Being a makeup addict artist, can get pretty expensive. That’s why I try to get a lot of my products from the drugstore (especially when they are on sale). For today’s post, I have narrowed down my top 10 drugstore products under $10. My choices work just as well as any high end product, and I would be more than willing to use any of these items on myself or my clients. Here are my choices:

Rimmel London Blush $6.49 CND
These Rimmel blushes are by far my favourite drugstore cheek product. Not only are they super pigmented, they are very soft, easy to blend, and give the cheeks a gorgeous glow. My favourites? ‘Bronze’ and ‘Berry’, both perfect colours for the cooler months.

NYX Single Eyeshadow $7.99 CND
Creamy and soft, NYX single eyeshadows are some of the most pigmented shadows out on the market. With over 100 different shades, these shadows are often found to be great ‘dupes’ for MAC’s more expensive line of eyeshadows.

Maybelline One by One Mascara $9.99 CND
I usually stick with higher end mascaras as I have found that the majority of drugstore mascaras just don’t cut it. Maybelline’s ‘One by One’ mascara is different. With it’s plastic, somewhat oddly shaped brush, this mascara gets right down to the root and helps lengthen and add volume to the each individual lash.

Revlon Lip Butter $9.99 CND
Revlon’s newest cult favourites, lip butters, are amazing! Not only are these tinted balms super moisturizing, they come in a variety of colours (ranging from a light brown nude to a vampy dark red), and leave the lips with a beautiful glossy sheen. I currently own three Revlon lip butters, and can’t wait to get my hands on more.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish $3.49 CND
Being a nail polish junkie can get a little expensive (trust me I know). Luckily, Sally Hansen’s ‘Xtreme Wear’ polish is not only cheap, it comes in a variety of different colours and finishes, and applies opaquely in just two coats. A lot of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes have been found to be ‘dupes’ for some of the more popular Chanel, OPI and Deborah Lippmann nail polishes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo $8.99 CND
Newly introduced for Spring 2012, Maybelline Color Tattoos work as creamy eyeshadow bases that can be worn alone or under similarly coloured powder shadows. Similar to MAC’s more expensive paint pots (which run at $21 CND each), these cream shadows do not crease, and according to Maybelline, last for 24 hours (I feel sorry for the person who had to stay awake for 24 hours to test the product before it could be released).

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush $9.99 CND
Also released for Spring 2012, the brand new ‘Dream Bouncy’ blushes are like nothing you have ever felt. These blushes feel like a firm foam (think memory foam pillow) that spring backs to place when pressed down. I’ll be honest, I originally bought these blushes for the cool texture alone (I can’t tell you how many people I’ve walked up to and said “Here, feel my blush!), but have been pleasantly surprised by how pigmented they are and how nicely they blend into the skin.

Ardell False Eye Lashes $6.29 CND
Great for a special night out on the town, Ardell’s false lashes are durable, easy to work with and, if taken proper care of, can be used again and again. At $6.49 CND each, there are a number of different lash styles to choose from including simple natural looking lashes and dramatic, bold and fashionable lashes.

Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil $8.99 CND
When I first received some of Annabelle’s ‘Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils’, at an event I went to last fall, I didn’t think I would like them very much. Luckily, I was wrong. These cream eyeshadow pencils come in a variety of great and fashionable colours, they apply like a dream, don’t crease, and last for hours on end. At $8.99 each, I think these pencils are a steal!

Annabelle 4SHOW Eyeshadow Quad $9.99 CND
While I am not a huge fan of their packaging (they look cheap to me), Annabelle’s 4 SHOW eyeshadow quads are definitely one of my favourite products from the company. Made with four super pigmented, complimentary colours, these quads make for a quick and easy eye look, making them great for both novice and experienced makeup lovers. My person favourite quad is ‘Tiger Eye’ which contains four copper, gold and brown colours perfect for a colourful smoky eye.

Have you tried any of these drugstore products? Do you want to? What are your favourite drugstore beauty products? Be sure to let us know in the comment section.

xx
Alicia

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