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Drugstore Products That Perform Like High-end Products

Drugstore products are hit or miss, and it can be frustrating to find the ones that really stand out. Below is a list of some drugstore products that rival their high-end competitors.

1. Maybelline Eyestudio Color-Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows


There are now a few different products in the Color Tattoo line including eye crayons and liquid shadows. There really is no substitute for the original with this product. The cream gel shadows can’t be beat for color payoff and wear time. (I found that the eye crayons and liquid shadows were streaky and not as pigmented). The cream gel shadows really do last all day with great color. I have hooded eyes and really like to use them on my lids because they don’t transfer onto the upper eye area.

I actually prefer these to the MAC Paint Pots. For me, the application was better and they lasted longer. Plus, they are less expensive! All three of us use these almost daily and LOVE them. They come in a range of colors and finishes and run about $6-8 USD.

2. Milani Baked Blush


These have gotten a lot of attention since their release for good reason. The 11 shades offered are beautiful, super pigmented, and blend wonderfully! They also contain jojoba seed oil and are paraben free.

These blushes have been compared to Nars Orgasm blush, and both Luminoso and Dolce Pink are crowd favorites. Milani offers a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and have added two new shades to the lineup. Again, all three of us love these. They run $8 USD each at

3. L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care


The Hydra Genius Skincare line from L’Oreal includes three moisturizers, each for different skin types (Normal/Oily, Normal/Dry, and Extra Dry). The moisturizers are a gel hybrid that provide the appropriate amount of moisture for your skin type.

These moisturizers are similar to the feel of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Both have dimethicone near the top of the ingredients list for a silky feel, and aloe to sooth the skin. I use the normal/dry flavor and love it! Hydra Genius runs about $14-18 USD depending on where you purchase.

4. NYX Pore Filler Primer


NYX pore filler is a primer that utilizes dimethicone and polymers to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. This helps provide a smoother makeup application. The product has a very thick consistency that evens out the skin’s surface and keeps makeup from settling into pores and lines.

This product is similar to higher-end pore fillers like Porefessional and Spackle primer. Because this product is dimethicone-based, only use a pea-sized amount to keep it from pilling and balling up as you work it in to your skin. Pore Filler leaves skin soft and smooth and provides a flawless foundation application. It costs $14 USD at

5. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara


This is a brand-spakin’-new mascara in the Voluminous line from L’Oreal Paris. I will tell you now that I pretty much have zero luck with drugstore mascaras. I have watery eyes due to allergies, drugstore mascaras always smudge, flake, or never do anything for my lashes. I have been a hardcore fan of Tarte’s Maneater Mascara since its release. The only drawback is that they don’t make a waterproof version.

This past week, L’Oreal released their Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. I heard about it from Tati on Youtube and reluctantly went to purchase it. HOLY CRAP this stuff is it! I have found my singular drugstore mascara! This stuff amps up my lashes (almost falsies-core) and stays put. I napped in this stuff with no smudging.

The best part is that IT COMES IN WATERPROOF!!!! This product, to me, is better than a lot of higher-end mascaras and it only costs $10
USD at (You can save $1 by purchasing at Wal-Mart or Target superstores). I had to get mine at because I could not find it in any store anywhere!

6. Batiste Dry Shampoo


Okay, here is a bonus hair product that we cannot live without! Batiste Dry Shampoo is 100%, hands-down THE BEST dry shampoo value out there. This is a big assertion, but we stick by it. This gives second and third day hair new life and volume. It comes in several different flavors, including color-tinted for blonde, brunette and dark hair to avoid the chalky, white residue some dry shampoos can leave behind. We only wish there was a red version for Roxi! Grab this at Wal-mart for around $6 or $7 USD. Otherwise, expect to pay $8-10 elsewhere.

Hopefully, this list will save you some $ on products. As drugstore brands up their game, consumers benefit from an increasing number of dupes and value products that behave like they are higher end. Let us know what you have tried from this list and if you agree or disagree. Also, let us know if you would like more posts like this.

❤ – Lynn Lynn


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