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drugstore or high end?

To this day- I still have a special place for drugstore makeup. It was the first makeup I ever bought, and I still do on occasion. I didn't start out wearing NARS and  Urban Decay. I eased into it.

But, if I could only have one- drugstore or high end??

Weeeeelllll......high end.

Here are my favorite 10 drugstore buys!

1 Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Sweet As Candy $2.99

2 Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls Blush in Natural Pearl $10.99

3 Almay Line Smoothing Concealer in Medium $9.99

4 Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlesant Pink $2.99

5 Covergirl Aqua SmootherS Tinted Moisure in Light to Medium $6.50

6 e.l.f. Hypershine Lip Gloss in Fairy $1

7 Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation In Natural Beige around $8

8 Covergirl Eye Enhancers Quad in Sheerly Nudes $4.50

9 Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liner For Hazel Eyes $10.99

10 e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder $3


Here are my favorite 10 high end buys!

1 NARS Illuminator In Orgasm $29

2 MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink $14.50

3 Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder $12.50

4 Buxom Lip Polish in Lacey $18

5 Kat Von D Lightening Lip Gloss in Sexer $18

6 Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in R.S.V.P. $19

7 CARGO Blush in Big Easy $26

8 Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten $22

9 Tarte Emphas EYES Inner Rim Eyeliner in Black $18

10 Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx and Smoke.






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2 years, 10 months ago
Drugstore v. High End

I use both, but use more of the high end:

I like that you can sample the high end and you can't with the drugstore brands.  That is a real problem, especially with face makeup or concealor where color is so important.

You can always count on Maybelline for good eyeshadow and mascara. I, however use L'Oreal new roller ball mascara - it curls your lashes while applying the mascara.  I recently purchaed a Maybelline and a Revlon quad eyeshadow kits.  That's where it ends. 

I shop a lot at ULTA, for prestige cosmetics.  I love Benefit, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Tarte, Cargo, Stila, and for nail polish - OPI.  I also go to the L'Occitane boutique for beautiful eyeshadow sets and high quality face and body care and fragrance. 

As for fragrance I buy Viva La Juicy knock offs at Walgreens, and for the entire Juicy Couture line, Dillard's.  I like Katy Perry "Purr" from ULTA, Kat Von D Saint and Sinner at Sephora and Marc Jacobs from either ULTA or Sephora.

As I have grown older, I have moved away from the drugstore brands.  I think because of the fact that you can test everything before buying.


2 years, 10 months ago
drugstore or highend

for me it depends. i think its pointless to buy high end mascaras when drugstores make them just as good. i like drugstore concealars too. but for foundation or eyes shadows, i like high end

heres ten drugstore i love

  1. maybelline mineral power concealar
  2. loreal volumous lash mascara
  3. physicians formula mineral correcting powder
  4. physicians formula bronzer
  5. eco tools brushes
  6. physicians formula mood boosting blush
  7. physicians formula organic wear TM
  8. sonia kashuk cream blush
  9. cover girl natureluxe foundation
  10. cover girlolay cream foundation

ten high end

  1. korres foundation
  2. nars blush
  3. lorac little black book eye shadow
  4. benefit high beam
  5. clinique even better foundation
  6. benefit posie
  7. urban decay naked pallette
  8. korres lip butter
  9. cargo organic lipstick
  10. lorac bronzer


2 years, 10 months ago
Re: drugstore or high end?

Thanks for your opinions girls!

2 years, 10 months ago
RE: drugstore or high end?

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing your favorites, ladies! I'll definitely have to check some of these items out!

I also have a quick question for aly7-- do you have the Orgasam powdered blush as well? if so, how does it compare to the illuminator?

2 years, 10 months ago
Re: drugstore or high end?

i commented on your profile with the answer!

2 years, 10 months ago
Re: drugstore or high end?

I've mostly used drugstore makeup since my youth, especially since I find them just as good, sometimes better, than the high end.  I'm older now and also don't have the budget for the high-end stuff.

I get my stuff at Rite-Aid where you can exchange it if the shade is wrong.  Even it's been opened.  I'm old enough to remember when they used to let you test in the drugstores, but the lighting is bad. So I need to try it at home, etc.

2 years, 10 months ago
Re: drugstore or high end?

Thanks for your opinion! What are some of your Rite Aid faves??

2 years, 10 months ago
drugstore or high end?

either ... if the product does a good job ... i dont care where it comes from when it comes to most makeup BUT I never skinp on foundation (because i find the shades are just never quite right but there are exceptions to this rule and they are getting better all the time) or skincare.

@aly7 thanks for the best-ofs lists, ill have to try some of your recommendations :-)

much love



2 years, 10 months ago
Re: drugstore or high end?

Sure thing, thanks for your opinions!

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