I was making my way home from Grand Central last Sunday and the subway line which normally takes me straight from the station to my apartment building wasn’t running. So, I had to trudge my way over to a nearby subway station and hop on a different line – much to my dismay.

Anywho, said stroll took me past a rather large and fancy-looking Duane Reade. What else could I do but pop in, huh?

Well, as you can probably tell from the above picture, I went a little bit crazy… There was just so much new stuff to choose from and I couldn’t resist the chance to grab it and give it all a go. So, without further ado…

We’ll start with the base products; there are a lot of new foundations, powders and concealers in the drugstore at the moment, and a whole heap of them are targeted towards matte, poreless skin. Now I don’t know whether this has something to do with the upcoming arrival of the warmer Spring/Summer months – sweaty subway face is certainly something I am dreading come July – or whether it’s just a look that people are going for at the moment.

Either way, I wanted to see what all the hype was about so I picked up two of the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powders ($7.99) in Porcelain, for the days when I need a helping hand, coverage-wise, and Translucent, for when my main focus is just to blot away any sheen and freshen up my foundation. Now, Maybelline is also doing a Fit Me Matte Foundation, which I really did consider picking up. However, the bottles don’t come with a pump – instead you just have to pour the liquidy product out yourself – and frankly I couldn’t be bothered with the faff.

So instead, I opted for the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation ($12.99). Now, I’m a huge fan of the Infallible Pro Setting Spray, and I’ve heard great things about the other products in this range too, so I have high hopes for this formula. Keep watching this space for an update.

Moving on to something a bit more colourful in the form of the Revlon Photoready Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash ($8.99)Now, I actually saw an advert for these in last month’s Allure magazine – and immediately knew that I wanted to give them a go. I’m a huge fan of the double-ended nail art versions of these products, and, from my initial tests, these look as though they could be just as interesting to work with. While I’ve only played around a bit with the formulas so far, I can tell you that they are seriously long-lasting. Once you apply these bad boys, they ain’t going nowhere fast…

Another magazine-inspired purchase was the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux ($6). Now, when I read about this lipstick, the magazine in which it was featured said that it was part of the Kate Moss collection, however when I finally found it hiding on its lonesome in the drugstore’s Rimmel section, that didn’t seem to be the case. The packaging was different, for one, and it wasn’t included with the rest of the Kate-approved shades.

However, what I think may have happened is that it has been included as part of the Kate Moss collection in the UK, with a plan to incorporate it into the range over here very soon. That’s my best guess at any rate. Either way, it’s a seriously dreamy deep red shade that I can’t wait to try out.

Last, but by no means least, are two new nail polishes from Essie’s new Spring 2015 range; while I wasn’t totally inspired by all of the shades, I picked up Essie Flowerista ($8.50) which is a deep purple-toned pink shade, and Essie Garden Variety ($8.50), which is a beautiful dark turquoise shade. Both have already been whacked on my nails and both already get a big thumbs up from me – keep your eyes peeled for a full review soon though.

So, there you have it, enough drugstore fun to last me a lifetime – or at least until my next stroll along Lexington Avenue…


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