January 25th, 2013

Angela Hix

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My Weekend Adventures in Drugstore Makeup

Drugstore Makeup
As I stated in a previous blog post, it’s been quite a few years since I bought makeup from the drugstore and Big Box stores. I drifted away from the multitude of products as I discovered higher end. MAC took over my makeup life (I openly admit to being addicted to MAC). About 3 years ago I discovered how fantastic yet confusing Sephora could be and my collection grew again.

I found starting up my career as a makeup artist left me at both an advantage and disadvantage. I knew a good handful of great higher end products, but was at a loss for anything in the drugstore brands. So last week I decided to spend about $100 on some drugstore products and re-visit.
Some of the products I chose have been around forever, some new.
I even picked up a couple of things for future review(keep your eyes open and check back).

Thursday's Drugstore Makeup

I took the makeup for a trial run on Thursday to get a feel for it again before embarking on my “Adventure in Makeup” weekend.

I realized after I did a quick trial run Thursday night that the eyeshadow pallet I had purchased at Walmart was all shimmery. I needed something matte. So I headed off to Lawton’s for some matted shadows. It’s incredibly hard to find matte eyeshadow in the drugstore. I was lucky enough to find a few that I thought I’d be happy with(featured in Friday’s look).
After a quick trip to Lawton’s I had the last set of products I’d need.

Now the only things I used that weren’t drug store (for honesty’s sake), was face primer, eye primer and my finishing spray. These are items I have found I will never be without in the higher end. I can’t help myself and though I know they are a contributing factor to why my makeup lasted all day, ever day the past weekend, I know there are lower end versions.
Remember, I was also only trying to spend a certain amount of money for multiple looks.


  • -L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N2     ($10.96   Walmart)
  • -Maybelline FIT Concealer in 15, Fair     ($9.99   Lawton’s)
  • -Rimmel Stay Matte, Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 001, Transparent     ($6.48   Walmart)
  • -Rimmel Match Perfection Blush in 001, Light     ($7.98   Walmart)
  • -L’Oreal Eyeshadow Quad in 821, Neutrals     ($2.99    Lawton’s) <-got it on sale!
  • -Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Color Icon in 738, Comfort Zone     ($4.64   Walmart)
  • -CoverGirl Eyeshadow in 740, Brown Smolder     ($3.99   Lawton’s)
  • -NYX Eyeshadow in True Taupe     ($6.99   Lawton’s)
  • -Wet n Wild Lipstick in 911D, Stoplight Red     ($2.84   Walmart)
  • -NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in 704, Hot Red     ($5.99   Lawton’s)
  • -Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, Rossetto     ($4.98   Walmart)
  • -CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in 260, Heavenly     ($6.96   Walmart)
  • -CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in 395, Darling     ($8.69   Lawton’s)
  • -L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in 171, Blackest Black     ($10.96   Walmart)
  • -L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black     ($9.29   Lawton’s)


  • -Eve Pearl Moisturizing Primer     ($can’t remember   IMATS Toronto)
  • -MAC Paint Pot in Painterly     ($22   MAC)
  • -MAC Fix +     ($24   MAC)


For Friday I had a hair appointment with my bestie, Jillian, in the valley at the AMAZING salon she works at. (Hair Expressions & Day Spa)
So I decided to go with a soft matted shadow.

For this look I used my True Match Foundation, Rimmel Pressed Powder and Blush, Maybelline Fit concealer and my non Drugstore primers and finishing spray. I used this as my basic face base for each look over the weekend.
On my eyes I’m wearing the L’Oreal matte shadow quad, Infallible Lacquer Liner and Voluminous mascara.
I finished this look with Rimmel’s Kate Moss lipstick in Rossetto.

I was generally pleased with this overall look. It looks like something similar I wear with my higher end products.
I’m pleased to report this look lasted a VERY long time. I do attribute this to my non drugstore items, but, I was looking for creasing, how my shiny-ness broke through, whether or not the liner smudged and flakiness of the mascara (I’ll be doing individual product reviews in the near future on the items I used for this experiment).
Friday's Drugstore Look


On Saturday night my hubby took me out to dinner.

I started with the very same base as the day before. (Non drugstore primers, True Match Foundation, etc.)

For my eyes, I turned to the Wet n Wild Color Icon pallet. It’s an all shimmery pallet, so I used the most neutral of the shadows (mainly everything on the left hand side) and threw in a little bit of the L’Oreal quad from the day before for a good matte brow bone blender and eyebrow filler. I also again used the Infallible Lacquer Liner and Voluminous mascara. This time I extended the liner out a little further than the previous day.

To finish, I thought it would be a good night to give some red lips a whirl so I used a combination of the NYX jumbo lip pencil and the Wet n Wild megalast lipstick.
Saturday's Drugstore Look


We decided to get up and go have a nice brunch and get our running around down.
Not an overly exciting Sunday, but not a lazy one either (our usual Sundays).

I turned to the same face base I had been previously using for the last two looks.

For my eyes, I used the Wet n Wild Color Icon palette again. This time however I decided to stick to the right side of the pallet where it had more greens and browns than the left sides whites, champagnes and pale golds. I also again used the L’Oreal quad for my brow bone matte and eyebrow filler colors. This time however for my eyeliner I decided the Infallible Lacquer Liner would be a bit harsh, so I took an angled shadow brush and sprayed some Fix+ on it and then dipped it into the Cover Girl Brown Smolder eyeshadow and used this as an eye liner.

To finish I used a lip brush to line my lips and fill them in with Cover Girl’s Darling lipstick.

Sunday's Drugstore Look


Over all I really enjoyed playing with different looks and makeup all weekend. I got to try a couple of new techniques and a lot of new products. My favorite look I did was on Sunday. There was just something about how everything applied. it all went on almost perfectly. The shadows on Sunday were my favorite I think.

My favorite of all the products was the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick I wore on Friday. It was the perfect natural color. The reds were nice as well as the pinks, but I feel both hues were a little off for my skin tone.

My least favorite product of the weekend had to be Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It did do what it was supposed to (though no better than any other powders really), but I found it much too chalky and perfumed heavily. That’s really my biggest complaint about drugstore products. They use a lot more talc and lower grade ingredients and heavily perfume them to help cover it up. My skin took a bit of a reaction to the powder. It became very quickly dried out, taught and the powder I used to set my concealer under my eyes made them water something terrible. The blush I’m happy to report was a gorgeous colour and less chalky and perfumed. I’d use the blush again, but not the pressed powder.

So there it is!
An overview of my weekend with drugstore makeup.
I really enjoyed challenging myself with this adventurous task and have plans on writing up reviews for all the products I used. I however want to give them a little bit more of a test drive before finalizing my decisions on them (except that horrible pressed powder!). So check back soon for some drugstore product reviews!

xxoo, Angela