Drugstore Makeup Favorites Part 2

Hi!  I hope you’re having a fabulous Tuesday.  We’ve been enjoying lots of humidity here, so my hair has looked great.

Today’s post is the second in a series on my favorite budget beauty picks (click the link to read part 1).  I meant to finish this installment, which focuses on eye makeup, a little bit sooner, but I ended up testing a few losers and also forgetting what products I had already planned to include.  I took out my makeup bag to take photos on Sunday and found five things I’d recently bought but had yet to try.  Probably losing it.  Here we go…drugstore eye makeup 1

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Black | $3
This takes a little bit of time to apply because it doesn’t come in a pen form (you have to use a brush), but overall it’s a great value for a product that costs basically the same amount as a pack of gum. Very black, doesn’t melt off, etc, etc. 🙂

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadow in Blushing Nudes | $5
The shadows in this palette lasted all day and through an evening workout. Pink eyeshadow can sometimes emphasize redness in my eyes, but these didn’t – I think the key is to go matte rather than shimmery to look calm and awake instead of like a Halloween creature.

Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Eyeliner in Purple Amethyst | $8
I bought this product for the first time in high school because Almay had just come out with their Intense i-Color collection of eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras made specifically for each eye color, and I didn’t yet know what went best with brown eyes.  The packaging looks identical to the way it did ten years ago, which I feel like is a sign the company has decided not to mess with a good thing.  The liquid eyeliner in particular is hard to goof up and the shade is rich but subtle.

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Loreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Violet Beaute | $5
This looks basically the same as the Almay eyeliner above but in a shadow form. If I feel like changing things up from my normal brown or black, I usually reach for one of these two.

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara | $8
This mascara is a longtime favorite of mine.  I prefer a wetter mascara because if the formula dries into even the tiniest clumps on my eyelashes, I will pick at them all day long.  This guy fits the bill without smudging and while adding plenty of volume.

Maybelle Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Polished Amethyst, $7
You know how sometimes you have to trace back and forth a few times right after opening a new eyeliner to get it to start working? This drew a clean, bright line the first time I pressed down. I realize this is the third purple eyeliner on my list, but as they always say, you can never have too many purple eyeliners.

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e.l.f. Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in Cruisin Chic | $3
You can dip a brush in water and apply this as an eyeliner or use it dry as a shadow. Either way, it goes with literally everything and blends easily. I like to line my upper and lower lashes and connect the lines for an easy cat eye.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Tenacious Teal | $7
I don’t normally wear blue eyeshadow, but I have so many neutral colors and thought just a touch of this along the lash line would look cool with a 70’s-inspired outfit (my inner eighth grader is absolutely thrilled that flare jeans are back). This works best if you apply it with a wet eyeliner brush. It’s highly pigmented and sparkles all day but comes right off with a gentle cleanse at night.

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Have a wonderful night! xoxo

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