The Best Of Drugstore Makeup

The Best Of Drugstore Makeup

Something I’m becoming more and more excited about as I grow older is makeup. I thought I had gone through all of that as a sixteen year old obsessed with applying waaaay too much glitter eyeliner in my waterline {hi conjunctivitis!}, but it seems that there’s always a part of me that’s going to love playing with products. 

I mean, I’m already in way too deep with my skincare routine, so it shouldn’t really be that surprising that I’ve found something else that goes on my face to obsess over.

I made a trip to Priceline last week {did you take advantage of the sales?!} and restocked my entire makeup collection.

Since then, I’ve been trying out all of my new products and experimenting with the best ways to use and wear them, and I wanted to share what I believe to be the best of drugstore makeup. I think I’m going to make this a series, as I’m super passionate about finding and sharing quality products that don’t cost more than your rent. I think it’s fun to mix it up and have a collection of both high end and drug store pieces at your disposal, and so today I’ll be sharing my picks of the latter. 

And just quickly – does makeup shopping make anyone else ridiculously happy? I feel like whenever I’m in a store that stocks at least eight brands of makeup I’m at my happiest. I take my time browsing each display and test products out on the back of my hand and the entire process is just so enjoyable. 

Before we get into the products, let’s talk about my skin type so you can gauge whether or not these products will work for you. I’m generally quite oily through my t-zone, which means I’m rather acne prone in those areas as well. I get quite splotchy on my lower cheek area, but I also rarely deal with any dryness. Overall I would say that I have ‘combination’ skin as I have quite prominent blackheads along my t-zone, but I think I also veer towards the ‘normal’ category as well. 

Okay, now let’s get into the makeup. I hope this post helps you navigate the hundreds of makeup products at the drugstore and also inspires you to try out some new products! There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a new favourite foundation/concealer/mascara/etc. 

The Best Of Drugstore Makeup

Okay so somehow I had never really tried a L’Oreal foundation before {how?} so I thought I would pick up two. The lovely Laura was totally the inspiration behind me buying the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Classic Ivory after I saw her wearing it on her IG stories one day. I immediately went out and bought a tube for myself and am so glad that I did {thanks Laura}! I would say it’s a medium coverage foundation that’s a super lightweight formula. It’s way more liquidy than I thought it would be and for the first few times I did apply wayyyyy too much to my face, but after figuring out the right amount to use I have to say that it’s one of the best foundations I have ever used. It’s super creamy and just makes your skin look flawless and glowy – which is always a huge bonus. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and find that to be the best way, but I’ve also used my hands and find that does an alright job too. I somehow grabbed the wrong shade for my skin tone though, which is a bit of a bummer, but with some contour I find it’s not that noticeable. 

The second foundation I grabbed is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation in the shade Vanilla which actually happens to be my exact skin shade. I often struggle with finding drugstore foundations that match my complexion but this formula is an absolute dream. Again, it’s quite liquidy, which might just be the norm when it comes to L’Oreal foundations, but I actually think that just makes for an even more blendable and natural finish. Also – this foundation is super easy to blend, which might just be because it matches my skin tone exactly but honestly it’s incredible. I don’t feel as though I have to move this product too far below my jaw to even things out and you can’t tell the difference at all when it comes to my hairline. It basically looks like my skin, but better, and I for one really love that. 

I recently had a huge clear out of my makeup brushes and needed something to apply powders with, so I snapped up the last Nude by Nature Mineral Brush in store. These brushes are excellent quality for a drugstore brand and last really well. I’ve only applied loose powder with it so far but have found it to be incredible at providing a light coverage without moving the rest of my makeup around. I think this was only around $10 at the time I bought it so really, it’s a great multitasking brush that’s affordable and doesn’t shed. I also love how thick the handle is – it makes applying and blending super easy. 

In terms of concealer, I wanted to go for something with super staying power as I’m such a fan of popping a little concealer on every day to feel more awake and presentable. I was so unsure of what to grab {there are honestly so many drugstore concealers to choose from} but I ended up going with the Maybelline SuperStay 24HR Concealer in the shade Light. I’ve always used liquid formulas when it comes to concealer and I’m not sure I’ll ever stop – they’re so great for under the eyes and on any blemishes I may have. This one blends out incredibly and I find I don’t have to reapply throughout the day like I have had to do in the past with other formulas. I generally apply this to the back of my hand and use a damp beauty blender to apply it to my face. It covers spots, redness and dark circles v well, in my opinion. It’s also especially great if you’ve got an open blemish or one that’s cracked or peeling. The liquidy formula really seeps into those problem areas and conceals them in a pinch. 

Okay, now let’s talk about mascara. I’ve told you guys before that I struggle a little with my super fine lashes that basically have a mind of their own, but I will say that the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara changed my life – it really did. In the interest of wanting to try new things, however, I ended up grabbing the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black. I’ve read some reviews online that state the formula between this and the regular lash sensational tube are basically the same which could be true {I honestly have no idea} but the main difference I’ve found between the two is the brush. The original lash sensational brush is such an odd shape but is really fab for fanning out your lashes. The only issue I have with it is that my lashes get really close together in the outer corner of my eye and I often find it hard to get the right look with the awkwardly shaped wand. The lash sensational luscious is much less awkward to use and I don’t get any product on my eyelid because of this. Because of how much easier this one is to apply, I’d definitely say it’s my favourite of the two. The packaging is also a little more chic with a matte black tube and metallic pink writing, so there’s that. 

On to brows – I’ve also struggled in finding the perf brow products, and I think that’s due to my fear of having my brows half way down my face by lunchtime. I need something that both tames and accentuates my natural brows, so I usually go for a pencil. I’ve never tried any Maybelline brow products before so I decided to pick up the Maybelline Brow Precise in the shade Blonde. Aside from being super affordable, the reason I love this brow pencil is because it has a spooli on the end! I’m always losing my spooli in my brush bag and so having it attached to the product is a major plus for me. As for the formula, it’s quite waxy which is essential for shaping but also pigmented enough that my brows look natural but sorta not at the same time – does that make sense? 

In the way of contouring and warming up my face, I really wanted to try out a palette that covered all bases without making me look like a wax figure. Don’t get me wrong – I’m so here for a carved out cheek bone but it just doesn’t suit my face shape. I saw a few beauty bloggers receiving the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette recently and thought it was probably the perfect time to give it a try. I’m obsessed with this palette because it has your blush, contour and highlight powder all in the one compact – talk about efficiency! I grabbed the shade Coral Glow as I felt the peachy pink blush suited my skin tone better, but I also think the darker palette would work for anyone looking for a bit more intensity. I have found the colours are quite light, but also super buildable which makes it a really versatile palette for day and night makeup – especially since the product is super long lasting and doesn’t go patchy after eight hours of wear. Fab fab fab! Definitely pick this one up. 

I finally picked up my first proper eyeshadow palette. I’ve never really gotten on board with eyeshadow before because I often feel like it makes me look too done up, if you know what I mean. I dress quite casually and am lucky that my work doesn’t require business attire, so my makeup usually reflects that. I’ve been able to get away with popping a little of whatever contour product I’m using in my crease for a while now, but with autumn and winter approaching I really want to get used to eyeshadow and creating looks with it. I think that the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Blush is the perfect beginners palette if you’re unsure on whether or not eyeshadow actually suits you. I’ve already created a number of looks using the different shades in the palette and am having so much fun with it. I feel like warm brown tones were very popular last year but this year I’m seeing a lot of peach and pink shades on peoples eyelids, so here’s hoping I’m actually up to date with the trends for once. 

Aaaaand the last product I’m going to chat with you guys about is lip liner – yet another product that I’m training myself to use more of. I’ve always hated wearing any lip products because it somehow manages to make its way onto my teeth/shirt/phone every time – but with the cooler seasons approaching I just really wanna get in on the berry lip fun. I decided an easy way to warm up to wearing lipstick would be to apply lip liner all over my lips and top it with a moisturising lip balm – which has actually been working so well? I grabbed the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner in Tiramisu, which it turns out has somewhat of a cult following. I can see why, though, because this shade is perfect for my skin tone. It’s a pinky-nudey-brown shade {I’m the worst at describing colour} that basically looks like my lips but better. I’ve also enjoyed over lining my lips a little and not stressing about any smudging or bleeding. The product lasts for about 4-5 hours while drinking tea and eating Tim-Tams, so I’m pretty pleased with that. Definitely grab one if you’re new to the world of lipstick and lip colour and are slightly terrified of it. I really recommend going with a shade close to your lip colour because it means you won’t look crazy when it rubs off. 

Let me know what makes your list of the best drugstore makeup products. I’d love to know. 



  1. Sharon Elsie
    August 25, 2018 / 1:58 am

    I am a faithful user of L’Oreal True Match Foundation. It is great for my combination skin and glides so beautiful.

    Sharon Elsie |

    • Sharni
      August 27, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      It’s suuuuuch a gorgeous formula. I’m yet to find another drugstore foundation that matches my skin tone as perfectly as the True Match does.

  2. March 21, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    I love drugstore makeup too not only because it is affordable but they have a wide range of makeups to choose from. Good recommendations. Sharon Elsie |

    • Sharni
      March 31, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Thanks girl! xo

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      I’d love to know if you pick up any of these products babe! xo

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      They’re very affordable and brilliant formulas! I can’t wait to try more from the brand. xo

  3. March 13, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I’ve just put my hand on Juvia’s Place eye shadow palette and I’m really excited. <3 I will write soon about them on the blog, they are great!

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      Ooh I’d love to know more about it! xo

  4. March 1, 2018 / 2:36 am

    I love glow foundation and have, for some reason, never tried L’oreal’s Infallible – sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I love the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette – it is so great to just chuck in your handbag for on the go too! I mean who doesn’t love a 3 in 1 product! Thanks for sharing your favourites.

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:43 pm

      I’m all for multi-tasking products. Oh and you’ll LOVE the infallible foundation. xo

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      It’s such a brilliant formula for the price! xo

  5. February 26, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try L’oreal’s True Match foundation but in NZ I think it’s around $40 and I don’t know if I’m willing to spend that much on a ‘drugstore’ foundation. I really like Maybelline’s Lash Sensational but I had the same problem with the pink brush, maybe I will try the black and see if that stops the smudging 🙂 Rimmel is a great brand in general too x

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Aaaah that’s super pricy. Do you have any sort of discount chemist? We have Chemist Warehouse here and it’s life changing! xo

      • March 21, 2018 / 3:38 am

        No we don’t lol 🙁

  6. February 26, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I have to agree with you on the Nude by Nature brushes, they are fabulous! I think they are totally underrated! Plus they look super beautiful too.

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      SUPER underrated, right?! I love the metallic touches and the matte handles.

  7. February 26, 2018 / 7:59 am

    LOVE this post girl! And so glad you’re enjoying the Pro Glow! It’s got to be one of my favourite foundations at the moment, I just wish there were more shades haha the True Match is AMAZING too! I always forget about it and then pull it out and can’t believe I forgot about it. There are a few things on here I need to try though xx

    Laura ||

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks babe! Yeah you’re right about the shade range – it’s a little disappointing – but hopefully they add some more shades in soon! xo

    • Sharni
      March 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Ooooh yay I’m glad we agree on the foundations! Thanks for your support babe! xo

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