I don't own a lot of make up. I research and sample a lot of products, and then buy the *ultimate* product - one that I can use all the time. I prefer buying "high end" make up, because I like to feel pampered when I'm doing my make up. However, there are a lot of items where the *ultimate* product is a drugstore brand.
Here is a pic of all the drugstore products in my make up box. I'll share which I think are great, and which are just so-so.
Top Row (L-R): Revlon Lip Gloss - great everyday gloss, shiny and not-sticky; Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry - this shade is supposed to be a dupe for Blizzard by Chanel - which I also own. It doesn't compare - hardly any colour shows up, and it wears off easily; Sally Hanson Collagen Injection/Lip Inflation - they plump really well, especially when combined, but the gloss smells sickly sweet; Wet n Wild eyeliner - the BEST liquid eyeliner I've tried. The brush is easy to control and apply, the colour is thick and long lasting. Better than the liquid eyeliners I've tried by Lancome, L'Oreal and Revlon. The only thing I like better is gel eyeliner; Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara; Max Factor Volume Couture Mascara - I don't *love* it, not much thickening action; L'Oreal Panoramic Curl Mascara - my FAVOURITE mascara - it thickens and curls my eyelashes so well! 17 Bronzer and eyeshadow - these were bought from Boots in the UK, the bronzer gives me such a healthy glow - not too shimmery, and never makes my face look *dirty*, and I love the pink and gold colours in the eyeshadow.
First section (from Top to Bottom) - L'Oreal lipliner - goes on easily, is the best lipliner I've tried so far (and I own Spice by MAC, which is supposed to be a cult fave - it does nothing for me!); Revlon lipliner; Wet n Wild lipliner #666 - is supposed to be a dupe for MAC Spice liner, I actually prefer it to the MAC version, as it shows up more on my lips;
Second section (from Top to Bottom) - Wet n Wild eyeliners in green and black, the black one is a good basic liner, I haven't really used the green one yet, but I keep meaning too! Max Factor eyeliner in blue - this pencil is really old, but it looks really nice when paired with simple make up and dark lashes; Boots and Revlon eyeshadow brushes - not my favourites, but I'm not that good at applying eyeshadow, so I don't have to worry about blending or contouring with them.