drugstore foundation, concealer and mascara

L Gives Drugstore Makeup a Try || A Review

I’m a makeup and skincare snob. I’m self conscious about my skin and after trying countless products, I determined that typically you get what you pay for. When K started watching these YouTube videos about drugstore makeup I did not plan to jump on the bandwagon. (I was talked into that Maybelline concealer but that’s where I was drawing the line. Or so I thought.) She’s tried a bunch of the drugstore options.

It started with the foundation. My face is basically an oil slick. If you’ve read or seen any of our reviews you know I use mainly all matte makeup and always have blotting papers in my purse. Foundation is nothing to skimp on. K tried the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow and Pro-Matte foundations and couldn’t have given better reviews. I’ve spent over $60 on foundation (eek) and this $12.99 drugstore foundation is going to change my life? Well yes, yes it is. If you haven’t already, go get some. Get your beauty blender damp and give it a go. Chances are you’ll be saving a lot on foundation!

Speaking of L’Oréal – they must be stepping up the game. After reading a BuzzFeed article about face masks, I grabbed the L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Pure Clay Mask (on sale even). The article mentioned seeing gunk come out of your pores. Gross or not, I had to see that. I’m not sure I would go that far, but I definitely noticed a difference in my skin. The snob in me was also testing Rodan+Fields Redefine regimen (that post coming soon). I’ve heard raving reviews on that skincare, but this was one time I traded in the fancy stuff for drugstore. (I do still use a prestige brand skincare for washing, toning and moisturizing).

If you’re looking for a mask and want to splurge – try LUSH Rosey Cheeks. It’s a freshly made mask, which needs to be refrigerated. Smells like something I would eat (no, I didn’t) and my face feels great after using.

There were also a few things I tried in this brief time of open mindedness that I did not like. I’ll warn you of those, so you can skip the disappointment.

Baby Skin primer by Maybelline. Or just rub petroleum jelly on your face. Up to you. That’s only slightly an exaggeration. Instead of throwing this away, I should have had K try it on her dry skin. If you have oily skin, like even the slightest bit, stay away.

L’Oréal Brow Stylist pencil. K really liked this one, and honestly I tried hers and it wasn’t as terrible, so maybe just don’t get the lighter color. It was dry, hard and basically worthless. The brush on the opposite end is pretty good, and that is the sole reason this hasn’t joined the primer at the dump.

I guess I’m finding a balance. I still sway heavily towards prestige brands, but I’m more open to the idea of trying some of these drugstore options…after K.

What are your favorites? Or better question – what drugstore products do you warn your friends about?

-L

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