The 'drugstore' and I are not easy friends, and we teeter in a love-hate relationship at all times, with me as the cruel-hearted swishy-skirted mistress of the inn, and with the drugstore products pleading for a room (this post has begun to sound like the Christmas Story, except it's more fancy). So, when I do really like a drugstore product, I love it. I'm ambivalent about so much of the high-street selection available to me that for something to make a good impression, it'd really better be bloody good.
It's not that I'm a makeup snob (well, I could be...), but I must be trying all the wrong products because I never find a Holy Grail amid the 2-for-1s and BOGOFs, except for these 5.
And these 5 products are the one, shining exception where the drugstore, or whateveryoucallit (in the U.K., we call it 'Boots'. Or Superdrug. So there.) has won and made me pick up its products in their slightly more gaudy packaging more than once. So, sit back and indulge me while I show you my drugstore gems (I originally typed this as '... as I show you my gems', but I thought that sounded a bit rude).
- Barry M Dazzle Dusts: These are mini pots of wonder. They do lack a bit of the punch of a MAC pigment, but you get a hell of a lot of bang for your buck and you also get to stare like a round-eyed sticky-mouthed child in awe at the pretty array of colours, ranging from retina-damaging neons and glitters to the more eye-friendly browns. These blend beautifully and the pigmentation in most shades is fabulous. It's kind of like Pokémon: I've gotta catch them all.
- E.L.F. Under Eye Concealer: E.L.F should add the other part of this product as a phrase in parenthesis, as the highlighting part of this is useless: chunky and does nothing for your lacking brow. However, this under eye concealer surprised me, in that it's actually good. And it's not even just that it's good, it's that it's better than the fabled Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Éclat. It stays where it's supposed to stay all day, it doesn't crease and it covers just fine. Perfect, and a steal. It has snuck into my heart and made a home.
- Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara: Sophie introduced me to this; she mentioned it so many times I felt compelled to buy it. After a rocky start (I accidentally bought it in brown), I fell in love. Now, it's rare for a mascara to not annoy me in its general ineptitude at doing what it says on the tube, let alone actually impress me. And since Diorshow Blackout... well, I've not really been intimate with another mascara. However, this one is my back-up of choice. It volumises and lengthens and makes it easy to apply extra coats without clumping.
- Sleek Pout Polish: How dare you forget! My love affair with these is ongoing and very justified indeed. They are creamy and moisturising and packed full of on-the-bus sling-on colour for casual days and rainy days. They offer just enough pigmentation to make you look put together, but not too much as to look overdone. Perfect.
- Models Own Nail Polishes: The colours, the finish, the price! I love everything about these nail polishes and have my beady eyes set on many, many more for my burgeoning little collection. I find these nail polishes last longer on me than any other, and I love the glossy finish and magpie-entrancing range - so many colours to suit my mood!
So, what are your top drugstore products? Is there something I simply must try?