Makeup oftentimes comes across as inaccessible and expensive, especially when the online beauty blogging world is crowded with classist drugstore makeup challenges that often paint drugstore products as lesser and talented makeup artists who effortlessly create flawless looks. But it doesn’t take lots of cash or an experienced hand to experiment with makeup, and the following eight, drugstore priced products prove it.
- Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss
These lipsticks are pigmented, smooth, and fairly long lasting (when compared to similar lipsticks; they definitely don’t compete with liquid matte lipsticks). Moreover, they come in a vast array of shades, from bubblegum pink to dark cocoa. Online, CVS offers them for only $5.49.
- Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
Deeply pigmented and easy to use, this eyeliner makes for the perfect winged look. Better yet: it’s quick to dry, so your eyeshadow can stay immaculate without having to keep your eyes closed for half an hour after application (okay, so half an hour might be an exaggeration – get it?). According to Amazon, it’s only $5.95.
- L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder
True to its advertisements, this powder is super blendable and offers light to medium coverage (making it perfect to set foundation or to help blend in your contour). Get it at Target for only $7.59.
- L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour
The Infallible Pro-Contour kit offers a gray toned powder that emphasizes facial structure without turning your skin orange. It blends well and doesn’t get patchy like other drugstore brands. Best yet, Amazon offers it for $9.74.
- Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Foundation
This foundation won’t make your pores feel clogged, and it has the added benefit of treating blemishes. The coverage is light and it’s good for oily skin. You can buy it on Amazon for $11.12.
- Revlon Photo Ready Eye Palette
Although not all shades are the same, the Photo Ready eyeshadow collection comes in a variety of color palettes that are well pigmented and fairly blendable. It also comes with primer, so your eyeshadow is sure to last most of the day. It’s listed as costing $7.95 on Amazon.
- e.l.f. brushes
I haven’t listed any particular brushes because e.l.f. makes quality brushes across the board. For only $1-$5 each at CVS, you can collect a variety of eye and face brushes that last. They’re not too soft and not too stiff- making them perfect for applying and blending. You can start collecting one at a time, or you can buy an 11-piece set off their website for only $31.
- ColourPop Liquid Lipstick (in either matte or satin finish)
ColourPop is perhaps the best liquid lipstick you will ever own. The matte dries quickly, so it’s best to apply it right the first time, but it lasts all day. The satin finish doesn’t dry completely, but it feels smooth and will last just as long as the matte with a more forgiving application time window. They offer a wide range of colors from electric blue to deep burgundy and come in adorable packaging. You won’t be able to find ColourPop at a drug store-it’s online based only – but their lipsticks go for a shockingly affordable $6.00.
Makeup doesn’t have to be inaccessible – some of the products listed are comparable to high end brands that run up to $20-$50. Rather than bust the bank trying to imitate beauty bloggers (who often get products for free in exchange for reviews), try your hand at some of the above.