If you haven’t already checked out my first Drugstore vs. Luxury Brand blog post, you can check that out HERE. One of the things that I love is trying different cosmetic products to find what looks best on my skin, I used to almost exclusively buy Luxury Brand cosmetics from Sephora (VIB Rouge cardholder for 2 years! not anymore lol) but recently I’ve been trying out some more Drugstore products to see if they were as good. I have to admit that I was very happily surprised to find that in many cases (not all) the Drugstore cosmetics were actually a little better for me. In The UK, my Go-To drugstore brands were always Max Factor, L’Oreal Paris & Bourjois Paris. You can’t buy Max Factor in North America, which I was so upset about, BUT (story time) – During the First new Star Wars movie promotion I noticed that CoverGirl had this huge Droid vs. Dark Apprentice make-up looks promo up in collaboration with the new Star Wars movie. I thought it was an interesting concept but didn’t take much notice. A few days later I was looking through the Boots UK website (UK drugstore) and looking at the Max Factor page; Max Factor had the exact same Star Wars make-up promo as CoverGirl did!!! I did a bit of research and found that Max Factor and CoverGirl are pretty much the same company (same parent company at least) so the products are exactly the same. I used to buy the Max Factor FaceFinity 3 in 1 Foundation and it was perfect for my skin, in the CoverGirl range that is the Oulast 3 in 1 foundation (currently being promoted bby Katy Perry) and my favourite Max Factor Mascara: The Voluptuous False Lash Effect mascara – in the CoverGirl Range that is the Plumpify LashBlast mascara! I was so happy to find that I could et my favourite cosmetics again – even the packaging is the same across both companies just the colours and logos are different!
So here are a few of my favourite Drugstore vs. Luxury cosmetic picks!
I was actually on a Sephora wait-list for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette… and it was worth the wait!! The deep, rich red tones and soft golds and bronzes are so highly pigmented and have such great colour payoff on the eyelids. It’s quite a different eye-shadow set for me but so beautiful.
For the Drugstore pick, I went with CoverGirl Tru Naked Roses palette, just $13 and such beautiful rose gold tones with amazing pigmentation and staying power for a drugstore palette. I have the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette at home and to be completely honest, the CoverGirl is much better, the colour pigmentation is so much better and I can never seem to get the Naked 3 shadows to transfer on to my eyelids, it looks like there’s nothing on there, which is a shame as I love Urban Decay products!
So I have 2 Drugstore picks for Foundation as these two were both so amazing! The CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation with concealer and primer built in is amazing, flawless coverage and when put over top of a primer, it really does STAY put all day! For all you UK gals out there, this is the Max Factor FaceFinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation!
I was late hopping on to the cushion foundation bandwagon but, boy, am i glad I got on there! I had heard such amazing reviews on the L’Oreal Tue Match Lumi Cushion foundation from some of my favourite Beauty YouTubers like In The Frow, Hello October and Fleur De Force that I thought I’d give it a go. It’s light, airy, never feels cake-y or like it’s suffocating your pores! It truly does give you that gorgeous dewy glow! And for $19!
For The Luxury Brand Foundation, my pick would be the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous foundation, it’s quite a thick feeling foundation but does blend easily and gives good coverage. I find it sometimes looks a little too heavy on my skin for daytime wear at times but for evenings out when you want to look very glam and totally flawless, this is a perfect option!
Blushes were a hard one, I have so many that I love!! Here though, I’ve got the Bourjois Little round pot in Rose D’Or, a stunning rosy shade with flecks of gold running through it, not the gold that is simply dusted on top, it’s baked in there to give this blush a gorgeous dimension on your cheeks. Bonus, it smells amazing!!!
Bare Minerals has been one of my favourite make-up brands since my Mum introduced me to them about 7 years ago now! their Vintage Peach Blush is absolutely stunning, a loose powder blush it is a gorgeous rosy tone with shimmer mixed in, use sparingly and it will last you forever! I’ve had mine for years now and it’s still going strong! It gives the most beautiful rosy glow to your face!
Finally, Highlighters! One of my favourite make-up products, I have the BeccaXJaclynHill Champagne Pop here, a stunning golden highlighter that you need to use lightly!! It’s incredibly highly pigmented, which is amazing, but you can easily end up sweeping a bit too much on if you’re not careful, so be light with your brush!
For the Drugstore option is one of my favourite UK beauty/ skincare brands with SASS: Soap & glory’s Glow All Out! this is one that isn’t available in North America in stores BUT you can get easily on Amazon’s Beauty section. it’s a light pink highlighter with no shimmer, it’s just a gorgeous rosy glow, subtle and again, will last you for years!!
So there you have it, my run down of my favourite drugstore and luxury make-up products. Hope you enjoyed!
Happy Friday everyone! Have a Wonderful Weekend!