I have a lot of make up. I’m not going to deny this. Most of my make up is not from the drugstore: I gained a snobbery around two years ago that wouldn’t allow me to spend anything less than £15 on one item of make-up. However, 2017 Chloe realises that snobbery is completely ridiculous, and some products from the drugstore are not only far more affordable than some higher-end items, but some are far, far better. Over the past few months, I have revisited some old favourites from the drugstore and gained some new ones – and I want to tell you about them.
This is the NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in the shade Soft Spoken. This isn’t my only Suede lip, but it is by far my favourite. It’s a very, very brown red, with terracotta undertones which is a beautiful colour, but the formula is what really sold me to these lipsticks. It’s soft and creamy – totally not drying at all – and extremely long-wearing. I can’t count the amount of dinners I’ve worn this to, and night outs I’ve had this lipstick on. It stayed put through all of them. It applies smoothly, not sinking into gross lip cracks, and the doe-foot applicator makes it extremely easy to apply.
Most importantly, these lipsticks are affordable and I like them better than some of my most expensive liquid lipsticks, like the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits for example, which I find to be too drying, too flaky and extremely painful for not only my lips, but also my bank account. I seriously am obsessed with these Suede lipsticks by NYX, and you can pick them up in Boots, or online on NYX’s shop!
I hadn’t tried this mascara but I saw everyone on social media and in the blogging world banging on about how amazing the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was, and when my Better Than Sex ran out, I decided to go out and try it. From first application, I was in love. I really like mascaras with plastic applicators and this one has one, just like Benefit’s Roller Lash (which is my absolute favourite mascara of all-time) and the lift and volume that it gives my lashes is truly impressive. I have very small eye lashes so need all the help that I can get, and the Lash Sensational is really like a push up bra for your eyes.
The formula is fast-drying and layers extremely well, meaning ultimate length and volume can be achieved. The design of the wand means that each lash is coated and accounted for, meaning my eyes look even. The size of the applicator makes stabbing yourself in the eye far more difficult – although not impossible, as I have found. Also, the packaging for this mascara is beautiful. I love the the colour. It looks amazing in blog photos so you get lots of points for that one, Maybelline!
Zoella kicked off the trend of obsessing over the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and this is still one of the most talked about concealers in the blogging world. I’d just finished up a tube of Nars Radiant Creamy and saw this in Boots and decided it was the perfect time to re-try it after two years, worried I had been spoiled by high end concealers and would now for some reason hate it. However, I did not – this concealer is amazing.
The coverage is absolutely amazing – covering every blemish, dark circle and pigmentation that you don’t want to be seen. It’s a satin finish, meaning I need a little powder to set it, but I would set any concealer anyway so this is no issue. The only downside to this concealer is the shade range. There are only four shades (or four that I could find in Boots) so if you have deeper skin, I don’t think this concealer would be the one for you. However, if your skin tone is ‘basic and white’ like mine, you’ll find a shade out of the four which suits you perfectly!
I was obsessed with the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot translucent powder when I first heard Estee Lalonde talking about it in a video and swearing that this was the best powder she had ever tried. I went out and bought it and fell in love and I have been using it ever since. I can’t count how many of these I’ve had, but I just hit pan on my current one so know it’s not going to be long before I have to get another. This powder keeps my make-up in place all day, mopping up any rogue oil and keeping my shiny nose at bay. It’s a very fine powder, meaning it doesn’t make your make-up look cakey at all. Perfection!
The packaging is also adorable. I love the Benefit-esqe packaging that Soap & Glory have, and the very punny names that they also give their products. There was a time where I was completely obsessed with all things Soap & Glory but I’ve kind of moved on from that phase in my life – but I still really enjoy using this powder and think I will continue to use it for a very long time.
The Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes are truly one of the gems of the drugstore. When people ask me for tips on ‘starting using eyeshadows’, I always direct them to the Sleek counter. Not only are they affordable but I think their shadows surpass many high end shadows on quality and pigmentation. This palette is the Storm palette and is probably the most famous of the Sleek palettes. It’s full of the most amazing shimmers, and one of my all-time favourite matte brown shades (as you can tell, because I’ve hit pan on it!).
The shimmers are amazing wet, and I love the two pink and purple ones a lot. They make a gorgeous going out look. The palette is extremely diverse, however I do wish there were more matte shades in it. It is hard to do an entire look with the shade selection in this palette, but there is a stunning inner corner highlight in there, as well as a very matte, dark black which I love to use to set black liquid eyeliner if I know I’m going to have to wear it for a long time. These palettes are loved by beginners and seasoned make-up wearers alike, including myself.
I’ve come to see that the drugstore has some absolutely amazing products and if you don’t have any of these, I sincerely suggest that you pick these up next time you’re in Boots. You won’t regret it.