The other day I found myself with 30 minutes to occupy in between meetings.  Since I’m always on the look out for budget friendly makeup options that perform well under pressure it was only natural that I found myself pulling into the nearest Walgreens to see what I could find.  As with high end products, I really have no brand loyalty when it comes to the drugstore, but if there was a brand I gravitate toward more often than not, it is probably Maybelline.  I have loved their color tattoo cream shadows since they launched and I have a rather large collection of their lipsticks and gel pot liners as well.  

A little while back I tried their Face Studio Master Concealer since I heard it was a good dupe for the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer.  While not as crease resistant as the It Cosmetics one, it did perform well.  However, if given the choice between it and the Age Rewind Concealer in Neutralizer, I would certainly chose the Age Rewind.  It has a much lighter texture and doesn’t crease or settle into the fine lines (oh the horror) around my eyes.  Of course, I had to pick up another while I was there.  I also picked up two other products from the Face Studio Master range.  I had heard great things about both the translucent setting powder (for baking the undereye area) and the primer.  The primer actually comes in 3 different formulas.  I selected Blur and Illuminate since my skin feels a little duller these days (I really need to reorder my Nerium). The primer has a nice light creamy consistency, rather than the silicone or gel texture, and absorbs quickly into the skin and provides a nice glow without shine.  I’ve used it with the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation and the Two Faced Born This Way Foundation with equally beautiful results.  The Face Studio Master Fx Setting and Perfecting Powder is very finely milled and really sets concealer like nobody’s business.  Most importantly, at $9.99 it doesn’t hurt to dust away the excess after baking the under eye.  I love the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores and the Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder, but it hurts to waste so much when baking so I save them for mid day touch ups and special occasions.  

I also picked up a few items from L’Oreal.  I grabbed the Brow Stylist Definer, which I actually think will be replacing my Anastasia Brow Wiz.  It is easier to use for me and just seems to fill in the scar in my brow with light feathery strokes much better than the Anastasia one, which seems to just end up looking like I colored it all in.  Of course I went for the gel from this line as well.  In that category Anastasia wins… This just didn’t seem to have the staying power.   I also grabbed the Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray.  The jury is still out on this one.  The mist is heavier and not as even as the Urban Decay Deslick spray, but I’ll keep using it to give it a fair shake.  

 Finally, after hearing so many great things about the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks I had to try them for myself although I typically tend to go for more glosses this time of year.  I picked up the shade Lily Lake instead of the ever so popular Blush Basin because I simply do not need another pink nude lipstick in my collection.  It’s a really nice formula.  It stays on well, isn’t drying on the lips and wears beautifully through lunch without patching off.  I like that it’s a natural option in recycled post consumer packaging and it certainly wins a spot in my handbag for now.  Will I be going out and grabbing every color, not likely, but I may have to tuck Juniper Water and Russet River away for fall.  

What’s your favorite drugstore find?