Reviewing New & EWG Approved Drugstore Items

Affordable hits and misses

I don’t own many drugstore items, but there have been several releases lately that looked promising. I’ve also been looking for a new concealer and mascara that are EWG approved.

The Environmental Working Group has a Skin Deep Database that rates product and ingredient safety. The lower the score is from 1 to 10, the safer the product is for you. I’ve already tried the W3ll People mascara (which I love) and concealer (which I don’t love) that score really low, so I wanted to look into other options. I was surprised to see two drugstore items were on the list!

Let’s start with my favorite find – the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector. I wanted to pick this up because it’s rated a 2 on Skin Deep. This concealer looks very natural on the skin, but it covers the dark veins under my eyes so well. I’m really impressed with the finish and lasting power. I wear 10 Ivory which is the lightest shade.

I also purchased the Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin Mascara because it was rated a 2. I wanted to love this because it’s more affordable than the W3ll People mascara, but it didn’t do enough for my lashes. There was some length, but I like more volume and a fanned out effect.

The most disappointing item from the new launches was the Almay Eyeshadow Quad. I picked up the shade 180 Ambition and the matte and satin shades hardly had any pigment at all. The shimmer shade was really pretty, but it faded after just 5 hours of wear. It also creased quite a bit (which was possibly made worse because I had added a bit of the next item on top).

I’ve heard so much hype about these Wet N Wild Megaglo Makeup Sticks. This one is the Highlight version in the shade 208 When the Nude Strikes – it’s a stunning, wearable champagne. The formula is really creamy and blendable as well. It looks amazing and natural on camera, but in person, I found that it has chunky glitter that sits on top of the skin. I like a more subtle highlight that melts into the skin to give it a glow.

Lastly, I tried one of the new Revlon Plumping Lip Cremes in the shade 510 Nude Honey. This formula tingles very, very slightly, so if you hate the Buxom glosses, you might want to try this. It was a little bit hard to smooth onto the lips at first because it’s almost a chunky whipped formula, but after a few minutes it settles quite nicely. Then it looks plush, the color is more even, and it feels like a balm.

If you’re wondering what all of this looks like in action, keep an eye out for a new video on Saturday with swatches and my first impressions!

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite affordable makeup item?

My Clean Beauty Wish List (and current favorites)

Opting for more organic, vegan, clean beauty
Clean Beauty Wish List

I’ve been interested in Clean Beauty for a while, but I’m consciously making an effort to switch up my products as I’m learning more and more about toxic ingredients recently. I’m aiming for an 80/20 lifestyle, where I’m aware of what I’m putting on my body and try to mostly use clean products.

A great place to start is the EWG Skin Deep Database – you can search by brand, product, or ingredient. You can also build your own report if an item hasn’t been verified yet. For example, the Wander Beauty powder is not in the database, but I input the ingredients and it’s score came out as a 2. The lower the score, the safer the product.

My favorite clean beauty shop is Credo Beauty  because they have a large selection with detailed product descriptions and ingredient explanations. I also use the Ingredient Conscious page on Birchbox. Target even has a natural beauty page, which is pretty awesome to see how mainstream clean beauty is becoming. Some other brands I really want to try include Pai, Herbivore BotanicalsAlima Pure, and 100% Pure.

Here are some clean beauty products that I already love:

What are your clean or green beauty favorites? Where do you get information on product safety and new brands? If you have a green/clean beauty blog, please share it below!