Here’s one obvious fact: the boom of the beauty industry changed how we see drugstores — it has gone from being a marketplace exclusively for health care products and prescription meds, into an aesthete’s destination, with racks and racks of beauty products also available for purchase at the most affordable price.
Truly, drugstores have become a cosmetic haven for the practical makeup enthusiast, thus the coining of the term “drugstore makeup.”
Here are some of the most popular drugstore makeup products that have been sworn by many, including famous beauty vloggers and gurus.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is considered as the go-to face primer mainly because it’s practically available in every major drugstore here in the Philippines. Some makeup buffs even consider it as the dupe for the crowd favourite Benefit Cosmetics’ Porefessional Face Primer. Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer instantly blurs the pores and smoothens the skin prior to foundation application. It has a silicone-like texture and feels really lightweight and non-sticky on skin.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte
Back then, you could only find long-wearing foundation of great quality on the high-end shelves, but not anymore! Thankfully, some brands decided to merge quality and budget-friendly into one. L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte made the headlines because of its wide-range shades and buildable coverage that’s perfect for those who are suffering from discoloration. This foundation is made to withstand the Philippine weather and is transfer proof with semi-matte finish that doesn’t look flat on the face. Because of its thick and creamy consistency, L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation is highly recommended for oily and well-hydrated skin types.
Nichido Final Powder
It’s almost unbelievable how you can get yourself a setting powder priced at 150 pesos and works like a charm. Nichido Finally Powder is a favorite of many, including famous beauty Youtuber Anne Clutz and has been compared a lot with high-end brand Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. If you’re someone who’s always out and about and you want to prolong your makeup throughout the day under the humid Philippine weather, you definitely need this setting powder. Its lightweight and mattefying formula comes in five shades: Creamy Glow, Ivory Glow, Pink Glow, So Natural, and Go Bronze.
Careline Oil Control Blush On
NARS, Glossier, Tarte, MAC – we get it, these are the unbeatable names when talking about cheeks on fleek. But for the beauty buff on a budget, Careline’s Oil Control Blush On is the holy grail of blush products. It has good pigmentation, blends well with any foundation, and looks natural when applied with a puff or brush. Careline is one of the most affordable local brands out there, their low-cost yet quality makeup products are always available in local drugstores, ready to save some forgetful Lucy from having to go on the day without a pop of lip or cheek color. Careline Oil Control Bluch On comes in a variety of shades for every skin tone.
Kris Aquino X Ever Bilena Liquid Matte Lipstick
Filipina actress and host Kris Aquino partnered with our favorite local cosmetics brand, Ever Bilena, to bring us a line of matte liquid lipstick with a non-drying, moisturizing, and smudge-proof formula. People loved the mousse-y and creamy texture that’s buildable and feels lightweight on the lips. There are eight beautiful shades to choose from and we’re totally diggin’ the colors of Love and Learn.