In the fall of 2015, I went to the MAC counter at Macy's and said, "I don't care how much it costs, I need all new makeup. " To the tune of $200, I got what I asked for.
Since then, I've been trying to find less expensive products that are comparable. But mostly, I've just been trying to find makeup I can buy at Target since I spend 3 out of my 5 lunch breaks there every week.
Here's what I found:
- NYX Total Control Drop Foundation | $13.99 @ Target: I watched one and a half YouTube tutorials before deciding this was going to be the foundation I tried. I'm lol'ing thinking about the girls in the video who used 3-4 drops for "full coverage" while I have to use, like, 10. I have heavy red undertones (? is that a thing?). But overall, I really like this. It's light and it lasts all day. I use the color "porcelain" because I am a literal ghost.
- NYX #Nofilter Finishing Powder | $11.99 @ Target: I've had a hard time finding a finishing powder that I like as much as the one I got from MAC. Is it just me (and my dry skin) or do powders leave your face looking cracked AF? I look fine when I leave the house in the morning, but by high noon, my face looks like this. SAD! But this powder does the trick-- and I shamefully picked it up because of the hashtag no filter name. What do you expect from me? I'm a millennial-- we're terrible humans, didn't you know?
- NYX Epic Ink Eyeliner | $7.99 @ Target: A few months ago I stopped wearing eyeliner on my bottom waterline. A few weeks ago I stopped wearing eye shadow. I'd like to say it's because I want to take better care of my skin and not be so ~bogged down~ with product, but really it's because I'm lazy and don't feel like taking the extra 5 minutes to do a full face of makeup. I like this eyeliner when I want a matte finish.
- NYX Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner | $6.99 @ Target: TBH, I first picked this up because it has "vinyl" in the name and I'm a sucker for records. It has a shiny finish, which is fun for when I go out but questionable when I'm at work. It does tend to crack a little by the end of the day, but that could be user error on my part.
So, yes, everything is by NYX and from Target. Not sponsored, but wish.
Do you have any drug store faves? Let a girl know.
favorites (p. 1) can found here.
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