This Priceline cosmetics sale has snuck up even faster than I was expecting it to. My bank account has only just recovered from my skincare hauling and now it’s time to put together my list for the super exciting 40% Off Cosmetics sale. Running this Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of August, make sure you get to your local store to stock up!
I normally celebrate the second cosmetics sale of the year with my Budget Beauty Week series but this time, I’ve put it all together into this super post. My top picks in each category so you’ve got plenty of things to add to your wishlist this time around. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll already recognise a couple of picks but it’s worth one more reminder that you need to be checking these out while they’re 40% off.
Primer & Setting Sprays
A lot of my primers tend to be from the higher-end part of the market but that doesn’t mean I haven’t found some awesome gems at the drugstore. This FOA Face Base primer has long been a favourite – it hydrates, does a little bit of work to smooth the skin and improves the longevity of makeup. Well worth checking out.
If, on the other hand, you’re after a primer that’ll serve you up a dose of glow – this should be on your wishlist. This lightweight primer leaves the skin looking positively luminous so it’s a favourite to reach for when my complexion is looking a little dull. It reminds me a lot of the Becca Backlight Primer but for a fraction of the price.
I haven’t tried too many budget options in the setting spray market, probably because it’s a step that I forget too often. But I’ve been spritzing this NYX offering since I picked it up in the last sale and have been loving it. Especially when things are looking a little too heavy or powdery. There’s also a Matte Finish option that I’m keen on trying.
My last fave for this category is from Cinch and it sits somewhere between a primer and a setting spray. I use it primarily before makeup to add hydration and a little bit of glow. However, I’m not sure if this counts in the cosmetics sale or just in the skincare sale from a couple of weeks ago… Worth checking, just in case.
My latest foundation love comes from Maybelline. I wasn’t expecting much when I picked this one up but I’ve been reaching for it so much lately. Not only is it a great match for my pale skin (among the best I’ve tried in the budget market) but it wears really beautifully on the skin. I can understand why this one was getting so much attention when it launched, now.
On the other end of the spectrum, this L’Oreal cushion foundation has been another favourite when I’m favouring a more dewy finish. Easy application, just enough coverage and ideal for drier skin types. I tend to set it down with a powder on my combination skin but that doesn’t ruin the dreamy, glowy finish.
A recent addition to my foundation drawer but already, I can see myself getting along with this one. For a lot of people, this has been an old faithful for years and I can understand why. Easy to apply with a BeautyBlender, natural coverage, a beautiful satin finish and with plenty of longevity. And the shade range is among the best you can find at Priceline.
I also threw these ones in here because if you’re like me and struggle to find that perfect foundation match, these adjusting drops are so handy to have. I use them really regularly to lighten up foundation shades and they do a great job without changing the formula or leaving a white cast on the skin.
Not a lot of concealer recommendations from me, there are still plenty in Priceline that I haven’t tried. But Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer has become a mainstay. It works alright under the eyes but I find it particularly useful on spots or blemishes. It does a great job of covering redness and is super easy to apply by just patting it in with your finger.
This one’s my favourite for under the eyes. For a formula that’s so lightweight and easy to blend, it’s amazing how well this actually covers and brightens the under eye area. Again, I just swipe it on and pat it in lightly with my finger and it does a great job of making it look like I got more sleep than I actually did.
I’ve been a long-time raver about this product because it’s super cheap and I use it daily to set my face. When I first picked these up I wasn’t expecting much but since then they’ve become my every day essential to set my foundation in place and provide a beautiful, natural finish to the skin. I’ve actually hit pan (and broken) two of these recently so will be picking up more in the sale, too.
A newer addition from NYX that’s been working well for me. This baked powder does exactly what it says – providing a beautiful finish to the skin. There’s also a pretty great range of shades so it’s worth a look if you’re after something with a tiny bit more coverage.
Another powder product that I’ve mentioned plenty of times in the past. These mineral powders remind me a lot of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, adding a subtle, flattering glow to the skin. I reach for them a lot on nights out or when I really want my skin to look luminous.
I’ve been a long-time supporter of Essence blushes. Not only are the pan designs absolutely beautiful (and very photogenic) but the shade range and formulas are crazy good for the price point. For just a couple of dollars, these are amongst the best I’ve tried.
My other favourites from the budget market come from Rimmel. A no-fuss, easy to wear shade range and a formula that’s very hard to go overboard with. A lot of drugstore blushes I’ve tried are good but quickly get forgotten about, but not these beauties.
Just a singular bronzer recommendation from Priceline this time around. Because this is one of my favourite bronzers in general, not even just from the drugstore. The shade is perfect for me – adding lots of warmth without any orange-ness. It’s subtle but easily buildable, and I find myself reaching for it most days, now. It is, admittedly, hard to find in stores, but if you spot it grab it.
I haven’t had this one for long but these Australis offerings seem to be the closest to your classic OTT highlight that I’ve found in Priceline so far. A lot of other budget brands tend to go for a more subtle approach. The formula isn’t my absolute favourite but they’re worth a swatch in store as they do look beautiful on the cheeks.
My favourite Priceline highlighter discovery has got to be this beauty. If you love highlighting, this is one of my top recommendations for the sale. With plenty of colours to choose from (I even mix and match them sometimes) and an easy to work with, very glowy, formula, this is the best I’ve tried from the drugstore.
I’ve been getting into cream highlighters lately, applied to the cheekbones before setting the face, and this K-beauty inspired option has been a favourite. I’ve been swiping a little on, blending it out with a finger and the results have been beautiful. Simple, practical packaging and a pretty universally flattering shade.
This beauty has stood the test of time in my collection – I didn’t think I’d love this as much as I do. Although the bronzer is a little intense for my pale skin, the blush and the highlighter shades are absolutely beautiful. Perfect for travel or just when I’m running late and need everything in one place.
Another recent Revlon addition, but one I’ve had my eye on for ages. With a banana shade, a glowy highlighter, a bronzer and a contour shade, I wasn’t really expecting them all to work for my pale skin. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’ve been reaching for this palette almost daily since picking it up and it’s been great. Even for someone like me who is far too lazy to contour on a daily basis.
Somehow, when it comes to budget eyeshadows, I tend to prefer them in single form. And these Prismatic shadows from NYX are amongst my favourites. The formula is incredibly creamy and pigmented and the shade range has a bunch of beautiful, metallic shades to choose from. I love to pat the shades Bedroom Eyes or Liquid Gold onto the center of the lid with my finger to really finish off any eye look.
A new release from Essence but one that I’m very excited about. You can pick and choose whatever colours you want to create your own ideal palette. And for $3 you can hardly go wrong. I’ll be adding a couple more shades from this range to my collection in the sale, I reckon.
But the other Essence single shadows are also worth mentioning. The price point is so good but the formula is still so high quality. Essence always blows me away.
And of course, my favourite fuss-free cream eyeshadows. I’ve had Color Tattoos in my makeup collection for years now and there’s nothing better for a quick wash of colour all over the lid.
Models Prefer have come out with a few of these 10-pan eyeshadow palettes now, with different shade themes and I’ve actually been really impressed with them. Sure, there’s a little bit of fallout on some of the shimmer shades but for the most part, these budget-friendly palettes are great for travel or for makeup beginners looking to try out a bunch of beautiful shades.
I also love these simple eyeshadow quads from MP. Super simple and the formula is incredibly creamy. Hook Me Up is the pick of the range and although I don’t reach for it every day, I still love it whenever I remember to grab it.
A new addition to the NYX line and it’s like it was made for me. Six awesome matte shades, the perfect little palette to start off any eyeshadow look. I’ve been throwing these shades in the crease to create definition and then using a shimmery shade from elsewhere on the lid to finish it off. A new favourite, for sure.
I find that a lot of drugstore brow pencils are a little too warm for my liking, unfortunately. So I don’t have too many recommendations in the brow pencil category. But the Micro Brow Pencil from NYX is the best I’ve tried. It’s very reminiscent of the ABH Brow Wiz, which I love, so it’s no surprise that I love reaching for this one too.
My favourite drugstore brow kit comes from L’Oreal. An easy to use wax and powder combo and the kit comes with a mini spoolie and tweezers too, making this awesome for travel. Although on the day-to-day I prefer using a pencil, when I really want to take the time to get my brows right, this is what I reach for.
I do, however, have plenty of brow gel recommendations from the drugstore. This gel has become my go-to when I’ve got a long day ahead of me and don’t want my brows going anywhere. I only apply the tiniest little bit but it does a great job of holding the shape of my brows and making sure they don’t go anywhere.
My other favourite brow gel is a little more lightweight but I still love it when I just need something simple. It’s not as heavy as the NYX gel and also super cheap. Another gem from the Savvy range.
I often forget to reach for tinted brow gel but this L’Oreal beauty still gets my vote. It’s similar to Benefit’s Gimme Brow, with it’s teeny little wand and plumping fibres to really add definition to the brows. And it keeps them in place all day, too.
My all-time favourite eyeliner pencil comes from Models Prefer. No surprises here for regular readers. The shade range has everything you need and the formula is so creamy and easy to work with but once it’s set down, it does not budge.
These are my old favourites, I’ve had Scandal’eyes liners in my collection for years, but the formula is really awesome. Again, they have some awesome lasting power and a bunch of beautiful shades available.
For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of eyeliner, I seem to have a bunch of recommendations. But nevertheless, this beauty from Bourjois is a new favourite with a beautiful shade range. Once I apply these, they don’t go anywhere.
A new favourite from the Maybelline range. It’s no secret that I hardly ever disagree with Maybelline’s mascara formulations. The Big Shot mascara does a bit of everything and I just can’t stop reaching for it. Plenty of length, plenty of volume and it holds a curl. That’s a win from me.
I’ve also really loved Essence’s mascaras over the years and this one that I opened recently is no different. The wand is particularly awesome and makes it easy to coat every lash. And as the name suggests, this formula provides plenty of volume. As with everything in the range, Essence’s mascaras are crazy cheap, so they’re worth a look if you’re after a new mascara.
And yet another mention of my favourite mascara. I’ve repurchased this millions of times now and it still never lets me down. I reach for this one when I want simple, natural looking lashes and I’m never let down. I also use it daily on my lower lashes to make sure there’s never any smudging.
One of the first lipstick formulas I tried from Priceline, so these still hold a special place in my heart. I tend to prefer a slightly more hydrating, creamy formula and these provide that with no problems. They’re super pigmented and the shade range has all kinds of awesome shades to check out.
These Burt’s Bees lipsticks were a bit of a revelation to me. Super pigmented, incredibly lightweight and comfortable on the lips and the shade range has just about everything to offer. I don’t hear people talk about these much but they’re well worth swatching if you’re after a new easy-to-wear option.
But my favourite lipstick formula from the drugstore is hands down, the Rimmel Only 1 range. I rant and rave about these all the time but if you love a comfortable, moisturising lipstick that provides a bit of sheen to the lips, look no further. There’s pretty much always one of these hanging around in my handbag.
The latest addition to my lipstick loves list. These remind me a little of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks – a sponge applicator, an incredibly pigmented formula and a slightly glossy finish. I like to apply these, blot them down, and then apply a second time for a long-wearing and incredibly vibrant result.
These are as close as I’ve found to a matte formula that I like from the drugstore so far, even though these dry down to more of a comfortable, velvet finish. They’re a little bit mousse-y but they were beautifully on the lips and don’t ever feel dry or flakey. And the shade range is stunning.
My longest-wearing lip colours, by far. If I need something that’s going to last through eating, drinking and a full day of talking, I always end up reaching for these. The formula feels quite thin when applied but once they dry down on the lips they do not budge until you remove them yourself at the end of the day.
There are a bunch of lip glosses that I love from the drugstore and they’re all quite similar. Pigmented, glossy and comfortable on the lips. I’ve got a couple of the Infallible Long Wear Lip Glosses in my collection and they never disappoint. The shade range is full of beautiful, wearable options and the formula is actually surprisingly long-wearing.
Another favourite, I’ve had NYX Butter Glosses hanging around in my drawers for years. They’re a little thinner than other options I’ve tried but still provide a beautiful, natural gloss to the lips. And the shade range has just about everything you could need.
My long-time favourites, it’ll be no surprise to regular readers to see these mentioned once again. I’ve loved this hydrating, incredibly comfortable formula for years and although I think they might be disappearing from Maybelline stands, if you find them, make sure to check them out.
I also wanted to mention the newly released balms from L’Oreal, because I’ve been really loving these, too. They’re lightweight, easy to apply and provide just a hint of wearable colour to the lips. I’ve been keeping the shade Whaaat? in my handbag for a while now because they’re just so comfortable.
For $2 at full price, you can hardly go past the Essence range is you’re in the market for a lip liner. There’s plenty of shades to choose from in a no-fuss, easy to work with formula. Yet another Essence recommendation that really goes above and beyond it’s price point.
I also love the retractable Exaggerate lip liner range from Rimmel. Again, there’s plenty of wearable shades and they do a great job to provide a long-wearing base for whatever you apply over the top. Eastend Snob is an awesome my-lips-but-better shade that I reach for a lot when I want to define the shape of my lips a little more.
I haven’t really mentioned these much on the site but I’ve had a couple in my drawers for ages now and although, they’re in vampy shades that I don’t reach for as much, the formula is well worth checking out. And, as can be expected from NYX, there’s plenty of shades to choose from.
Happy shopping in the Priceline sales!
What are you planning on picking up?
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