I have champagne and caviar taste, but a beer n’ Cheetos budget. Holla if you hear me, bellas! This last weekend, I made a visit to the new and improved Sephora at Dadeland Mall. I was so glad all the salesladies ignored me. Initially I was annoyed, but I should thank them – they saved me money!
High end makeup brands are expensive for a reason — more colors, lasting pigments, high tech formulations, and the cachet of having the hot new waiting list item of the season. But sometimes you really do pay for brand names. And sometimes, there’s equally good alternatives to be found at your neighborhood drugstore. A recent trip proved to be a real eyeopener. Let me share the hot new discoveries I’ve made!
I am an unabashed lover of Milani, and have reviewed more than a few of their products. I adore the Black Magic eyeliners, especially the blackened teal and green. When I saw TWO brand new Black Magic eyeliners starring in my neighborhood CVS’s Milani display, I just about squealed.
I’m officially in love with Blackened Blue/Blue Magic (not to be confused with the original Blue Magic). And Blackened Sterling/Sterling Magic is the perfect silvery black liner I’ve been searching for.
I definitely prefer the blackened side to the glitter side – as I hurtle towards 30, I find myself steering away from glittery makeup. But the Sterling Magic’s concentration of silver glitter is excellent, I must say. Better than some of the Hard Candy pencils I’ve purchased in the past, too.
The bright bright yellow and purple wand for Maybelline The Colossal piqued my interest from the moment I saw it. I’ve had mixed results with Maybelline mascaras in the past – despite its reputation, I don’t think Great Lash is one of the best mascaras on the market. Not by a long shot. I much prefer Full N’ Soft, a mascara that gives me the volume I desire without the Tammy Faye brittleness and clumping. The Colossal is supposed to be all about volume, but after a week of giving it the ol’ college try, I’m back to my Full n’ Soft.
Cosign with Yummy 411 — I’m not impressed enough to buy The Colossal again. And bellas – if you’re looking for real reviews from a variety of beauty loving women, check out Makeup Alley. Their top reviewed mascara list is telling — my beloved Full n’ Soft gets a 4.0 from 1,915 reviewers, and 76% of them would buy again. So that says a lot.
Maybe you’ve been dying to buy yourself a NARS blush — Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Exhibit A or any of the other colors with fun names that you’ve read often on beauty blogs and in magazines. If you can’t quite justify spending $25 on blush, you should check out A Floral Affair, Revlon’s new limited edition powder blushes. I’m not alone in my admiration – Bellasugar found her favorite shade to be almost a dead ringer for Nars Orgasm!
$11 for these gorgeous little blush compacts, and the colors offered are unlike anything else I discovered in my drugstore diva-ing. Rich metallics and deep colors that I bet would just glow on brown skin. I really had to restrain myself from overindulging. The Make a Sheen lustrous shadow blends come with a trio of truly lovely, complimentary shades that can be worn separately or blended together. The Peachy Keen blush I bought included a lovely deep bronzy peach, complimented by a paler more shimmery section. They swirl together to gorgeous effect. And now that my faith’s been restored in Revlon, SOMEBODY tell me when these Golden Affair sculpting blushes become available. I’m glad they’re only coming out with four, a beauty junkie like me wants them all!
Those are but a few of the great new discoveries I got at the drugstore. I couldn’t purchase everything I wanted — so I plan to eventually get the HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon — at $10 it’s a drugstore splurge, but as Scandalous Beauty says — there are some L’Oreal HIP products that really are of stellar quality. I have yet to go wrong with their eye makeup. It’s as good as it gets at the drugstore.
I asked some of my friends on Twitter what their favorite drugstore buys were, and they had great recommendations.
Anika of WriteBlack swears by Bonne Bell and Rimmel lip gloss, Honey Brown Sugar loves Cococare lip balm. Luvley Cuppa T loves NYC liquid liner, and Iman’s loose powder with minerals. Kari of A Mi Ver says CG TruBlend Minerals brighten up her skin beautifully, Blaq Vixen Beauty swears by Sally Hansen’s lip treatments, and Mia of Doro Marketing says she gets more compliments on her eight dollar Ulta brand lipstick than she gets on her Trish MacEvoy.
And if you don’t know, now you know!
This is but part 1 of Brilliant Bargain Beauty Buys. I’ll be back later this week with the hair edition! Oh yes – I found some great affordable hair product purchases, some of which might surprise you.
What are your favorite beauty bargains?