Finding amazing new makeup is my idea of a good time. My makeup bag and I are constantly holding auditions to find the next big thing and we take it quite seriously.
Discovering amazing new affordable makeup, well, that’s the ultimate triumph, one of life’s little wins, the pearl in the oyster.
I know my way around the UK high street. Foundation, Bourjois. Concealer, Maybelline. Mascara, L’Oreal. Eyeshadow, Makeup Revolution. Lipstick, Rimmel. Blusher, Sleek. Bronzer, Sleek. Highlighter, Sleek again.
But the US drugstore? Uncharted territory. I mean, I watch YouTube. So I know of them. And you can get the high-end stuff shipped here, if you are willing to buy unseen. But drugstore? Your Superdrug equivalent? Not so much.
So it was with much excitement that I ripped into this little parcel, from a dear pal in NYC (hey Kath), a mini drugstore haul. And a couple of these are total gems.
The Wet n Wild CoverAll Face Primer, under $5, is an absolute winner. Now in terms of primer, I look for one thing and one thing only – minimised pores. I want it to smooth out my face, and make my foundation go on great. I’ve never used a primer that I genuinely thought made my makeup last longer, but I love ’em nonetheless. For the pore reduction. Does it make me look radiant? Great. Is it firming? Bonus. But has it reduced my pores?! Shall we say pores again? Let’s not.
Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, £24.50, is my main man in the primer department. He tends to mattify, when I like a dewy look, but you know, I get my glow elsewhere. But this little Wet n Wild chap is fantastic. It blurs your pores (sorry), but also kinda makes you look luminous and matte all at the same time. What makeup voodoo is this? Highly recommend.
Another mini haul gem is the Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection in 02 Bare Necessities, under $10. That highlight shade, yessss, it’s worth the cash for that single pan. But wait, the contour shade is the perfect crease colour, and the two shimmer shades are great on the lid, particularly when foiled with setting spray. Love. Already lusting after 05 Earthy Elements.
I love a chubby lip crayon, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms, £17.50, are still the best but the Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain gets points for the cool, 80s, metallic finish, but does tends to highlight my dry lips. The Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in Gumdrop, under $8, however, is fab – tinted love balms are nothing new, but the colour of this one is just the best, a berry stain, the perfect lip for the Milani smokey gold eye.
The perfect Autumn look, on a budget. If you’ve got the air fare.
Til next time,