I’m a stingy Asian and an unemployed full-time student. I’m also a makeup hoarder, so all in all I feel like this tag was made for me.
Here we go!
1. What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand?
Maybelline wins overall for their quality, value for money, and consistency with all types of products. Rimmel’s been really stepping up their game recently, so they come a close second!
2. What are your favourite face, cheek and lip products?
Face: I would ordinarily pick Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer or Sleek’s Contour Kit, but since neither of them are readily available in Australia, I feel like that would be a little mean. So instead, I picked Maybelline’s Superstay 24 hour foundation. While I love a LOT of drugstore foundations for everyday wear, this is the only one that I choose for events and nights out. It has a gorgeous finish, lasts well even on my oily skin, is comfortable to wear and photographs beautifully. I have about 5 bottles of this at the moment in various shades and differing levels of emptiness, and I will definitely be repurchasing. I used to be an avid Revlon Colourstay user as many others are, but now I can’t fathom how I let myself put that paint-smelling heavy-feeling thick gross substance on my face.
I’ve got a bonus one for you Aussies – Australis’ Ready Set Go Finishing Powder. I’ve been using it for about 3 years and it is SERIOUSLY good.
Cheek: I never intended on being a cheek product snob, but almost all my most used blushes and bronzers are from high-end brands. Bourjois’ Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder is the one exception. It’s a great everyday bronzer with a nice texture, and it leaves you with natural radiant tan. I’m not too picky when it comes to bronzers – as long as it’s not too orange, I can make it work – but what sets this one apart is the fantastic packaging, the delicious smell, and simply how effortlessly it enhances your complexion.
Lip: My most used lip product has got to be Maybelline’s Baby Lips Pink Glow in Pink Blast. It’s extremely moisturising and also gives your lips a gorgeous flush of lips. I find that the colour brightens my face up while still being very natural, and I now use it more often than my old fave Nivea ! Revlon’s Just Kissable Balm Stains come second, and I also love all the Rimmel lipsticks (particularly the ones from the Kate Moss ranges).
3. Least favorite product?
I tend to always read reviews before purchasing something new (upvote for makeupalley!), but once when browsing the Essence stand, I decided to take a chance on their ‘I Love Rock Gloss Eye Pencil’. When I swatched it in the store, it came out as a seriously pigmented dark dark black with a beautiful glossy finish. Plus it was dirt cheap. However the first time I applied it, it was running down my face within half an hour – not something I had expected from an eyeliner was described as being long-lasting. Granted, I have fairly oily lids, but it was by no means a warm day, and I wasn’t doing anything strenuous. I might give it another go in my waterline or as an eyeshadow base, as I’ve read in a few reviews that people have had better luck using it that way. And if it still doesn’t work for me, at least it’s only 3 bucks down the drain!
4. What is the best makeup bargain?
I’m not too sure what this question is getting at, but for a truly inexpensive makeup brand, Essence really delivers when it comes to value for money. For Aussies, Face of Australia is another good one to check out.
As for sales, it’s always good to scour Priceline, Target, Kmart and Big W for their offers. If I spy a 50% off or BOGO deal, I jump on that bandwagon like a fat kid jumps on cake. Recently, I’ve also been really into shopping for cosmetics from Chemist Warehouse. It seems like Maybelline, Rimmel Revlon and is ALWAYS 50% off there, so I highly recommend you ignore the ostentatious signs and pop in to have a look!
5. What is your favourite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)
Bourjois does these amaaaazing eyeliners that have been my favourites for years, and that I’ve repurchased countless times. There’s a couple of really decent high end eyeliners in my stash, and these blow them out of the water. I have no idea how they have never been a YouTube craze.
I’m talking about the ‘Regard Effet Metallise’ line of metallic liners, and the two shades that I’ve bought over and over again are 52 Brun Inoxydable (a rich chocolate bronzey-brown) and 53 Feuille de Cuivre (a pale rosey copper). These eyeliners are seriously smooth, creamy and pigmented, they smudge beautifully, and once they stay on, they stay on. They’re also extremely versatile – I’ve used them as eyeliners, on my waterline, and as cream shadows. The Feuille de Cuivre shade in particular is really unique, and it’s the kind of colour that makeup junkies would go ga-ga over. You would too, so you should probably go out and buy one right now.
I also love the bright blue for a pop of colour during the summer.
6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?
Everything from Revlon. Everything from L’oreal. Everything from Physician Formula. Everything from Max Factor. Everything that’s not on sale. Girl on a budget here!
7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!
Physician Formula’s Bronze Booster in Medium-Dark is a good dupe for the famous and well-loved Nars Laguna. It’s a little more matte, but the base shade is very similar.
Australis’ Colour Inject Lipstick in Honky Tonk is the same peachy creamsicle shade as Burberry’s Lip Cover in Devon Sunset. Even the formulas are the same – creamy and moisturising with medium-high pigmentation.
Bourjois’ little pot eyeshadow in 08 Beige Rose looks incredibly similar to Mac’s Ricepaper. They’re both gorgeous highlight shades that impart more of a sheen than a shimmer, and I love to use them for my browbone. Ricepaper has a more yellow-y tone, but on the skin they look pretty much identical. Even the level of pigmentation is the same.
8. Drugstore product that isn’t worth the hype?
If you look above at question two, I’ve already expressed my dislike of the worldwide favourite Revlon Colourstay foundation. So instead, I’m going to talk about another much loved product that has gotten a whole lot of hype in the past year.
Maybelline’s Colour Tattos. Before you try to hunt me down and gut me like a fish, let me explain myself. The first cream shadows I really tried were the long wear cream shadows from Bobbi Brown. They were my first love, and they have spoiled me for all other cream shadows. Don’t get me wrong, the colour tattoos are decent products, especially given their price, but I find the formula so much more difficult to work with than Bobbi Brown’s. They’re not as buttery smooth, aren’t as easy to blend, and feel kind of weird and tacky for some time after I apply it. I think they’re much more suited as bases than cream shadows, especially on my oily lids. My colour tatoos are also feeling all dried up after a few months, whereas my BB cream shadow is two years old and just as smooth as ever! Maybelline do some excellent bright and vibrant colours though, an area in which Bobbi Brown is lacking.