Drugstore Favourites Tag

So I was tagged by Lost in my Dreamland in the post here to answer some questions relating to drugstore/high street makeup. I’m really happy I was tagged since I didn’t expect it at all, and I haven’t really discussed makeup very much yet on my blog. Even better for my ego is that my blog is being recognised, and who doesn’t feel good from that? I don’t expect to have lots of people read my blog, but if even one person can benefit from my blog, then I am super duper happy!

Enough of that, before I get too sentimental, let’s get started!

What is your favourite drugstore/cheap makeup brand overall?

This is a really tough question. I don’t typically buy higher end/more expensive makeup brands since I’m a university student, so I rely on drugstore brands. I have makeup from most if not all cheap drugstore brands you can find in Boots and Superdrug, but the one I tend to look to most if I’m looking for a specific type of makeup product – like an eyeliner for example – is the Maybelline stand first with Revlon in close second. Maybelline is pretty well-rounded in my opinion with the quality of their products, like Revlon, but the first is slightly cheaper, which is great for me. Revlon is also really great but have a price range similar to L’Oreal Paris in some cases which puts me off.

What are your favourite lip products?

The ones I own the most of from any lip product range are the Revlon Lip Butters. But since I’ve been travelling between Cardiff and my hometown a lot, I decided to keep a stash of other products including lip products at my parent’s house, and the Maybelline Electro Baby Lips have been used a lot recently in the couple of days/weeks that I’ve owned them (I’ll review these at another time if you’d like?).

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balms

Maybelline Electro Baby Lips Lip Balms

I’m really enjoying just using lip balms during the hot weather, since it doesn’t feel heavy on my lips, and my lipsticks can probably wait until I’m back at uni.

What are your favourite face products?

I don’t wear face products too often at the moment if I can avoid it, but the two that I use constantly are my Collection Concealer and Collection Pressed Powder. The concealer can be a bit tricky to work with but if I do have pesky spots or redness, it can really help make a difference. And my pressed powder is a must since I have oily skin, which it helps to neutralise for a little while, plus it evens my complexion slightly as well since I’m super pale. I love how cheap these are, so although I’ll use these up quickly since I use them a lot, it won’t cost a lot to replace them. Awesome!

Collection Pressed Powder and Concealer

Collection Pressed Powder and Concealer

What are your favourite cheek products?

Hmm, I don’t use cheek products often, but the blush I’ve been sticking to at the moment is my lovely pink blush by The Body Shop in Bubblegum. I talked about this in a haul a while ago, and I just love the cool tone which adds some extra life to my skin, and is a great summer colour.

The Body Shop Blush in Bubblegum. Seriously cute and suits the summer season.

The Body Shop Blush in Bubblegum. Seriously cute and suits the summer season.

Least favourite product?

There aren’t many products I can say I don’t like very much, but one that I immediately think of are my NYC Kiss Gloss Lip Glosses. I have two of them and while they give a nice sheen to the lips, the pigmentation for them are awful. I have them in a medium/light pink and a watermelon red and I struggle to tell the difference between them. I could use one on one half of my lips and the other one on the other half and you wouldn’t be able to tell I was wearing two different colours. It’s a shame but I’ll still use them up or at least until they go out of date.


Another one I’m a bit disappointed with is an eyeshadow trio from Collection in Waterfall. They’re cute colours but no matter how I tried to make it work, it just didn’t flatter my skin tone or bring out my eyes at all. I bought back when I was 17 and first buying makeup so it was my own inexperience to blame, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Collection (2000) eyeshadow trio in Waterfall. I just couldn't make it work with my pale skin and hazel eyes.

Collection (2000) eyeshadow trio in Waterfall. I just couldn’t make it work with my pale skin and hazel eyes.

What is the best makeup bargain?

Reasonably new to my local ‘drugstores’ is the makeup brand Makeup Revolution. I like lots of different products they have, but I particularly like their eyeshadow palettes, including the Redemption series which are supposedly dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I haven’t used the UD palettes, but I love using the MR ones and are a lot of fun to experiment with. They also cost £4 each in Superdrug, which with the cost of all three combined, costs less than half the price of one UD Naked Palette in Debenhams (£37). I don’t need this many palettes but I also don’t regret buying them… and a couple of the other palettes… (cough, I have a problem).

Makeup Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palettes, Iconic 1, 2 and 3 from top to bottom.

Makeup Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palettes, Iconic 1, 2 and 3 from top to bottom.


Now that I’m done answering questions, it is now time for me to tag a few people to answer these questions for themselves (if they want to)!

The Geek Chick

Try Me Pretty

A Casual Beauty

Plastic Bows

Caroline’s Blog: Lifestyle, Beauty & Thoughts

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12 Responses to Drugstore Favourites Tag

  1. Laeti says:

    I didn’t know that the body shop sold makeup! wow! Lovely post.. New follower!
    Take a look at my blog? http://www.beyoutofullblog.com

    • Hollypop says:

      They do! It’s a bit more expensive than say Collection, but similar price range as L’Oreal. Some of it is really nice stuff actually. Their pencil eyeliners are the most smudge proof stuff I can find locally! It’s definitely worth checking. 🙂 Thank you for taking a read of my post and I hope my posts interest you! I’ll take a look at your blog now. 🙂

  2. sshhbeauty says:

    Great post! I’m obsessed with the collection concealer – its my holy grail! xx

  3. Please do review the baby lips – I want to see how they swatch as they never have testers out xx

  4. Pingback: Review: Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balms | Hollypop

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  6. paigehelen says:

    really nice post & lovely blog… i’m in love with makeup revolution! my holy grail at the mo! and I also live in Cardiff & the new Superdrug store in the center is always the first store I go to!

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