This creates a smooth base and minimizes pores. You could compare it to Benefit’s Porefessional, except I’ve heard Benefit’s primer creates issues with makeup not staying on the area it’s been applied so Maybelline all the way in this case.
This is The Foundation. I’ve tried so many (like way too many) foundations in my lifetime from high-end to drugstore and this is my favorite a year after having discovered it, still. They offer this oily/combination formula as well as a normal/dry skin formula. Its finish is a natural velvet and applies so easily (I use the Real Techniques makeup sponge). If I’m wearing foundation, it’s this. Plus there’s SPF 15 and it’s only $10 so that’s a W on its own.
This concealer has a sponge applicator and is a lighter coverage, though it can be built up. I got this in a shade too dark for my under eyes so I use it as a base for my eyeshadow and it’s always done a good job.
Coty Airspun is the OG. My mom told me it’s what she used when she was my age, and it’s still popular. It comes in a very close second to Laura Mercier’s in my opinion, but has a much better price tag. This does have a certain smell to it that sometimes bothers me if I use it on my whole face, so I usually will use both of these powders. Also unfortunate, it doesn’t seem to come in darker shades.
Okay… this isn’t exactly drugstore but it is less expensive than high-end and is a dupe for NARS orgasm. My mom has been using this blush forever and I love it, too!
Milani Baked Blush $6.99
I remember this blush having a hot moment around my freshman year of high school. I never got the Baked Blush, only the Rose Powder Blush by Milani, which didn’t blend very well or have much pigment. This one, though, has awesome reviews.
Hence the name Butter Bronzer, this formula is very creamy for a powder foundation. It smells good, comes in multiple shades, and applies easily. A steal if I do say so myself.
Unfortunately I can’t speak personally on this highlighter because I’ve only ever used BECCA Cosmetics champagne pop, but this Wet N Wild highlighter has amazing reviews. Plus, of my close, equally makeup-obsessed friends has amazing things to say about it.
I’ve always stuck with my Anastasia Brow Wiz, but I’m thinking I may try this next after reading the reviews because it seems to be a dupe. Same duo-edge and slim pencil! For a drugstore brow gel, Maybelline Clear Mascara is popular.
Glossier Lidstar $18.00
This is a single, liquid eyeshadow that creates a sheer look. I like to use it on days when I’m not as glam or in a rush because it takes seconds to apply. Glossier just came out with Skywash which is like Lidstar, but a matte finish. I’ve never used a true drugstore eyeshadow, but there’s gotta be good ones out there. I will say that I think investing in a high-end (I love Anastasia Beverly Hills) neutral palette is smart.
I use this eyeliner on the outer corner of my eyelid and it’s definitely a ride or die. Very, very similar to the Kat Von D tattoo liner if you’ve ever used it.
I use this liquid liner for my upper waterline and haven’t ever used anything else. I know people who use it for winged eyeliner, too. It’s smooth and has a lot of pigment.
I use this for my lower waterline because it’s affordable and of all the drugstore eyeliners I’ve tried for this area, it lasts the longest. It comes with a smudger, but I don’t need it for how I use the product.
This mascara is a total dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash. It gives good volume and isn’t too clumpy.
I don’t think this mascara gets enough credit at all. It’s a lighter formula so I have to do a few coats to get the look I want because I have thin lashes, but it’s really awesome.
My friend swears by this setting spray and I’ve also heard Youtubers, like Olivia Jade, have good things to say about it. Unlike the Urban Decay one, it has a continuous mist.
I haven’t heard of a drugstore setting spray. However, the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Setting Spray has good reviews!