Let’s admit it, high-end makeup is amazing. The beautiful formulas, captivating colours, and expensive packaging… so good it makes you want to throw all your money at Sephora! However, a lot of the time, drugstore products can be just as good or even better. Here are our favourites!
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Neutralizer – $13
This concealer formula, particularly this shade (for my medium skin tone) is so good for covering intense dark circles and highlighting. A little goes a long way and it has a fairly matte finish. Just make sure to moisturise your under-eyes before using this so they don’t look dry. The tip seems unsanitary but our under eyes aren’t that dirty right (Alice is probably cringing right now)? Anyways, the furry tip is removable so you can take it off to wash and sanitize it.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London – $10
This isn’t your typical everything-proof liquid lipstick formula but I actually find liquid lipsticks super drying, so I prefer this. For me, it’s the perfect everyday peachy nude with a tiny hint of brown and looks super flattering on fair to medium skin tones!
L’Oréal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brunette – $12
This brow pencil is such a good colour for those with black hair, it’s dark enough and also cool enough. The tip is also super fine and thus, super versatile. I can mimic real hairs for a fluffier look or create a more sculpted and defined brow.
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer in Natural Beige – $14
Another undereye concealer! As you can tell, I have a very healthy sleep schedule. This one is perfect for everyday “no makeup” look because it’s quite sheer and glowy. If you don’t need much coverage and your skin isn’t that oily, this would work for the face too.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara – $12
Remember back when everyone was scrambling to buy the infamous Benefit Gimme Brow Tinted Brow Gel? Well, this brow gel by L’Oréal has the same tiny plumping hairs, excellent hold, and nearly three times as much product. It’s available in three shades, Transparent, Light to Medium, and Medium to Dark, and both tinted versions are super ashy and perfect for most hair colours.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer – $20
This bronzer is my all time favourite—I like it even more than high-end bronzers such as Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. The neutral brown powder is extremely finely milled with a subtle satin finish. I prefer a satin finish over a glitter (too chunky and obvious) or a matte (has a tendency to look muddy and patchy). It also has a beautiful tropical scent to wake you up in the morning.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer in 01 Nude – $7
Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base—you name an eyeshadow primer, I’ve tried it! Nothing makes eyeshadow stay as well throughout the day as the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. It dries slightly tacky and a little goes a long way. The translucent light-beige tone helps cover up discolouration and veining on light to medium skin tones.
No7 Stay Perfect Mascara – $12
This is an amazing mascara for anyone who struggles with mascara smudges below their eyes. It’s a tubing formula, which means it seals your lashes in tiny tubes and won’t melt no matter how sweaty or oily you get. All you need to remove it at the end of the day is warm water. It’s great for a natural, daytime look.
Our Favourite Drugstore Foundation…
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – $30
So this isn’t technically drugstore in Canada but you can find Bourjois at Shoppers Drug Mart. We both love it because it has such a natural skin-like finish and lasts, even on our very oily skin. The texture is gel-like, airy, and extremely easy to blend. It doesn’t emphasize pores, dry patches, or any other flaws.
We hope you’re inspired to try out these hidden gems. Stay tuned for next week’s post and leave any requests below!