Makeup | Current Drugstore Favourites

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

essence fresh and fit primer., essence brow designer, essence instant volume boost mascara, phase zero liquid lipstick gingerbread, revlon colorstay foundation golden caramel, sleek blusher suede, makeup revolution conceal and define concealers c10 and c12, elf lip exfoliator

I thought I’d split my current favourite makeup products by price range as I’m loving a handful from each end of the spectrum. And as much as I enjoy reading them, I don’t tend to uphold any monthly favourite series. Here I’m talking about all things drugstore/high street that I’m currently obsessed with using. Keep an eye out for my current high end favourites post soon.


So I’m all about the glowing base these days and the Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer* | £3.50 ticks all the boxes for me. It is a lightweight cream in a luminous peach tone that I wear alone for a brighter, more radiant looking complexion or underneath makeup for that lit from within perfected finish. I’m also really enjoying the iconic Revlon ColorStay Foundation - Golden Caramel* | £12.99 which has been around forever even if I am only trying it now. It has a lovely natural finish on my oily/combination skin and lasts well throughout the day without sinking into pores or grabbing at dry patches. The shade match isn’t 100% perfect but it’s probably the closest I’ve ever gotten from a drugstore foundation and I’m super happy with it.

I’m also really loving the much talked about Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer - C10 & C12 | £4. Personally I don’t understand why they’re constantly being compared to Tarte’s Shape Tape because from what I can tell, aside from the size of the applicator, there isn’t really anything in common with them. But I can’t really comment further on it because I haven’t and never will try Tape Shape. For me, this product isn’t full coverage either but I still love it. If I apply too much to try to get more coverage it creases and cakes up in the most unflattering way so I use a smaller amount, thus compromising on coverage and set it with some loose powder for a very natural light coverage that stays put all day. I’ve also used the darker shade all over my face and it makes a great foundation. I wish instead of a Stick Foundation they made a large bottle of this for my face.


Another couple of products from Essence I’m loving are the Essence Brow Designer - 07 Dark Chocolate* | £1.50 and Essence Instant Volume Boost Mascara*. The brow pencil is very basic but I don’t care about that because it does the basic job so well. This shade is perfect for my dark but sparse brows, isn’t too pigmented so I still have control over the intensity and is easy to use. The brush on the lid is a bit useless for me as it’s stiff and doesn’t really do much. The mascara is great for quick, dramatic impact volumised lashes. The brush is rather large though so you need to be careful (I’ve smushed this into the side of my nose more times than I care to relate) and it picks up too much product but nothing that a quick swipe on the neck of the tube doesn’t solve.

I’ve gone back to using my beloved Sleek Blusher - Suede again which I know so many others also enjoy. It’s a beautiful muted peach shade that complements my skin tone so well. Of course it’s great quality as Sleek blushers are among some of the best at the drugstore. I’ve had mine for years and it’s seen a lot of love and it’s still giving. I love that this shade works with nude makeup looks and bolder look too.


Its winter and it’s cold and my perpetually dry lips have been chapped and flaking constantly (urgh!) so before I use any lipstick, especially matte finish ones, I have to exfoliate my lips. This Elf Lip Exfoliator | £4.50 cost me only a few quid and it’s amazing. The lip scrub takes the form of a lipstick so it’s easier and less messy to apply and work it around the lips before wiping off. This one smells like coconut but they have a few variations I believe. They’re little budget friendly gems.

If you enjoy terracotta toned medium peachy brown lipsticks and you have a penchant for liquid lipsticks, I suggest you check out Phase Zero Liquid Lipstick - Gingerbread* | £12. It’s a lovely formula that glides on and stays put while being comfortable but this shade is just stunning. It suits my complexion incredibly well and I love pairing it with the kind of warm eye looks I’ve been creating these days, with reddish, plum and peachy tones.

Is there anything here you've been trying too? What drugstore products would you recommend I check out? Let me know...

Sal xxx
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*This post contains PR/Gifted items. All opinions are my own & 100% honest. Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

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