The Flawless Drugstore Base | Oily Skin


Cast yourselves back to my ‘How To Achieve A Flawless Base‘ video. You may have noticed that I used a few pricey products to create my typical daytime face. This routine is something I did most days, so as a result, I was getting through some rather luxurious products more quickly than I would have liked to. So I began thinking, how can I achieve the exact same look, but with more purse friendly products? After scouring the shelves and a shuffle around of products, I finally have a selection that I am proud to say have replaced the expensive versions. After all, who doesn’t like to save money?

Old Routine
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (£25.50)
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup in 01 Linen (22.50)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 (£17.50)
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (£19.00)
Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder (£19.00)

Total: £103.05

New Routine
L’oréal Paris Infallible Primer Matte Base (£7.99)
L’oréal Paris True Match Foundation (£9.99)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19)
NYX Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish (£8.00)

Total: £30.17

L’oréal Paris Infallible Primer Matte Base
The ‘award-winning’ (that’s right) Smashbox Photo Finish Skin Primer is a product I fell in love with very quickly. It wasn’t until I was browsing the counters at Boots that I even contemplated switching to another. My first impression? The L’oréal and Smashbox look almost identical. I picked it up and had a read of the packaging and realised they both promised the same things too; so I just had to buy it. It blurs pores and creates a matte finish, perfect for us oily gals. Read my full post comparing this primer to the Smashbox. I still love to use the Nivea Men Replenishing Post Shave Balm too. Confused? Watch the video.

L’oréal Paris True Match Foundation
I am incredibly fussy when it comes to foundation, well, my skin is. I feel like I have tried and tested most of them and trusty L’oréal is the only that really agrees with me. I love a medium-full coverage foundation that also lets my skin breathe throughout the day and this really does just that. I first purchased this foundation to wear during summer because it has a lovely dewy finish that makes the skin appear radient (not something oily people often have to worry about), but that’s when I fell in love with it. If set with a powder, it creates more of a matte finish.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This is a newbie to my collection, and it’s well and truly settled in. My poor MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer has been completed abandoned and is collecting dust at the back of my acrylic makeup storage somewhere. I’ve mentioned this concealer in my monthly beauty favourites, and it keeps making appearances on my blog, because i’m so damn impressed! Have you tried it? Read my full review. It’s full coverage, buildable and creamy. And what else? It looks lovely doubles up as a highlighter, so my previous routine of applying concealer and then a cream highlighter has been banished. Because I’m oily, I do need to set it with a powder, leading me on nicely to the next step in my routine.

NYX Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish
This has completely replaced the Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder, a bloody big deal too because that was my number 1 all time favourite beauty product. But do you know why? Because it’s the exact same product! Like the Smashbox, I apply it all over the face to set the products in place. It holds them together like glue and keeps me matte all day long. If you’re dry, you will hate this product, it will cause your skin to become flaky and feel tight, but it suits me down to the ground.

So, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief and say that this is a routine I am so happy with, as is my bank account. Have you tried any of the above products? What are your thoughts?


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9 comments on “The Flawless Drugstore Base | Oily Skin”

  1. sex says:

    Fantastic post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?

    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further.


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    1. admin says:

      Thank you! That means a lot to me 🙂

  3. Carrie says:

    I’ve been hunting for a good drugstore translucent powder and the NYX one sounds amazing 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your routine with us. ♡

    1. admin says:

      No problem 🙂 the NYX is the best I’ve used and a little goes such a long way. Xx

  4. Icy Sedgwick says:

    I feel like that NYX powder is something I need in my life!

    1. Clarina says:

      Yes! I’d of course high recommend it to anyone with combination-oily skin. 🙂

  5. That is a pretty awesome base and that too just around £30

    1. Clarina says:

      Thanks! I know – crazy

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