Half Drugstore Half High End

You would have probably seen the Half Drugstore Half High End comparison if you’re a huge fan of beauty videos on Youtube. The Half Drugstore Half High End comparison is exactly as it sounds – you do one side of your face with all drugstore products and one side with all high end, then you compare both sides. I think it’s a great way to find drugstore gems that are just as good, if not better, as high end products. I will be including little reviews on each product, and which version (drugstore or high-end) is better!

Today I have chosen products that look like they might be similar in terms of colour and finish. I tried my best to find the closest match, but my makeup collection isn’t that extensive. So, lets find out if high-end products are worth the splurge, or if their drugstore counterparts can give you that and more. Take a guess at which side is drugstore, and which is high-end! 🙂

1Half Drugstore Half High End Face


*WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser* ($5.99)

High-end: Benefit Porefessional ($31)

This winner is chosen based on my personal preference even though they’re both amazing primers. The formula of the Maybelline Baby Skin is a little bit oilier than the Benefit, but overall makes my foundation stay on for much longer throughout the day. However, the Benefit Porefessional is better at smoothing out pores. It’s not so good at keeping the foundation on the skin though. So I think it all depends on what you’re looking for in the primer – if you’re looking for one to smooth out your pores, go for the Benefit! If you’re looking for a great overall one that helps to keep your makeup on for the entire day, go for the Maybelline.


*WINNER! Drugstore: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Classic Beige* ($12)

High-end: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Honey ($36)

I feel that the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is the clear winner for this category. It’s like a party girl’s #bff. I’m no party girl, in fact, I’m quite the opposite. I go to bed early but I get up really early so I always look super sleepy in the morning. This foundation has microglitters which worried me the first time I put it on. However, it turns out that it doesn’t show up that much. This foundation brightens the complexion and gives the skin a gorgeous glow! Eventhough the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow feels lighter on the skin, it cakes up easier and tends to cling on to any texture on the skin. With the Rimmel one, it smooths out the face and looks like skin. It also gives a beautiful healthy glow!


*TIE! Drugstore: The Saem Tip Concealer ($3.80)

High-end: Laneige Cushion Concealer* ($20)

Both of these products are amazing for different reasons. Both these concealers are thick and creamy but doesn’t feel heavy on. For the undereye area, the high-end Laneige Cushion Concealer definitely triumphs over the drugstore. This is because it’s better at brightening overall. However, for blemishes and covering up highlighting the face, the drugstore The Saem Tip Concealer is the clear winner. It’s like an eraser for your blemishes (until you decide to take it off, of course! haha) and smooths out the skin. The The Saem one also feels much lighter on the skin.

Half Drugstore Half High End Face


Drugstore: Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour (Price N/A)

*WINNER! High-end: NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape* ($30)

The NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape is still one of my favourite blushes right now. It’s bright, yet wearable, and gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The colour of the Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour is very similar to the NARS, for a fraction of the price. However, the formula definitely isn’t anywhere near the NARS one. It’s more chalky and doesn’t last as long. It does have gorgeous packaging though!


*WINNER! Drugstore: Essence Soo Glow! in Look on The Bright Side*

High-end: Laneige Cushion Highlighter ($23.66)

If you’re a fan of a highlighter that make you glow like a unicorn (but looks super natural), look no further than the Essence Soo Glow highlighters! Not only are they super affordable, the formula is impeccable. They’re creamy, glides on smoothly and last for the entire day. It’s hands down, my favourite cream highlighter ever! On the other end, the Laneige Cushion Highlighter is also beautiful. However, it does have some glitter in it so it doesn’t look as natural as the Essence one.

Matte Liquid Lipstick

Drugstore: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble ($6)

*WINNER! High-end: Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key ($16)*

The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips are great for how affordable they are. Their formula is a thin liquid that dries almost instantly. However, they are definitely drying on the lips and it isn’t very flattering on me, being someone with super chapped lips most of the time. The Caked Makeup Lip Fondants are so good! My favourite is this one, in the shade Low Key, which is a dusty muted terracotta. Their formula is creamy, smooth and glides on the lips effortlessly. These are also one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I’ve tried to date.

Half Drugstore Half High End Face

Eyebrow Powder

*WINNER! Drugstore: Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium* ($3)

High-end: Billion Dollar Brows Powder in Light Brown* ($18)

The Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium is something that I’ve loved for a long time now. It’s super affordable, and it works really well. It comes with a powder and a wax, but I only ever use the powder. It has just the right amount of colour, and goes on the brows easily. Not only that, it also stays on for a good 6-8 hours on me. As for the Billion Dollar Brows Powder, it doesn’t apply as easily because it isn’t very pigmented. So for brows, drugstore is the clear winner! 😀


*TIE! Drugstore: ColourPop Eyeshadow in Bandit and Amaze ($5 each)

High-end: Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit* ($49)

I can’t say enough good things about the ColourPop Super Shock shadows because they are freaking amazing! The formula is buttery smooth, and they last on the eyes the entire day (without a primer! on my greaseball face!). The same thing can be said about the Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit. All the shades in there are amazingly pigmented, and buttery smooth. I can’t decide which is better, they’re both amazing.


Drugstore: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($17)

*WINNER! High-end: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper* ($20)

The Dollywink isn’t really “drugstore”, but I don’t have an eyeliner that even comes close to the Kat Von D. I thought I had found the one in the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. It was black, pretty smudge-proof and long-lasting. I used it for years and years and always repurchased it until my Australia/Asia swap. I got the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and as they say, the rest was history. It was super black in one swipe, completely smudge-proof and lasts the entire day. The brush tip is also amazing for creating the perfect wing.


*WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof ($5.99)

High-end: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($23)

The Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes give a ton of volume and length, and stays on the whole day with no smudging or flaking. For the longest time, I’ve been using the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara because it gave me long and thick (well as long and thick as my lashes could get anyway) lashes. The downside? It smudges horribly! I know they came out with a waterproof version but my Maybelline Big Eyes work so well for me now.

So, which part do you guys think was the high end? I think I kinda gave away the answer when I was comparing the concealer. 😉 Anyway, I did drugstore on the right side of my face (your left), and high end on the left side of my face (your right). What do you guys think? Which side do you prefer?

I love my higher end products, but I’m still a drugstore gal. As you saw from the post, most of the drugstore products were better than the high end! That brings me to my motto – just because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I love drugstore shopping because there are so many hidden gems! What about you? Are you more high-end or drugstore? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Thanks for reading, xoxo


  • You are so good at doing makeup!!! I can hardly put mascara one without getting it in my eye lol. I love that eye shadow colour its so simple and pretty!


  • mckenna bleu

    I love your winged eye liner! It looks so good! And love the shimmer eye shadow! Looks great with you skin tone!

  • This is such a fun practice! I usually don’t spend a lot on makeup, so I like to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to drugstore items. Can’t wait to try out some of these products!

  • Anna Hubbard

    What a fun post idea! I typically only buy drug store brands, so it’s good to know they’re better than some high end ones!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • Crazy how the drug store brands swept a lot of the categories. Very surprising. I use a mix of high end and low end so posts like these show where it’s good splurge and better to save.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • I like to mix high end and drugstore buys! Great post.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • This is such a cool post! I get most of my makeup from the drug store – my favorite brand is Maybelline!

    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

  • Miss ALK

    What a fun post! I’ve had a bad experience with Rimmel foundation in the past but you may have inspired me to try it again!

    xoxo A

  • This is such a fun post and interesting challenge. I buy most of my makeup from Sephora out of habit but I really should incorporate more drug store beauty products into my makeup bag. You’ve proven drugstore products can do the job just as well!

  • what a fun post!! I usually only buy drugstore (I actually didn’t buy my first “high end” make up until I was 26! Good to know I haven’t been missing the boat on a whole bunch!

  • Nars blush is the best!!! I definitely need to try this drugstore highlighter though!


  • Amy

    What a fun post! Loved hearing about these products


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Sherry Keezer

    It was awesome to read a comparison between the low and high products.

  • sami moore

    I loved reading your comparisons! I love great makeup, but HATE paying crazy prices, so seeing which drug store brands worked best was AWESOME.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Sami || sparkleandshinesami.com

  • Ela

    I liked the drugstore before but I prefer mid-range products at the moment!
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

  • Kerona Ledgister

    Great post, and sometime also the drugstore products work better than the high end