How to navigate Drugstore make up

We all know the great, luxurious brands we mostly love them but what happens when we are stuck in a place where the definition of High end is Walgreens? We learn to find the hidden gems because there are many.

I must admit that having spent almost my entire life in Europe I was very much a make-up snob and, when I found myself in the middle of nowhere N.C. with a foundation crisis, I didn’t know what to do.

Fast forward a couple of years and while I’m still a high end kinda gal I no longer turn my nose up at drug store products, here’s my top items.


L’Oreal is usually my go to brand if I need a foundation fast. They have a good variety of shades and finishes even though most of their products tend to be light to medium coverage.

Cover Girl is my underdog. I hated their foundations with a passion; they were mostly cakey and smelled funny but their latest product, the 3in1 in absolute perfection. This foundation has a medium to high coverage, a good shade range and it is a reasonable dupe for the Kat Von D Lock it tattoo foundation.

Revlon is a crowd favorite but I just can’t get past the paint smell of their face products; however they are very long lasting and carry a variety of shades, finishes and coverage.

Neutrogena is by far my least favorite of the bunch. It’s supposed to be better than the other brands but their products break me out like there’s no tomorrow and the shades are not that great.


Maybelline Age rewind is a close call to MAC’s Natural skin finish and the shade selection is fair.

L’Oreal’s powders are good, not great and are little over priced for the quality, however they have a broader shade range then most drug store brands.

Wet & Wild has a great mineral powder and it’s a definite purse staple.

Physician Formula is great for those of us with delicate skin but the shade range is very limited.


Milani, baby, Milani. Out of all the brands this one has a huge variety of colors and undertones. I especially love Luminoso and Corallina.

Physician Formula. If I don’t want to wear my Milani blushes or if I need a little more of a “natural” boost I opt for the Happy Boosters. They smell like roses and are very natural on the skin.

-Eye shadows.

I own a lot of eye shadows, I’ve tried them all but I will mention just the one that I think are worth buying.

Wet & Wild, ahh the glory! I used to look at their display and think to myself “they can’t possibly be good for $2.99”, boy was I wrong. I own every palette they’ve come out with and every collection, my favorite is the matte palette “Give me a glass of shine” and I prefer it to The Balm Meet Matte.

Maybelline’s Color Tattoos are a growing obsession; they are a one product wonder. They are long lasting and beat Mac in the color range and price dept.

Rimmel. I hate their flag shaped palettes because it’s too hard to get the product on the brush but their crayons are to die for.


My top three brands for mascara are:

Rimmel, L’Oreal and Almay.

Here you go gals, I hope this helps.

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