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Recent Drugstore Beauty Finds // First Impressions

I’ve been on a bit of a drugstore makeup kick lately, which has led me to discover some new (to me) products and give others a second chance. I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly test all these products to give in-depth reviews, but I thought I would at least share some first impressions.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup – Over the years, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this drugstore foundation, and most recently I heard that it is a dupe for the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. So, I finally took the plunge and bought it when it was on sale at Target a few weeks ago. For the few times that I’ve worn it, I can say that I like it but I’m not yet overly impressed by it. The staying power isn’t great, and I tend to feel very greasy by midday. I plan to continue to experiment with this one once the temps cool down, and my skin is on the drier side.

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara – Oh, this infamous mascara. Celebrity makeup artists love it. YouTube beauty gurus love it. I just can’t seem to figure out why! I’ve repurchased this product several times over the years thinking that each time I will feel differently toward it, but I never do. It’s a very wet formula, which leads to it smearing and transferring onto my upper lid and brow bone area by the end of the day. I do currently have the wand removed from the tube to see if I can dry it out a bit … stay tuned.

NYC Big Bold Volume Mascara – I haven’t completely made up on my mind on this one yet, but so far, I am liking it. The wand is similar to CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Volume mascara, so it builds well for extra volume and length. However, similar to the L’Oreal Voluminous, it is more of a wet formula, which makes a clean application difficult. I may try to dry out this one a little bit, too.

e.l.f. Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – (Can you tell yet that I’m on a mission to try out several different brands of mascara?!) This product definitely isn’t great, but it’s definitely not bad either. For a $3 mascara, what can you really expect? I do like how long the wand is and how it lengthens my lashes, but it doesn’t seem to build up well for extra volume.

e.l.f. HD Blush – All I can say is that a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. This is a richly-pigmented liquid blush, and it gives your cheeks a fresh, healthy glow. I’m looking forward to trying other shades of this product!

Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil – Since this product was included in my August Beauty Favorites, I won’t go into much more detail about it here, but just know that I may never spend $20+ on a high-end eyebrow pencil again. This one is THAT good.

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter – I adore products that are two-for-one, and this one is no exception. I’ve been enjoying the concealer on my minimal-to-no makeup days, and the highlighter is great for dotting along my cheekbones for an extra pop of light. For $3, you really can’t go wrong.

What products from the drugstore have you tried lately?