Drugstore Makeup Haul and Review


Hey everyone! So a week or two ago I did picked up a number of things from the drugstore and I thought that I would update you on which items I have been loving and which I haven’t been so impressed with. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out my Drugstore Haul video with all the products I mentioned linked as well. So without further ado here’s the review of my drugstore haul.

Firstly, I’ll start off with the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. I have previously used this product, so I knew what to expect when purchasing it. For a long time this was my favorite face powder until I purchased and fell in love with the Mac Mineralized Skinfinish Natural which has stolen the show. I still enjoy this Rimmel powder I just use it for a different purpose now. I would choose the Mac powder over this Rimmel powder any day to set my makeup because I prefer the natural almost satin-like finish it gives, but I have discovered that this Rimmel powder is much better than the Mac for touch ups and blotting. This powder is perfect to throw in your to-go makeup bag to blot your T-zone throughout the day and I have been very happy with it for this purpose.

Next there are the Maybelline single eyeshadows. I purchased the shades Linen, Silken Taupe, and Made for Mocha. The shade I have enjoyed the most has been Silken Taupe because it is an easy and beautiful all-over lid color, so I have been using this one the most. My next favorite is Made for Mocha because the pigmentation is really nice. Although I haven’t gravitated towards it too much, I do enjoy it for an deep-crease or outer-corner definition shade because of its rich and warm tone. My least favorite is the shade Linen because it doesn’t have very good pigmentation. I have used it quite a bit because it is an easy grab for an inner corner or brow-bone highlight, but it’s pretty sheer and I have other highlight shades I prefer. Overall, I do enjoy these for drugstore eyeshadows and would recommend them to someone who is looking for an inexpensive shadow, a shade for a specific purpose like a blending color, or easy all-over lid shade for travel. But, if you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash, there are much better shadows available in higher-end brands.

I one product I really just didn’t like is the Wet and Wild Color Icon in Spiked. This is a glitter eyeshadow that is suspended in a gel-like formula. Personally, I thought the texture was weird and unless you planned on only applying this glitter to your lid, it probably won’t work for you because when you apply it, it moves around and messes-up the eyeshadow underneath it. If you’re looking for a glittery statement lid color, I’d go with the Mac Pigments over these.

On the other hand, the Wet n Wild Studio Eyeshadow Palette really impressed me. This palette has 10 assorted neutral shades and is very similar in tone and color to the Naked Palette by Urban Decay, but about $45 cheeper! Of course the eyeshadows aren’t quite as pigmented, bendable, or high quality as the Urban Decay ones, but they are really amazing dupes for the Naked Palette. Personally, my favorite shades are the four purple and brown tones on the middle righthand side of the palette, moving from left to right, the matte plum-y purple brown (6th from the left), the shimmery purple tone next to it, the dark aubergine, and the matte dark brown. The rest of the shadows are nice too, so I think this is a great budget buy.

Next, the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Black. I really loved this product. It’s pigmented, creamy, bendable. and a perfect lid color for a black smokey eye because of the nice shimmer. I highly recommend this product.

On to the lipsticks. Formula wise, I prefer the L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Julianne’s Nude over the Rimmel London Lipstick Air Fairy in #70. The L’Oreal lipstick is creamier and has a nicer finish than the Rimmel shade which has a very obvious shimmer in it. Because of the shimmer, I really can’t wear the Rimmel lipstick without a gloss over the top because the finish just looks a bit strange. I do like the L’Oreal formula more, but the color isn’t quite right for me so I don’t see myself getting to much wear out of this lipstick either. Overall, I’d choose the Kate Collection by Rimmel over this formula and the L’Oreal lipstick in possibly a different color.

The Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighter pen has been a longtime favorite of mine for years! I absolutely love it for highlighting and brightening underneath the eyes, on the brow-bone, in the center of my forehead and to sculpt out my contour. It’s perfect for under-eye circles for a bit of brightening by itself or over a correcting concealer. I love this all year round but especially the warmer months when I’m looking for a lighter base. I would highly recommend!

I also picked up the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black (not pictured). This is my favorite drugstore eyeliner and compares pretty well to higher end brands. It’s matte black and creamy, but doesn’t last quite as long on me as my Bobbi Brown eyeliner, but I would still highly recommend it.

Lastly, we have the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper. I do like this product. It has a nice formula which keeps my brows in place all day without looking too stiff. It also has a better wand applicator than the Maybelline Brow Drama, but the color is just not right for me. At this point I believe that there is only a clear and a dark brown shade. I have the dark brown and I think it’s a bit too dark for me. A lighter blond than me definitely wouldn’t like this, but for a darker eye look I can get away with this darker product. So all in all, I like the color of the Maybelline, but the product and applicator of the L’Oreal brow product more. Hopefully they come out with a better shade for us blondes.

Overall I think I found some nice things in this drugstore haul and I hope these reviews help you figure out whether or not some of these things are worth trying and will work for you. I hope you enjoyed!

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighter in Nude
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 003
L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Julianne’s Nude
Rimmel London Lipstick Air Fairy in #70
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Wet and Wild Color Icon in Spiked
LOreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Eternal Black (drugstore.com)
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadows in Linen, Silken Taupe, and Made for Mocha
Wet and Wild Studio Eyeshadow Palette

(Most of these links are connected to Ulta.com because this store makes it easy to buy drugstore products online, but this post is not affiliated with Ulta Cosmetics and you can find many of these products in your local drugstore, at least in the USA)