A while back, when I was still an Ipsy subscriber, I took advantage of a special Milani deal. I paid $20 for all the products to our right. I love several things out of the bunch, but my super duper faves are the Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows. The shades here are (left to right) Bella Espresso, Bella Gold, and Bella Sand. Milani has a whole spiel about the gel-to-powder formula of these shadows, and I don't know about all that, but I do know that they're beautifully vivid color, they have good staying power, and they're fairly inexpensive.
I use Bella Sand the most out of the set. It's great all over the eye from lid to eyebrow on those "no makeup makeup" days. It has a beautiful satin finish, and the color is close to my skin tone. I also totally dig Bella Gold. I haven't seen a gold this gold at the drugstore...maybe ever.
Another Milani product I can't live without is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. This brand is quickly becoming a drugstore fave, and it all started with this product. While I have super dry skin, my eyelids are freakishly oily. I considered high dollar primers from Too Faced and Urban Decay, but I'm glad I started with this one. It's $6 for a tube, it lasts forever because it takes so little, and it makes my eyeshadow last all day. Like 12+ hours.
And you knew this next one was coming. Let's talk ColourPop. This is a brand that isn't available in stores, but you can order from their website for drugstore prices. All of their shadows and lippies are $5 each, and their blushes, highlights, and bronzers are $8.
While I love everything I've tried from this brand, it was just a couple of nights ago that I fell head over heels for their highlight! I like to add a little light and reflectiveness to the tops of my cheeks...especially in the summer. I've had Mary-Lou Manizer from TheBalm for a while now, but I find that powder highlights don't wear well on me because they look tooooo powdery by the end of the day. I used a large stipple brush with this ColourPop highlighter, and it just melted into my skin and looked so much less...obvious. Let's just say it: less fake! While the color I have is part of a set, you can browse a variety of them here.
Incidentally, this is my makeup look today. Cheeks and lips are ColourPop. Sorry for the crap lighting!
Finally, let's talk a little about drugstore makeup brushes. Since I've gotten into makeup, the biggest revelation to me has been brushes. They make such a big difference, and if you think you can't apply makeup...you may not have the right brushes or you may need more practice using them! They make everything so much easier.
Real Techniques is my favorite affordable brush brand, and I have to be honest that I haven't tried a ton. I really like these, and I don't feel much urge to wander. You can buy these babies at Walmart, Walgreens, and lots of other places. My personal faves are the complexion sponge, expert face brush, shading brush, and blush brush. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll be back with a brush post soon!
What are some of your drugstore faves?
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored! I just like makeup. And I like what I like what I like.