Nyx, Essence & Maybelline Makeup Haul

Mini Drugstore Products Haul - Nyx, Maybelline, EssenceI recently ran out of a few things so I briefly went shopping on Sunday morning. I’m happy that Shoppers Drug Mart now carries Nyx, its a great option for those of us who want quality but aren’t willing to dish out Sephora price tags! I picked up a few drugstore products to test out.

Mini Drugstore Products Haul - Nyx

Nyx Micro Brow Pencil $12
I’ve heard that this is a dupe for the $27 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz pencil. Let’s be honest, I’d rather use the $15 in price difference to buy coffee! Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of shade selection and I have ambiguous eyebrows that can’t be pinned down. I chose Auburn, which ended up being a few shades too light & orange for me. In hindsight Chocolate would have been a better shade for me. I have reddish brown hair but I’m a natural blonde with dark eyebrows.

Nyx Studio HD Concealer $10
I chose Alabaster which is a little bit more pink toned than my skin but in theory makes it perfect for hiding under-eye circles. I will probably go with the shade Porceline if I repurchase.

Mini Drugstore Products Haul - Maybelline, Essence

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation $10
Unfortunately Superstore didn’t have any shade testers for Dream Velvet so I tried to choose based on the shade of the bottle. Warm Porceline 05 was the lightest shade in stock (and the second lightest of the range). It ended up being more pink than my skin tone. Luckily, with a light hand and a bit of blending it doesn’t look too obvious that it’s not an exact match!

Essence Gel Eyeliner $3.99
My Essence waterproof liner pen finally dried out so I decided to try out a new medium. I wanted to see if I liked gel eyeliner before splurging on anything high end. I haven’t used it much yet, but it’s creamy and has so far been workout proof which is awesome! Eyeliner can be a drag but this applies easily with an angled brush.

What are your favourite drugstore products?

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  1. February 15, 2017 / 7:55 am

    I havent tried that Nyx concealer yet but I want to so bad! My favorite drugstore brand is Maybelline! I love their fit me concealer and lipsticks.

    • February 15, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      It’s so affordable compared to higher end concealers! The Dream velvet is my first maybelline product 🙂 I’ve heard so many good things about the fit me, I’ll need to try it when the nyx runs out! Thanks for reading

      • February 22, 2017 / 12:24 pm

        Same. I am definitely going to pick up that Nyx Concealer soon!

  2. February 14, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I couldn’t get the Dream Velvet foundation to work for me! Do you find it easy to apply? I’m wondering if my primer didn’t mix well with it.

    I’m curious about the Nyx concealer! Do you find it full coverage?

    • February 16, 2017 / 12:11 am

      I’ve been using the smashbox pore filling primer and so far I haven’t had any problems with it! It’s has kind of a mousse texture so I have to blend it a little longer than my regular foundation but nothing else! What primer are you using?
      The nyx concealer unfortunately doesn’t have as much coverage as I had hoped. I can layer it for fuller coverage but I still see any spots/blemishes that I am trying to cover. I think I need to pair it with a green toned concealer to help with that. It does blend out easily though!

      • February 17, 2017 / 7:37 am

        I use benefit’s Porefessional! I have the Smashbox pore filling primer so maybe I’ll try that one so I don’t waste the foundation. Thanks for the tip!

  3. February 14, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Looks like a great haul! I hope you like the Micro Brow pencil. I love it so much! xo J

    • February 15, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      So far I like it! I’ll need to get it in a darker shade next time lol I like the spoolie brush on the end a lot! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Jessica
    February 14, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I love drugstore beauty hauls 😉 let me know if the nyx is just as good as the Anastasia!! I am so curious – being on a budget lol

    • February 15, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      I honestly haven’t tried the ABH yet 🙁
      I really want to but I can’t justify the price right now!

      • Jessica
        February 16, 2017 / 9:02 am

        Haha me either! I really want it lol

  5. February 14, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I love the NYX brow pencils! They aren’t as pigmented than the anastasia ones, but when I can’t afford to dish out for Anastasia’s I go for the NYX one! xxx

    Melina / http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • February 14, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      I really like the spoolie brush on it! I just need to find my perfect shade now. I haven’t tried the ABH pencil yet either! Thanks for reading 🙂

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