Department Store vs. Drugstore Makeup

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by Emily Eddington

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 21 at 12:34 PM

EYESHADOW:
DEPARTMENT STORE: 3 MAC Eyeshadows (Shroom, Cork, Naked Lunch): $14.50 each, ($43.50 total)
DRUGSTORE: Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells: $3.00. 
MAC eyeshadows are known for being highly pigmented and a favorite among makeup artists. This self-contained trio of Wet 'n Wild shades EXACTLY matches each of the MAC colors, has great pigmentation & staying power.
 
EYELINER:
DEPARTMENT STORE: Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner: $18.00 (sephora.com)
DRUGSTORE: NYX Slide On Eyeliner: $7.99 (Ulta)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner is VERY long-wearing and easily glides on. Finally I've found a drugstore item that has the same staying power, and comes in a similar variety of shades. The liners in this segment will both be black.
 
MASCARA:
DEPARTMENT STORE: Lancome Hypnose Mascara: $25.00
DRUGSTORE: L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: $5.00
Lancome provides really full, long lashes, but L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black has a very similar formula & overall effect. Kim Kardashian is known for having amazing lashes, and one of her primary makeup artists actually perfers L'oreal. Plus, mascara has a relatively short shelf life of about 3 months... when you're replacing it so frequently, it's nice to find a less expensive option. 
 
LIP GLOSS:
DEPARTMENT STORE: Lancome Juicy Tubes: $18.00
DRUGSTORE: L'oreal Le Gloss: $7.95
Juicy Tubes from Lancome come in fun colors and smell great, but I prefer L'oreal's new le Gloss. It comes in the same squeeze tube format, but the formula is a bit less sticky and it smells SO good. Comes in a nice variety of colors.
 
FINISHING POWDER:
DEPARTMENT STORE: Makeup For Ever HD Powder: $30.00
DRUGSTORE: ELF HD Finishing Powder: $6 (eyeslipsface.com)
This is the finishing step for the whole makeup process. These loose "HD" powders are colorless, but leave your skin with a nice finish. They are slightly mattifying, without making skin look dry. I've used both, but I find the ELF works just as well. And just so you know, I have a smaller size in the Makeup For Ever powder, but I will specify that the price listed is for the FULL sized product.
 
 
Total cost for all of the drugstore items= $29.94 
Total cost for all of the department store items= $134.50 (about 4.5 times more)
 

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