Late last year, I decided that I was tired of spending so much money on foundation and concealer and determined to find affordable alternatives to high-end, high-priced makeup. After trying many, many different products, I’ve landed on three that I love. Let’s get right to it!
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CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation, $9
This foundation is perfect–and I don’t say that lightly. It’s moisturizing but not greasy, provides full coverage without being thick or cakey, and it lasts all day. Since I discovered it (after being disappointed with many other drugstore foundations), I’ve bought it again and again. As with any makeup, I wear the lightest shade, Ivory. I highly recommend it!
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Conceal Makeup, $6.50
If there was such a thing as a makeup pet peeve, mine would be thin concealer that doesn’t conceal anything. I want dark circles covered along with blemishes and discoloration. This concealer does the trick! The formula is thick and provides great coverage, but it’s not too thick. (I realize that’s the worst explanation of all time, but I hope you’re tracking.) Basically, you won’t need to apply layer after layer of this stuff to cover whatever you want to cover. I love it! I wear the shade Fair.
Maybelline New York Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder, $5
I’ve used this as my setting powder for months and it. is. awesome. I apply it only to my t-zone (forehead and down my nose and chin) to slightly matte-ify that area without my face looking unnatural and flat. It lasts forever and definitely helps my foundation and concealer stay in place and keep oil at bay throughout the day. For $5, you can’t beat it! I wear the Light shade. (I apply this with an EcoTools Retractable Kabuki brush.)
Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blenders, $9
I bought these during an Amazon Lightening Deal a few months ago and have LOVED using them. (Even without the lightning deal, they’re only $4.50 each!) I can’t say enough good things about the way these flawlessly apply my foundation and concealer. Here’s how I use them: I wet one and squeeze it out so it’s a little damp. I dot my foundation around my face on my chin, both cheeks, my nose, and forehead. Then I “bounce” the blender over the dots and around my face and the foundation comes out as a thin, even layer. For my concealer, I do the same thing, but only where I want it. This method took a little getting used to, but I’ll never, ever go back to using my fingers. The application is so much better this way and very fast!
For under $30, I’ve found foundation, concealer, setting powder, and applicators I love. That’s half of what I was paying for just foundation in the past! I consider that a win!
// What are your favorite drugstore makeup products?
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I’ve been using the same foundation for years now! It’s amazing! 🙂 I’ll have to give those makeup sponges a try – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender for a while now, but those are just so expensive for a tiny little sponge.
I love using Avon! I wait until there’s a buy one get one 50% off sale.
Thanks for sharing!! I’ve been looking for a good (and affordable) concealer. I think I’ll give it a try.
So this is kind of a dumb question ..but were you able to return all the concealers/foundations that didn’t work for you?
Blair Lamb says
I just used them up! (They weren’t horrifically terrible, just not great.) I think at Ulta you can return stuff you don’t like, though, and they have drugstore makeup!