This week, we’ve discussed a ton of drugstore products that I truly love. However, there are a few products that I enjoy, but wouldn’t necessarily call favorites. Keep reading to see a few of my honorable mentions.
In an effort to make this a little easier to follow, and keep this post from being twelve pages long (LOL), I’m going to be grouping products together. As always, I’ll give information on what I think of them.
These three primers are all great, don’t get me wrong. I’ve just found other things that I like more. I still would recommend any of them to you guys. The NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer is said to be a dupe for the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, but I haven’t used that one yet, so I can’t attest to the accuracy of that statement. I can, however, say that the Angel Veil does make your face appear smoothed out when you use it. I wouldn’t say it’s the most oil-controlling primer, but it doesn’t claim to be, so there’s that.
The Rimmel Stay Matte and the Hard Candy Shine-Free are both much better at conrtolling oil, as that’s pretty much what they’re made to do. The Hard Candy primer contains dimethicone, but doesn’t have that silicone feeling that most mattifying primers with that ingredient do. The Rimmel Stay Matte has more of a lotiony texture and feeling to it. Both are definitely worth giving a try if you’re an oily skin girl or guy.
I discovered the No.7 Blush at Ulta while I was actually looking for another product from the line. The color was so vivid that I had to give it a go. To my surprise, this blush is WAY more pigmented than I anticipated. So much so that I have to tap my brush off after one light tap into the pan to prevent the clown cheeks. I enjoy this blush, but haven’t used it much because it was summer when I purchased it, and this is definitely more of a fall/winter shade. I definitely look forward to using it more now that the weather is starting to change here.
The NYX Matte Bronzer is most definitely my jam. It’s so difficult for me to find a matte bronzer in my shade, so this one is a welcomed addition to my collection. I’ll even use it instead of face powder on those no makeup days since it’s so close to my skin tone in the summer. It’s much better for actual bronzing for me in the winter when my winter pale is at its peak.
(I know concealer is technically a face product, but I tend to use it to prime my eyes, so I threw it in with the eye stuff. Judge me.) The L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush is most definitely a YouTube made me buy it product for me. I definitely see why so many Influencers on The Tube love it, because it has amazing pigment and staying power. For me, I’m not a huge cream shadow fan, so I just don’t use it that often. I enjoy the results when I do though. I typically use it as a base for my powder shimmer shadows in that same or similar shade.
For the eye pencils, all of the ones pictured are great products. The e.l.f. Eyebrow Pencil is a steal at only $2. It’s comparable with many of the higher end brow pencils that I have, but it’s too new to me for me to call it a favorite. I still recommend it though for those of you looking for a more cost effective alternative to the Brow Wiz or Precisely, My Brow. I use the Rimmel Exaggerate and the Milani Stay Put liners in my waterline, and I’m pleased with the results they give. The Milani one can smudge slightly on me, but only when my allergies are on a thousand and I’m rubbing my eyes furiously. Otherwise, both stay in place for basically an entire workday.
The mascaras I chose for today are ones that I discovered a few years ago when I began immersing myself in makeup tutorials and such. The L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black was my holy grail for quite some time, and I still think it’s good, but I’ve since found other mascaras that I enjoy more. The Maybelline Lash Sensational is another mascara that I definitely like, but have found others that I enjoy more. I definitely plan to revisit this one in particular, because I recall really loving it at one point.
The NYX Multitasker Mixing Medium is an awesome product. Basically, you can add a drop or two to any loose pigment or pressed eyeshadow to turn it into a liquified product you can use as eyeliner. Now, for someone that doesn’t typically use liquid liner (I’m the WORST with it lol), it’s not a product I get much, if any, use out of. However, if you love liquid liner but have trouble finding ones in certain colors or finishes, I’d suggest giving this a go. The Wet n’Wild PhotoFocus Concealer is pretty fantastic. The shade range is pretty limited, but it’s a good product. I find it gives me similar results to some of my high end concealer, but I’m completely dedicated to the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer and formula, so I don’t use my Wet n’Wild unless I’m out of the Urban Decay one.
So, folks, these are a few of my drugstore honorable mentions. Leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram (@theregulargirlreviews) with some of your most liked, but maybe not LOVED, drugstore products.