Friday, 23 October 2015

DRUGSTORE MAKEUP STARTER KIT | Maybelline, Sleek, Bourjois etc.

When I started having an interest in beauty and makeup, I used to think that the more expensive the product, the better. Brands like Mac and Urban Decay have some amazing products and have always been cult favourites, but when it comes to a simple every day look, I've found so many cheaper alternatives from the drugstore.

These pieces are perfect if you're just starting out with makeup, or you're interested in having that flawless face without breaking the bank. Behold, the best of the drugstore:


For me, primer is really important. Because of my dry skin, I find that it just makes the makeup look ten times better, and stops my foundation from separating or looking cakey on the dry areas. It's not an essential though, some people can wear makeup easily and it'll stay on all day without wear.

If you're like me then I would definitely suggest the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer (£9.99). It's formula is light and easy to apply, and it's very similar to Mac's Strobe Cream (£24.50). Because of it's luminescent finish, it provides a dewy base that you can apply before or with your foundation to give the illusion of healthier dewy skin. If you don't struggle with dry skin, then I would suggest Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer (£7.99), it blurs pores effectively and although thicker than the L'Oreal primer, provides a really nice base similar to Benefit's Porefessional Primer (£24.50).

Foundation / BB Cream

If you're just starting out with makeup, then foundation may not be an essential to you yet - hence I included a BB Cream. BB Cream is a great alternative, and perfect for those days where you don't quite need the extra coverage. Both these are good for all skin types, but the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (£10.99) works wonders on my dehydrated skin.

For those of you blessed with blemish-free skin, try Maybelline Foundation Dream Pure BB Cream (£6.99).


This product may seem like an obvious choice, as it has been circling around the beauty community for many years now. The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (£3.99) is one of the best powders for mattifying your face and setting your makeup. Doesn't matter what your skin is like, the formula and the colour range of these powders is sure to impress and work wonders for you.

Here I have the shades: Translucent and Warm Beige.


Again, not an essential, but if you are interested in concealing those under-eye circles and blotchy red blemishes then two of my favourites are the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer (£10.00) or the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99) - this is also a dupe for Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.00). I love the Soap & Glory Kit because it also comes with a translucent powder that I love to set under-eye concealer - I usually use the Maybelline one for blemishes.


My favourite part of my makeup routine. When I started wearing makeup I was never interested in doing anything to my eyebrows, and you may not be either. But if you're like me and have been totally sold to the Cara Delevigne-Lily Collins power brow then these are my favourite products to try and achieve them. Both are equally good quality without breaking the bank - it all just depends on which type of product you prefer. When I want a darker but natural brow I tend to use powders, saving the pencil/wax formula for when I want something more defined and statement-like.

Another dupe is the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil (£8.00) which is an equally good but not-so-equally priced version of the Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50) - a current cult favourite. Soap & Glory, in my opinion, are one of the best drugstore brands for eyebrow products as they offer lots of variations of eyebrow product, as opposed to many of the other cheaper brands having only a pencil to show for their brow range. I prefer the 'Archery' pencil the best, as it comes with a spoolie attached at one end - perfect for travelling. The other alternative is the Collection Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit (£3.99) that comes in a neat kit with three shadow shades and a clear brow gel (you wouldn't have guessed from my picture - I think I need a new one soon, it's getting disgusting). For the price the kit comes at, I would buy the entire thing just for the gel - I love it. No matter what product I've used on my brows that day, I will always finish it off with this setting gel.


A 3-in-1. It's always good if you're on a budget or a frequent traveller but this product I would suggest to anyone. Sleek have always been at the top of the blusher charts with the amazing pigmentation, but the prices are amazing too!

My favourite product from them is the Sleek Face Form Palette (£9.99). I have the shade Light, but they do a nice colour selection that would suit any skin tone. All three colours are really nice pigmentation meaning this is a palette that would last you a long time! Additionally, the blush shade in this palette is an identical dupe for the famous Nars blush in the shade Orgasm (£23.00). I also love how the bronzer/contour shade is matte in this palette - I've found most drugstore brands offer only shimmery bronzers and no contour shades.


The next product is another optional one. When I was first wearing makeup I very rarely dabbled into eyeshadows at all since I never could get the hang of them - I'm still no expert. So I decided instead to include these amazing products, the Maybelline 24Hr Colour Tattoo's (£4.99). They're creamy, pigmented and easy to apply (whilst only being £4.99!). You can use them as a nice eye primer/base and apply eyeshadow over the top to enhance the colour and make them last longer, or - as I commonly use them - sweep them over the lid on their own as an easy swipe of colour. I love their vast colour range, and they provide shades for more daring colourful looks, as well as more natural shades.

Below I just pictured some of the more wearable shades - these are my favourites.
Shades swatched: Eternal Gold and On and On Bronze.


I've included three eyeliners - again - to give a bit of choice. Me personally, I like winged eyeliner on a day to day basis and find that an eyeliner pen of some sort is easiest for me to apply. I love gel too, but find it takes longer and tend to avoid the hassle in the mornings. My favourite eyeliner of all time is the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner Pen in Carbon Black (£6.00). It stays on all day and despite eyeliner pens sometimes fading quickly, this one stays black and doesn't dry out as quickly as many of the others I've tried. I couldn't recommend this liner enough - and I know EssieButton also loves it.

If you prefer gel then the best one I've ever tried is the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner (£7.99). It comes with a little brush and a tiny pot so it's travel-friendly, while also lasting a really long time. I love using an angled brush with this product too, but if you're a master already then the brush comes in handy.

Lastly, I've pictured below a MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner (£1.00(!!)), mine is in the shade Rich Brown which I love. They're so creamy which means they are easy to apply, and they come with a sharpener attached which is so so so useful! They do a nice colour range and because they're only £1, I've bought many of the bright colours too so I can experiment out of my comfort zone without breaking the bank. I love all MUA products but these are probably one of my favourites.


My all time favourite mascara from Boots or Superdrug has got to be Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (£7.99). The picture below shows the waterproof version, but I love the normal version as well. The thing I love most about this mascara is how the wand is so fat and chunky - I feel like it really helps volumize my lashes. However, if you prefer a slimmer wand or like mascaras with fibre brushes, all of Maybelline's mascaras are amazing. L'Oreal and MaxFactor do amazing ones too - but these are a little more pricey.


When it comes to lipstick or lip products in general - I feel like there's a lot of competition throughout the brands. Bourjois do amazing liquid lipsticks, Soap & Glory do some nice chubby sticks, and really cheap brands like Collection and MUA do nice lip liners. I would suggest looking around and finding the shades and formulas you like - there is so much choice.

For me personally, I love the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks (£5.49). There colour range is quite good - and they have recently brought out a nude range as well as a matte collection too. In formula and smell I find that they are really similar to the Mac lipsticks (£15.50) - they only lack the vast colour selection that Mac has to offer. I find that the Rimmel lipsticks are really good value for money, as they feel really comfortable on the lips and last a long time without showing signs of smudging. The shades I have swatched below are my all time favourite red (shade 01) and my new favourite (shade 45) which is from the recent nude collection.

(These photos have terrible lighting sorry)


When it comes to drugstore brushes and application tools, there really is only one brand that comes to my mind. Real Techniques brushes have the most amazing quality for any sets of brushes - let alone some from a cheaper brand. They come in either sets or as single brushes meaning you can buy whichever you feel essential in your collection. They also last such a long time even after multiple washes (mine need a good clean though). I am currently eyeing up their newest collection of Bold Metals...

Below are: the Expert Face Brush (£8.99), the Cheek Brush (part of a set £23.99) and the Blush Brush (£9.99).

Most of these products are available online from shops like Superdrug or Boots, but I've found that they're also both really good at keeping lots of stock in-store.

If you could only choose one drugstore brand, what would it be?

1 comment

  1. real techniques brushes are my fave and the maybelline eyeliner is amazing as well :)

    danielle | avec danielle


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