Connie of Skindeco.net wrote her point of view recently about why she does not use eyeshadows found in local drugstores or pharmacies. Go read it – its an informative read on why she feels the way she does.
Whilst I agree with some points she made, I found myself disagreeing with others. Here’s my counterpoint and my argument FOR local drugstore or pharmacy eyeshadows because I like playing Devil’s Advocate ;)
In the main, I’ve found that some brands found in our local drugstores or pharmacies are of great quality and things have been improving. I disagree that the colours do not show up or are too light. In many instances, its to do with styles and textures preferred by an individual.
If you prefer an intense eyeshadow look which Connie does beautifully, then you might find that inexpensive brands available locally do not offer that sort of pigment and vibrancy of colour. In fact, I’d venture a suggestion that this isn’t even found in most drugstore brands anywhere in the world with few exceptions.
The downside to preferring something intense is that if you are new to eye makeup, its not easy to work with intense colours. Mistakes show up easily. I know. I used to be a “victim” :P
However, if you prefer something lighter or the Japanese or Korean or just Asian style of makeup which is more understated, then our local drugstores are a veritable goldmine. I personally find that Japanese or Asian eye makeup is easier to get the hang of and has a lovely way of enhancing your look without quite screaming at you “Look! I’ve got eye colour on!”. Also, the gradational colours in palettes which is favoured by Japanese brands makes things easy for purposes of blending and colour matching when you are in a hurry or are new.
The downside of course is shimmer. Japanese eye makeup is big on shimmer and some people don’t like that. A little bit of shimmer however can open up your eyes and help you look a little more awake than you feel, which is great ;)
However, if you’d want to check out some good brands for eyeshadows in the Asian style found in our local drugstores and pharmacies, I’ve listed some brands I like below.
The brands or products from each brand that I presently like are:-
- Maybelline Diamond Glow eyeshadow palettes – the shimmer is less strong and there is a colour combination available to suit most. I am specific to just this eyeshadow palette – the previous Eyestudio one or eyeshadow singles are a write off.
- L’Oreal Open Eyes eyeshadow quads – This is in the same vein as that of Asian makeup – gradational colours with less shimmer than other brands. Its the first purple palette I have that works for me!
- Majolica Majorca eyeshadow palettes or single eyeshadows – I used to own the singles and palettes. The texture is smooth and it comes in different textures with different levels of shimmer. Some are outright metallic, others are less bright and easier to use for everyday. Most are very pigmented.
- Kate eyeshadow palettes – Kate tends to be heavy on the shimmer. Some of the palettes like the Glam Trick palette is strong in pigment as well which is great.
- Beautilicious eyeshadow palettes – stick to either Alyssa or Victoria and you’ll be fine. I agree with Connie that the singles are less desirable.
My take on some of the other brands available are:-
- Fasio – I’m less impressed with Fasio than Connie is. I’ve never had a good experience with it so I gave up on the brand. I found the eyeshadows chalky compared with brands like Kanebo Kate or Majolica Majorca.
- Elianto – Some singles are good and nicely pigmented. If you want to experiment with a particular colour e.g. teal, fuchsia, yellow, its a good brand to experiment with because RM5 won’t break your bank. The shimmer eyeshadow isn’t bad.
- Bloop de Paris – I liked the 1 green eyeshadow I owned. Colour wasn’t all that strong though. Otherwise its quite unmemorable.
- ZA New York – Digressing a little, their 2 way foundation is not bad! Eyeshadows are unmemorable though.
- Revlon – I’m afraid I have to agree with Connie on this one. I haven’t come across a Revlon eyeshadow I liked yet.
- Silkygirl – Same with Connie. I liked it before but its taken a childish turn that has me cringing each time I see the products and packaging. That said, the blockbuster palettes are quite something, in particular the Forest Green one.
So ultimately, whether eyeshadows found in local drugstores or pharmacies are good or bad depends a lot on the eye makeup styles we prefer. I prefer doing a lighter style on the eyes partly because I have a soft spot for blush and lipstick and I can’t have all 3 elements strong on my face or I’d look like a clown :) Also, having lighter or sheerer colours means I can wear colours to work without raising too many eyebrows; and its easier to work with. Hence, I do like some brands easily found in most drugstores or pharmacies.
So don’t write off the local pharmacy the next time you are in the market for a new eyeshadow. What you find there might just surprise you :)
Your take – how do you feel about drugstore brand eyeshadows found locally and do you have one you like?
Note: For purposes of this discourse:-
- I have omitted brands like NYX Cosmetics, and mineral makeup because the former is not found locally in Malaysia and the latter is found mostly online. I have not covered brands available online or through “sprees”, only what is readily available in the pharmacies.
- “Pharmacies” and “Drugstores” refer to Guardian Pharmacy, Watson’s Personal Stores, Caring Pharmacies and other pharmacies in Malaysia.
- “Local” refers to Malaysia where I am located.