5 drugstore beauty products I swear by
I love makeup and beauty products, but as I’m normally shopping on a budget, I can’t always afford to buy the high-end brands I’m always seeing recommended. Luckily, the good ol’ drugstore (or ‘chemist’, if you’re in the UK…) takes a bit of beating, and there are tons of products out there that cost much less than their higher-end counterparts, but work just as well.
Here are five drugstore beauty products I swear by…
After years of paying £30 a bottle for expensive foundations – many of which ended up lying unused in a drawer – I discovered Rimmel’s Match Perfection 2 years ago, and have never looked back. This is not only the palest foundation I’ve found from a drugstore brand, it’s also one of the most flawless: it provides medium-weight, buildable coverage, which glides on and doesn’t ever look “cakey” on my skin, the way many other foundations do. If they ever stop making it, I’m staging a protest…
This one is a recent discovery, but I can’t see myself going back to my £20-per-tub high end concealer now that I’ve discovered the perfect shade, plus great coverage, for just £4.19!
I’ve never dyed my hair, but I do like to give the colour a bit of a “boost” every now and then: Superdrug’s Colour Effects Conditioner adds just a hint of colour, which washes out easily – I used the shade ‘Rich Red’, which is basically my natural colour, only a little more vibrant, but there’s a range of other colours to try, too. One word of warning: this doesn’t actually condition my hair, so I use it purely for the colour-boosting properties, with a regular conditioner used afterwards to keep my hair looking its best.
I normally wear waterproof mascara, which means I need a dedicated remover to take it off every night. This one does the job quicky and effectively – and is a helluva lot cheaper than the Lancome version I used to buy, for four times the price!
I’m a big fan of Clinique’s Chubby Stick lip stains, but they’re not exactly cheap, so while I do splash out every now and then, I also have a growing collection of Revlon’s Colourburst Stains, which are a great drugstore dupe. I actually find these have a better colour payoff than the Clinique product, so they look more like a lipstick than a balm on me – I guess that could be a good thing or a bad one, depending on your point of view!