4.24.2017

10 Classic Drugstore Makeup Buys You Need to Try



Hey y'all! I was strolling down the aisles of the drugstore recently (this happens more often than I'd like to admit) and instead of being drawn to all of the NEW stuff, I decided revist some classics. You know, those makeup products you always hear about or maybe even forgot about. I thought I'd share 10 of my tried-and-true classic drugstore makeup buys you need to try:


FOUNDATIONS

For foundations, I chose two from L'Oreal. First up is a dry skin fave, L'Oreal True Match Lumi. It's a gorgeous luminous makeup that is very similar to the $64 Armani one. I even tested it for a dupe here.

For combo and slightly oily skin, I always recommend L'Oreal True Match. The shade range is really impressive--I love that it comes in neutral undertones (me) as well.


MASCARA

If I'm ever in a mascara rut and can't find one to wear (#beautybloggerprobs) I always go back to L'Oreal Voluminous. Pictured is a waterproof, Carbon Black version, but the original is my fave. It gives nice volume and is easy to wear.

For my friends who don't really wear makeup or mascara, or those who want something a little more natural looking, I recommend to them Maybelline Full N' Soft. It really is a classic mascara and can be hard to find sometimes, but it's stuck around for a reason--nice, fluffy lashes with no clumps.

Note: I didn't mention Maybelline Great Lash--the pink and green tube--it was the first mascara I ever used, and so many tubes are sold every minute, but I've never liked it. Do you?


EYELINER

Wet N Wild Megaliner is a classic opaque liner that removes easily with water. It's $3.99 and it's great for winged liner.

If you just can't figure out eyeliner, gel liner in a pot, like Maybelline Gel Liner. It's easy to use. Beauty Tip: I store mine upside down so it won't dry out.

WIPES + DRY SHAMPOO


There are cheaper options available, but when it doubt, I've been a long time fan of the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They've never aggrivated my skin and remove makeup very well.

I've tried just about every dry shampoo under the sun (seriously, check posts here and here) and Batiste Dry Shampoo will always be under my counter. Beauty Tip: Love dry shampoo but hate the white cast it can leave? Try this tip! It works (Batiste has brunette versions btw).




BLUSH + POLISH

For that one blush you need to own, that looks good on just about everyone, Milani Luminoso is at the top of the list. It's peachy-pink shade has the slightest kiss of a glow. It's so pretty on skin. 

There's a reason you'll always see Essie Ballet Slippers on every "best of" list: it's a neutral polish that just works.

We're just scratching the surface here!
Which classic drugstore products are must-haves for you?


Extra Elle:

Random fact, but I love the movie Donnie Darko--never saw it in theatres, so when a local one was showing it for the 15 anniversary, I had to! It was worth it.

Went on a mask-buying spree at Urban Oufitters! I've been trying them out here and there.

51 comments:

  1. I'm actually using the voluminous lash primer and I love it!! I have a NYX liner that is just fantastic - that's my go to drug store buy - I actually have a lot of them and think this is such a fun blog prompt!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. I'll check out the lash primer, sounds so good.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  3. Neutrogena makeup remover face wipes are my favorite!! I keep them in my car so that I can clean my face before I go to the gym!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  4. Voluminous mascara has been my go to for years. I also love the Batiste dry shampoo!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. Thanks for this list! I still need to get Ballet Slippers. Would love to try the Milani blush. Have a great week Elle!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  6. The Neutrogena makeup wipes are definitely something I always have around especially for travel. And must really try that L'Oreal foundation!

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  7. You are so funny with Donnie Darko! It has been on my must watch for years and I still haven't seen it. I think I may even own it. That's bad! Ok now I have to watch it!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  8. I love these lists especially since there is a CVS down the road so I can run there after work and pick up some if these goodies to try. I love that dry shampoo, Essie blush color and can't wait to try some of these. The Maybelline pink n green tube is still my fav!

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  9. Ahh, Ballet slippers really is such a classic shade! I have to try that Wet n Wild eyeliner too!

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  10. True Match used to be my holy grail during my high school days. Maybe I should pick it up again! I've always wanted to try Full n Soft mascara, but I can't find it!

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  11. Oh I use to wear ballet slippers all the time. Such a pretty color.

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  12. One of my favorite nail colors ballet slippers and I used to always use that mascara!

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  13. You have some of my favorites on your list!!! Love Milani and Voluminous! I need to try that Loreal foundation and the wet n wild liner!

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  14. some great picks. I've been looking for a new mascara.. thanks for sharing

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  15. Awesome picks! I can never have too many Essie polishes, and I need to try True Match <3
    Green Fashionista

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  16. Adding the dry shampoo & mascara to my list :)

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  17. I always gravitate towards Nutregena, but I want to try that L'Oreal foundation and when I need to upgrade my mascara, I want to try the full and soft by Maybelline!

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  18. This is such a good idea as I am always drawn to the new products making it easy to forget about tried and tested old faithful's. I love the look of the Milani Luminoso and will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for it when I visit LA next month. I really wish the brand was more readily available in the UK as I always hear great things about their products. x

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  19. Great roundup Elle! I'm a drug store fiend so definitely gonna try out your eyeliner picks, can't be spending $30 every time I need a refill!
    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back for my latest!

    Xx- Julie
    Haute Khuuture Blog | Instagram

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  20. Yes drug store brands can certainly do the job, with foundation I a picky though I used Fit Me before and it was not bad. And that full and soft mascara is pretty good, it is very light but not clumpy at all so looks very natural. And I used those wipes when I went to Paris.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  21. Those Neutrogena wipes really are so amazing! I stock up on them at Costco because I love them so much! You also can't go wrong with Essie nail polish, and I love that you can find them at the drugstore now!

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  22. You are so right, we often get swamped by new releases and forgot about the oldie but the goodie! I love that L'Oreal mascara, it's one of the best from the drugstore.

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  23. I love seeing makeup classics! My first mascara was the maybelline one in the pink and green tube too, and I never liked it either. I need to try Milani luminouso, and yesss to Essie ballet slippers!

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  24. I've always been impressed with the quality of Maybelline's mascaras for a drug store brand. As for Batiste dry shampoos, I can't shout enough praises on how well it works plus all the options for scent and hair color. I've tried other dry shampoos and automatically hated them.

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  25. From this list, I use Batiste dry shampoo and Milani luminoso regularly. I used to have that Wet n Wild liquid eyeliner. Thanks for reminding me that I need to replace it!

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  26. I have been wanting that Milani blush since I saw it on your blog years ago! I am hoping to get it soon because it is a perfect spring/summer shade!

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  27. When I'm in a mood, I always go to the drugstore and wander the makeup aisle. It just makes me feel better. I love the L'Oréal volumious mascara and the maybelline gel liner.

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  28. Love this post! I feel the same about all three mascaras and the Batiste dry shampoo, the best bang for your buck! I have to get the Milani blush to try!

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  29. This is such a great post!! I swear by Covergirl eyeliner- it's the best I've used and doesn't smudge or run on me (Even after a workout!) :)

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  30. I loooove those wipes- they are a lifesaver!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  31. This was such a great round-up to read--you know I love my drugstore beauty buys! I have the Lumi foundation and love it (you were the one I learned about it from!) and as someone who is terrible at eyeliner, I'm going to go get that gel kind and try it. Thanks Elle!

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  32. Those makeup wipes are my drugstore must have :). Thanks for sharing!

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    kimberlyluxe.com

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  33. I've been wanting to try that Essie Ballet Slippers! I also need to pick up Wet N Wild Megaliner! Thanks for sharing these!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  34. Batiste is my HG dry shampoo. I go through 1-2 bottles a month. Milani Luminoso is gorgeous!

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  35. great picks! I love those makeup remover wipes! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  36. I love L'Oreal True Match as well, I've tried a ton of different high end foundations as well, but True Match will always be one of my favourites. I agree with you on the Maybelline Great Lash, I can't believe it's so popular, because I hate it! Batiste makes some great dry shampoos, I especially love their blonde dry shampoo and their XXL volume dry shampoo.

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  37. I need to try those remover wipes!! Loving this list Elle

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  38. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara and Essie Ballet Slippers are tried and true for me as well!

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  39. Nice picks Elle! I have two Milani blushes, but I want to try Luminouso!

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  40. Nice picks Elle! I have two Milani blushes, but I want to try Luminouso!

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  41. I'm always looking at Essie Ballet Slippers when I'm at Ulta. I should just buy a bottle already!

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  42. Love this! I am always up for trying new mascara and Ive been wanting to try that dry shampoo too!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  43. Thanks a lot :D

    Nice post. All products sounds super interesting :D

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  44. Great post - they're classic for a reason! Wish my drugstore here had a better range, but I'm all about Clio products in Asia. HA

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  45. I've used those Neutrogena makeup removing wipes in the past and really liked them. I haven't used wipes in a long time though, maybe I will have to get more sometime soon!

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  46. I love the True Match Lumi. It has always worked for me and I have combo skin. The Wet n Wild blushes are amazing as well!

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  47. I literally love everything you picked except the one Mascara I have never tried. I still love Loreal Voluminous, and the True Match Lumi has been a fave for a long time as well. I don't know what I would do if Milani ever quits making Luminoso too. Thats an oldie but a goodie for sure! And I actually forgot about how good the Maybelline gel liner is. I'm going to have to pick that up again soon!

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  48. I love the Loreal True Match Lumi! It's perfect for summertime!

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  49. I need to try True Match Lumi! I also used the green and pink Maybelline mascara for a long time, because my mom did, but it was never my favorite. No matter how many mascaras I try, drug store or top of the line, I always go back to CoverGirl Last Blast. I love the formula and the brush!

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  50. Nice list of products. I use Lifecell anti aging cream before makeup as it makes my skin smooth and shiny. Thanks for sharing such an interesting and informative information.

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