Having been “fresh faced” for months during the lockdownhas made me crave some manmade color. A sweep of blush, a stroke of mascara and perhaps most of all, a dab of lipstick go a long way towards making one feel (and look) like less of a zombie rising from the graveyard mist. And tired of the same old, same old, I wanted a product overhaul. With that desire in mind, I ran to the nearest Sephora as soon as it opened.
Understandably, customers are not allowed to touch the products, much less sample them. Eyeliners and lip glosses are plucked out by employees who dutifully swipe them on their gloved hands so you can better determine the color. Needless to say, this is not the ideal way of determining whether a product works for you and can lead to some expensive mistakes which is what happened to me.
As I wanted a whole new arsenal of artifice, I wondered what drugstores had to offer in terms of gently-priced, but high quality products. Happily, I found quite a few on my own and also with the help of Klaudia Granados, a very knowledgeable Cosmetics Manager and 14-year veteran of CVS. Here are my discoveries:
Primer and Foundation
It’s summer time and who doesn’t like to have a sun kissed look, especially after spending weeks and weeks indoors? So, if you’re looking for a tanned complexion, but don’t want to risk the sun damage, the Butter Bronzers from Physicians Formula ($11.99) are a good pick.
For those of you seeking a mascara that will hold a curl, look no further. For years, I have wandered this desert, faithfully sticking to Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Natural Mascara ($29) which does an OK job. But, now, I don’t think I will ever stray from Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude ($10.79).
I’m always on the lookout for a nude or natural lip pencil that doesn’t have a lot of pink in it. Even Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat lip liner in Iconic Nude ($16) which is decidedly beige when swiped on a tissue or gloved hand, reads pink on me. That color just doesn’t work well with my pale, olive-toned skin. But then, I don’t want something with too much brown in it either as the ‘90s are a distant memory.
Stay tuned for my drugstore skincare finds. For more beauty tips and tricks, follow me on Instagram @chasingbeautywithdvn