Makeup Wars – favorite drugstore foundations and concealers


Woman applying concealerWelcome back to Makeup Wars and our budget friendly theme of the week – drugstore favorites for foundation and concealer. My picks are rather limited but they are products I use all the time so they are trusted and true for me. I’ll be interested in what my fellow bloggers pick since I’m always in the market for something new.

My two favorite foundations for this theme are by Rimmel and SheaMoisture while my favorite concealers are from Maybelline. The prices are reasonable but more important I love the way they wear.


Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

I bought Rimmel Lasting Finish on the recommendation of a friend from a Facebook beauty board. She just kept saying how perfect her skin looked with it and it was hard to resist. The hardest part of buying drugstore foundation is color matching. Since I’m very pale I start with the lightest shade. My choice was Pale Ivory 091 which is good match though a tad darker than I prefer.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

I sometimes mix in a drop of Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation Color Corrector in white with this and other foundations. This $9.24 product has saved me so many times and makes foundations too dark usable again.manic panicDepending on what you read Rimmel Lasting Finish is either a medium or full coverage. I’d say it’s in between. It’s very lightweight to apply and doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. There is a fragrance to it that takes about 10 minutes before I stop noticing it but that doesn’t stop me.


Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundaton

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation

Lisa and I reviewed 3 shades of the SheaMoisture Serum Foundation in one of our side by side reviews. Above are Nude and Latte from Lisa and below is Porcelain that I use.

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SheaMoisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

By coincidence I’m wearing this foundation as I type. I find this to be such an easy to wear foundation. It lays lightly on my skin yet the coverage is excellent. No matter what tool I chose to blend with, it always works well. In my original review of this I compared this $14.99 foundation to my $65 bottle of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and the only difference is the $40 saved and the fact that there’s no SPF in SheaMoisture.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEAMOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

While the SheaMoisture was a press sample it’s one I’d buy again without any qualms. It’s formulated with natural ingredients and never tested on amimals. It contains shea butter and Vitamins C & E to nourish, protect and moisturize. Available in 20 shades with most designated for darker skintones.


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

In actuality, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealers are the only ones currently in my makeup wardrobe. Any others are long gone. But these have made the cut and make me want to try Maybelline’s latest concealers. Sadly no personal pictures since I lost them and haven’t found a way to upload photos but… I can still vouch for these. I bought 3 different shades: #110 is the shade I use for concealer, #150 is their neutralizer shade , and #160 is their brightener shade. I’ve only used 110 and 160 so far and they do what they say. #110 is good for those of us with pale skin. It’s not a wimpy concealer, the coverage is quite nice. #160 is slightly peachy and I use this to brighten undereye circles. The formula is quite creamy and a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

As tempting as it is for me to use the cushy sponge top, it’s too heavy an application so I dot it on and then blend with my finger. Age Rewind contains goji berry and haloxen to help diminish puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. #150 is for very stubborn dark circles and should be applied prior to any other concealer.

There you have my drugstore buys. What do you use and recommend? I’m always curious and up for new challenges.  —  Marcia

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Drugstore winners: three workhorse products from Sally Hansen

Drugstore winners from Sally HansenThe cosmetics and body products that adorn my cluttered shelves fall into one of two categories: special but somewhat impractical items that I love and workhorse items that I always have on hand. The drugstore line Sally Hansen has some terrific workhorse items and there are three that I am especially fond of.                                                                                       samples, affiliate links

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Airbrush Legs is a product that is always on my shelf. I am not a big fan of pantyhose, but I’m also not a big fan of pasty white legs. This takes care of that problem in just seconds, covering up any veins and imperfections and making legs look thinner all at the same time. Check out my leg – this is about 2 weeks after a spray tan, so it’s flaking off and I have uneven patches…yuck.

Before Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Here is the same leg literally seconds later after applying Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow.

After Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige GlowThis spray on leg makeup makes natural legs look wonderful. Just shake the bottle and spray – I stand in the shower so that any side spray is easily washed away. Don’t spray too close to your legs or you’ll lose the airbrush effect – if that happens, I blend it out with a makeup sponge. The finish has a bit of a gleam that really looks pretty. I find that the spray lasts all day without wearing off and is water-resistant, although it’s not perfect on extremely hot and sweaty days. It washes off easily with soap and water and is just so comfortable for those days when I can’t even stand the thought of putting on pantyhose. It’s especially awesome for correcting self tanner ‘oops’.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen has tons of nail polish options in shades that range from special occasion to workhorse perfect. I am a big fan of the nail polish because the applicator brush is fantastic – it’s flat and wide, so I can cover an entire nail in just two strokes. My workhorse shade is #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a perfect nude. It’s classy and goes with absolutely everything. I also love the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment ($12.99).This clear polish contains avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium.Talk about a multi-tasker – it works as a base coat, top coat, ridge-filler, brightener, and nail moisturizer. It also makes nails stronger and promotes growth.  Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment

For excellent basics that you will reach for day after day, Sally Hansen is a reliable and practical choice. Be sure to check out the Airbrush Legs and the nail polishes for workhorse items that won’t let you down.  – Lisa
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Top Ten Tuesday’s drugstore favorites

If you set me loose in a drugstore what would I buy? Money is no object in this dream setup. I don’t think I’d overspend though because the things I really like and buy over and over just aren’t that expensive to begin with.

Yes To Blueberries eye cream – I was a little worried this would have a fragrance but if it’s there I can’t really tell. I’m impressed with this eye cream and am happy to recommend it. I found it with a $5 off coupon on it plus I had a 25% off CVS coupon so the price was just right. And the product is just right. The best drugstore eye cream I’ve used (and keep using).

Almay Oil-Free Gentle Makeup Remover Towelettes – of all the wipes at the drugstore this is my favorite. It’s not fragranced, they stay moist and they are gentle on my skin. While I don’t like to take off eye makeup with a towelette I will with this. It’s not great on mascara but it works in a pinch. The big reason I like these is that I really do feel clean and refreshed when using them.

Milani Eye Shadow Primer – this is a winner. I always recommend an eyeshadow primer and they have one of the best and at a price you can afford.

J.R. Watkins Liquid Hand Soap – it’s impossible to tell you how many of these I go through. There might be better liquid hand washes out there but I love how gentle this is and the wonderful citrus fragrances it comes in. I now have one at every sink in my house and a few in my linen closet so I don’t run out.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr shadows – the first batch of Color Tattoo came out at the same time as L’Oreal Infallible cream to powder shadows. At first I was all over the L’Oreal but time hasn’t been especially kind to those and a lot of mine have dried out. They are still usable but the Maybelline Color Tattoo have stayed the course. The longer I have them, the more I love them. There are a few shades I really love like Barely Beige, Branded Beige, Nude Compliment and Sleek and Spice.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Liner –  I know, I know! I write about this all the time but it’s the best black liquid eyeliner I’ve found. It’s $9.99 and some of you are lucky enough to have a Rite Aid with Eddie’s products. The rest of us can go on his site or Dermstore.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick – totally impressed with these. I have two and I’d have a lot more if I didn’t own tons of cream blushers. These little sticks are dynamite on color, blend on my skin well, and last a good amount of time. Set loose I’d buy them all up. I have Pinched Pink and Pink Fever (shown) and I’d love more.

Sinful Colors nail polish – I’m totally impressed with these $1.99 beauties. I’m sure they aren’t all created equal but the three I received are fabulous. All lasted a solid week and got compliments for that solid week.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish – this is the other nail polish brand I’m always stopping and looking at. If I was set loose I’d buy all of these and all the Sinful Colors ones. The Maybelline wear well and have great trendy colors.

Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara – It took me a while to find this after My Newest Addiction reviewed it but seeing it on her made me excited to find a drugstore mascara this great. This has the most unusual brush. It takes a bit of playing with the brush to get big lashes but it is a winner.

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer – this is new to me and I haven’t had a lot of time to use it since it was sent to test but I’m so impressed with it already. I know it’s number 11 out of a list of 10 but I wanted to introduce it. This non-fragranced spray on coconut oil moisturizer is so easy to use. Great for after the shower, out of the pool for the day or just about anytime. It’s not greasy so you use and keep on going. I’ll test it more and review soon. It’s available at CVS, Walgreens, Ulta.

Drugstore shopping can be fun but if you notice I don’t have any type of foundation or concealer on my list. That’s one area that is still missing a favorite. If you have any to recommend, bring it on. In the meantime visit my fellow bloggers to see what other treasures can be found. — Marcia