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Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit Take Two


As this is probably my most viewed post I thought I would do a more up to date round up of the products I would recommend for a new makeup user that are all available from the drugstore. If you want to see the first one I did the click here. But let's get into take two...

Starting off with prepping the skin, if it's a pore minimizing, skin smoothing primer you want them the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is the one I would recommend. It's fantastic. If it's an illuminating base you want then the Soap & Glory Hocus Focus Liquid Illuminator is a great multi purpose product, can be used as an all over base under foundation, mixed with foundation or tapped onto the cheekbones as a highlight after foundation.

For foundation my current go to absolute favourite is the L'Oreal True Match Foundation, I've been using this everyday for the last month or so and it's an all round great foundation, the coverage, finish, longevity and overall awesome-ness.

I think pretty much every beauty bloggers favourite concealer is the Maybelline Instant Age rewind Concealer, I use the brightening shade but there are skin tones one too. I've also been using the Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer which is great as a lighter coverage brightening under eye concealer. I love the brush rather than the typical doe foot applicators you tend to get with this kind of packaging.

I don't use a lot of powder, only to set the areas of my skin which breaks down makeup or gets oily, also for under my eyes. My current favourite is the Maybelline Fit Me Powder, it's light weight, does what it's supposed to and it doesn't look cakey or too powdery.

There's been a lot of contouring palettes hitting the makeup stands recently and the drugstore ones I've found and really enjoyed the Maybelline Master Sculpt Powders. It's pretty difficult to over apply this but you can build it up to be a pretty decent pay off and although they're a only two shades, they look great even on my fair skin tone. The highlights are slightly too shimmery for my liking but they're great as eyeshadows. The light/medium is more of a bronzer and the medium/dark is the perfect contour shade for me.

But if it's a typical bronzer you're looking for, the Soap & Glory Solar Powder is a great option. There's two shades, a lighter bronze and a darker bronze. I love Soap & Glory products, makeup and skincare.
If you prefer more of a natural bronze look then the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream but I would say it's application requires some experience so you may want to miss out on that one until you are more comfortable with applying makeup. Just thought I would mention it as it's a great product.

For a liquid Illuminator the MeMeMe Beat The Blues Highlighter is a fantastic dupe for the Benefit High Beam. It's a multi use product and so easy to apply.

My favourite Blushers from the drugstore are the Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes, they're pigmented and give the most stunning glow. 
The Bourjois Aqua Blushes are a fairly new addition to the drugstore and are an incredibly unique product. These are a gel cream type of texture which feels like water on the skin, simply pat in with fingers or a brush and you have a natural flush on the cheeks. No faffing around, just simple and quick application. 

I have been completely obsessed with the L'Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadows which are basically pressed pigments which give a beautiful effect to the eye (especially if you use them wet) but they also have matte shades which are still pigmented and so easy to blend. 
If its cream shadows you are looking for the Maxfactor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows are more of a mousse-y texture but once they set, they're there all day. I wish the shade range was bigger but hopefully they will bring out more shades in the future.
There are also the Bourjois Color Band Crayons which are basically just a cream shadow stick, simply swipe across the lid, blend with finger and job done. Easy as that. 

As for palettes, I have to mention Makeup Revolutions Palettes. They have matte palettes, dupes of higher end palettes like Lorac Pro Palettes, Urban Decay Naked Palettes. There's so many to choose from and they are at such an incredible price.
The Collection Eyeshadow Palettes are also worth mentioning as I think these are just so incredible for the price - which is less than a fiver each.

As for eyeliner, I am a massive fan of black liners for my waterline and my favourite is the Barry M Bold Black Eyeliner, it's waterproof, stays all day on my waterline and its pigmented so it's a proper black not grey or sheer or anything.
As for liquid liner, the L'Oreal Super Slim Liner is by far the easiest one I have found to use. The tip is the perfect size and has the perfect flexibility to be able to get a precise line which you can build on to create your desired wing.

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is possibly my favourite mascara from the drugstore. It's very similar to the Benefit Roller Lash and it just seems to grab every lash and coat it with the perfect amount of product whilst still lengthening and adding volume. I have a feeling I will be repurchasing this a lot.

Brow Pencils: 
Onto brows now and by far the best brow product I have ever used is the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil. It's pretty much identical to the Anastasia Brow Wiz except the colour range isn't as comprehensive and only comes in two shades. I love this brow pencil, it's just perfect for me in every way and I highly recommend checking it out. There is also a version which has a felt tip kind of product on one end instead of the spoolie so that may be a product you prefer. 

Brow Gels:
The two brow gels I have tried and really loved is the Maybelline Brow Drama and the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper. These both keep your brows in place all day without flaking or feeling hard or crispy and the just do exactly what they say they do. I don't feel the need for using more expensive brow gels as these just do exactly what I want.

Tinted Lip Balm:
This category has quite a few options but my favourites has to be the Maxfactor Colour Intensifying Balms. They're moisturising, pigmented and actually stain the lips so once the initial shine and colour wears off you're left with a really pretty stain.

Liquid Lipsticks:
If it's long lasting liquid lipstick formulas you want then the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets are what you should try. They're pigmented, come in a wide range of shades and the formulas are great. They also have Aqua Laques which are just as pigmented but more hydrating and glossy on the lips.

As for your more traditional lipsticks, the Soap & Glory Lipsticks are what I reach for the most. There's matte formulas and more moisturising ones and both are such incredible formulas that I want to buy every single shade.

Lip Liners:
Lip liners have become very popular recently and the ones I prefer are the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners. They're long lasting, pigmented and come in lots of different colours, East End Snob and Red Diva are my favourites.
Although more of a lip pencil/crayon the Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils are a great alternative to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. They're long lasting, pigmented and they have quite a few shades in the range now, They can be a bit drying so apply a lip balm before you put the pencil on and your lips wont dry out too much,

Brushes & Sponge: 
That's makeup products out the way, now for tools and the Real Techniques Brushes are by far the best in my opinion. They have a massive range of brushes from foundation to contouring and their eye brushes are all you will need for any look.
If you like a makeup sponge to apply your makeup with then the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques is worth picking up, It's the exact same idea as the Beauty Blender except it's a quarter of the price yet works just as well.

They now also have a Bold Metals collection which are still available in the drugstore but they are more expensive. But the quality of these is incredible, the packaging is enough to buy them and they're super soft and multi purpose. There's not as many in the range but they are versatile so you can still create an entire look using just those brushes.

What are your drugstore makeup favourites?

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