Although I do own plenty of high-end cosmetics, I am very fond of drug-store brand cosmetics. In many cases,
these items can be just as good as higher end brands, but they lack the price tag of high-end brands. So this week, I decided to ro
und up a few of my favorite drug-store brand items, listing a few pros and cons for each item.
The first up
is L’Oreal True Match Press Powder (CVS, $10.49). This product is super blendable when used with a brush to apply it. It also helps with oil control; since using this product, I haven’t had many oil control problems with my skin. Another benefit of this particular brand is that True Match comes in a variety of shades and tones. There are warm, cool and neutral tones. However, this can be a con; since there are so many shades, it may take a bit of time to find the shade that matches you perfectly.
For those that don’t know, NYX’s cosmetics are some of the best drugstore products out there. They have a great selection of eye shadow colors, and the pigments in those shadows are near professional quality. They also have staying power. Recently, I needed a new eye shadow base, so I wanted to give NYX’s a try. I picked up the eye shadow base in skin tone ($7, online). They have two other kinds, white and white pearl bases. I have noticed that my eye shadow does stay on well, and the skin tone color of this base also has given my eyes a brighter glow to them. However, I will say that the only downside of this brand is that I wish it came in more variety, like Urban Decay’s Potion Primers, which have several finishes. However, you never know what a company could possibly make in the future.
Another item that I swear by is Rose Salve ($5.50, Bath and Body Works). I usually buy this product at Bath and Body Works, although I have seen it at Sephora. It’s a pink colored balm that can be used for everything from chapped lips to cracked skin. It also adds this light pink glow to lips, which mimics a pink lip gloss. However, this salve isn’t sticky like some lip glosses, nor is it greasy like some lip moisturizers. It has a perfect balance of color, shine and moisture, which I often fine lacking in many lip products. I have thought for some time about the negatives of Rose Salve and I can’t name any. This is something everyone should have in their cosmetic bags, because it has so many uses.