Since my 5 & 10 finds and adventure in Jim Thorpe, PA the weekend before last, I’ve been thinking a lot about the experience of buying makeup at the drug store.
Not everyone wants to spend a lot of dough on things like nail polish, eye shadow or lip gloss. Hello! We’re in a recession! Who can blame us for bargain hunting?! (But we still want to look good!) I’ve decided to do a series of once-a-week blog posts on the hunt to find unique brands that either aren’t in every drug store, or are brands aside from the obvious Revlon/Maybelline brands. I’ll also revisit cheap drug store offerings that maybe deserve a second glance (some of those to come later on in the series!)
This week I’m profiling Rite Aid.
Rite Aid has a couple cool nail polish offerings and one makeup brand in particular that I found intriguing: Jesse’s Girl. What drew me to Jesse’s Girl was the color range of the products! Iridescent eye dusts, lip glosses and glittery eyeliners:
The glitter eyeliner ($1.99) was a bit rough on my skin and I will not use it again.
While I thought the Liquid Crystal Lip Gloss ($4.99) might be too blue-ish, it went on in a pretty, light neon purple. Very light. But oh-so-pretty. Only downfall is it requires frequent reapplication.
I used the nail polish, in Confetti ($2.99) over the tips of my nails with another nail polish I’ll talk about later in the post!
I wore the eye dust in Secret Weapon ($3.99) with Urban Decay Oil Slick eye shadow and Prestige eye color in Love (a smokey eye, bright green and pink combo!) for a surprise 30th birthday party Saturday night. The ruse was that we were going in a limo to “back to prom night” put on by the local FOP. (HA! We got her! 🙂 ) Here’s a shot of Secret Weapon:
The eye dust wore great (when used over Urban Decay Primer Potion, of course!).
Back to the nail polish! I did a lil’ bling-i-cure without the nail art lacquer line:
Which leads me to my next makeup find, Scherer. They had two kinds of nail polish: Scherer Chameleon and CQ nail polishes.
Chameleon was $2.99 while CQ was $2.59 per bottle. Chameleon in Blue Sky is shown above with Jesse’s Girl’s Confetti on the tips. Blue Sky is a pretty blue-ish purple with a green tint. Application was easy.
Chameleon Calypso, in the picture below, is a purple with a light pink/sometimes green or blue tint. Again, application was easy. It would also look good with Confetti!
Onto the CQ polishes:
CQ Cosmic Plum, above, is awesome – it’s like a light purple/yellow/pink shimmer! Application was easy. The color is so unique and it looks great with my skin tone! I absolutely love it.
CQ Silver Taupe is a great light taupe with flecks of silver shimmer. Again, easy application and great shimmer! I had to try this with Essie’s Matte About You:
This looked great matte, and matte Silver Taupe is my Nail of the Day today! I’ll have to also try matte over one of the Chameleon colors, I bet that would look neat!
There you have it, folks. Some great drug store finds all under $5 at Rite Aid. Next time you stop by to pick up a card on your way to a birthday party, or to fill a prescription, check out the makeup aisles!