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September 18, 2017

Best Drugstore Makeup + Makeup Shopping Guide.

Are you a makeup lover but can’t afford high-end makeup? you want to start your makeup collection but are on a budget. On this post, I share my favorite makeup products from the drugstore. I created a free printable drugstore makeup shopping list to help you start your makeup collection on a budget.

I am very excited to finally announce The Makeup Shopping Guide for Starters or for anyone who wants to save some bucks. Want to start a makeup collection but don’t know where to start? Want to buy makeup but are on a budget? Or, want to get a flawless, long-lasting look with affordable products? You’re in the right place. I got you covered, keep reading.

Before jumping into details, I must say this post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned below, however, there are affiliate links included. I’ll do earn money if you click on them and decide to buy. If you do, thank you for supporting me and my blog, it means a lot. All opinions are my own based on my experience and product’s efficiency.

What is it?

It is a Drugstore Makeup Guide in which I include the best of the best from the drugstore. This guide will help you choose the correct makeup to start your makeup collection, revamp it or simply create beautiful but affordable looks.

What’s in it?

It is a drugstore makeup shopping list that contains the best products for oily and dry skin. It’ll help you choose the ones that fit your skin’s necessities best.

Who is it for?

  • People on a budget
  • Makeup Pro’s
  • Anyone who wants to start a makeup collection
  • Any Makeup lover.


Elf Daily Hydration Moisturizer

It’s a Hydrating lotion that locks in moisture all day. The skin absorbs it quickly and leaves it smooth. Feels refreshing and helps the skin look radiant. It’s infused with aloe, shea butter, and cucumber.


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Nyx Hydra-Touch Primer (Dry Skin)

It is for dry skin, but to be honest it is not oily, thick or too dewy.  I don’t see a problem if a person with oily skin uses it. It is water based, lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

 NYX Shine Killer Primer (Oily skin)

This primer is for oily skin. It is silicone based, not so thick, comfortable to wear and leaves your skin feeling very soft. I use it sometimes, even though I have dry skin, just because of its softness and blurring effects.

NYX Angel Veil Primer

This guy has been all over social media for a while. And after seeing it on every YouTube video I decided to give it a try. It is a cream and I would say it feels like a paste when you’re applying it. It is not uncomfortable, don’t get me wrong. Locks your makeup all day and leaves your skin feeling extra smooth.


L’Oréal True Match Foundation  (Dry Skin)

It is a lightweight foundation. Light to medium coverage, buildable and very comfortable to wear. Their shade range is very extense, which is great for any type of skin. Makes your skin look flawless, dewy but not shiny or oily. It’s the perfect foundation for a smooth look.

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy Smooth Foundation (Dry Skin)

It is light to medium coverage. Easy to build up, smooth, not cakey or super heavy. It is very comfortable to wear, lasts all day and adds the luminosity that a dry skin needs. The difference between this one and the True Match from L’oreal is that the previous one is thinner and I would say more luminous.


L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte (Oily Skin)

It is a completely matte foundation. Very long-lasting, easy to blend, comfortable to wear and will keep the shine away for hours. It will emphasize lines and pores, so I recommend using a pore filler before. If your skin is extremely oily or you just like that matte flat look, this is the foundation for you.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless (Oily Skin) 

What amazes me from this foundation is that it is matte but not drying. It is more of a soft matte, fills in your pores and doesn’t accentuate your fine lines that mutch. I love this one because it does not give you that flat, still look and won’t make your skin look dry. I have very dry skin and I still manage to get away with this foundation. It is medium to full coverage and lasts all day too.

Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation (All skin types) 

Not that you asked, but this one is my favorite. For me, it is truly amazing how a foundation can be for any skin type. it is a soft matte that’ll prevent your skin from looking oily but won’t make it look dry either. I love how it glides on the skin making you look smooth and soft without adding extra luminosity or drying down your skin. It doesn’t create a white cast, lasts all day and it really looks amazing. Out of all foundations mentioned here, I recommend this one and both from the Fit Me line.



Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

It has been my all-time favorite concealer for a long time. It is very light-weight, smooth, very easy to blend and it illuminates the under eye very beautifully. It is light to medium coverage, so don’t use it alone. Use another concealer on top or underneath or a color corrector.

Maybelline Master Conceal

This has been on the market for a long time, but I tried it recently and absolutely fell in love. It is yellow so it illuminates the under eye more than the Fit Me Concealer and it is full coverage. You can use it alone and it will cover the dark circles and won’t give you that white cast because it’s yellow. But because I am so extra and it truly looks amazing, I apply the Fit ME underneath and on top the Master Conceal. It gives a beautiful coverage and it illuminates the under eye like nothing I have ever tried. The Master Conceal is thicker but yet very easy to blend.

NYX HD Photogenic ConcealerNYX HD Concealer

Creamy, brightening and hydrating concealer. Won’t create a white cast, will cover imperfections, dark circles, and blemishes. Lasts all day and illuminates de undereye.


E.L.F. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream

I can finally say there’s a good brow product at the drugstore. The E.L.F’s brow cream helps carve and fill in the brows. Its creamy consistency helps blend the product very easy. Its pigmentation is excellent and its price can’t be beaten. This Cream actually replaced my ABH Dipbrow pomade.

Loose Powder

Airspun Translucent Powder

I cannot explain my love for this guy. It is for dry skin, it is matte and absorbs oil. You can use it to set the under eye, face or the “baking” technique.

L’Oréal Hydra Perfect Translucent Powder

I started using this powder after my skin got extremely dry. It minimizes the appearance of pores and has moisturizers to keep the skin healthy and looking flawless.

Compact Powder

L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Powder

This is a dual powder. One side has shimmer which you can use as a highlighter or all over face glow. I use it all over the face to add a little shimmer and it helps for a dewy look. It won’t make your face look oily or too shimmery. It just adds the perfect about of shine.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder

It is for oily skin, sensitive skin and won’t clog pores.  It is matte but not flat. Improves skin texture and leaves it looking smooth. Controls shine and last all day.


Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner

I have been using this eyeliner for years and have not found something better. It is very easy to use, water and sweat resistant last all day and it’s very black. Although it sticks to the eyelids and does not move, it is very easy to remove.

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

What I love about this mascara is that it’s double-sided. One side for upper lashes and one side for lower lashes. Which is great because usually the brush is too big for the lower lashes and you end up making a mess. It is very comfortable to wear and volume and length to the lashes too.



Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter 

First things first, don’t sleep on this highlighter. This is the most intense highlighter I have tried, Including from my high-end collection. It is a gold highlight that’ll make you shine and be seen from miles away. If you like to make a statement with your highlighter, this is the guy for you. I’ll include pictures below.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

Rimmel Natural Bronzer was the first bronzer I ever bought. It gives a beautiful tan and bronzed look. It makes you feel and look like you live in the Caribbean. I love it and the color is beautiful.

L’Oréal True Match Blush

This too was one of the first blushes I bought. What I love about it is that even though you get a very pink shade you can work it to either be very pigmented or a subtle look. Their range is wide so you can choose between pinks, corals or reds.

 Mario Badescu Setting Spray

This Gem I found at Ulta and to be honest, I didn’t even need a setting spray, but I have to confess, I am a sucker for them and after seeing it’s price and the number of ounces I gave it a try. They have a rosewater option and cucumber with green tea. I went for the second option because I can’t stand rose odor products. It is a facial mist that can be used before makeup, after makeup application or as a refreshing mist. It is very hydrating, refreshing and cooling. The biggest bottle is 8oz for $12 which is great and they have a travel and medium size too.


All these products I’ve tried and loved in the past. Most of them I still reach for every day. I absolutely love




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