Basic Makeup Collection: High-end Vs Drugstore

For anyone starting out with makeup, the infinite amount of choice in brands can be overwhelming. Add to it the fact that much of it is hyped up on social media, and you may find yourself confused as to what to buy, how much to spend and where to begin.
The most important thing we all look for when making any purchase is quality. Thankfully, quality can be found in both drugstore and high end brands. So for this post, I will suggest two products from either end of the market. These are all products I’ve tried, and most of which I own or have owned in the past. Don’t forget to scroll all the way down for some pro shopper tips and budget estimates.



1: Foundation
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation : Medium coverage, dry skin ($36 or 38€)
Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation: Variety of formulas for different skin types, medium coverage, buildable ($8 or 9€)
2: Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer: Medium coverage, buildable ($28 or 24€)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Medium coverage ($6 or 7€)
3: Primer
Benefit The Porefessional: Mattifying, silicone based ($31 or 33€)
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: Mattifying, silicone based ($7 or 9€)
4: Setting powder
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder: Sheer coverage, mattifying ($38 or 43€)
E.L.F.  Pressed Powder: Buildable coverage ($3 or 6€)
5: Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: Paraben, Sulfate and Phthalate free, comes in matte or dewy formulas ($30 0r 27€)
NYX Makeup Setting Spray: Matte and dewy formulas available ($8 or 8€)



1: Blush
NARS Blush: High pigmentation, matte and luminous options, long lasting ($30 or 28€)
Milani Baked Blush: Can be used wet or dry, luminous finish ($8 or 12€)
2: Bronzer & Highlighter
Benefit Hoola Bronzer and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer: High pigmentation ($29 or 33€ and $24 or 22€ respectively)
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette: Wide shade and finish variety ($25 or 20€)



1: Eyeshadow palette
Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette: Neutral tones, buttery texture, mattes and shimmers ($54 or 51€)
Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette: Warm tones, buttery texture, mattes and shimmers ($22 or 22 €)
2: Eyebrow pencil
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: Creamy texture, high pigmentation ($21 or 29€)
Maybelline Brow Satin Duo: High pigmentation, includes setting powder ($8 or 8€)
3: Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara: Curling effect, medium volume, creamy formula ($24 or 25€)
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara: Full volume, thick formula ($10 or 7€)
4: Pencil eyeliner
Estée Lauder Little Black Liner: Versatile, waterproof ($31 or 33€)
NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker: Felt tip, easy to use ($10 or 8€)



1: Matte Lipstick
NARS Semi Matte Lipstick: Non drying formula, long lasting ($28 or 26€)
NYX Matte Lipstick: Non drying formula, long lasting ($6 or 7€)
2: Lipgloss
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss: Hydrating, medium pigmentation, better as a lip topper ($18 or 20€)
Kiko Milano 3D Hydra Lipgloss: Moisturizing, non sticking, high pigmentation, large colour choice ($13 or 8€)
3: Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Liquid Lipstick: Non drying, long lasting ($20 or 30€)
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick: Non drying, long lasting ($7 or 8€)
4: Lip Liner
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: High pigmentation, doubles as lip colour, also available in satin and glossy finish ($26 or 25€)
NYX Slim Lip Pencil: Creamy formula, can be worn as lip colour with lip balm underneath ($4 or 7€)

Pro Shopper Tips:
Your skin type determines the kind of complexion products that will work best for you. You can also balance out your results using the right product combinations. For example a mattifying primer can tone down dewiness on a luminous foundation.
#2 You can still try most of the high-end products I listed for a fraction of the price as they also come in travel/mini sizes.
#3 Choose your lipstick based on the functionality: For example if you work in the corporate world, matte and satin finishes are more important in your collection.
#4 If you have dry skin, you don’t necessarily need both a setting powder and spray; one will usually suffice.
#5 Whenever possible, try products in store before purchasing them. Especially for foundations, try asking for a sample to take hime or bring a little tub with your to take a couple of doses.
#6 Always look for discount codes when shopping online.

Total Cost of a Beginner Collection:
So, you have some brands in mind, but you also probably need to keep to your budget. This differs from one person to another, and you can absolutely buy all products from either ends of the market, as well create a mix of high-end and drugstore. The maximum amount you would spend based on these recommendations is approximately $451 or 465€, while the minimum is about $172 or 146€.

That’s it for this article! I hope you found it helpful and informative. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I mentioned or if you plan on purchasing them! Thank you for reading!

The Foundry girl.


4 thoughts on “Basic Makeup Collection: High-end Vs Drugstore

  1. I willl definitely be making a new purchase very soon hehe !! Your post is really amazing and i found it so helpful!! Its clear that you put alot of hard work and dedication into it, thankyou for taking the time to write posts like these, they really really do help!!

    lots of love,
    katie xx

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