Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Beauty 5: My Favourite Drugstore Products

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).

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?



  1. Cruel hearted mistress of the inn?!?! hahahah :)

    Me loves Sleek Pout Polish!


  2. I love the ELF concelear, too. Although I never use the white end! My favourite drugstore products are probably Maybelline mascaras - they rarely disappoint!

  3. Oh goodness, too many things to count:

    - Revlon Colourstay Foundation
    - CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash mascara
    - NYX powder blushes
    - my Sleek palette (still in LOVE with it - thanks to you!)
    - Maybelline Mineral Power Blush in Gentle Pink

    And so many more...

  4. I agree about the 2000 Calorie mascara. I miss it! I should have stocked up on that. My current drugstore obsessions are the NYC Blushable Creme Sticks, eos lip balm, and Maybelline Define a Brow pencils.

  5. I really really love your blog its one that i could read over and over! It makes me laugh and you can tell by reading it how much effort and time you have spent writing the post. I love your YT channel too! Great post as always, my favourite drug store product is L'Oreal's telescopic mascara I love how it lengthens and makes my eyes look so wide and awake xx

  6. i'm muchly eyeing up the pout polishes, and it seems overnight, my local Boots have put in a models own stand...Score! I saw it and thought of you, lol! I honestly did! I had a quick squiz at the polishes and had to step back...I was in danger of buying too many straight off...i'm going to make a more considered purchase. have you seen the nails inc promo when you buy diet coke in boots? I'd say would be worth a visit! x

  7. I love the sleek palettes :)
    Love this blog post!

  8. I love any L'Oreal mascara with a white end and a black end!

  9. Your sense of humour is so tongue in cheek missy! :) xxx

  10. @Aoife Glad you like it, my love :) And you forgot swishy-skirted ;)

    @LilyLipstick That's funny - I hate Maybelline mascaras, I never get on with them :( I've tried so many, but they're so popular that they must be working for everyone but me!

    @Posey I've STILL not tried Colorstay - I feel a bit embarrassed now, like I'm really late to the party. I wish we could get Covergirl in the UK, I feel like I'm missing out :(

  11. @Rebecca I've never heard of the NYC blush sticks - I need to check those out! They sound really cool, can't wait to see if I can find them over here :)

    @Dannii Thank you for the lovely comments, you made my day!

    @Eemas I love Models Own - I think they're better than Barry M as the colours are so much nicer and there's more variety! Sadly I'm not a fan of Nails Inc, though - that polish chips on me in less than 24 hours, blaah.x

    @Discombobulatedd Sleek palettes are awesome - but the colours I find more difficult to use than those in my MAC palette, so I don't use it as much as I'd like :(

  12. @lindsay Ooh, I've not used a black and white mascara in years! I shall be investigating!

    @scouselovesmakeup I do my best ;) xxx


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