Honestly, I’ve been on a hiatus, a willing makeup ban, for the past few months. I never really understood my hiatus and I blamed it on the fact that I already had enough makeup which isn’t a familiar excuse to be made by a beauty blogger. However, when the blow of assignments hit, I found myself more ways than one finding myself at Priceline time and again. I think buying makeup is ultimately thereapeautic so my wallet can’t thank me when I’m stressed out.
Priceline is basically the Australian drugstore. Think of a hub of drugstore makeup – you have Maybelline, Almay, Covergirl, Loreal, Revlon, Rimmel, Max Factor, Sally Hansen, Prestige, and aussie brands like Face of Australia and Australis. Feuled by my hectic uni schedule, I gave myself a reason to buy makeup based on the fact that I’ve lived in Australia for the past two years but I haven’t yet tried any Face of Australia or Australis products. I know, shame on me. So here we go, the fruits of the haul, and I have a few more up my sleeve in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
1. Maybelline FIT Me Foundation:
Maybelline’s new foundation with the concept of perfectly matching your type with the number of shades available. I can’t think off the top of my head how many shades they have, but it’s about 9-10 shades or more, making it mucho easier to find yours. If you don’t know how to find your foundation shade at the drugstore, I give easy tips on how to right here.
First Impressions – It’s very glowy or a more subtle term – very moisturising. If you have dry skin, this is very good for you. If you have oily skin, you might want to look elsewhere. The glow gives the foundation a natural finish but be careful of oxidation as I did find my face getting a little darker throughout the day. The foundation is also very smiliar in texture to the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation and actually makes a pretty good dupe excpet you’re paying 17 bucks instead of 75. Bargain.
2. Maybelline Age Rewind Foundation
As I was grocery shopping, this was in the discount bin going for 9 dollars. I’m in love with Maybelline foundations so I thought I might give it a try eventhough I probably don’t need any age-rewinding. It has goji berry complex and improves skin while providing coverage. I reckon I’m already sold.
First Impressions – The foundation was quite similar to the Maybelline superstay foundation and it was pretty good as a first impression. I’ll have to try it out more though before I can fully say anything about it.
3. Australis Fresh & Flawless Foundation
Finally, my first Australis product and I couldn’t be impressed more. Loving the hot pink and apparently, it’s vitamin enriched. I like the squeezy BB cream like bottle as well because it’s easy to use. My friend told me that her friend who is also my friend loved this stuff and uses it all the time so I thought I might give it a twirl.
First Impressions – This is a great foundation actually even though it’s cheaper than its drugstore counterparts. It blends really nicely into the skin and covers well, providing medium coverage at best. Furthermore, it tends to dry a little matte and stiff so if you’re all into being touchy feely on your face after you’ve done your makeup, it’s not super smooth which can be good for oily skin.
4. Maybelline CoverStick Concealer
I’ve always dismissed this product as a walk by product. Something you don’t really look at because you probably think that there’s a bunch of other really nice concealers out there. But, seeing as my MAC Studio finish was actually finished, I needed a new concealer. Not a liquid one either, my favourite concealers are often the balm like concealers because I can take them around in my touch-up bag and it’s just easier to apply with your fingers. This lipstick tube is pretty awesome.
First Impressions – I love it. I really really do. It was only 9 dollars as opposed to my thirty something dollars I usually pay at M.A.C. It’s so easy to use because it you draw it on your face like face paint on the areas you want to cover and then blend the product into your skin. It covers very well and lasts almost just as long. Don’t use this under the eyes, use a liquid concealer instead. I’m very happy with this concealer!
5. Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer
This is a new product by Maybelline and a sister to its expensive counterpart – the much loved YSL Touche Eclat. I always wanted to find cheaper dupes for the YSL Touche Eclat as it’s one of my favourite products. It makes you glow and it covers my undereye circles and adds hours to my non-existant sleeping hours.
First Impressions – This is a really nice highlighter but you need to be careful when applying under the eyes because you can get a white overcast. You do not want to become a reverse panda remember? Just one of my pet peeves. It does make a good cheek and nose highlighter though but the brush bristles can do with a little more work. It’s a bit like straw to be honest.
6. Face of Australia Eye Primer – Matte
Along with my Studio Finish concealer, I was also running out of my Urban Decay Primer Potion and both brands carry eye primers. Seeing that I already got something from Australis, I wanted to try the Face of Australia eye primer. Plus, I loved how it was like a balm, making it ten times easier for me to apply on the eyes.
First Impressions – When dabbed on my finger, I was suprised at how much it resembled an opaque white cream eyeshadow. I was a little nervous with the color because I’m used to the more neutral shade of UDPP. When applied, it does give that white overcast but as you are apply eyeshadow over your lid, it doesn’t matter. I find that it doesn’t stay as long as the UDPP but perfect until it reaches its threshold.
7. Covergirl Liquidline Blast Eyeliner
One of Danielle’s absolute favourites. So, obviously I had to get it. Plus, I already ran out of my pencil liner to line my waterline and tightline with and have been using gel liner for my waterline since. Not lining my tightline is weird though so I needed a pencil liner that would stay.
First Impressions – This is amazing! It’s super smooth, very much like the Urban Decay 24/7 liners and it stays on much longer and is cheaper. What’s not to love? This is def. going to be my eyeliner staple from now on.
8. Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder
Another one of Danielle’s favourites. She uses this powder daily and yep, I ran out of my Maybelline Dream Matte Powder so I thought it would be fun to try the powder from Australis since it’s apparently really good.
First Impressions – Yet another pleasant find. A similar dupe to the M.A.C MSF Natural because it’s such a smooth powder and covers well and does not oil up as easily. The range of colors is pretty sad. I’m an NC30 and I’m using their shade in darkest brown. Yep. A great on the go, touch up powder though! It’s still a bit dark for me so I would graduate to medium on my next buy.
9. Almay Intense I – Color Trio for Blue Eyes
I know I don’t have blue eyes but when I looked at Kate Hudson and then I looked at this quad, I kinda had to get it. Kate Hudson is stunning, always stunning and that blue shade is stunning. Next thing I know, I’m getting it.
First Impressions – When swatched, the colors aren’t as vivid as I imagine them to be. I haven’t used it yet though.
10. Almay Intense i-Color Trio for Brown Eyes
I love this palette, mainly because it creates the perfect flirty but natural eye looks that are great for first dates or back to school. The top pink shade looks just like the rubenesque paintpot from MAC and the brown is a beautiful shade with a maroon undertone. The eyeshadows come off pretty pigmented as well.
Makes a beautiful fall look as well!
11. Australis Creme Color for Cheeks and Lips
I’ve never been an avid cream blush fan. It’s never really my thing and plus apply it on my liquid foundation and then powdering it up eliminates the effect anyway. But, seeing that I should try all forms of blushes, the Australis one looked pretty interesting.
It comes off as a really pretty flamingo pink!
And there you have it, the first episode of more drugstore makeup hauls to come. I can’t wait to share more with y’all!
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