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Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good. I love Colourpop […]

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

There are two types of people in the world: those who are willing to spend their entire paycheck on makeup, and those who are not.

Just kidding… kind of.

I know that not everybody is makeup-obsessed like me, and that for some, it’s just not worth the money (or the trip to the mall). And that’s okay! You can have a solid skincare and makeup routine from the drugstore, but if you’re thinking about investing, there are definitely some types of product that are worth your money (and others that probably aren’t).

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Where to Spend: 

Skincare: Obviously, this isn’t makeup, but I thought it was worth mentioning. My skincare routine isn’t super luxurious. In fact, I use a lot of drugstore products (brands like Neutrogena and Aveeno are staples for me). However, in my experience, it’s worth paying to make sure you have every step in your routine. For me, a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are all essential. I like to have some extra serums, face masks, and acne treatments, too, but a daily routine is essential. Also, if you’re wearing a full face of makeup, make sure you have makeup remover or wipes to take it all off before you delve into your skincare routine.

Foundation: As much as I love an affordable foundation, I truly believe it is the most worthwhile investment in makeup. Your skin is literally the “foundation” of your makeup look, whether you’re into full-coverage glam or no-makeup-makeup. Going from a lightweight BB Cream to a medium coverage foundation makes your look more formal for a going-out night, even if nothing else changes. Plus, your foundation is on your skin, so it’s super important that it doesn’t clog your pores. If you have a high-end foundation that has skincare components, even better. 

Concealer: Sort of the same as foundation. While I have tried many great drugstore concealers, I find that my eyes are very sensitive, so a concealer with high quality ingredients is worth it for me. 

Highlighter: I don’t think I’ve ever finished a highlighter. Ever. Which is sort of crazy for me, because (despite the enormity of my collection) I actually go through a fair amount of makeup. I just have never found a drugstore highlighter that performs like my high-end highlighters, which are always more finely-milled and luxurious. Plus, they last forever. One highlight will go for years, I swear.

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Where to Save: 

Mascara: Unless you have super-sensitive eyes, there are so many good drugstore mascaras. Plus, mascara just doesn’t last that long. A tube will inevitably dry out in a few months, so you can save your money on this one. 

Brow Pencil: Drugstore brow pencils just seem to keep getting better and better, and while a luxury brow product may be tempting, you can get great brows with a drugstore option. My current drugstore favorite is the L.A. Girl Slim Shady Brow Pencil.

Lip Liner: I’ve been a fan of lip liners since before the Kardashians made them cool, and since I’ve been a lip liner connoisseur since middle school, I can honestly say that I think drugstore lip liners are just fine. Sure, nothing beats a MAC lip pencil, but the NYX lip pencils come pretty darn close. 

Powder: At the end of the day, setting powder is pretty basic. Sure, it can get really luxe, but a basic powder like the Coty Airspun or RCMA No Color Powder is hard to beat, not to mention innovative formulas from the drugstore like Maybelline Better Skin and Wet N Wild Photo Focus.

Everything else is up to you, based your preferences as well as skin/eye sensitivity! I love high quality makeup, but I’ve found some incredible drugstore/affordable makeup. For example, the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lip Ink is basically the perfect liquid lipstick formula, and the Colourpop pressed powder eyeshadows are divine.

 

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I […]

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

I love a luminous, hydrating primer, despite the fact that I don’t have dry skin. There’s something beautiful about a hydrating, glowy base, especially if the primer has some blurring properties. Even though a silicone primer will give fill in your pores more, you can […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

An avowed concealer junkie (and L’Oreal fan) I had to try the Pro Glow concealer. I liked the Pro Glow foundation when I first tried it, but over time I realized that it was breaking me out a little bit. I sometimes have this problem with L’Oreal foundations; they give me little bumps on my skin. But I digress. Here’s my review of the L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

Overall, I like this concealer. I know in Jaclyn Hill’s recent video (and if you’re enough of a makeup junkie to read this, I’m guessing you saw it) she said that the Pro Glow Concealer stung the skin under her eyes. This concealer does not sting under my eyes at all, which is sort of unusual (a lot of drugstore concealers sting under my eyes at some point or another). So that’s good. I do find this concealer comfortable, and its dewy, perhaps even hydrating. It’s wet enough that I would say it needs to be set with powder, at least on me. I actually usually mis it with a thicker concealer because of the color.

Because I’m very fair, I bought the lightest shade in both the foundation and the concealer. But weirdly enough, the lightest shade in the concealer is darker than the lightest shade in the foundation. This actually sort of bugs me, because you never want your concealer to be darker than your foundation… that’s just not a good look. Your foundation and concealer can be the same color, or your concealer can be lighter. But a darker concealer… it just doesn’t make sense. Of course, you can make it work by mixing concealers or using a lighter setting powder, or if you’re lucky the shade range works for you.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)
The concealer is swatched on the left, the foundation on the right.

I think this is a good product, but because of the shade range I probably won’t repurchase. I enjoy trying drugstore foundations and concealers, but because my skin has been off lately I’m trying to use better quality makeup.

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Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Recent Makeup Empties

Recent Makeup Empties

While I don’t go through makeup at quite the rate I purchase it, I come pretty close. There’s a bittersweet satisfaction in going through an entire bottle of foundation (I feel like I’ve really gotten the bang for my buck, even if I’m sad to […]

Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye sets the industry standard for stage makeup. It was one of the first makeup brands I was introduced to (beside MAC of course) when I started doing my own makeup for the theater products I participated in as a child. Most Ben Nye […]