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By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The contents of a woman's makeup bag can say as much about her as the shoes that line her closet. A shiny black Chanel eye shadow palette has the same sleek appeal as a sexy pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos, and the gilded exterior of a YSL Touche Éclat concealer pen oozes the same sense of luxury as a pair of satin Louboutins.
These days, though, such luxe touches are increasingly commingled with products that proudly telegraph "value" and "I don't need to pay more." The same "high-low" impulse that has women comfortably mixing J.Crew with those Jimmy Choos is working its way into their makeup routines, replacing some department store buys with mascaras and lipsticks found at the drugstore.
Melissa Magsaysay and makeup artist Craig Beaglehole went to a drugstore to hunt for the best cosmetics they could find there. At left, Beaglehole holds a CVS shopping basket containing products that he tested.