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To make sense of it all, makeup artist Craig Beaglehole and I recently set up a drugstore product challenge at a West Hollywood CVS store, piling dozens of tubes, palettes and small bottles into our baskets. We tried out the low-price brands in the store and tested them for a week. One mascara sent my lashes spiking in several directions. And a few eye shadows didn’t “move” or glide across the eyelid, creating smudgy streaks instead. But to our surprise, there were many definite keepers. Beaglehole’s top picks — products he says he’d use on clients — were Maybelline Lash Stiletto and L’Oréal Extra Collagen mascaras. “When I find a great mascara, I don’t care about the price point. As long as it doesn’t budge and it really works.” He also plans to add the L’Oréal Color Juice lip glosses to his makeup kit to give clients (his include Toni Collette, Elle Macpherson and Lori Loughlin) a super shiny pout for the red carpet. The products we chose for our galleries were all winners — items we’d use or recommend. Click through to see the items and our reviews. melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com Staff writer Adam Tschorn contributed to this report. Makeup artist Craig Beaglehole picks out contouring blush products, left. Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
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