The Drugstore Beauty Edit

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Let’s set the scene. You’re in Boots, you’ve gone in for a pack of cotton wool and you’re feeling spendy. You’re at a loose end and you start to browse; you want to rack upΒ some serious dollar on your Advantage Card, but you’re not quite sure where to start. With little help available and a smorgasbord of displays and testers on hand, the drugstore can be quite the jungle at times. So today I’ve put together a little edit of the highlights and best bits that I’d recommend hauling next time you hit up the highstreet for the face, eyes and lips…

FACE: Primer-wise, it’s all about the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer. It’s hydrating, non-silicone feeling and does what it says on the tin. To put over that I’ve been loving the Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation. It’s bloomin’ fab stuff. There’s a medium coverage finish there, but it’s so light and dewy in finish, making it a great everyday pick. For concealer I’ve been enjoying my new purchase of L’Oreal’s True Match Concealer in Vanilla. It’s blendable and not cakey at all and reminds me a lot of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer but with just a little less coverage. Then for cheeks I’d recommend the Maybelline Master Sculpt for contour, Soap & Glory’s Solarpowder for bronzer (dur!) and Bourjois’ Cream Blush – all of which have been favourites in my stash for a long while.

EYES: When it comes to primers, I’ve never found anything that trumps my NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (comment below if you think you can blow it out of the water on a budget), but for actual colour on the lids I think the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are the best. The shade range is extensive, you just dip your finger in them and wipe ’em on and they’re pretty long-lasting too. The Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals are nice, but right now I’m into the Max Factor Excess Intensity Eye Liners because they’re just the right balance of smudgeable/stay put (my recommendation would be the brown). For mascaras I love Max Factor too, though that’s a whole different post for another day. Brow-wise the Maybelline Brow Satin in Medium Brown would be my pick. Ignore the sponge-tip end – it’s pants – but the waxy little nib is a fab dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz.

LIPS: I feel like here is where the drugstore really excels itself. My formula favourites are just as good, if not better than their high-end counterparts – plus who doesn’t love picking up another lip product? In terms of bold lips, I’m a huge fan of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, with Hot Pepper and OlΓ© Flamingo being my top colour picks, though if traditional bullets are more your thing then the L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Pure Reds collection is a great place to start (I’ve got a real soft spot for Blake’s Red and Julianne’s Red). The Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107 is a classic and a really nice shade to pick up at this time of year too. When it comes to nudes though I prefer to whip on a gloss. I LOVE Tanya Burr’s Lip Gloss formula. They pack a punch with pigment and don’t feel tacky at all on the lips, though the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers are a fab texture too and are a pretty spot-on dupe for one of my all-time favourite high-end gloss/balm hybrids…