Best Drugstore Makeup: Lips

The Best drugstore makeup products for lips, tried and true!


1.Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss

Available in an assortment of colors, this product is a solid gloss. The color payoff is great because it is strong enough to make an impression, but sheer enough to be versatile on a vast variety of skintones (hello hotpink).  It is not at all sticky, and I love the shea butter scent.  I have three colors, and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future.

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L to R: Pink Pop (180), Peach Petal (150), and Coral Reef (170).


2. Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lipstick

These are literally amazing, and for 1.99$ a pop they have me leaving the store feeling guilty.  They are smooth and moisturizing, longwearing, and very pigmented.  They come in the most beautiful colors, often dupe-worthy to many of MAC’s most popular shades, and they just look absolutely beautiful.  I own almost ten of them, and I always have two of each of my favorite colors so I never have to go without.  In the coming Fall and Winter months, Vamp It Up and Cheery Bomb will be my go-to dramatic lip colors. I highly recommend you try these out.


L to R: Vamp it Up (919B) and Cherry Bomb (918D).


3. Revlon Lipstick

I own so many of these it’s amazing, but my three present favorites are Copperglow Berry, Cocoa Craving, and Iced Amethyst.  

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From L to R: Iced Amethyst, Cocoa Craving, and Copperglow Berry


The Revlon Lipstick line has countless shades to flatter a wide variety of skintones.  They are moisturizing, glide on smoothly, and wear long and well.  Even the matte shades wear comfortably all day!  If you need to reapply, these also work well when overlapped.  Revlon lipsticks have been called MAC dupes, and that’s not for no reason.  For half the price they are definitely worth picking up if you are a MAC girl.


4. Rimmel Lipstick

Close second to Revlon, and considerably less expensive.  Most of my Rimmel lipsticks are from the Kate collection, but I also have some in the Moisture Renew line.  My favorite Moisture Renew: Vintage Pink. 

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Rimmel Vintage Pink


It is highly moisturizing, with a great color payoff.  It is similar to MAC’s Up the Amp, but with more pink lilac undertones and I have never seen it look bad on anybody!   My favorites from the Kate line are 10 and 04.  They are pigmented and moisturizing with a beautiful natural shine.


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L to R: Rimmel Kate 04 and Rimmel Kate 10


5. Revlon Lip Butters

I have yet to meet someone who didn’t absolutely love these! They are a universal favorite across a vast number of skintones, and they are a most-have for everyday moisturizing, buildable lip color.  See my in-depth review here.  Here are the swacthes again.


6. L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick

Another popular lipstick, this product’s best characteristic is its longevity.  It is seriously long wearing, with little transfer.  My favorite sets to a matte finish, but maintains a moisturizing feel on the lips all day.  This color is seriously beautiful for fall and I absolutely cannot wait to break it out soon!


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My favorite L’Oreal Infallible at the moment: Java Jolt


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Best Drugstore Makeup: Eyes

Ahh, the drugstore.  I can never just go in and get out.  I always have to browse the makeup aisles, and it’s a good thing because I have found quite a few of my holy grail products at the drugstore.  Here is my “best drugstore makeup” list.



1. Maybelling Color Tattoo If you pay any attention to the online beauty community, you already know about this product and know it is a favorite.  Why? It’s impressively long-wearing, lightweight, highly-pigmented and goes on like silk.  There are an assortment of colors, most of which are metallic.  They make excellent eye shadow base, but can also be worn alone in warm weather for gorgeous color that won’t budge.  You will love this all year round, but you’ll be especially grateful you have it during the sweltering summer months.


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Maybelline Color Tattoo L to R: Pomegranate Punk and Bad to the Bronze


2. Maybelline Line Stiletto  Ok, again, another popular one.  What makes this little guy so impressive? The staying power.  I have literally done tests where I rub and rub at this and it’s the last to budge, even alongside some of my high end liners.  It has a pretty, satiny finish (somewhere between a matte finish and the high-shine finish of the Urban Decay liquid liner).  I have it in “Blackest Black,” and I am by no means disappointed in the color intensity.


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Maybelline Line Stiletto


3. Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara (Waterproof) One of my favorite mascaras by far.  It is great at lengthening, but without any of the clump.  It has a great formula that is not drying, but rather allows for very comfortable all-day wear.  It is very black, and has a really lightweight formula.


4. Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara is one of the best lash extension mascaras I have come across.  Though it had a thick formula, it doesn’t leave my lashes looking clumpy or spidery in the way that many lash extension products do.  It gives a surprisingly comfortable all-day wear, and the lengthening is incredible! I usually use this on top of another mascara on days I do not use it on its own for its amazing lengthening abilities.  Very black color, and creates volume without looking spidery.


5. L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara (Waterproof) This mascara…speechless. This has to be my favorite mascara of all time.  It has all my favorite attributes of the perfect mascara, and is long wearing on top of that.  It is jet black, wet looking, and non-clumpy.  It has lengthening abilities for days, but is also volumizing.  On top of all that, it works amazing well on my top and bottom lashes while performing well on the hard-to-reach lashes near my tearduct.  Worth every penny, I will continue to repurchase this mascara as long as they manufacture it.


6. L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner Ok. Mind blown. It’s a pencil and a liquid all at once.  I didn’t believe it when I heard it, but it’s true.  Somehow.  This product has all the smoothness and intensity of a liquid, with the control and smudgeability of a pencil.  It is super soft and hyper-pigmented in a way that puts many high-end liners to shame. For roughly 8$ it is a must-have, a steal, and a holy grail product all at once.  I highly recommend this product for anyone with eyes.  But seriously, my eyeliner was always moving and running until I found this baby and now I am never going back.  On Saturday I was at an outdoor music festival until midnight in the sweltering heat, and when I got back my eyeliner had not budged.  Impressive is an understatement.

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7. NYC Liquid Liner

This has to be one of my all time favorite liquid eyeliners.  Besides the fact that it is incredibly affordable, it has a great formula.  It is really thick, almost like a hybrid between gel liner and liquid liner.  It also has an intense, matte finish that only intensifies the black color of the liner.


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Powdered Silk: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

My skin just started getting pretty oily.  Granted, just in my t-zone, but it’s never really been a problem for me until this summer so I was freaking out.  I had been looking for a high quality, effective finishing powder that wouldn’t leave me looking cakey or give me the annoying ashy flashback effect in photos…and I finally found it: MAC (MSF) Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark.  How dost I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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Powdered Silk for a healthy glow



Where do I start? It is silky and smooth and melts right into your skin and/or foundation to create a matte finish that looks like skin.  It never looks cakey!  I use it during the day if my nose starts to get shiny, and it always does the trick.  It’s super breathable and I never feel like it is heavy or thick.  It is a great powder for photographed events as it leaves no flashback, but it still has a vibrancy that adds a health glow to any makeup look! This comes with a lot of product, so it’s well worth the price.  On days when I am not feeling like foundation, lightly dusting this all over my face gives a great matte finish with just the right amount of coverage.  This is a must have for sure.


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Silky smooth mattifying coverage that doesn’t leave me cakey



I must say, I don’t have any.  Perhaps for someone looking for more coverage, this powder could disappoint.  But it isn’t really advertised as a powder foundation so much as it is marketed as a finishing powder so I don’t see that being a big issue.  The price may deter some, as it did for me, but I am so glad I finally splurged because it is well worth it.  It is actually pretty affordable compared to some of the other high end powders on the market.


With everything said, I have to say I LOVE this product and highly recommend it!  I think everyone will definitely love it if they give it a try.

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Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Nearly Naked is a dream come true

I bought this foundation shortly after I bought my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in hopes of finding a dupe that is easier on the pockets. Did I succeed? Absolutely.

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In all her glory…



This foundation is nothing short of amazing.  While it does not slide on as smoothly as the Bobbi Brown, it performs just as well in every other aspect and even supersedes its oil-control abilities.  It stays all day, even outside, even in considerable heat!  It is lightweight, buildable coverage at its finest.  Drugstore dupe for my favorite foundation, $9.99.  Being asked about my foundation routine in Sephora by the makeup consultants while wearing a $10 drugstore product? Priceless.  It photographs beautifully with no flashback, and works wonderfully with my milk of magnesia/aquaprime pre-foundation routine.


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This foundation, being so lightweight, is a bit runnier than average.  Not a problem for me, but the lack of a pump or other more controlled dispenser opens the door for potential mess.


This has to be the best foundation I have ever tried when you take both price and performance into account.  It is beautifully light with a buildable coverage that performs well on small breakouts.  Great for combination skin, and those without severe discoloration.

This product can be found at most drugstores for $9.99.  Cappuccino is a bit dark, but I prefer to go dark than lighter, and you can always blend with a lighter shade.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is worth every penny

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Meet my Holy Grail Foundation


I have to tell you I am not a foundation girl.  I own only three, all of which I bought this summer, and I certainly don’t use them everyday.  Most often I dust some MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark and keep it moving.  This summer my t-zone has been the oiliest ever and I have had some breakouts, so I decided I needed something that looked like skin but did not make me oilier.  I wanted something light coverage, lightweight, and buildable.  I wanted something that looked like skin! And with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I have definitely finally found it.

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Pump dispenser is ideal for portion control


The biggest plus for me is definitely that actually does look like skin.  It was love at first swatch in Sephora, and I immediate knew I had to have it.  When I say it “looks like skin,” I mean that it absorbs well enough to give coverage without the foundation texture that I hate.

The second most impressive quality is its oil control abilities.  Now I can’t say that this works alone to control oil, but it definitely does not add to the problem which is impressive because its a skin foundation that’s not really meant to mattify.  Incorporated into my foundation routine (which includes Aquaprime, Milk of Magnesia and Finishing powder) This performs beautifully.  It works especially beautifully with my MAC MSF powder to give an amazing, flawless finish.  People literally stop me in Sephora all the time to ask me what I use whenever I wear this holy grail product!

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I use the Warm Walnut 6.5 shade


The only negative is the price.  On a student’s budget I would never have been able to afford this, but I have recently graduated and thus come into some money (thanks friends and family!) so I was more than excited to splurge.


This product is worth every penny and I will definitely be repurchasing.  I highly recommend this in a solid foundation routine for oily girls who don’t want to look cakey.  For dry skin, I imagine this performs like a dream.

Price: $47

Can be bought wherever Bobbi Brown cosmetics are sold.  I purchased mine in-store from Sephora.  With 20 shades, I am sure color matching will not be a problem for most.

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