The drugstore, or places more commonly known in the UK such as Boots or Superdrug, are the perfect places to get amazing quality makeup for a fraction of the price of some higher end brands. Makeup from the drugstore is perfect for starting out with and even as you build your collection, these pieces are great things to have in your collection. I’ve compiled all the products I’d put into a starter kit for someone who is starting out in makeup and wondering what to buy, and I honestly can say some of these products are my favourites!
FOR THE FACE
The first thing you’ll want is a good foundation or BB/CC cream. Personally, I’ve always opted for foundations and BB/CC creams do not give lots of coverage, and I like to use foundation when I do want that coverage, but I don’t wear it daily. The foundation I would recommend is the Rimmel Match Perfection (mine is in shade 100 Ivory, though this is sometimes a bit dark for my very pale skin). Whilst the colour choices on this I don’t feel are 100% amazing, they’re pretty good but it is the formula I like the most: it is very lightweight but still provides good, buildable coverage with a smooth application. It’s easy to work with, which I find is great in foundation as I’m not very skilled with it and when it is easy to apply I can be quick and not worry about it being patchy or cakey. However, if you want to opt for a BB/CC cream, the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is supposed to be really good.
Concealer is a really important part of the face makeup, as you can do so many things with it: cover up blemishes, pigmentation issues in the skin or dark spots, cover up how little sleep you get, and even highlight! I have a few which I love, but the one I use mostly is the Seventeen Stay Time, which claims to last for 18 hours, though I can’t say I’ve worn it for that long however the longevity is really good. The formula is very creamy, full coverage without being too thick and very brightening – the palest shade is actually pale for once, so it’s a good match to my skin! I’d recommend this because it is such a bargain and is very comparable to other higher end concealers. You also have probably heard about the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer as it is raved about everywhere, and I love this too. I use it often I just find it a little thick for some areas of my face.
For powder, you can’t go wrong with the Rimmel London Stay Matte, I have used this for as long as I can remember and it never fails to impress me. It keeps oil at bay and stops makeup from shifting around and gives a nice, matte finish. Even the shade translucent, which has no colour to it, still ups the coverage on your face a little which I really like. The powder doesn’t go cakey either or make your skin feel dry, which is great. I’d recommend this to anyone: makeup collector or not!
Finally, blusher and bronzer/contour. These steps for the face are just as important as anything else. I personally cannot contour for the life of me, but when I do I like to use the L’oreal Glam Bronze Duo, which also comes with a highlight though I used that but don’t actually like it too much, however the bronzer is wonderful. It’s quite cool toned which makes it really good for contour and it is matte so it doesn’t have any shimmer, creating that nice shadowy effect. However, if you’re looking for more of a bronzed, summertime look then I often use the Rimmel Natural Bronzer which is more warm toned and has a shimmer to it, giving a nice sunkissed glow – it compliments a slight tan in summer really nicely, and even works for those of you (like me) who don’t tan!! Blusher is hard to come by in the drugstore, at least for me, but in Superdrug the amazing value Makeup Revolution has some wonderful blushes! I recommend their Baked Blusher in the shade Make Love Instead, however I am not sure they carry this shade anymore but a very similar one is linked. These are nice and creamy, have a subtle shimmer to them and blend really nicely. The shade is a light pink which gives a really pretty glow. Both the bronzer and blusher are swatched below.
FOR THE EYES
Eyes are a really important part of your makeup, and missing them out can make you look totally unfinished. Even the littlest bit of mascara can change your look from boring to fresh eyed and awake, which is always a good thing! As for mascaras, I head to the queen of drugstore mascaras: Maybelline. They have great formulas which add length, volume and are beautifully dark and black, creating the perfect set of lashes! My first choice is Lash Sensational, the purple-y bottle which is well loved as you can see. The wand on this is amazing, it always adds great length to my eyelashes and the more coats you get, the more length. This doesn’t go clumpy or make your eyelashes stick together, but you can get a flawless, fresh and awake look from this by making your eyelashes long and fluttery. However, if you’re not looking for major length and would prefer to opt for more volume, then Great Lash is your mascara! This wand is a lot chunkier and much more bristle-y which means every lash gets a heavy helping of mascara, creating a big and voluminous effect, and you can still easily achieve length with this – the packaging is also really fun! I’d recommend a light hand when applying this mascara as the formula is very wet and so can be quite sticky and easy to clump your lashes together with.
As for eyeshadow, quads/mini palettes are where it’s at. This one is from Rimmel in the shade Brixton Brown, and is the Glam Eyes HD. Mine is heavily used, which is why the swatches aren’t the best but the middle coppery shade is beautiful as is the shimmery cream/white. The formula of these eyshadows is great and they’re easy to blend, but the fallout is quite substantial but not a major issue. This five pan palette can easily take you from day to night and I swear by the dark brown shade for my eyebrows, so you’re killing two birds with one stone here!
There isn’t a shimmery purple in the palette which is odd as it looks like it here, that shade is infact the darker matte browny/black.
On a final note for eyes, you’ll need liner. Well, you don’t need liner, because my god that stuff is hard! But if you do want to venture into the world of liners, then the Seventeen High Drama one is really good and I find it relatively easy to apply.
FOR THE LIPS
For your lips, you can find some amazing quality lipsticks for absolute bargain prices! I’m going to show you two of my favourites today: a more natural, everyday lipstick and a matte lip which is perfect for summer. Starting with the Collection Lasting Colour lipstick in the shade rosewood. This is perfect for everyday wear and is super creamy and stays on really well, which I love. It is a ‘my lips but a lot better’ sort of a colour, and it’s super cheap whilst not suffering in quality. I’d love to try some other colours from this range. Next up is a matte lip favourite, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Milan. These are the best drugstore matte liquid lipstick I’ve tried, and they’re really well priced too. They’re super matte meaning they can be quite drying so make sure to have a good lipbalm on hand for when you’ve taken this off. This colour is a bright barbie pink type colour but the packaging does make it look more neutral, so be sure to swatch this before you buy it, however I think it’s really fun for the summer, plus it smells divine!