Inexpensive Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit

One of my friends suggested that I do a Drugstore Favorites post but my collection is primarily made up of drugstore products. I have way too many things I love so I decided to do a Makeup Starter Kit instead :) This post will feature some basic products that I think everyone should have in their stash and ones that have worked well for me. These may not be more favorite products in my collection but they are products I enjoy and would recommend. If you already have a fairly large makeup collection this post might not be too helpful for you but to people new to makeup, this might be a good starting off point. I tended to pick products that I think will look more natural since most people starting off with makeup would not prefer to wear hot pink blushes or green eyeshadows.

For base makeup, concealer is definitely your best friend if you are starting off with makeup. Revlon's Age Defying concealer is smooth and creamy, ideal for covering dark circles and blemishes on the face. I really enjoy this concealer and use it everyday. The part where the colro is supposed to show looks strange and blotchy for no reason but it still works well :) I prefer to use a tinted moisturizer most days but mine is from Clinique. The only full coverage foundation I own is from Rimmel and I really do like it. It has medium to heavy coverage but I usually mix it with liquid illuminator and my face lotion to make it look more natural. However, I do think they replaced the 16-hour Lasting Finish with the 25-hour Lasting Finish which I have not tried. Depending on your skin type, you will want a different type of foundation and drugstore brands are coming out with a ton of new formulas so just keep your eyes open! If you have pretty good skin you should try to maintain that by letting your skin breath. Using a bit of powder foundation like Neutrogena's Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation to even out your skin tone should be enough for everyday wear. This powder can also be used to set your foundation to help it last throughout the day. I did a full review on this powder HERE. For people starting out with makeup, base makeup should be kept minimal and simple to avoid damaging skin or looking cakey.

Eye makeup is my favorite part of makeup since there are so many possibilities and choices one can make. It is essential for one starting with makeup to master simple eyeliner and mascara. One of my first drugstore eyeliners was Revlon Colorstay's Automatic Pencil and I do think it is a good product at an affordable price. It does not need to be sharpened since you twist it up but it includes a sharpener at the end if you want to sharpen the tip. The pigmentation is super black and stays on pretty well for a pencil liner. NYC Waterproof Eyeliners are also quite good because they are creamy and smooth and they come in a range in fun colors. I like the colored liners for lining the lower lashline for a pop of color. I have swatches of the two colors I own HERE. Mascara is a matter of personal preference since everyone has different lashes. I really like gel eyeliner and I highly recommend the Physician's Formula ones because you get three colors to experiment with. These liners are creamy and smooth and they do not dry out too quickly so you can store them for awhile. There is a large color selection so you will have your basic black and some other fun colors to play with. 

The drugstore offers a wide variety of mascaras and it should be interesting to see how different mascaras work for you. Maybelline has an excellent range of mascaras. Personally, I do like the Maybelline The Falsies mascara and would recommend it :)

Eyeshadows are my favorite makeup product to collect and I have a bunch of different eyeshadows from different drugstore brands. There are so many good drugstore eyeshadows that it is difficult for me to pick only two. Again, this is geared toward beginners and probably younger girls who would want to start off with a more natural look so many of you probably own these shadows or find them to be similar to things you already have. First an eyeshadow base is essential. My favorite is Urban Decay's Primer Potion but E.L.F's Mineral Eye Primer does a great job at only $3. Unfortunately you must buy this online on their website. As you guys probably know, I love Maybelline Expert Wear eyeshadows. I have done reviews and swatches on the seven palettes I own at the moment and you can find them under the "Maybelline" tag on the sidebar. For a beginner I would suggest Natural Smokes, Chai Latte, or Enchanted Forest since they all have neutral colors. I also like Wet n' Wild's eyeshadow trio in Walking on Eggshells which includes a great shimmery pink champagne which everyone says is similar to Stila's Kitten. I have too many drugstore eyeshadow favorites and I can't possibly name them all or it won't be a starter kit anymore >.< Be sure to look back in my other reviews and swatches to see what I have to say about other brands!

For cheek products, I really like E.L.F's Studio blush and bronzer duo. The colors are pigmented and gorgeous and it only costs $3. I really do enjoy using both sides of this duo. I also highly recommend their Studio blush in Candid Coral (not pictured). For highight, their Studio blush in Gotta Glow is really pretty as well and imparts a wonderful gold sheen to your face. Rimmel's Lasting Finish Blush in Santa Rose is a nice everyday color that will not look overdone or obvious, perfect for those seeking a natural glow. I swatched the two blushes HERE.

My least favorite products to use are probably lip products simply because I often forget to use them and because my lips are super sensitive. I only own four lipsticks and a handful of glosses and to be honest, overall I do prefer the ones I have from higher end brands. I do like Revlon's Colorburst lipstick in Soft Nude a lot since it has a creamy consistency and has a hint of pink. I featured and swatched it in my October Favorites post. Maybelline's Pink Please also applies well and is a relatively easy color to wear. I swatched Pink Please in the post where I swatched the NYC Eyeliners which is linked above. I do not particularly like a lot of drugstore lip products simply because I have not tried many but I do like E.L.F's liquid lipstick in Baby Lips which is only $1. I like the pigmentation and it does not irritate my lips.

This post was fairly word heavy so I hope you guys didn't get bored halfway and stopped reading :P I really hope this post helped some beginners think about what they need to start with makeup. I hope this was helpful to those of you looking for some new drugstore products to try out :) Any recommendations you want to tell me about? Leave a comment and I'll tell you if I've tried it before!


  1. I love Maybelline's falsies :)

  2. Thanks for this post =) I love Revlon for my base makeup (foundation, powder).


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