Drugstore Makeup Must-Haves - Part 2


Finally, I'm posting part 2 of my drugstore makeup series! I was honestly hoping to post this sooner, but the holidays were a bit crazy around here and to top it off, I came down really sick on Christmas Eve, so I actually didn't even get to spend the holidays with family. They travelled to our hometown to stay with family and I was home sick in bed. Needless to say, I didn't get any blogging done however...here it is! While the first half covered mainly face makeup, this post is going to cover the rest, namely eye and lip products. If you missed the first part, you can read it HERE.

I'm going to share some of my favourites - some are newer discoveries and some I've been using for years and rely on in my routine. If you're just starting out in makeup or you're just looking for something new to try, here's a guide to break it all down and point you in the right direction. All product names are linked so you can read more about each one.

1. Eyeshadow Palettes

We'll start off with the question I usually get asked most about, aside from foundation (which is in the first post I did HERE) - eyeshadow palettes. There are so many at the drugstore, it can be overwhelming to choose. Drugstore eyeshadows used to have a limited selection of shades and to be honest the pigmentation and blending sucked and many tended to fade throughout the day. Now there are beautiful palettes with seasonal shades and some offer higher end quality at a more affordable price point. There are a lot of options, but I've narrowed it down to a few that are consistent and won't break the bank, while performing beautifully on your eyes. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palettes give you a ton of bang for your buck. The one shown is Rose in the Air, but Comfort Zone and Not Your Basic Peach are beautiful as well. There are others in the collection that I'm sure perform as well, but these three stand out a bit. The shadows have wonderful pigmentation, blend out well and some are even dupes for higher end palettes, so you can mimic some higher end looks that you might be eying. The top and bottom shades are transition shades and have larger pans, which is useful since they tend to be the shades you dip into the most. Best of all, you can generally find them for under $8!

Next is e.l.f. Cosmetics which has a couple of wonderful palettes. Mad for Matte in Nude Mood is a solid everyday palette if you love nude shades. The matte formula is silky, smooth and compares to higher end nude palettes. The packaging is perfect for travel too and you'll want to take this one with you since you can create a look effortlessly and quickly. Not shown is their Opposites Attract palette.The 18 pan palette contains 9 cool toned shadows and 9 warm toned shadows with a mix of mattes and shimmers. This is a really well rounded palette that you can create a ton of looks with and has more versatility that the Mad for Matte palette. The formula on this palette is lovely as well with soft buttery shadows that blend out easily. e.l.f. Cosmetics is a super affordable brand and these palettes usually both come in under $16 each.

2. Eyeliner

Eyeliners seem like such a simple product but it can be hard to find a good one. For the waterline, you want a product that will stay in place and not wear off quickly or worse yet...collect in the corner of your eyes. It's surprisingly hard to find one that actually stays in place for most of the day. A great pick is Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner. I like to use this on my top lip as well and smudge it out. It lasts better than any eyeliner I've tried, both high end and drugstore. I have this in black and brown, but I really want to snag some more shades. This will run you about $8 but it does go on sale for closer to $6 if you want to grab a few. If you're looking for a liquid eyeliner than I recommend NYX Epic Ink Liner. This is actually a pretty good dupe for the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. The brush tip is easy to work with and is perfect for creating a precise line and sharp wing without tugging or pulling at the eye. One of the great things about this product as well is it's available in both black and brown if you want it to not be quite as harsh. It runs about $13 but again...it does go on sale, so keep an eye out!

3. Eyeshadow Primer

If you're new to makeup and maybe even if you aren't, one step you may be skipping is eyeshadow primer. I find a noticeable difference when I use one and I personally have issues when I try to use a concealer on my eyelids. If that works for you, then great, but if not here are a couple of eyeshadow primer options. My tried and true drugstore eyeshadow primer that I have been using for years is the Wet n Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer. This one isn't talked about nearly enough, but I've gone through several of these. It helps make my shadows pop and most importantly it stops them from creasing on my eyelids and keeps my eyeshadow looking fresh all day. It's normally around $6, but you can occasionally find it for $5. If you're looking for a good glitter primer, I'd highly recommend NYX Glitter Glue. I've used this over half my face to apply glitter for Halloween as well as just used it in spots on my eye to help hold glitter in place. It works like a dream without a crazy price tag.

4. Brow Pencil

Brow pencils are harder for me personally at the drugstore. I just find the shade range a little limited and I do usually prefer high end in this category. There are some really good products however, it's strictly a shade issue for me. L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is one that I use for cosplay and Halloween when I need a black shade to match my wigs. It gave me a very defined brow and lasted all day long. It doesn't need to be sharpened and tip is fine which makes it great for small brow strokes. I do know that tons of people recommend the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. It's a bit waxier and rougher to use I find, but in the end my brows did look good and they lasted all day. My main issue with this one is the blonde shade was super warm and came off too orange for me. It's just not a good match at all. Essence has recently released a new Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil which I've heard is excellent. The downfall to this one is it only comes in a few shades. I've yet to try it out because the blonde shade is always sold out near me. I'm not really surprised since it's supposed to be an excellent pencil and rings in under $4. If you're lucky enough to find this one and they have your shade, it's probably worth trying out!

5. Mascara and False Lashes

There are so many amazing drugstore mascaras that you really don't need to buy high end on this one. Unless you're me of course and have an allergic reaction to something in many of them. Years ago, Max Factor was my go-to for mascara, but they stopped selling it in Canada. I can't even tell you how disappointing that was because they made such fantastic mascaras. That being said...definitely check out L'Oreal Lash Paradise. This is supposed to be a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and rightly so...it provides volume, length and deep, dark, black lashes. Also check out Essence Lash Princess...this one is comparable to many high end mascaras as well but ridiculously affordable!

If you're looking for false lashes, check out Kiss lashes. I find them some of the easiest to apply - although lashes do take practice - and they also have so many different options from natural to super dramatic. My favourites so far are the Blowout Style lashes in Pixie and Pageboy.

6. Lipstick & Lip Gloss

I love lipsticks and lip glosses! They can easily become a bit of an addiction. For liquid lipsticks I love Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink. These are super pigmented and they last all. day. long. Seriously...unless you eat something oily...this lipstick is going to be budge proof. They are less drying than many others, but liquid lipsticks are on the drier side, no matter what, but if you need your lipstick to stay in place without fussing with it...this is it!

If you're looking for bullet lipsticks, I'd again suggest Maybelline, but the Colour Sensational line. Maybelline really knocks it out of the park when it comes to lipsticks. Their formula is smooth, creamy and pigmented. It lasts fairly well for a bullet lipstick and feels nice on the lips. They have a wide range of shades under the Colour Sensational umbrella from nudes to vivids, so there's something for everyone.

If you happen to be looking for a good gloss, one of my favourites is the L'Oreal Lip Dew, but the Havana - Camila Cabello line. I do believe this was limited edition, so you probably can't find it, but if you happen to see one, definitely snag it. If not, check out a long standing favourite by NYX, their Butter Gloss. These are buttery, silky and soft just like the name implies. There is a pretty large selection of shades which range from sheer to medium. This is an all around good gloss with no stickiness. Best of all is the scent of these...it's like a delicious sugar cookie that will just brighten your day.

7. Setting Spray

To finish up, we'll talk setting spray. Technically, this probably should have gone under the previous blog, but I thought it would be nice to finish this post off with. My go to is usually the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. It does the job well without leaving me feeling sticky or dry. It's not overly matte either, but it gives my skin a nice finish and helps me from being too shiny throughout the day. If you're looking for something more dewy, check out Milani Make It Last Setting Spray or the Catrice Prime and Find Dewy Glow Setting Spray. Both will give you a nice, dewy glow while setting your makeup and helping the powders set into your skin.

I hope you enjoyed this two part blog. I really love finding good drugstore makeup and sharing my finds. Some of these are newer products and others are old favourites. Either way, they're just good and they work while being a bit more budget friendly. What are some of your drugstore must-haves? Anything I missed or should try out?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. Links listed may be affiliate links. It has no bearing on products I mention. Affiliate links provide a small commission off of each purchase, which enables me to invest back into my blog and purchase more products to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own....I tell it like it is.

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