Analisa Hastings Hair + Makeup

Makeup That’s Worth the Splurge and Drugstore Dupes that Slay!

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Hey, Gorgeous! When it comes to beauty products, a lot of people assume, especially non-makeup artists, that the more money you spend on luxury brands, the higher the quality. But guess what? Drugstore makeup can be just as good, if not better!

In this blog, we will (respectfully) debunk the myth that expensive products equate to better performance/quality and list both drugstore and name-brand products that inspire you, and lead you to try them for yourself!

Disclaimer: there are definitely high-end products out there that are worth splurging on, but remember that quality isn’t always determined by price!

Drugstore makeup has come a long way in recent years and now offers a wide range of options in coverage, shades, and texture. From foundation to eyeshadow palettes and everything in between, drugstore brands invested in research and development to create formulas that rival their expensive counterparts. With that said, here are our TOP MAKEUP RECOMMENDATIONS that you MUST TRY!

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara has been a staple in the beauty industry for over 40 years. It’s a classic that has always had a special place in our makeup kit, so it’s surely our top recommendation!

For hot or rainy days, the Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is the best waterproof mascara. Its small and compact brush allows for easy access to hard-to-reach lashes and bottom lashes, while its thick and dry formula makes it easy to layer without clumping. When it comes to coverage, its performance is phenomenal, providing a noticeable volume boost without looking too dramatic. Moreover, it works well with false lashes giving just the right amount of color to the natural lashes without weighing down the falsies.

One downside that we see from this product, however, it may take a few strokes for you to achieve a specific thickness on your natural lashes. Other than that, it is an affordable, readily available mascara that will give you wow results! 

For us, the Inglot Eye Set, Duraline + AMC Eyeliner Gel 77, is God sent! Duraline is a revolutionary eyeliner that creates a waterproof formula that won’t budge! It’s known for its versatility because it can be mixed with powder or cream products, creating a super-pigmented eyeliner that glides smoothly. When we use this product for our brides, its formula lasts for all day and won’t budge! Another thing that we love about this product is it offers custom shades!

So when our clients have a specific theme for their look, the Duraline suits them well. Thus, the Inglot Eye Set is a great choice if you’re looking for a new eyeliner and mixing medium.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Indestructible Setting Spray is a new and innovative product that offers a subtle, natural finish to makeup. The spray bottle is very pretty, and it diffuses extremely fine mists that give a glow to the skin without any wet spots.

Its main ingredients are aloe vera and green tea extract! These organic ingredients contain a melatonin element that mimics the sun’s effects on the skin, giving it a natural look, just how our clients would like it! When scattered about an arm’s length down, the mist settles onto the skin, providing a dewy-eyed finish without making the skin look shiny.

We love the versatility this product offers as well. Say you need a different color eyeliner or need your eyeshadow to be more defined, simply mist this setting spray on your brush before dipping into your shadow pallet, and wallah, you have a liquid shadow or liner! It’s an amazing trick we use often!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder’s quality and performance are exceptional! We’re obsessed! It’s like all the goodness has been put into one product– first, it extends makeup’s longevity, making it suitable for oily skin and humid climates; and second, it absorbs excess oil and controls shine, ensuring makeup stays fresh and flawless. The fine powder creates a lightweight, natural finish and is non-irritating for all skin types, which makes them compatible with each and every client.

Additionally, it prevents flashbacks in photographs by preventing a white cast on the face when the powder reflects light. Bonus: it gives the skin a silky texture! Surely, this product should be in everyone’s everyday makeup kit!

E.l.f’s High-Definition Undereye Concealer Setting Loose Powder is THE perfect product for those struggling with dark circles or setting their concealer flawlessly. It has a smooth, lightweight texture that glides effortlessly on the skin, preventing fine lines and enhancing the overall look.

What we love most about this product is its subtle brightener/iridescence that reflects light and brightens even the darkest circles. It may be on the pricier side of drugstore makeup, but its performance is certainly worth your purchase! There is no other product that sets like this does, definitely a must-have I can’t live without!

The Maybelline New York’s Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a trustworthy, matte lipstick that delivers on its promise of long-lasting, high-impact color. Its texture is to die for, and you can always find it at your local drugstores too! It’s velvety– you can effortlessly apply it on your lips and it dries down to a beautiful matte finish. Also, the pigmentation is incredible; whether bold or neutral, it always produces a rich/opaque color!

The lipstick’s staying power is impressive, even through meals and drinks. I’ve tried brands like Anastasia, tarte and they hold nothing to this color stay. The only drawback is that it can be difficult to remove, so you may need an oil-based makeup remover(totally worth the extra work IMO). Regardless, the Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is an awesome choice for those seeking a reliable, matte lipstick that lasts all day.

Next time you shop for makeup, don’t overlook the drug store aisle. You might just find a hidden gem at an affordable price. Remember, excellent quality only sometimes comes with a hefty price tag! And save the big bucks for those products that are really worth paying for the brand!

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