Too Good to Be True? Testing Cherie's High Rated Drugstore Makeup

Can makeup from the drugstore survive against my high standards?
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Apr. 14, 2020
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Something I've learned in my many years as a makeup conesuir is that brand and price rarely matter; finding good makeup is all about trial and error. That's where Cherie comes in. Since I've been on the app, other users have taken the guesswork out of the equation. So when I see a highly rated product with tons of reviews, I can't help but want to try it out for myself. When it comes to drugstore makeup, I definitely tend to be skeptical because I know ingredients can be sketch and the price point just doesn't add up to such wonderful reviews. But, like I said, I can't help but try out affordable Cherie finds. Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette-Rose in the Air ($5.99)
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Finding affordable, high quality eyesadow is probably the hardest thing to do if you're on a budget. So when I saw that this palette only cost $6 and had a 4.3 star rating on Cherie, I was intrigued to say the least. When I swatched the colors, I definitely became more nervous. On the arm, the product was chalky and not very pigmented. However, when I started to use it on the eyes, I was so impressed! These shadows blended like a dream and were very easy to layer, especially for the price point. The one downside is the fact that the glitter shades aren't all that impressive and have a lot of fallout on the face. Nonetheless, this palette is definitely worth the buy if you're looking for something nice and affordable.NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)
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Anastasia who? This brow pencil is a PERFECT dupe for $23 Anastasia Brow Whiz. I have sworn by this product for years and am never disappointed. The makeup itself is perfectly soft, yet firm for flawless brow application. The spoolie on the other end is also perfectly crafted for brow shaping and blending. While I currently only use a brow mascara, I always return to this product when I'm looking for a more structured brow. Having earned itself a 4.3 star rating on Cherie, this is a drugstore classic and I cannot recommend it enough.Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara ($4.99)
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Good mascara is hard to find, so when I purchased this $5 drugstore product, I truly didn't have high hopes even with its 4.4 star rating on Cherie. Most of the mascara I have loved in the past have cost at least $20, but this mascara has defied all the odds and topped them all. THIS MASCARA IS SO GOOD! No product has ever surprised me more. When this mascara says "False Lash Effect," it means it! In terms of consistency, this is a very wet mascara so yo need to be careful about letting it set before you move on to the next step of your beauty routine. All in all, though, this mascara has my devotion from now on.NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner ($7.00)
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I have a lot of thoughts about liquid liner, mostly because I'm terrible at applying it. Admittedly, this liner was no exception, but I can't fault the product based on human error. The applicator was easy to hold and the brush was very thin which made for sharp, crisp application (if you have that talent.) Aside from my difficulty applying it, this liner was really good! While I think there's nothing exceptional about the liner, it was very pigmented and did its job well which definitely supports its 4.4 star rating on Cherie. Please note that it is not water-proof, so if that's what you're looking for, I'd opt for another product.
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