By Annie Schneider
Last time around, we began to cover our favorite drugstore cosmetic eye products. This week, I will continue with eyes and discuss the best lip products. Liz, our resident CVS-aholic, is taking a hiatus this week but will return for our third installment. Here we go!
This is my go-to liquid eyeliner. It has the softest, flexible felt tip to achieve the winged Angelina Jolie cat eye and the eyeliner itself is smooth and never clumpy. Don’t be afraid of this liquid liner! It is feather-light, precise, and doesn’t bleed, so you don’t need the steady hands of McDreamy. This eyeliner is so good that it almost does all the work for you.
NYX Retractable Eyeliner in white 01: I love to put a little white eyeliner on the inner corners of my eyes to make them look bigger and more awake. This pencil is perfect: it’s slim, smooth, pigmented, waterproof, and dirt cheap!
Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner: This eyeliner is somewhere between a liquid and pencil eyeliner. It’s not quite a crayon, at least in my opinion, because a crayon conjures up the idea that it is waxy or pulls on the eyelid when applied. This is not the case! This product is silky smooth and blendable and it has an edge that stays sharp and doesn’t require actual sharpening. The smudger on the end is ideal for a smoky look.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
This primer has a pearly consistency that gives a bit of a dewy look and is awesome for highlighting. I love that this pump gives me small, controlled amounts, so I don’t end up with excess product.
Some eye creams can feel really heavy on your eyelids, so this gel is a great alternative and way to ease into the world of preventative eye care. It feels refreshing and light, especially when applied right out of the shower. Pat on with your ring finger on your whole eye area – never rub. Patting outward and around the eye helps with circulation (ie. dark circles).
Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy SPF 20
This is my favorite medicated lip goo: the one I grab in the winter when it’s time to bring out the big guns. It transforms cracked, crusty, chapped lips into soft, silky, creaseless, and kissable lips.
The ball shape is fun and doesn’t dry out. There are so many different flavors – my favorites are passion fruit (purple), sweet mint (light blue), and strawberry sorbet (pink). If you have a boyfriend, he won’t mind using it either, since he won’t feel like he is applying lipstick.
I decided to give this a try in the Whisper shade for a natural look. It moisturizes my lips, doesn’t leave behind any icky residue, and gives a really nice shine.
This hybrid has the best qualities of lip stains and lipglosses and none of the cons! Like a stain, it has a long lasting, vibrant color, but it doesn’t dehydrate my lips. Like a gloss, it is wet and shiny, but I don’t have to constantly reapply. The applicator sponge wand is shaped like a loop, so I blot in gently on my lips so I don’t have fruit punch mouth.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter
I love this lip butter, which is really just a lipstick, because it has the look of a lipstick but feels like a balm. I usually apply a lip balm before I apply lipstick, but there is no need for that with this product because it is made with cocoa butter. My favorite color is Peach Parfait (025).
This lipstick is true to the color. It is not heavy or cakey and smells good enough to eat. It stays on a long time, definitely not 14 hours, but I’m not complaining. Let it set for 5 minutes after application for more longevity.
Annie is a 25-year-old currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She spends most of her time nannying, practicing yoga, and catering to her three dogs.
This is part two of a series exploring the best of the best in drugstore cosmetics. You can find part one here. Part three will cover the best body and face products. What are some of your favorite drugstore cosmetics?