High-End VS Drug-Store (Maybelline Make-up)

Monday, 8 September 2014

I have a bit of a make-up obsession. I find it really hard to go into a shop and not buy any, particularly places like Boots and Superdrug as the products are generally pretty cheap.

I went into NARS the other day and was very proud I didn't buy one of their illuminators for £22.50 (I want one SO bad, but I've told myself I can't until I've finished my MAC Strobe Cream.)




Walking into boots and not spending £6.99 is much trickier! Although lets be honest...it is never just £6.99!

As you can see from my Everyday Make-Up Routine ( http://lifewithoutafunsponge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/holy-grail-makeup-face-routine.html )
I usually use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and the Smashbox CC Cream in medium for my base.

I used to swear by Bare Minerals Powder Foundations but I am much more into the dewey skin look now which glows rather than a matte finish.

Anyway, I am going off on a tangent, my point is, I am running low on the Smashbox CC Cream and I thought I would give a "Drug-store" version a go. The Smashbox CC Cream is £29 a go so I didn't think there was any harm in trying out something a little cheaper!



I popped into Superdrug yesterday and was on the look out for the Maybelline BB Cream with Salicylic Acid. It is for blemish prone skin, however, I have read reviews saying that it is great for preventing blemishes too. I don't really get spots so I suppose my skin isn't "blemish prone" but I will take steps to make sure it never becomes that way! 

The BB Cream only came in two shades in Superdrug (which was quite a big one in Clapham), light and medium. I tried out the medium on my hand which matches well, however, if I had just come back from holiday it certainly wouldn't match. Maybe not a product for those with tanned or darker skin. 

Superdrug was also having a buy one get one half price deal on Maybelline so I bought the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. I always buy a lighter concealer as it 
means you can highlight with it.

I think both products were £6.99 so I paid about £10.50. I threw the receipt away though!

I thought this morning that I would try out a "Drug-store" look rather than my regular 
"Higher End" products.

These are the products I used (not the wine that was just in the background!):




The products are Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Maybelline's Dream
Pure BB Cream, the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and the Sleek 
Contour kit in Medium.

Lets start with the Primer...


I usually use the SmashBox Primer at £12.50 but I compared it to the Baby Skin at £7.99.

I stand by my original choice. The Baby Skin feels very siliconey and whilst the Smashbox one does to begin with too, the Smashbox one feels matte after it has sunk into the skin. The Baby Skin one leaves your face feeling slidey which I just feel isn't a good base to put makeup on to as surely it slides around.
I think the extra cost for the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is worth it. 

Next: CC vs BB

You can see the colour here of the Maybelline BB which is the darkest shade they have...not very dark.

I applied it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush 

Here is just primer and BB Cream.
It gave quite a light finish, definitely not full coverage, but just blurs out your imperfections. I am not sure I would recommend it to someone with "Blemish Prone Skin" because it wouldn't cover your blemishes!

I don't like heavy foundations though so I found it the right level of coverage.

Next I applied the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. I couldn't compare this to anything high end I have as I usually use a cream concealer by Bobbi Brown and in the past when I have used "Drug-store" concealers they have all been a cream product. I would imagine I would compare it to YSL touche eclat which I used to own but was never bowled over by.


Oh how pretttty. I used it under my eyes, down the centre of my nose, on my cupid's bow and a bit on my forehead. I then blended it in using my brush, however, when I use it again I will definitely use my beauty blender instead.

I actually really like this product, it brightened the areas I needed brightening and I was pleased with the results. Much more affordable than touche eclat at £22.50 and I feel it is a pretty good dupe.

I then moved onto contouring/bronzer. I bought the Sleek Contour Kit the other week for £6.49 from Superdrug and I literally love it!!! The bronzer is really matte and so easy to blend out that it is the PERFECT contour kit. Plus the highlight is subtle and beautiful.
I am a major FAN...can you tell??

I start by putting a swipe of the bronzer under my cheekbones:
And then I just go out like that...end of tutorial...Jokessss.

Then I blend it out and pull it up along my hairline to make my FiveHead a bit smaller and under by jawline.

I then use the higlighter on the top of my cheekbones. 

Such a good kit for such a cheap price!

I finished off my face with Maybelline The Rocket Volume Mascara, a couple of eyeshadows from the Naked Palette by Urban Decay and then my DipBrow Pomade from Anastasia Beverley Hills. I didn't do comparisons for these as I was just doing "The Face" today!

Here is my finished look. My face looks a bit of a different colour to make neck, but it definitely isn't in real life! I need to learn to use my camera not my phone to take pictures!


In regard to staying power, my nose looks a little shiny and I put the make-up on 8 hours ago. I think that is to be expected and my Smashbox CC cream certainly does the same, however, as this BB cream is for oily skin you would think it would maybe combat oil a bit? Overall I would wear it everyday and I think I will use it up and then contemplate whether to try another brand or go back to Smashbox...

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