Having been fortunate enough to try lots of high end makeup over the past year or two, I found myself veering away from drugstore. The last 6 months or so however, I’ve been really impressed with the quality of some drugstore items that I have picked up, and then there are the oldies but goodies that I still choose over higher end products. So, here are my current top 5 drugstore recommendations for you:
Simple Micellar Water
There are loads of micellar waters out there, but not all are equal by any means. The L’Oreal one is good but in opinion only good as a toner – it doesn’t take off any of my eye makeup. The bioderma one again IMHO is not worth the price tag, and the Garnier one is the best of the best.
I give the Garnier micellar water a 9.5 out of 10, and this one a 9 out of 10. This is great news because yesterday I bough the last bottle on the shelf of the Garnier one, but had there been none left, I would have bough this one. No nasties, great either as a cleanser or toner. Simples :0)
You probably already know of my love for these little creme puff blushes (which aren’t cream at all btw), but the surprise to me was how much I loved this plain looking colour called Lavish Mauve. There are brighter colours for sure, but this is a nice understated dusty pink that is closer to natural looking that I normally go for. Not so much pigment that you end up looking clown like and it stays put.
Nude or red lips are my choice nowadays, and this is the best drugstore lipstick I’ve come across that feels like luxury. If this had Charlotte Tilbury written on the tube, I’d believe it. Its creamy and moisturising but doesn’t just disappear and neither does it bleed outside the lines. Comfortable to wear but pretty long lasting, and its such a pretty colour, who can resist. I used this in my GRWM drugstore here GRWM
I’ve got to be honest, Barry M haven’t really been my favourite brand of makeup and I’ve tried a fair amount – the nail polishes don’t last as long as they do on everyone else, the last eyeshadow palette I got was terrible, but this looked promising from my swatching in store. Thank goodness I didn’t go on history, cause this is a beauty – great colours, great colour payoff, and all round good contour kit for £6.49
This is that oldie but goody that I mentioned – again its a product that feels high end, and its the perfect combination of a highlighting powder that you can use all over your face. Its like a loose powder version of the hourglass powders. It smells of roses, and although you might look at the sparkle and panic, it just gives a kind of luminous look to the skin, whilst still managing to set makeup and oily zones.