Once a month I get asked, are drugstore products the same as department store products? That’s a loaded question. The answer is yes and no.
Yes, because most cosmetics and skin care products contain the same base ingredients.
No, because high-end products generally have better quality of ingredients, a greater concentration, and a higher ratio of pigment to fillers. This equates to products that glide on more smoothly, last longer, are gentler on the skin, and crease or crack less often. High-end products may also include proprietary formulas that address skin conditions and/or work more efficiently on the skin.
I recommend to purchase mascara, blush, eyeliners, and lip colors at retailers like Target or Ulta. Skin care products at Spas and Medspas. Primers, foundations, concealers, eyeshadows, and brow products at cosmetic stores like Sephora or Cosbar.
With that said, here are a few of my drugstore, spa, and cosmetic store recommendations:
Mascara- L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black $7.99. An ultra black volumizing mascara.
Lip Color -Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color, $7.99. Decent pigment, creamy application.
SPAS / MEDSPAs
Mask- SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask, $54.00. Enhanced with a unique complex containing constituents of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), this hydration treatment re-establishes the water balance critical for maintaining skin metabolic functions at optimal levels.
Serum- Revision Hydrating Serum, $42.00. An ultra lightweight serum designed to deeply hydrate the skin by gently penetrating without leaving an oily residue.
BB Cream- Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $42.00. 8 shades available. A sheer-to-medium BB water with a liquid-silk texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. (New!)
EyeShadows- Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, $54.00. A palette with 12 smoky neutral eye shades and a double sided brush. Strong pigments with staying power and blendability. (New!)