(Closed) I'm done being a cosmetics snob….my drugstore picks.

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Post # 3
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Awesoem, thanks for the tips!

I’m still a bit of a makeup snob myself but there are a few drugstore brands I’ll use.

Love a lot of NYX products. I really like their HD foundation and cream blushes. 

Post # 4
11505 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I understand what you mean.  Over the years, when I was single and working and making good money, I wore some of the most expensive make-up in the world — Shu Uemura, Nars, Chanel, Dior, Shiseido, Trish McEvoy, Mac, Laura Mercier, Stila, Benefit, etc. 

However, after awhile, I decided that I no longer loved my expensive, department-store brand foundation. I figured, “Why spend $40 on something I don’t love, when I can purchase something for $10-12 that I like just as much?” (That is especially true now that I’m married and, due to relocating following my marriage, have not been able to find a job in my field in DH’s area.) So, I have been using Loreal True Match foundation and pressed powder for about eight or nine years. I also found a Revlon lip liner to replace a Trish McEvoy lip liner that I loved but was  discontinued. (I still use expensive brands of almost everything else, however, since I tend to go through them much more slowly than I do foundation.)

Post # 5
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Physician’s Formula is the only non-prestige makeup brand I can use without disappointment, though the prices in the States are WAY cheaper than in Canada. I used a PF bronzer that I picked up at Ulta, while living in the States. When it came to restocking in Canada, it made sense to just buy my regular Benefit bronzer, since the PF was $25 anyway.

Post # 6
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@SupermansSweetheart:  +1 I love Nyx blushes and lip glosses.

OP, if you haven’t tried them yet, Wet & Wild is awesome for eyeshadows. I, too, am a snob and I used to consider Wet & Wild to be a little kid brand… now I swear by their eyeshadow trios–comparable to MAC IMO but 1/10 of the price. Also a huge fan of the Maybelline undereye concealer/highlighting pen… the name is escaping me, but it’s comparable to the YSL touche eclat radiant touch.

Post # 7
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Love it! Urban Decay will always be my guilty pleasure (especially for eye shadow/primer), but I like to mix and match my “nicer” make-up and drugstore make-up to save a bit of money. I’ve been looking for bronzer so I think I’ll check out the bronzing veil!

My recent drugstore find is Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara. It was only about $6, but it lengthens and separates my lashes wonderfully 🙂

Post # 8
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve recently also started using drugstore brands after many years of not buying anything from the drugstore except mascara. When I was a teenager I used to use only drugstore products becuase I didn’t have money for anything better. Then when I was 19 one of my friends introduced me to Bare Minerals. I started wearing that pretty exclusively. In the last year or so I’ve become pretty disillusioned with my usual makeup routine though, so I went back to Bare Minerals and overhauled everything – I got the new compact foundation, blush and bronzer.

I was happy, until I started having some issues. I was just not pleased with the new Bare Minerals concealer – it was becoming flaky throughout the day! I ended up running to the drugstore late one night and got a Maybelline concealer on the advice of Makeup Geek. It is AMAZING! I had some issues at first figuring out exactly how I wanted to blend it (concealer brush, beauty blender, finger, etc.), but once I got the hang of it, it gave me amazing full coverage. That was the first drugstore product I added to the mix. Then when I really started hating the way that looked with the powder foundation, I decided it was time for liquid foundation.

I tried MAC, but never really got very far because I ended up having a huge ordeal with ordering, returning and buying the right color for my skin. In the end, I purchased a MAC concealer, but decided to look into other foundation options. On the advice of someone on YouTube, I purchsed Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. Again, AMAZING! I also bought a Maybelline face powder to set, and a Revlon BB cream. The majority of the face products I use now are all drugstore! I still use Nars bronzer and MAC or Bare Minerals blush, but I use BB cream every single day as my foundation, and I much prefer my Revlon Nearly Naked to my Bare Minerals powder. I was also a primer snob and much preferred Bare Minerals or Benefit to anything from the drugstore. I ended up buying a cheap Rimmel one in a jam, and although I don’t think it’s amazing, I actually like it much better than the one I got from Sephora. I use it everyday now. The Rimmel one comes with so much product compared to the teeny tiny little primer tubes that you can get from every other non-drugstore brand. It’s $30 for primer that runs out in 3 weeks. 

Post # 9
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I use MAC for foundation just because so far I’ve never used a drugstore brand that didn’t dry up and get blotchy after a few hours. There’s nothing worse than makeup that has to be reapplied, IMO. For pretty much everything other than foundation I use drug store brands. I’ll mention a couple of all stars that I would recommend.


For a self-sharpening eyeliner that won’t smudge or wear, there are two that are both amazing: Revlon 16 hour wear and Covergirl Unstoppable. Every store I go to is inevitably out of one but stocks the other so I switch off.. there’s really no difference since I go with the blackest black.

Since I’m a big eyeliner nut (seriously, people recognize me a mile away for my eyeliner) I learned a trick a long time ago doing stage makeup that if you set your pencil liner with a liquid not only will your line be smoother but it will last a very long time. For liquid liner, I’ve found that felt tip brushes work the best because they don’t “flick” and cause uneven lines. My current favorite is L’Oreal Telescopic Precision.

As far as eyeshadow goes, I will use anything powder, from NYX to MAC. More often than not I get a multi color palette from the drug store and use/abuse it. Revlon has some really good ones, and I have a Pixi palette from Target that has an awesome variety of colors. I can even use the black/dark browns for eyeliner/eyebrows and the lighter colors to highlight my brow/cheek bones.

For concealer/highlighter I usually use CoverGirl Fresh Complexion (I prefer liquids) but last time I ventured out and tried Almay Smart Shade and I’m pretty into it. It squeezes out of a tube instead of having a wand, so you have to have your own brush to apply it well but it’s not as watery as CoverGirl.

Since brushes are super important too, I thought I’d point out that Sonia Kashuk (from Target) has some awesome brushes for relatively cheap. If I had to pick just one it would be the eyeshadow brush (I think I have the medium) which I use religiously.

Post # 10
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

There were some posts awhile back by Ms Rainbow (I think??). She was a makeup artist and did a series of posts about drug store brands that had the exact same formulas as high end brands. 

Post # 12
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would say I have about half big name brands and half drugstore, with a few niche brands thrown in. I like makeup and don’t much care what brand it is as long as it has the qualities I’m looking for.

I used to use the Urban Decay cream eyeshadows but they got discontinued, so now I use the Maybelline Color Tattoo stuff when I want a cream eyeshadow. I tried the Chanel but it creases horribly on me even with eyeshadow primer.

I’m also a big fan of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick.

I usually buy drugstore blush because I have NEVER been able to tell any difference between blush other than the color.

All my regular face products like in terms of care and bases are higher end brands though. I guess my foundation is Loreal True Match, but I wear foundation only when I’ve been sunburned. I’ve tried some others but a ton of foundations make me break out, so I don’t really like to branch out there, lol.

Post # 13
769 posts
Busy bee

I love Loreal True Match foundation too! It is one of the few foundations regardless of price that has a shade light enough for me- (It comes with a pump here!) .

As someone who works in pharmacy there are really worthwhile products but I think it really does depend person to person- what you are wanting any specific product to achieve.

To this day L’Oreal also manufacture my favourite Mascara.

I have heard nothing but great things about Revlon Colourstay Foundation as well.

Rimmel lip liners are fantastic and Australis (an australia company) manufactures one of my favourite lipsticks!

I recently cleaned out my hoard of cosmetics and have decided that If i find a product that works for me (regardless of brand or price) I’m just going to stick too it. It is always so tempting to try and find a better alternative or become a bit of a Brand Snob (guilty!)


Post # 14
4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have mostly high end makeup, but there are a few drugstore items thrown in…

Eyeliner – For a while I only used Stila Gel eyeliner, but I’ve found that the drugstore brands are exactly the same – right now I’m using one made by ELF and it was $3 as opposed to like $22 from Stila.

Foundation – It depends on how my skin is. I tend to be very dry and when I’m flakey I can only use Bare Minerals. When my skin is ‘normal’ then I like L’oreal’s Lumi – I think this is just as good as a lot of the higher end brands. Recently I have a new love though – Kat Von D’s foundation from Sephora is AMAZING and even better than the Lumi, however if I don’t feel like spending $34 then L’oreal’s is fine.

Eyeshadows – I buy both drugstore & designer.

Mascara – I have never found a mascara better than Lancome’s Hypnose and I have tried them ALL (both designer and drugstore). This is one item I refuse to skimp on.

Lipstick – I am currently in love with Revlon’s Vivid collection. Seriously, its amazing. I think they’re just as good as Chanel lipsticks.

Concealer – Maybelline’s wand concealer is surprisingly amazing. I think some PP spoke about this item too.

Blushes & Bronzers – pretty much all NARS or MAC.

Brushes – all Sigma or Sonia Kashuk (target).

Post # 15
8683 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@adoc86:  I love Sigma brushes!!! If you love Nars blushes then try La Femme blushes. I promise you will not be disapPointed!

Post # 16
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used to be a huge makeup snob. I only used MAC, Stila, and Urban Decay and had SO MUCH makeup that I never even used! 

Now I use:
– foundation, Everyday Minerals (was Bare Minerals, but Bridesmaid or Best Man doesn’t go light enough for me & EM has less ingredients)
– eye primer, ELF
– eye liner, ELF cream liner
– eye shadow, ELF mineral shadows
– mascara, Cover Girl Lash Blast waterproof (orange tube)
– blush, ELF studio
– brushes, Everyday Minerals kabuki brush, ELF/Sephora for the rest 
– blemish cover, ELF mineral
– lip stuff, Carmex or ELF plumping lip glaze or mineral lip gloss

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