Friday, June 22, 2012

Beauty on a Budget - Face Products

If you know me or follow my blog, then you know that I love me some makeup, especially the luxurious items that make you feel like a million bucks.  But the truth is that my love for makeup started in the drugstore.  I started out using CoverGirl foundation and concealers, Revlon lipsticks, Maybelline eyeshadows, etc.  As I became more infactuated with makeup, I learned that the good quality stuff was found at the department stores and higher end brands.  So off I went to the mall, and I started exploring the different brands and what they had to offer.  I found a few brands that I eventually depended on for my "makeup fix" (i.e. MAC, Urban Decay, Chanel). 

And over the last 5-7 years, the R&D's of these "drugstore" brands have greatly improved and they now offer quality makeup that stands up to the higher end brands.  Not to mention that some of these "drugstore" brands are owned by the same conglomerates that own the high end brands.  In any case, the quality of drugstore makeup has shifted and you can now find really great products for a fraction of the price that you would pay for in the department stores.  I've decided to break down this topic into the different parts of the face.  In this post, I'll focus on my favorite drugstore face products.

I am really loving a couple of foundations that offer formulations very similar to some higher end brands.  Revlon's ColorStay and PhotoReady foundations are great foundations offering medium to full coverage, great pigmentation, huge color range and different formulations for different skin types.  For me, these foundations are comparable to my HG foundation - Chanel Pro Lumiere (discontinued). 

I've also read (but have not tried) that the Neutragena Healthy Skin foundation is a great dupe for the Nars Sheer Glow foundation (I love this foundation except they didn't have a good color match for me but the formulation is awesome).  I do have the tendency to set my Revlon foundations with the corresponding face powder - Revlon Color Stay Pressed Powder.  I like to use a large fluffy brush to do this to make sure that the application is light and not cakey.  I have also heard great things about the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Powder - I'll likely be purchasing this one next!
The one concealer that I'm loving is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Eraser.  This concealer is great for correcting, concealing and highlighting all at once.  The coverage is great and it doesn't have the tendency to settle into the fine lines around my eye.  This is a great concealer to have in your makeup bag!

For blush, I have a couple of ELF blushes that cost $3.00 from Target and they are super pigmented and easy to blend out.  You have to use a very light hand with these blushes because they are sooo pigmented but they are pretty good quality for the value!!  These blushes totally remind me of my NARS blushes but at a fraction of the cost!  ELF also has a blush/bronzer duo that is again very, very similar to the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo.  Another great deal at $3.00 at Target or the ELF website.
So these are my drugstore makeup picks for your face.  Don't underestimate the quality of drugstore makeup - they've come a long way and there are so many options to choose from.  Next up...EYES! 
Stay tuned...