When I first started wearing makeup, I exclusively wore drug store with the exception of some Clinique items here and there. I would make my way to Walmart to pick up my favorite Maybelline mascara or Revlon eyeshadow. I wasn’t really brand loyal but just grabbed whatever grabbed my attention. Now, I’m finding myself more often than not reaching for more expensive beauty items. Though I do think it’s true that you get what you pay for, there’s a point where you’re no longer paying for quality and instead a brand name. Most of the products I own and love are from Sephora or Ulta but I find that some of my staples are from the drug store, such as my favorite Revlon balms or my Maybelline concealer. I’m going to try to make it a point to buy more affordable products so I can identify more of the gems that I know are out there. To encourage this thriftiness, I’m going to see if I can come up with a bit of a series that I’m calling 10 Under 10. Sadly it was quite difficult for me to round up this first group. In the future, I hope to have more to choose from that I use and love.
elf Small Tapered Brush $3 | elf studio contour brush $3 |Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive $6.89 | Wet N Wild Eye Shadow Trio in Silent Treatment $2.99 | Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry $7.99 | Real Techniques Blush Brush $8.99 | Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze $5.29 | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer $6.99 | Milani Baked Blush 05 Luminoso $8.50 | OPI Nail Polish in Malaga Wine $9.50
I know I’ve mentioned my love for the two Maybelline products above as well as the Revlon balms, Milani blush, Real Techniques brushes, and OPI polish, but there are a couple new to the blog products up there. I recently picked up the two elf brushes and actually think they’re pretty decent. The shadow brush especially does the job of packing color onto my lid while the tapered brush feels as soft as my more expensive ones. The Wet N Wild eyeshadows are surprisingly pigmented and incredibly cheap. I want to play around with them some more to really test their staying power. I just picked up the Revlon lipstick last month and would wear it more if I were more bold because the formula is actually really pleasant. The color requires some precision when applying and needs a few layers to not look streaky but for under $8 it’s not bad!
What are some of your favorite drug store products? I’m on the hunt for more!