You guys loved the Drugstore Beauty Swaps Part I so much I just had to do another one - here are some more items that may, or may not be!, better at the drugstore -
Cover Girl Bombshell Shineshadow ($7.99 for .18 fl oz) MAC Paint ($20 for .23 fl oz) - both have tons of silicones and each have a petrochemical so it's all about color choice on this one though you do get a little bit more product from MAC. That being said if you can find the color you like I would go with the Cover Girl for more bang for your buck.
Makeup primers that add luminosity to the skin make you look younger AND help your foundation stay put are all good in my book! Almay Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer ($11.49 for 1 oz) has amazing reviews on Makeup Alley and gives a pearly sheen to the skin. Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer ($73 for 1 oz) has little pearls of luminosity suspended in a clear gel-type formula that burst as they go through the pump. Neither line posts their ingredients online (boo) so we can't compare them that way but based on the achieved finish, especially if you're on a budget, I'd go with Almay - though I will say it's very satisfying to watch those pearls burst :).
I used to work for tarte and was a huge fan of their Cheek Stains ($30 for .5 oz). They've since revamped the formula and they're full of yummies like Maracuja, Pomegranate, Acai and Gogi Berries. 100% Pure's Lip & Cheek Tints ($17 for .26 oz) are a wonderful alternative as their first ingredient is Cocoa Butter while Tarte's is Propylene Glycol - a petrochemical. 100% Pure also uses fruit pigments to color their products so instead of dyes you've got Pomegranate, Blackberry, Raspberry and about 10 other fruits comprising the formula. In doing a lot of makeup inventories with ladies I find that they keep their Tarte Cheek Stains too long because they still have a lot in there when the year expiration date mark is up so I'm fine with the 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tints being half the size. They're also nearly half the price and petrochemical-free - bueno!
BB Creams are all the rage and those of the bronzing variety are hot for summer. Urban Decay just launched their Naked Skin Beauty Bronzing Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($34 for 1.18 oz) which uses Watermelon, Silicones, Light Diffusing Spheres and the anti-aging Vitasource in their formula. Their SPF is 2/3 chemical (Octinoxate) and 1/3 physical (Zinc). HERE's why I like physical SPFs more than chemical. Physician's Formula also just launched their Bronze Booster Glow Boosting BB Cream SPF 20 ($14.95 for 1.2 oz) which uses Shea Butter, Velvet Bean, Vitamin E and Silicones with a physical sunscreens Zinc and Titanium Dioxide (yay!). The nice thing about the Urban one is you've got a good anti-ager in there. The nice thing about the Physician's Formula is you've got a total physical SPF. So, it depends what's more important on this one to you - both are valid - so it's a toss up on this product.
Concealers are SO PERSONAL - it's all about the texture for ladies and for those that like a thin texture that won't crease up the "twist up pen" variety is a good bet. Makeup Forever's HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($29 for .05 oz) has a little silicone applicator and its oil-free light/medium texture contains Green Algae, Gatuline IN TENS (lifts) and a number of silicones for longevity and an even finish. L'oreal's Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer ($12.95 for .05 oz) is heavier on the petrochemicals (they both contain them, mind you, L'oreal's just has more) but also has silicone to smooth it out and Vitamin A, Hyaluronic Acid and Pea Extract for anti-aging. L'oreal gives you four color options while Makeup Forever gives you fourteen. I like the ingredient list more for Makeup Forever so on this one I'm going to pick the more expensive option.
Dry shampoo has become my best friend after going red and so many of them have a white finish that is so not flattering. Rita Hazan has her Root Concealer for Gray Coverage ($25 for 2 oz) and when I used to be a trainer in Sephoras people went nuts for it. I used to rec the Rita Hazan as well as Bumble and Bumble's until I saw my friend, Ruthie, whose roots were grown out a couple of inches but you would have never known it because of her Dry Shampoo in Light & Blonde from Batiste ($8.99 for 6.73 oz). It was AMAZING and it's three times the product for less than half the price. The red one is already in my bathroom!