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 didnt move or glide across the eyelid, creating smudgy streaks instead. But to our surprise, there were many definite keepers. Beagleholes top picks products he says hed use on clients were Maybelline Lash Stiletto and LOréal Extra Collagen mascaras. When I find a great mascara, I dont care about the price point. As long as it doesnt budge and it really works. He also plans to add the LOréal 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 wed use or recommend. Click through to see the items and our reviews. firstname.lastname@example.org Staff writer Adam Tschorn contributed to this report. Makeup artist Craig Beaglehole picks out contouring blush products, left.
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