Monday, August 30, 2010

Best of the Drugstore

Fall is coming. It's definitely back to school for many folks, and the rest of us are probably feeling the pinch of summer vacations or upcoming holiday shopping. So in honor of looking great while saving a buck or 10 - I present to you the Best of the Drugstore. Okay, well at least they're my drugstore favorites...

  1. Tinted Moisturizer - Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer
    I've said it before, and I'll say it again - this product rocks. SPF 20 and retinol in a drugstore moisturizer. See my full review of this product here
  2. Mineral Foundation - Neutrogena Mineral Sheers (loose powder OR compact)
    Mineral Sheers foundations come in loose powder or compact,  and either product works great. SPF 20 starts you out, and I like to use the loose powder over the tinted moisturizer for a great looking natural face. All of it is a sheer coverage which is great in the summer and for teenagers. If you're looking for something with full coverage - look at the Revlon line of foundations for the ColorStay products.
  3. Mascara - Cover Girl LashBlast (original orange tube)
    This has got to be my favorite drugstore mascara. Every other one has disappointed me in some way. This one does everything I want and doesn't smudge through the day. See my review here for more information.
  4. Primer - L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base
    This silicone based
    primer is great in small amounts when patted (not rubbed, makes a mess) onto the skin. It does all the good stuff many of the more pricey primers do for controlling oil and keeping makeup in place. 
  5. Blush - Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush
    This is a great blush for all skin types. It's whipped consistency allows you to build color on your cheeks as it dries down to a powder. The colors are sheer and very pretty, most have a shimmer to them. It doesn't seem to clog pores and doesn't fade much during a long day.
  6. Lipgloss - L'Oreal Infallible Gloss or Lipcolor Compact
    I have both of these in my desk drawer at work, and they get about equal play from me. The gloss is quick and easy and lasts quite a while. It's not terribly goopy either, so it's great for quick put-on-and-go usage. The Compact has a color, then a sheer topcoat. This stuff lasts for hours, but the 2 coats and the wait in-between can be annoying if you want something fast. 
That's about all I need for work and most teens would need for school. If you are looking for some eye shadows and eye liners you should check these out. Though - one caveat, I would use these shadows with a primer for long lasting wear (Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance are readily available at Ulta - and worth the extra money. I haven't found a drugstore one worth a dime - yet).
  1. Eyeshadow - L'Oreal HiP Shadow Duo's
    They come in several shades, and duo's are great for creating a unified look. The color is fairly pigmented, thought it might take a couple passes to get an intense look. Highly recommend a brush application with these.
  2. Eyeliner - L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner
    I don't know that you're going to find something to compete with my Urban Decay 24/7 liners, but these are pretty decent. They are not highly pigmented, but this is nice because you can build up the color. Decent staying power, though it will slide a bit on oily lids (though primer seemed to help). This is a decent liner at a reasonable price.
  3. Eyeliner - Cover Girl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner
    This is another decent liner. It also is not as pigmented as the Urban Decay, but also does a nice job blending and building color. This doesn't stay quite as well as the L'Oreal but will also do better with primer and on normal to dry lids.
  4. Eyeshadow - NYX Shadow Palettes
    This comes straight from the Makeup Geek, who is a huge fan of these shadows. Again, a good primer is mandatory and these will need some building to get the shade just right. They are inexpensive and colorful for any one who wants to dabble in a little color.
I have purchased these products to play with them.

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