For drugstore brands, 2012 has been a huge year so far with the release of various BB Creams, cream based eye shadows and mascaras being of the same quality as the higher end brands out there. It’s easy to get caught up and overwhelmed by all the new products to try. I am going to discuss my four go-to drugstore beauty products that I have discovered and have loved. My face would not be complete without these.
First up is Rimmel London’s Scadaleyes Volume Flash Mascara in 003 Blackest Black. The packaging touts “No lash can escape! Scandalous Volume, no clumps!” I can attest to the fact that no lash will escape the brush, as its got very big bristles and provides good coverage. The formulation is not too thick and not too thin but just perfect for my long lashes. I don’t have a problem with clumping either. I have oily eye lids and have a hard time finding things that don’t transfer or smudge. This does neither for me. I love to play up my eyes since I have very dark hair and a pale complexion and this works perfectly. The price point for this mascara is $5-$6.
Next up I can’t live without my Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser Treatment Concealer with Goji Berry and Haloyxl. Whew, that was a mouth full. Maybelline’s website claims that this product ”Erases dark circles, puffiness and fine line.” The concealer lives up to what it says for the most part. It gives great coverage for my dark circles and does reduce some puffiness but does nothing for my fine lines. Once you hit 30, it’s time to embrace the fine lines that magically appear. The applicator takes a little bit of getting used to just for the fact that it is kind of a squishy sponge/brush. Just remember, as with any concealer, to have a light touch. Price point is anywhere from $7.99-$9.99.
Another treat I have for the eyes are the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows in Tough as Taupe and Audacious Asphalt. These shadows are great on their own or underneath another shadow to make it more vibrant. There was so much buzz around these shadows because they were touted as the drugstore version of MAC’s paint pots. In my opinion, I think that these are better. They are creamy but stay put. The only downside is that these set very quickly so you have to be very quick to blend out the lines. The website says “Our ink technology creates super-saturated color. Cream Gel smoothes on for vibrant color that does not fade.” In my opinion this product does what it claims to do. Because I have oily lids, regular shadow usually fades over time even with primer but Maybelline Color Tattoo is always there at the end of the night when I am taking off my makeup.
Lastly I have E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara. I used to spend the money to buy Anastasia Brow Gel to keep my crazy eyebrow hairs in place only to be disappointed when it would dry out or just get gross from powder. Let’s face it, mascaras and brow gels only last so long before you have to trash them. In my opinion this works just as great as the expensive alternatives out there. It keeps my unruly hairs in place and keeps my brows arched. Consistency is great but the only down side is that the packaging is clear so you can see that after the first application it is already looking crazy. I can toss this one without that guilty feeling and go out and spend the $1 to get a replacement.
My makeup profile is very simple. I have black hair and green eyes, very fair skin with pink undertones, cool colors usually work best as warm colors make me look washed out and look tired. I usually wear fair or ivory in every day foundation. I think that the products above are fairly universal, but if you want a more toned down mascara look Rimmel has a regular black or black/brown.
Tammy blogs about her favorite beauty products and shares makeup reviews at makeupwishes.com.
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