Although I’m beginning to look a little more high-end with my base and cheek collection, I’ll always love finding a budget buy in the eyeshadow, eyebrow, eyelash department at Priceline. Installment three of Budget Beauty Week is wrapping up all of the favourites from my collection.
These single eyeshadows are ridiculously cheap but such good quality. I particularly love the shade Hazel Me Not but have since bought other colours too. Matte or shimmer, the formula is incredibly blendable and pigmented so for $3.25 at full price, it’s well worth giving them a try.
I’ve seen swatches of these shadows all over the internet, before NYX even properly launched in Australia and Liquid Gold has not let me down. Highly metallic but so creamy – definitely a winning combination in my eyes. The whole range looks absolutely stunning.
And finally, my favourite cream option that you can find at the drugstore. These still get a workout even though I’ve been in love with the formula for years now. The shade range is full of dreamy neutrals and once you apply these to the lid, they do not budge. I commonly use them as a base for other shadows but they’re also great for lazy makeup days. I love the shades Bad To The Bronze and Creamy Beige*.
Natio Natural Shades Eyeshadow Palettes*
I recently raved about these so of course, they’re making an appearance here too. A lot of palettes in the drugstore miss the mark, either in formula or in shade selection… but Natio have done an incredible job of making two easy-to-wear palettes – Golden* and Rosebud*. Both palettes house a beautiful array of mattes and shimmers and the formula is impressive across the board. Definitely my number one pick for budget eyeshadow.
An old favourite that’s still going strong. This shimmery quad continues to impress me and also has one of the only warm-toned shades that I really wear. Each shade in the quad is gorgeous alone all over the lid or when you create a more intricate look with all of the shades.
I’ve yet to find my perfect brow pencil at the drugstore, but this Models Prefer retractable pencil has been getting a workout recently. The formula is quite creamy so I always make sure to brush through my brows after applying but apart from that, I’m super impressed with it. Let me know your brow pencil recommendations below!
For really precise filling in, I can’t go past this nifty set from L’Oreal. With a wax and a powder to fill in the brows, as well as a mini set of tweezers and a brush – it’s one of my favourites to travel with. I often find that these kinds of kits don’t really get the job done quite as well as my preferred brow pencil method, but I always come back to this set.
I have a bunch of favourites when it comes to brow gels, though. My first is this cheap option from Savvy, a brand that’s too often overlooked. It’s effective at keeping brows in place all day long without ever feeling heavy or flakey. NYX’s Control Freak gel is a similar deal. It gets the job done just as well but I find that it takes a little longer to dry.
My final brow gel option not only sets the brows, but adds a little bit of extra volume to the brows, through the fibres in the formula. I love both the clear option to set my brows down and the tinted option is also awesome for lazy makeup days. The brush is small and precise, too.
I’ve raved about this one a lot over the last couple of months but again, it’s my number one pick for eyeliner in the Australian drugstore. The shade range covers all of your bases but most importantly, the formula is silky smooth, easy to apply and doesn’t budge once it’s set. I use Brown Suede all the time, to tight-line (it’s less harsh than a black) or just to smoke up an eye look.
An even older fave comes from Australis – this wind-up crayon liner has a similarly great formula to the Models Prefer one. Super creamy and pigmented but doesn’t smudge all over the place. I use the shade Chocolate when I want a matte brown shade to line my eyes.
This recommendation pretty much extends to most of the Maybelline mascaras. When it comes to drugstore mascara, Maybelline is my go-to brand. I particularly love the Pumped Up Colossal & Lash Sensational formulas to separate, lengthen, volumise and hold a curl – they’re particularly awesome when the formula has dried up a little more.
But my all-time favourite deserves a special mention too. I’ve had a tube of this lying around in my collection for nearly five years now. It’s my everyday mascara for my lower lashes because it doesn’t smudge and looks super natural but I do also like to use it on my top lashes for natural days because it holds a curl well while providing natural looking length and volume.
Make sure to check back in on Tuesday for the final installment – talking all things lipstick – before the sale!
What are your favourite eyeshadows from the drugstore?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!
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