Last year, just before Priceline’s famous 40% Off Cosmetics sale, I came up with Budget Beauty Week concept. One year later, I’m preparing my wishlist for the upcoming sale (9th and 10th of November – mark your calendars!) and thought I’d help you prepare yours too. The next four posts on TBC will be giving you my top three(ish) recommendations for base, cheeks, eyes and lips and I truly can’t wait to share them all!
A lot of my base favourites from the drugstore are the same as they were last year, with a few new additions that are well worth checking out.
I haven’t included primer in the pics because I’ve yet to completely fall in love with a primer from the drugstore but some of my favourites in the past have been the Face of Australia Face Base Primer, L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer (the best for a glowy base) and Innoxa’s Primer Spray.
My recommendation for dry skin, in particular. It’s a glowy, medium coverage base that I love to pull out when my skin’s feeling a little less oily than normal. I love how natural it looks on the skin – when set down with a bit of powder, it lasts beautifully all day.
Best for those with normal to dry skin, this is another glowy foundation with a little more coverage than the L’Oreal. Although perhaps a little too full-on for oily skin, I find it can work quite well even on my normal-combination skin, when set down with powder. Easily buildable with a pretty decent wear time – I wore this one a lot during the winter.
My number one pick for oily skin is another L’Oreal base. I’ll always prefer a little bit of glow in my bases but this one is my go-to when I feel like changing it up. The finish is a satin-matte but never looks dull or heavy on the skin. It controls the oil in my t-zone well and feels comfortable all day long.
My favourite drugstore concealer to swipe under the eyes when I’m looking a little tired. It’s an incredibly lightweight formula that blends in seamlessly and never creases on the delicate skin under the eyes. I love the discontinued Brightener shade but Fair is just as great to brighten and conceal.
Two of my favourite drugstore options for concealing spots, pigmentation or scarring. Both do a great job of covering without caking or separating. I mention both because, as great as the Bourjois option is, their shade range is fairly limiting. I tend to chop and change between the two, depending on the day.
I’m still surprised by how in love with these powders I am. I reach for either the Anti-Redness or Brightening shade every day to set my entire face and have yet to be let down. The formula is soft, finely milled and never looks powdery or over the top on the skin. They’re super cheap, especially when on sale, so I definitely recommend giving them a go.
Incredibly similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, these have been a favourite of mine for a while too. The shade Soft Focus provides a beautiful, subtle glow to the skin so I particularly love to reach for it when I’m getting dolled up for a night out. They’re seriously reminiscent of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but for a fraction of the price.
Tune in on Thursday for my blush, bronzer & highlighter recommendations!
What are your favourite base bits from the drugstore?
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