As you know, I love all types of makeup. People ask me if I ever wear makeup from drugstores and the answer is "absolutely!". I wear something drugstore every day usually. The truth is that while there are really awesome things that you have to pay a little more for, there are also awesome things you can find cheaper. I never mind investing in good concealer, or correctors and even foundation. I do not buy expensive gloss, mascara, or eyeliners and as of the last few years the drugstore companies have really stepped up their game as far as makeup quality. So there are great foundations and concealers out as well now.
Starting with your base:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation (the combination/oily formula)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (really similar to NARS radient concealer but actually a little better)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless powder (this is really nice to set under the eyes or all over the face)
I forgot to include NYX under eye corrector. I think the shade is medium. It's orange. It's all that I use for my dark circles to correct. Its really similar to It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector only a little less shiny.
Next up we have blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Maxi Bronzer in Sun Love (it's kinda red based but I love it. I've used it to contour as well.)
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (this can be found at some CVS but I ordered mine online. This is a popular shade and it's very pretty)
Loreal Pressed Pigment Shadows (this color is Amber Rush but I also love Smoldering Plum. They are kinda expensive to be drugstore. Makeup Geek is cheaper but it's only online.)
Wet and Wild shadows are really nice as well. I don't have a favorite drugstore highlighter. I haven't found one that I think is great.
On to liner and mascara:
Loreal Carbon Black Voluminous is my all time favorite. I never run out of it. I always have it in my kit and at my vanity.
Loreal Liner Intense liquid liner. I don't use liquid liner much but I do use this to cover up the band of lashes if I need to.
Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner. I love this liner. I apply it with a slanted liner brush. Not the brush it comes with.
Lastly is lips.
LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss. I don't know if this is in drugstores. I think it is, but not around me. I order mine from Amazon. Super affordable and just all around good liquid lipsticks.
Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire (I'm not sure if that's the entire name) This is a very pigmented gloss. It smell good but can be a little overwhelming. Kim Kardashian used Nude Ballet in her wedding to Kanye. I have that one, Rose Symphony, and Coral Encore. They're very nice quality as long as your ok with the strong perfume smell.
Lip products are easy to find in the drugstore. I like the Revlon Jumbo Sticks in the matte formula as well as the Covergirl Jumbo gloss sticks that are more sheer. Maybelline Vivid lipsticks are fantastic for people who want electric and bright colors. I've always loved the Loreal lipsticks in general, even in highschool. Their nude collection in the black packaging are very nice.
So that's it. There are tons of other products I've tried and liked. I want you to keep in mind that there is good and bad in every single line. Just because it costs more doesn't mean it's always good, and just because it's inexpensive doesn't mean it's crap. Read reviews before trying things or see if you can return something if you don't like it. I know Walgreens has a great return policy. So happy shopping!
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.