Drugstore makeup can be very hit or miss, just like with all makeup. But the difference is, it’s a good place to find out what works and what doesn’t, without breaking the bank too much. In this article I share with you 5 different drugstore makeup products and what I thought of them.
Wet ‘n Wild Coverall Primer
This is not a new release, but if you live in Europe, you know Wet ‘n Wild can be a rare brand to find. I ordered this primer on Amazon because I wanted to try a different formula. I had heard good things about the product but remained skeptical because I tend to be very picky with primers and haven’t yet found my absolute favourite.
This is an affordable primer that comes in a tube containing a good amount of product. The “Sapphire” formula claims to provide a vibrant colour, so I assumed that it would not require too much product for good coverage. I did a quick test on my face using the Catrice HD liquid coverage foundation, and noticed that the primer has a drying effect in my skin. Since the foundation I used was mattifying, the product blended poorly and some areas of my face remained uncovered. I used less product the second time with the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and the result was slightly better. Ultimately I think was a miss for me; I might give it a couple more tries and change a few things, but since it is mattifying, I am rather enjoying using it as an eyelid primer!
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation
As the name suggests, this is a liquid high coverage foundation. I love that it comes in a little glass bottle with a very practical dropper; at just 6,90 euros it definitely has the look of a decently designed brand.
The short version of the verdict is that I LIKE it. Great coverage, and the wear is pretty decent with some fixing spray (check out my top 3 list) and LOTS of primer underneath. But you have to be aware that almost any mattifying foundation will show on dry patches and cling to them. This is therefore probably a better foundation for hot and humid type of weather. It is definitely long lasting as it dries quite fast, to almost powdery finish.
Will I continue to use this foundation? Definitely! I enjoy experimenting with products, but I also try to finish them, so it will definitely be in rotation. However, I have used better drugstore foundations, so I will finish my one bottle and wait for Catrice’s next release.
Vivid Matte Lip Cream
I know, I know, I’m late to the party. But that’s because I have a love hate relationship with these liquid lipsticks. As an adept of matte liquid lipsticks, I did I not like these the first time I tried them. The texture is a light cream that doesn’t dry on the lips, and the finish is shiny, not matte.
Nevertheless, these liquid lipsticks eventually grew on me. I figured the shiny finish isn’t so bad and can add a fun touch the finished look. I love these even more because they are truly hydrating and my lips remain intact after I use them. I’m still hesitant to buy more colours because I wish they had a wider variety, but alas, Maybelline is no indie makeup brand.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick
BY FAR my favorite in this little selection is the most marvelous and magical highlight I have ever seen at the drugstore! It sounds extreme in my head, but it’s true.this bay definitely places right up there with the like of The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer.
The texture is soft, almost buttery and easy to blend and control intensity. The shimmering finish dries after a few seconds so it’s good to work fast with this highlight. Besides the gorgeous effect and beautiful color, I love this highlighter even more because of the practical format it comes in, wich makes it practical to take on trips (he’s coming with me to an island soon) or for when you’re too late to liquid-and-powder-fan-brush-highlight.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist
I have no idea what it is but I never find myself interested in L’Oréal makeup, but when I saw this fixing spray at the New section, I was intrigued. Now the product is not completely new, and reviews out there are quite mitigated, scoring a 3,3 star rating on the Boots and L’Oréal websites, and a 4.0 on MakeupAlley. I came back after looking at the entire store and just picked up, so I admit this was purely out of interest.
After using this fixing spray in moderate weather for a maximum of about 8 hours, I feel uneasy making a final opinion it. However, I did purposefully use this to set my eye makeup on my naturally oily eyelids, without primer. Normally, if I don’t use primer, eyeshadow will crease and move around within 4 hours. But this spray did a pretty good job keep the eyeshadow intact for a whole day. I don’t find this product particularly amazing, but for a drugstore makeup fixing spray, it is an absolutely hit!
I hope you found this mini review of some of the most popular drugstore makeup products helpful in some way. Have you used any of these? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments!
The Foundry girl.