If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I just down-sized my makeup collection. During my makeup declutter session, I came to the realization that I need to stop buying drugstore makeup because I never reach for my drugstore makeup over my high-end products. However, I did end up keeping some of my drugstore makeup… so I thought it might be interesting to show you which items made the cut.


I do want to admit that A LOT of these products STILL haven’t been used recently. So, if I have just listed the item and not written any comments – that means that I kept it but still haven’t reached for it very often.


  • NYX Angel Veil Primer – I like this primer for when my skin is a little dry (i.e. Winter) and I don’t need a super mattifying primer. This primer is very similar to the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer and does a great job of smoothing out your face and prepping it for foundation. I would recommend buying this if you’ve wanted to try the Hourglass Mineral Veil but don’t want to spend the money.
  • Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm – THANK YOU Nikkie Tutorials for discovering this magical product. If you don’t mind smelling like a man, this is actually an incredible primer.


  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – I love this foundation. There was a time when I was reaching for this over almost all of my high end foundations. I would absolutely repurchase this foundation. It is a must if you have oily skin.
  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation – I really liked this until I discovered the L’Oreal Infallible Foundation. This one is still good, but I never reach for it now that I have the L’Oreal one.
  • Garnier BB Cream – I never reach for this. I either wear no makeup or a full face of makeup. However, I don’t own any other BB creams so I felt that I should keep this one in my collection in case I do start to use BB creams. It is really pretty on the skin and the one I bought is for oily and combination skin.


  • Revlon Stay Matte Powder – this powder actually does a very good job of keeping me matte, but the packaging is so cheap.


  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – I love this concealer. I actually prefer it over the Nars Concealer. I haven’t reached for this one as much now that I have discovered the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer but I would highly recommend buying this product.


  • Milani Luminoso and Rose D’Oro – these blushes are gorgeous. They have a slight sheen so I would say that they are comparable to the Hourglass blushes. I have a very large blush collection so these don’t get a ton of use but I do actually reach for these.


  • Maybelline Lash Sensational – I love this mascara, in fact, it might be my favorite of all time. It is definitely in my top 5. Once I finish trying a bunch of high-end mascara, I have a feeling that I will repurchase this one over and over. It is just as good as any high end mascara and I think that mascara is a good product to save money on.
  • I also have a few unopened mascaras that I am going to try: Maybelline the Falsies, L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock, L’Oreal Miss Manga, and L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black


  • Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette – This palette is very good for a drugstore palette. I really really don’t need this palette because the shades are very similar to all of the MAC and Makeup Geek eyeshadows that I own (which is why I was drawn to it) but I just couldn’t part with it because the quality is very good.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Bronzed Taupe, Iced Latte, and Amber Rush


  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil – these are ok, they feel a little hard. I don’t like them as much as my Anastasia Brow Wiz but these are a lot cheaper. I really want to try the L’Oreal eyebrow pencils instead of these.


  • LA Girl Gel Liner in Dark Brown
  • L’Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Pixie Endless Silky Eye Pencil in Black
  • L’Oreal Pencil Perfect Self Advancing Eyeliner in Espresso
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso Last


  • Revlon Balm Stain in Honey – this is one of the drugstore products that I actually wear all the time. If you don’t have this – I would buy it! It is great to keep in your purse because it is easy to apply and looks great with every makeup look.
  • Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Honey Bare and Rose Naturelle – I love these, especially Honey Bare. Honey Bare is another product that I use all of the time and usually lives in my purse.
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée and Tiramisu – these are great!
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops
  • NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss
  • L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in Unending Kiss
  • Maybelline Lipsticks (my favorite drugstore lipstick formula by far) in Born With It, Warm Me Up and Touch of Spice.


  • L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray – this does an ok job but it’s not THAT much cheaper than my high end setting sprays so I do not plan on repurchasing it.

What are your favorite drugstore products? I really want to try the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer and the L’Oreal eyebrow products.



  1. Ms Tantrum says:

    I really liked the post. I agree Rimmel stay matte pressed powder is so good but cheap packaging. I broke the cover a while back and now have to keep the pan secured with some other cover so it doesn’t catch dust.
    I love Maybelline Lash sensational mascara too and I prefer this over my Lancome and Clinique mascaras. I have not tried Better than sex or roller Lash or even any other famous high end mascaras.

    Ash | http://www.mstantrum.com

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  2. katelovesmakeup1 says:

    I REALLY like the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara but I honestly think the Maybelline one is just as good. Plus, you can’t beat the price!!

    I wonder if the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is easy to depot? I would love to be able to put it in a Z Palette.


  3. lizloves_makeup says:

    Great post Kate!. From your list I want to try NYX Angel Veil Primer and Rimmel Stay Matte.
    I decluttered my makeup not long ago and kept very few drugstore products. Here are my favs:

    – NYX blush in Taupe. Great for contour!.
    – ELF baked blush in Pinktastic as highlighter. Amazing.
    – Maybelline The Buffs collection, love all their lipsticks. Always carry on my purse ‘Truffle Tease’ or ‘Sin-A-Mon’.

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