive heard it works really well as a primer, it banishes oily spots, feels like velvet, and wont Make your break out. And hey if it doesnt work for you, you are only out about 4 bucks and you have awesome chafing gel. I love this stuff in the summer!


Eta: someone beat me too it and recommended the gel too! 

Post # 12
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Gemstone: Yay, glad to help! By the same token, I haven’t tried their eyeliner, maybe I will. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with a few of the PPs: Monistat gel for primer, Revlon Colorstay for foundation,  and ELF powder as a setting powder. 

I also love Revlon Voluminous carbon black waterproof mascara, ELF eyeshadow primer, and NYX eyeshadows & glosses. ELF makes a great setting spray, too, but the bottle tends to spray unevenly. I just pour it into a different bottle that sprays a finer mist, and it works great for blending my powder/foundation (i.e. not making me cakey & powdery) & helping my makeup last longer. 

I have a lot of makeup counter products, and all the ones above compare, IMO, to the higher end brands. I have yet to find a good concealer that I like, though ๐Ÿ™

Post # 14
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

A great waterproof mascara is Maybelline’s “The Colossal” Volum Express mascara. I once wore this mascara in a torrential downpour and it didn’t budge.

If you have oily/combination skin like me, stay far, far away from the Revlon Cream Eyeshadow pots. This eyeshadow creases like crazy.

Unfortunately there is not a lot of really good drugstore makeup that will stay put all day. If you can scrape together the cash, I would advise you to hit up Sephora or Ulta and try the Benefit counter – they have a great pore-minimizing primer called “Porefessional” ($29) and their creaseless cream eyeshadow ($19) does not move all day long even through crying and sweating. You really do get what you pay for in terms of makeup.

Best of luck!

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