I’m a drugstore cosmetics girl through and through. There’s just something so irresistible about a good deal! Plus through the years I’ve discovered that many of the drugstore makeup brands are just as good as, if not better than some higher end products. But I do have a few exceptions to this rule. If you’ve been wanting to make some makeup bag upgrades here are five of my all-time favorite high end beauty buys that are totally worth the splurge!
I bought my first tube of this at the duty free store in the Cancun airport last summer after realizing that I had forgotten my mascara on vacation. After a chat with the girl at the makeup counter, I decided to give Chanel Le Volume a go. I asked her to recommend a mascara that was non-irritating, didn’t flake and would give me both length and volume. Ever the sceptic, I thought she was trying to up-sell me to the expensive stuff but lo and behold, it was love at first wear. I’m on my second tube now.
My first tube of this was a gift from my niece Lauren. She always has the most amazing looking plump, pink lips! When I asked for her secret, I got this in the mail. Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer is lightweight, non-sticky, lasts for hours and gives your lips just the right amount of plumping and moisture. It’s downright magical and worth every penny!
3. NARS Blush
As a true girl of the 80’s, the perfect blush color has always been of utmost importance to me! It has to look natural with the right amount of buildable color and the slightest hint of shimmer. NARS blush in Orgasm has all of the above. It’s been my go-to blush for years and I still love it every time I wear it.
I’m really picky when it comes to eyeshadow so this is one area where the drugstore products typically won’t do. It has to be highly pigmented, finely milled and blend really well. Few brands deliver results quite like Urban Decay and their Naked palettes are truly iconic. I recently picked up the Naked3 palette and it’s possibly my favorite yet. The colors are as natural or bold as you want and I use the darkest ones as eyeliner.
When a product has 5.5K nearly all five star reviews you know it has to be good! Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil is velvet soft and long lasting. It stays creamy for up to 30 seconds after applying to make for easier blending. Now that’s just smart makeup! It comes in 30 different colors, I recommend Zero for a true black or Smoke for a softer gray.