Quarterly “Best of Drugstore” Winners!

If you follow the Forums, you’re aware that MakeupTalk has introduced a new feature to the site – a quarterly vote for the “Best Drugstore Products”! Each quarter (every three months), MakeupTalk will open a new poll where you, the community members, can tell us what your favorite products are and we’ll tally the votes and display the winners here, on MakeupTalk’s Beauty Blog! So, without further adieu, I present the winners of MakeupTalk’s Quarterly “Best of Drugstore” Award!


  • Best Makeup Primer: L’Oreal Studio Secrets
  • Liquid Foundation: Revlon Colorstay
  • Cream Foundation: Maybelline Dream Mousse (Matte and/or Smooth)
  • Pressed Powder: TIE! – L’Oreal True Match and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Tinted Moisturizer: E.L.F. Essentials Tinted Moisturizer
  • Setting Powder: NYC Loose Powder
  • Cream Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse
  • Powder Blush: E.L.F. Studio Blush
  • Concealer: E.L.F. Studio Concealer
  • Bronzer: TIE! – Milani Baked Bronzers and NYC Sunny Bronzer
  • Highlight: E.L.F. “Gotta Glow” Blush


  • Best Eyeshadow Primer: E.L.F. Mineral Primer
  • Powder Eyeshadow: (Ex. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon, Covergirl Eye Enhancer, etc.) Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow
  • Cream Eyeshadow: (Ex. L’Oreal HiP Cream Shadow Paint, Maybelline Eye Studio, etc.) NYX Jumbo Pencils
  • Pencil Eyeliner: TIE! – L’Oreal and NYC Pencil Liners
  • Liquid Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay
  • Cream/Gel Eyeliner: TIE! – Maybelline Eye Studio and E.L.F. Studio Cream Eyeliner
  • Lengthening Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous
  • Volumizing Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous
  • Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous
  • Eyebrow Product: (Ex. Pencil, Powder, etc.) Maybelline Define-a-Brow Pencils


  • Best Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees
  • Lip Liner: TIE! – NYX and Rimmel
  • Lip Stain: Covergirl Outlast Lip Stain
  • Lipstick: NYX Round Lipsticks
  • Lip Gloss: Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss

There you have it! Now be sure to print this out the next time you’re headed to the drugstore. Also, be sure to check in the “MakeupTalk” area of the Forums to vote on the next quarterly poll! Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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  1. AH so happy to see my fave Loreal Voluminous mascara getting the accolades it so deserves. I have been using it since I started wearing makeup. It’s still the best, even compared to some high-end brands!

  2. It’s nice to see some of the items I use on the list!! I used to be a Sephora addict for many years, and now I’m finding that drugstore brands (especially L’Oreal) have come far in their products to give higher-end items a run for their money.

    I don’t have a store near me that features ELF products so unfortunately I won’t be able to try several things on the list. But it will be good to know in the future!!

    AWESOME job on the survey! Can’t wait to see this done again in the future!

    • Definitely sign up for E.L.F.’s newsletter! They have specials weekly and often times feature 50% off their Studio Line, buy one, get one free, etc. They offer free shipping a LOT as well!

  3. Just a warning about the L’Oreal primer… it’s pricey for a mid-line drugstore primer (no less than $10 at most stores) and you get a SMALL amount of it. On top of it you may find your foundation and/or powder to become cakey and clumpy with that primer. I speak from experience but other people have found it works great for them. I would suggest if you buy it make sure your store will refund you if you end up not liking it.

  4. This was such a great idea. I am sad that NYX and ELF are products that are not easily accessible in stores where I live.

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