What do you consider when paying a new makeup product?
Honestly, I pay way too much attention to the packaging, but that can’t be the only thing you think about when shopping. Although nowadays pretty much everybody has learned how to draw us in with the cute packaging. Really though, I tend to bear in mind three things, price, brand, and reviews.
While there are very few makeup products that I think you have to go high-end on, there are loads of drugstore brand products that perform just as well, if not better. I’m in no way a pro at this, but in my personal moderately well-informed.
I get quite a few questions about what products I would recommend, what products I use, and what brands are the best.
I decided that I would write a full guide to all my favorite products, covering everything from primer to lip gloss, high end to drugstore.
Welcome to my Best In Makeup Guide!
For base products, I would highly recommend you go for something with good ingredients because foundation and primer tend to sink into your skin more then a powder would.
On the higher end of things, we have the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $34. This one is so good if you have drier skin, as it is infused with coconut oil to boost radiance and hydration. It also gives a nice soft glow to the finished makeup look.
For a more mid-priced one, I love the Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Primer $20. This isn’t one you hear a lot about, but it’s a really good gel primer. It tops the Smashbox Photo Finish.
There aren’t as many lower priced primers that I really like. The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer $7.90 is a great one that I have reordered multiple times and I absolutely love it.
If you are willing to spend a little more, the BareMinerals barePRO foundation $34 is amazing! It gives medium to high coverage, yet still looks soft and natural on your skin. They also have a range of 30 different shades, which is really good, although I am still the lightest.
For a good inexpensive foundation, you should check out The Ordinary, they make it really easy to find your color, and both their High-coverage $6.90 and their Serum foundation $6 are favorites of mine and are super affordable at under $7.
The Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation $6 is another favorite of mine, it is a great “my skin but better” light to medium coverage foundation.
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect lightweight brightening concealer from the drugstore. However, when it comes the more expensive concealers there are so so many great options. My personal favorite is the Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer $28. It’s lightweight, radiant and comfortable on the skin.
For higher coverage, I really haven’t found anything better than the Physicians Formula Conceal RX Physicians Strength Concealer for $9.99. It is awesome for covering up breakouts and scars, without looking cakey. I can’t go without this one in my collection.
I really have a hard time with powders, the only one I end up going back to is the Coty Airspun Powder, It has always worked really well for me. I always buy it in translucent
I don’t use a lot of bronzers, I will usually us a little contour and maybe brush a little around my forehead, but that’s about it. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matt Bronzer $30 is so good. The shade Milk Chocolate works really well as a contour shade for those of us with very fair skin.
My other favorite is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $14.99. I have it in the lightest color and it’s perfect for bronzing and light contouring.
I always wear blush when I wear makeup, even sometimes when I’m not. It’s such a staple in a pale girls collection. There are so many really great blushes available from all price ranges. Most of my favorites are from the drug store, but I do have a couple of each that I love.
The Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush $30 Is one of my absolute favorite blushes, it smells incredible, just like sweet peaches, and has such a beautiful golden peachy glow.
The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes $29 are beautiful, and they last forever. I have the shade Blushing Bride. It’s super pigmented so I only use a touch every time.
The $8.99 Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose is my favorite drugstore blush, the flower pattern makes it look beautiful. It has a lovely soft dusty rose color.
Depending on the highlighter you use, and how you use it, it can add the prettiest soft natural glow, or a bright statement that you can see from a mile away. I sit somewhere in the middle, I love a good strong highlighter, but I find that I tend to go for a more natural look the majority of the time.
Highlighter is the most unnecessary makeup product of all, but it’s also one of my favorites. You can have a perfectly nice makeup look without it, but with it, your look is a little bit extra, and that’s probably why I like it so much. The highlighters that I love best are the ones that are buildable so I can have that natural glow one day, and the bright shine the next, all with the same product.
My all time favorite is the Too Faced Candlelight Glow $30 It has the perfect natural looking glow with the slightest hint of shimmer. I have had this one for quite a while and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Another awesome one is the Pixi Book Of Beauty Glow Getters Highlighter Palette $24. This one is great because you get six different shades, so you can pick and choose which shade to put where. These are a bit more intense, so need to be used sparingly if you want a subtle glow. I did a full review of this palette (here)
Lastly, we have the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Elixir Glow Palette $7. I can’t rave enough about this one! There are two highlighters in the palette, pearly champagne, and a light peachy one, they are both absolutely gorgeous.
While I do have some single shadows I don’t use them very much, I prefer to work from a palette where I can have everything I need without having to dig through my makeup looking for a particular champagne shimmer.
The Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Sizzle Palette $36 is my new go-to palette. I love it for traveling because it has absolutely everything you need to get a beautiful neutral eye look, and can also be used for a bit more of a bold look as well. The shadows are so soft and beautifully pigmented.
I did a full review with swatches (here).
Another incredible one is the Morphe 350 Natural Glow Palette $24.
While there are a few shades in this palette that I don’t use very much, the quality is excellent. The mattes in this one are very nice and pigmented, but the real star of the show is the shimmers, they are absolutely gorgeous, soft and buttery.
I’m a big fan of Revolution’s eyeshadows, but the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Vice Palette $15 is a particular favorite. It’s a great warm neutral palette, with a couple of really pretty red-orange colors. Again, the shimmers are the star, but the mattes are really good too. My favorite thing about the I Heart Revolution Chocolate palette is that they have larger pans of the light base type shades, which is awesome because those are the ones I use the most.
I had a really hard time finding my perfect liquid eyeliner, but I finally found it with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liners $20, I recently repurchased it again in both Trooper Black and Max Brown. This liner has a very fine brush point, that makes it so easy to be precise, whether you and doing a wing, or a simple line.
I am very picky with mascara and I’m still on the search for my perfect match, but I do have a couple that I have really liked.
The Marc Jacobs Velvet noir Major Volume Mascara $25 has the perfect wand, it’s a fluffy looking hourglass shape that works so well for volumizing. If volume is what you are looking for then this mascara is for you. Just don’t wear it if you are planning on crying because water resistant it is not.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara $9 has been one of my go-to for a long time, it’s just such a good staple mascara. It is lengthening and adds definition to the lashes, for clean looking lashes.
The look that the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara $5 is a bit on the messy side, not clumpy. It gives length, volume and a little bit of curl, and for $5 you really can’t go wrong.
The options for lipstick is endless! There are so many different varieties, and colors it can be really difficult to figure out which ones to get. I’m a huge fan of drugstore lipsticks, so much of my collection is from the drugstore, but I will also be talking a bit about my favorites from more expensive brands.
When it comes to peach nobody is quite like Too Faced. Their Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long Wear Lipstick $21 not only smells amazing but they are such an intense, saturated matte that is infused with peach and fig.
The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipsticks $20 are actually very similar to the Peach Kiss Lipsticks in both how they wear and the intensity of the pigmentation. Unlike the Peach Kiss, the Studded Kiss lipsticks are warmer toned and the smell is more like chocolate than peach.
Apparently, I love matte lipsticks because the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks $18 are another of my favorites.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Ultra Matte Lipsticks $10 are a bit more or a semi-matte finish, which comes from the moisturizing formula.
Not only are they are a really good price but I find the Milani Color Statement Lipstick $6 to have a very similar finish and color pay off to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipsticks.
Whenever I recommend lipstick to people I usually start off with the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick $3.59 because they are dependably good, they are comfortable, pretty, and affordable Also, as I side not the Rimmel Lasting Finish lip liners are my one and only.
Now we go from my wide range of matte lipstick to my ever-growing fondness for lipgloss. Lipgloss is the one thing that I have found that higher end brands truly do a better job at, I’m sure there are some great drugstore brand lip glosses, but there is only one that I can think of that I would ever recommend.
The Lancome Gloss In Love $27 feels so nice on, it’s hardly sticky are all, and it has a pretty little touch of shimmer. As they are more on the opaque side I only really use them as a lip topper to add a little glow.
The Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick $21 has such an interesting formula. They apply and look like a lipgloss, but they have the coverage of a lipstick and have a pretty decent wear time for a gloss.
While the Too Faced and Lancome glosses are wonderful, BareMinerals has my loyalty when it comes to lipgloss, their Gen Nude Buttercream Lip gloss $19, in particular, my very favorite.
Remember the one drugstore lipgloss I mentioned before? Well, the NYX Butter Gloss $5 are super, they feel like they melt onto the lips, and you can’t beat that price.
Well, I think that covers it!
Congratulations if you made it this far! If you have any questions about the products I mentioned or have a recommendation of something new I should try be sure to let me know.