Some Drugstore Favourites

Posted on February 18, 2016 under Favourites


This month over on Canadian Beauty Bloggers, the theme is Budget Beauty. Although I obviously like to indulge in higher end purchases, my love for makeup started at the drugstore. I’ve really slowed down on my makeup spending in the past year, but I’m always popping my head into the drugstore aisles just to see what’s new. These days more than ever, there’s some good stuff for great prices (although drugstore prices do seem to be going up). So here’s a collection of some of my tried and true, all time favourite drugstore products.

Face Products


Sleek Blushes perform so well – they are pigmented and blendable and come in some really gorgeous colours. Flushed, a deep reddish berry, is my favourite at this time of year, but in the summer I always reach for Guipure, a warm pink with gold shimmer. Sleek isn’t available in stores in North America, but they do ship worldwide!

Staying in the UK, Topshop makeup in general has impressed me, but the Glow Highlighter in Polished is one of my favourite makeup products ever. If you’re looking for the perfect pearly, iridescent, slightly unnatural highlighter, this is the one for you. Again, this product can be purchased online!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is a staple in my makeup bag; it does the job and it’s dirt cheap. Another boring yet essential product is L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer, which does a remarkably good job at concealing my undereye circles without feeling heavy. It’s good on blemishes in a pinch, too.

Eye Products


I probably don’t need to mention this, but Maybelline Color Tattoos are the drugstore cream shadow, as far as I’m concerned. (I picked up one of the new stick versions and I’m very excited to put it to the test!)

I’ve also probably talked the Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment to death, but the fact is that it’s the only drugstore powder eyeshadow I ever use. Quality-wise, it far surpasses its $2.99 price point, and that taupe-y purple eyelid colour is one of my favourites of all time. (It’s also a very on-trend colour, which can be yours for the cost of a coffee!)

Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Eye Definer is a great twist-up eyeliner option. It’s easy to use, very pigmented, and stays put as well as anything else I’ve tried. For more colourful options, I love the Annabelle Kohl Eyeliners – for a wooden pencil I find them very smooth, and the colour range is great.

Lip Products


Ahh, I know a thing or two about lip products. The Maybelline Color Sensation Creamy Matte Lipsticks are probably the best matte lip colour I’ve found at the drugstore (perhaps excluding liquid lipsticks), though depending on the shade the Revlon Matte Balms come close. (Sultry is my favourite.) In terms of regular (non-matte) lipsticks, I will adore the Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss line forever. They’re so comfortable, creamy, and opaque. One of the matte shades is pictured above, and though I do like the matte line I think the regular line (in the black tubes) is superior.

Lip liner-wise, Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner is one of my favourite formulas; I regularly use Red Diva, East End Snob, and Enchantment. (I’ve been through quite a few East End Snobs!) When it comes to UK brands, it doesn’t get much cheaper than Collection, and their Lip Definers are great. If only I could get my hands on more colours while in Canada!

Of course, my makeup collection comprises many more drgustore products than I’ve featured here – but these are the best of the best, in my opinion. NYX has finally come to Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, so I anticipate a frenzy of testing on my part in the near future. Stay tuned!

There are 11 responses to “Some Drugstore Favourites”

  • I have a renewed appreciation for drugstore beauty products after taking a long beauty break! Revlon Sultry is my go-to right now as well. I finished Bite Rhubarb (mini) and wanted to repurchase but Sultry is actually a good replacement for it for half the price.

    I used to love the L’Oreal True Match line — particularly their liquid foundation — but I haven’t tried the concealer. Good to know it works well for undereye! Will have to give it a try when I go through the current stash.

    • I’m not sure about any other colours of the concealer, but I find that N1-2-3 (in addition to matching my skin) cancels out dark circles really well. I’ve read good things about it in general on Makeup Alley, so if you pick it up hopefully you’ll have a good experience with it!

      And Sultry is seriously the best – out of the Matte Balms I only have it and Shameless (which I rarely use these days, anyway).

    • Is it shameful that I haven’t tried anything from Essence yet other than their brow gel? We got it in my store within the past year and I keep swatching things but I have not yet bit the bullet on any of the more exciting products. Pretty silly considering it’s so inexpensive. Definitely going to pick up a lip liner or two.

  • Sleek palettes are absolute love! I used to have that same palette and used it a ton when I lived in the UK, but it shattered a few days after I got back to Canada :(
    And colour tattoos are amazing! I only recently picked one up (having never tried them before – I’ve been living under a rock apparently lol) and I’ve been using it non stop. Such great value!

    sachie | lovely complex

  • So many loves here, too! RSM powder is my all time favourite setting powder from the drugstore–it works well on deep skin tones if used with a light hand. I am over the moon in terms of the Rimmel Exaggerate lipliners, too. Probably the best (those and the Essence lipliner). I’ve always wanted to try Top Shop makeup! I’ll see if the dollar recuperates before I get on board, though. And Sleek blushes–man, I think I have a sort of love-hate thing. I sometimes feel like they’re kind of stiff but undoubtedly, they’re super pigmented and blendable! Loved this post–wish I gave my drugstore products more love these days…

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