The beauty industry is way different than how it was 10-15 years ago. Nowadays, there are so many brand alternatives as well as price alternatives. It is way easier to find high quality makeup products in drugstores too. So, if you are offered to take a challenge to create a party makeup only with drugstore products… what would your answer be? What would be in your drugstore party makeup menu?

Dinners, parties… There are so many events to attend, especially during this festive season. My makeup changes depending on my mood. Sometimes, I like to go all in with heavy eye makeup and bold lips and other time I just prefer light makeup with bold lips. Only one thing doesn’t change in my makeup and it is bold festive lips.

Affordable Drugstore Party Makeup Menu


Rimmel Match Perfection foundation is perfect for dewy skin. If you have oily/combination skin, you need to be careful with it, a little too much and you can end up looking like a disco ball. It has light to medium coverage, so you don’t need to worry about it being so heavy on the skin. Once the foundation is applied, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer will help you to cover up your under eyes. It has medium to high coverage, so make sure not to apply a lot, otherwise it will be hard to blend in properly. Once you have your base ready, with Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighteyou can achieve a nice bronzed look. It is really light, so you can just build it up depending on how intense you want your bronzer to look. It also has a highlighter, which I haven’t really used because it is really hard to work with. KIKO Colour Veil Blush in 01 Pink is a lovely shade of pink and the finish is really close to Max Factor Cream Puff Blush. To finish your skin, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a great choice, it gives a beautiful glow.


In order to achieve a best festive makeup, there’s nothing better than using shimmery eyeshadows. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate and On and On Bronze makes such a good duo. You can apply bronze shade on your crease as a transition shade and purple shade as the main colour then just blend it. I like the finish look, that’s how I’ve been wearing it recently. I don’t know if they last for 24 hours, however, I know that they last for hours, and they don’t smudge easily. Once you apply Soap&Glory SuperCat Eyeliner, you don’t need to worry about your eyeliner fading or smudging. It is one of the best eyeliners and it still looks intense even after hours. If you haven’t given it a try yet, you should really change it. To finish off the eye makeup, Rimmel London Supercurler 24HR Mascara can be a good choice. With a few coats of it, you can have curled and full lashes. Before lips, last step can be having perfect looking brows. Soap&Glory Archery will do the job for you, you can just draw your brows and make them look natural.


When it is a festive season, there’s no excuse for wearing bright lips. Reds, berries, cherries, burgundies are the colours to go for. KIKO Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 05 Heavy Cherry is a beautiful cherry/red mixed colour. Pomegranate shimmery eye makeup and cherry lips compliment each other. This combo will definitely make you feel festive and ready for parties.

This is what I think would be perfect for a drugstore party/festive makeup. Which products would you choose for your drugstore party makeup?

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  • Great post, I really like Revlon and Bourjois products so would create a look using these brands. Gemma x

  • I’ve heard such great things about the Rimmel foundation! Definitely something I need to try

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Ellie Adams

    So many products here are some of my absolute favourites. Mary Lou-manizer, Collection lasting perfection and Soap and Glory Archery are some of my all time favourites!


  • This is such a great idea! I would definitely go for the Maybelline Matte + Poreless, the Maybeline Color Tattoo in bad to the bronze and then for lip color I would go for Rimmel Matte lipstick by Kate Moss.

  • Lovely picks, I think Kiko is the perfect example for your introduction for which I could not agree more! It is affordable yet it owns one of the best quality I’ve ever seen, I already know I will wear one of my Kiko everlasting sticks on Christmas eve!

    • Kiko’s eyeshadow sticks are really good, I like how long lasting they are.

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Dying to try the Kiko lip products! Heard such good things about them x

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Great post, i think i go for the Maybelline, Bourjois and Revlon products.
    My favorite drugstore brands!

  • I agree, nowadays there are many affordable, high-quality products!
    For a drugstore party look I would use one of the Maybelline 14HR Lipsticks, Deborah Milano 24hr Liquid Liner and Pupa Vamp Mascara (these last two are Italian brands, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen them).

    • I’ve seen Deborah Milano products in the store, however never given them a try. If they are good, then I’ll check them out.

  • Drugstore makeup has come on in leaps and bounds and quite often is better than higher priced makeup! Although i do like to spoil myself with high end products, there is absolutely no reason why you couldnot find as good quality at the Drugstore. Great picks 🙂 x

    Brenda |

    • Spoiling yourself is a great thing. I like doing it too 🙂 xx

  • Sheridan Grady

    I looovveeee the Collection Concealer and the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pen, my faves! In fact I pretty much love all of these products! x

  • rae

    Great post! I was actually always buying high-end products but just recently started switching over to drugstore products and have realized that so many are just as good – if not better. I can now indulge a bit in eyeshadows as it’s literally one forth the price of expensive brands!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • You can actually find really good stuff in drugstore and save so much money, however it is good to spoil yourself from time to time.

  • I think I would struggle when it came to base, just because I have barely tried any foundation from the drugstore so far. MaxFactor and L´Oréal would be my go-to drugstore brands I think, and of course my well-loved ad worn Manhattan X-treme last+shine lipstick in 54V that I have been wearing to death these last two months.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Once you’re used to high end foundations, it might be hard to fulfill the expectations. I’ve used more drugstore foundations than high end ones so most of the time I am not expecting much.

      • To be honest, I struggle with finding a base in general I absolutely love. Laura Merciers Tinted Moisturizer Oilfree is the only one I have repurchased so far, but other than that…

  • It is true at the moment absolutely a lot choises, I always have to select which one is suitable for me, anyway truly great post though, thank you for sharing!!!


  • Great post! Love all the products you mentioned here! 🙂

    Melanie | Lilies Beauty

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Lovely picks & I do enjoy some good ole drugstore makeup! xx,

  • I think these are really great products for this look! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Got to love the collection concealer it is the only one that I come back to time and time again 🙂

    Pams Stuff and Things

  • Nadia

    I love that all the products are so amazing yet won’t break the bank! Fab picks, I especially can’t wait to give Kiko a go 🙂 Also, SuperCat eyeliner sounds amazing – would love to try it out as well. Thanks for lovely recommendations, honey <3
    Would love to see more tutorials in the future. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas week 🙂
    xox Nadia

    • You should really try out Kiko products, they are really good yet affordable. Supercat liner is my favourite, it is really long lasting and pigmented.
      I hope you had an amazing time with your family 🙂 xx

  • rimmel pudraya ve mary lou-manizer a aşığım resmen 🙂

  • I love your picks, perfect recommendations for this season if you want to look fabulous without breaking the bank!
    I will wear something similar, I will change the lipstick maybe for Maybelline Creamy Mattes in Devine Wine and I would probably go heavier on the eye makeup (I love my gramatic smoky eyes), maybe with something like L’Oréal Color Infallible shadows.
    I hope you have a great day, Ela xx


    • I really want Divine Red, it is a gorgeous shade! I will probably go for smoky eye makeup in the New Year’s Eve 🙂
      I hope you had a great day yesterday, Sel xx

  • Really wishing I’d picked up some of the mini KIKO Colour Veil Blushes, they look so pretty! The Colour Tattoos, Supercat and Brow Archery are some of my drugstore holy grails too so great choices 😀 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Great picks! I love On and On Bronze and Archery especially!

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  • I love your choices! Great post 🙂

    xo, Liz

  • Such a great post, Ela! It’s always great to know the best drug store products out there that deliver in quality as much as they do in price! Thanks for sharing your picks with us and I hope you’re having a lovely start to your week so far 🙂



    • Thank you, Jalisa 🙂
      I hope you had an amazing day yesterday! xx

  • I’m a huge fan of drugstore brand and you’re right, the drugstore beauty brands are so different now and some are as good if not better than high end. I finally saw Rimmel Supercurler the other day but I need to finish the couple mascaras that I picked up recently before buying it, hopefully it will work on my lashes!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I hope you will like it as much as I do *fingers crossed* sometimes products don’t act the same on everyone. x

  • Love your picks, especially the eyeliner and concealer. They’re some of my faves. Definitely going to try the eyeshadow combination though – sounds gorgeous! The drugstore are really upping their game recently!

    Laura x FloraLooTwo

    • Totally agree! There are so many choices and brands. Eyeliner is my favourite, it is really good. x

  • I like the idea of 24 hour eyeshadow, even though I’d take it off before bed!

    • Yeah I know, but good to know that they are long lasting.

  • Madalena Dantas

    So many great make up!! Want it all if it’s possible 😉
    Have an amazing day,

  • Olivia Aimes

    Awesome makeup selections!

  • I totally want to try theBalm – I bet it’s da bomb! Haha

    xx Yasmin

  • trend-mixblog

    These all sound like such great products. I always get overwhelmed in these stores, so thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • I like testing out drugstore products, there are some gems there 🙂

  • I really need to try out more drugstore makeup! The only reason that I don’t is because I can’t get samples before purchasing, and I find that returns aren’t as easy when it comes to the drugstore. One thing that I do love and will continue to repurchase is the Maybelline rocket mascara – it’s soooo good for my puny little lashes.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • I know what you mean, there are so many products I gave away just because they are not being good enough. Since I was a student for so long, I was checking more drugstore brands than high end.

  • Caliope Couture

    Great picks! I find that sometimes you get quite good quality with drugstore products…I usually get my mascara and eyeliners there.

    Christina ♥

  • These products sound great! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful picture! Happy Holidays!


  • theBalm Lou Manizer is definitely my favourite at the moment.

  • Rimmel and Maybelline are my fave drugstore makeup.
    They offer great beauty products.

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  • The lasting perfection concealers is on of my favourites, you cannot go wrong with it ♥

  • Lauren Farrell

    This is such a great summary! I don’t use drug store make up too often simply because the options are endless and I never know what brand to go for but this is very helpful! Thank you for always giving great comprehensive reviews, Ela! Have a wonderful day!

    • When there are so many options, if it hard to pick one, however at least good to know that there are some reliable brands. Thank you so much and have an amazing weekend! xx

  • Nice stuff! ♥
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  • Charlotte

    So many brilliant products here which are so inexpensive!
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  • Erin Russell

    I would pick near enough the same! Mary Lou 100%, with the colour tattoo, maybe a bourjois base instead, but you are so right – high street makeup has improved so much over the past 15 years!

    • Bourjois is a great choice, I really like the healthy mix!

  • You are so right! I love the options out there. I usually buy a mix of drugstore, mid and high end brands. It’s nice to have a selection.

  • loving these products, great post dear! happy holidays!

    xx Melis

  • Not sure I’d consider Mary Lou Maniser drugstore, at least not in the UK. Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful highlighter and one of my favourites too. I also love Maybelline Color Tattoos and Kiko. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • I just couldn’t find a good highlighter in the drugstore so had to add it to the list too, I wouldn’t consider it drugstore too. xx

  • Catarina Neves

    The Kiko lipstick is really good!

  • This is perfect! It’s nice that you offered an alternative to high end makeup! I LOVE the color of the Kiko blush! It’s gorgeous!

    Shannon Sage

  • Sorana Nistor

    Awesome affordable products !!!

  • Sam

    I’ve been wanting to get the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows since I first heard about them, but I have yet to check stores for a specific color. Definitely going to check these out! Love this post 🙂

    Sam |

    • Color Tattoo eyeshadows are really good, some of them dry out quick out, however the quality is great.

  • I loooove the Bourjois chocolate bronzer! Does the bronzer+highlighter combination also smell like chocolate? Also the Archery brow pencil is one of my new faves <3
    loved this post sweetie<3
    Emma xxx

    • It kinda does 🙂 I wish highlighter was pigmented! Archery is great, isn’t it?
      Have a great weekend, sweetie! xx

  • I think that you captured all of the best drugstore things on the market!

  • I think you’ve chosen some really great drugstore products here! Rimmel has to be the best drug store brand in my opinion 🙂

    Rachel xx

    • Rimmel is great, I really like their products 🙂 xx

  • Come to think about you are so right. Make-up wasn’t so easy to acquire when I was a teen. At least not like todays bargain selections. Rimmel is my usual go-to drug store brand. I’m usually pretty content with their products, except their mascaras. I tried one once and wasn’t impressed. Too watery and wet for me


    • With mascara it is kinda tricky, agree that some of them are really watery. Except that, I like their product range and quality xx

  • So perfect! Good drugstore makeup finds are never easy for me, but I really loved reading your picks.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  • Such amazing tips!! I love me a good drugstore find 🙂

    Sabrina |

  • Perfect! I love the Match Perfection foundation, it’s just gorgeous on so many different skin tones!

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones Ela!


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  • collection concealer is one of the best out in the market 😉

  • These are great picks for a party make-up look Ela! I was going to say that the Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder & Highlighter looked so pretty, and that I really wanted to purchase it. But if the highlighter is difficult to work with, then I’m not sure now lol.

    • I hardly use the highlighter, I wish it was easy to work with.

  • isabel selles

    cool post lovely!! kiko’s blush is gorgeous!



  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Great drugstore makeup selection, but I would love to see it on YOU! x The Lou-Manizer really is the best highlighter ever, isn’t it. 🙂 <3 I always go back to this one! x


    • Hopefully one day… I am really bad at taking my own photo, I am trying to get better with that 🙂 It is the best, totally agree! xx

  • Great picks. I certainly agree that you don’t need to spend a fortune on make up products.

  • Totally agree that drug store make up is so much better now! You can easily find dupes for the more expensive bits
    Elle Bloggs

    • Agree! There are so many dupes and they are really cheap!

  • I love your party menu! 🙂 Today I am wearing Rimmel Match Perfection, it is one of my favorite drugstore foundations too! It is especially good in winter when my skin tends to be slightly drier than usual. Have a wonderful day! xx

    • I mostly use it in a/w since I have really oily skin in general. Have an amazing weekend! x

  • I feel like I haven’t shopped drugstore makeup in years, I am such an Ulta addict! I wouldn’t even know where to start! I love Tarte and Bare Minerals – I try to stay more on the “natural” side of things, but do love a good MAC lippie!

    xo Annie

    • I want to try out Tarte products, I’ve heard a lot about them! Who doesn’t love a good lippie from MAC! xx

  • Rimmel foundation is the best! I love drugstore products as they are really affordable and have a lovely quality 🙂

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  • Love the products you used & that they’re all drugstore (:
    Nati xx

  • Lenya

    Great tips, Ela. Somehow Rimmel mascara and I don’t get along very well, but that’s another story, lol. Merry X-mas, doll.


    • It is hit or miss for me too, but in general I like Rimmel products. I hope you had an amazing Christmas Day! xx

  • I would definitely also include some Kiko products into my look, maybe one of their lip liners. I also tend to go for my Bourjois foundation with the collection concealer and the topshop highlighter 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • Bourjois healthy mix is one of my favourite foundation, it is really good 🙂

  • I love drugstore makeup! So many great products! Love the products you picked =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

    Adi xx

  • Aisha

    I really want the Balm highlighter 🙂 maybe when I’ll ene my Wet n Wild one ! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas !

    • Mary Lou is gorgeous 🙂 I hope you had a great time yesterday! x

  • This is awesome! I see some new things I need to try!


  • Kiki Rampone

    This looks so lovely! I love Rimmel foundations, and the Maybeliine color tattoos do last forever! Great drugstore picks 🙂

    xo Kiki

    • They totally last forever, I love them 🙂 Thank you! xx

  • Hanna

    Thanks for sharing these affordable options –Hanna Lei

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  • Love this post! I’ve been looking for a good drugstore foundation for ages now.

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  • Nice products, love the collection here, amazing!!!

  • Janneke

    Beautiful picks! Really loved this post!


  • Ellie Adams

    Absolutely love these products. Maybelline’s colour tattoo is beyond gorgeous and so perfect for party season! Have an amazing christmas hun <3


    • Totally agree with you! I hope you had an amazing Christmas with the loved ones, hun! xx

  • the italian glam

    great make-up colors, my dear, the Kiko blush is just perfect for my pale skin…

    Merry Christmas


  • These all sound great!! I’m not big on makeup but I’m happy to read a post on makeup that even I could get haha. Happy holidays!!
    xx, Pia

  • Hi there Ela! Looks like you’ve gathered some great party staples. For me, Christmas makeup is a glittery eye shadow look with a red lipstick. Have a great few days! xx Sjoukje from

    • Glittery eye makeup and red lips are my picks too, it is perfect for this time of year! Have a great time! xx

  • Kayla

    Great post!

    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • Loving your drugstore choices! I’ve heard awesome thigns about the Rimmel foundation, and my skin is dry so it might be the next one I buy!


    • Rimmel foundation is perfect for dry skin, it gives dewy finish!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Love the concept of this post, I think the next colour tattoo I buy will have to be Metallic pomegranate for sure.

  • yasmin sanchez

    Nice post darling!!


  • I usually use drugstore makeup because it’s so affordable! I use a lot of maybelline cover up! Works better than my naked foundation personally. Thanks for sharing love. Happy holidays. XOXO

    Lots of love,
    Kayla Xx

    • There are many alternatives in drugstore and some of them are as good as the high end! Happy Holidays xx

  • Buying good cosmetics is always a great idea haha :))

  • Che

    I love drugstore brands! I swear on my Loreal foundation 🙂

    – Che

  • Lauren Letizio

    Thanks for posting this! I think that so much lately we are obsessed with a name or a particular retailer that we forget that drugstore makeup is often created in the same facility using the same ingredients!

    I really want to try out that eyeliner from soap & glory because I have a problem with eyeliners smudging all over my eyes throughout the night!



  • India Benjamin

    I love Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate, such good quality for the price! There’s quite a few products here I’ve not tried, just because there is so much choice nowadays! 🙂

    Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  • Rasa Virviciute

    Merry Christmas, hope you had warm and merry Holidays! xo

  • The maybelline color tattoos are one of the best makeup items at the drugstore! They never disappoint. 🙂

    She Likes to Shop

  • I’m such a fan of affordable makeup, i mean why not! thanks for the detailed read!

  • Little Miss Fashion Queen

    You always show us the best products!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

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  • natalieoffduty

    Want to try all of this!


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  • I love to find great drugstore alternatives! Kiko is one of my favorite affordable brands. But we only have 1 or 2 stores in Holland and they’re not nearby for me. I always end up buying Kiko products on vacation! Great blogpost babe!

    Love, Layla Rosita

  • Diana Vanderheyde

    I also love the cherry and burgundy lip colours! Orange is also very nice..
    Enjoy your holidays!

  • Carina Vardie

    I love Bourjois products and would love to try out some Collection products.


  • I should really look into that Rimmel mascara! I’m in the market for a new one, I’m currently going through a bunch of testers/samples I have and the one I’m using now is getting clumpy already sadly!

    Hope you had a merry Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Happy holidays.
    Have a blessed one.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  • I wish they sold KIKO products where I live. I can only get them when I go overseas which is a shame because they’re so beautiful! This is a lovely look 🙂

  • Brows are so important, I’m going to check out that Archery kit!

    Danika Maia

  • Love this affordable look for the holidays, great products!

  • love this really like the the soap & Glory archery and Maybelline colour tattoo x

  • Love your picks for the drugstore party look!
    Goes to show that we don’t need to splurge to get the look 😉


  • Michèle

    oh wow. I really adore the Kiko blush. Such a pretty shade

  • Tal

    Love the lasting perfection concealer!

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  • That’s true, a lot of drugstore brands aren’t too far off from higher priced ones! I really like Revlon JustBitten lip stains, I’ve found they stay on well, and they’re easy to apply without a mirror.

    The holidays are perfect for red lips, you’re right!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

  • Yousra

    Love this post! It’s great that you shared a makeup look with drugstore products as not everyone likes to spend a lot on high end makeup brands! I have yet to try a foundation from Rimmel (p.s. I love the collection concealer, such a good quality for a very cheap price!)

    Yousra |

  • Love the drugstore roundup – so often overlooked, which is unfortunate because they can be so great! Awesome post!


  • Shwetali

    They are great drugstore products 🙂 Thanks for sharing dear

  • Amazing post!

  • Nikolaknazikova

    Great post! I like it!:)

    Have an aweosme day!


  • Noortje Wijckmans

    I’d go for my beloved L’Oreal True Match, and also one of their ColorRiche Lipsticks. I’ve never tried any KIKO products yet, but I definitely should, right? I’ve been in their store once but I couldn’t find anything I loved. It was a really small store though, so maybe I missed out on all the good stuff. Love this post!
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  • Soap&Glory is just beginning to surface in my local beauty stores, but it’s only the bath and body lines. I’ve wanted to try the makeup but wasn’t sure it was worth it to order online. The eyeliner and brow pencil sound very convincing though.
    xx Dany

  • Emily Valentine Parr

    Mary LOOUUUUUMMIINIZERRRRRR. Is it drugstore??

  • Lovely picks. Most of my make-up is drugstore! Just can’t beat it..
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Soap & Glory are a great brand, I haven’t tried much of their makeup but I shall do 🙂 Laura x

  • This is a great post Ela! I love so many of these products you have listed above and some of them are amazing products. x

  • Charlotte Gregory

    I can’t live without my Rimmel lasting finish primer! Beats any pricey primer! Lovely blog x