A lot of drugstore brands have upped their games lately, providing pigmented, velvety-smooth, and longlasting products at very competitive prices. But there’s an area where they are still often lacking quality: eyeshadows.
As tempting as they look in their little pans, drusgtore eyeshadows are often hit or miss. Actually, more miss than hit. I’ve lost count of how many turned out to be sheer, powdery and chalky. But, luckily, during the past few years, I’ve also come across some gems. Here they are:
1. Sleek Makeup I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Who’s surprised to see these at the top of the list? No one? Guess not, as I’ve been regularly raving about these palettes since I first tried them in 2008. You’ve probably sick of it by now, but these are truly some of the best drugstore eyeshadows ever. Each palette contains 12 smooth and very pigmented shades in different finishes (they still need to work a bit on their matte formula, but the rest is amazing!). They are currently available in 16 variants, with new, limited edition ones being released all the time. My favourites are Lagoon (wearable brights), Original (a mix of bright and neutral shades), and Storm (a mix of natural and smokey hues). Available at Sleekmakeup.com.
2. Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Set
These palettes contain eight shades, each of which is named after the area where it should be placed (such as browbone, crease, etc), which is very handy for newbies. But, of course, you can use them however, and wherever, you like. All eight shades are super pigmented, with a very soft and velvety texture that, however, produces some fallout. Nothing major, though. The one I have, Comfort Zone, also features a duochrome shade. How cool is that? Available at amazon.com and drugstore.com.
3. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Eyeshadows
I’m not a big fan of cream eyeshadows because they usually tend to crease and fade within a couple of hours on my somewhat oily lids. But not these. These have amazing staying power, even without a primer. Plus, they have great colour payoff and apply smoothly on the lids. What’s not to like? Their newer metal formula is very nice too. Available at boots.com and ulta.com.
4. Layla Sparkle Eyeshadows
Like the name suggests, these are very, very sparkly. And very, very pigmented too. Definitely not something for the faint of earth. These are bold and demand attention. And did I mention they have a very soft and smooth texture that blends like a dream? But there’s a catch. You’ll have to use them with a primer if you want them to last all day without creasing. Available at shoplaylacosmetics.it.
5. Barry M Dazzle Dusts
If you’re a fan of loose eyeshadows, you must try these. These shimmery eyeshadows can be applied sheerly for a soft wash of colour, or built up for a more intense look. Their soft texture is easy to blend, too. There are more than 70 colourful and neutral shades to choose from, so everyone will be able to find a few they love. Some of them can also be used on the lips, face and nails! Available at boots.com and superdrug.com.
What are your favourite drugstore eyeshadows? Have you tried any of these?