If you love makeup now, the odds are you were pretty into it years ago as well. Sure, you may not have had a Sephora membership, but the drugstore surely had some gems you could not pass up.
These products made your tween and teen years what they were. The makeup of the early 2000s may not have been what it is now, but it sure was impactful.
Everything from heavy bronzer to thick and sometimes even clumpy lashes was the go-to look. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and rediscover some of those old favorites.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones (Shop here)
Whether you want to admit it or not, bronzer was a big part of the beauty scene back in the day. And this compact full of little glittery balls of pigment was a big part of that. Sure, they would fall out and crush into your carpet, forever leaving a stain, but they were also fun, shimmery, and gave you the golden glow you wanted, even if it was all over the face and didn’t quite match your neck.
Bonne Bell Flip Gloss
Sure, lip gloss was a big part of your makeup routine in high school, but this was different. Essentially, it was lip gloss in a solid format. It was like a lipstick that you flipped open applied, and it would give you a glossy look, a touch of color, and a sweet scent. Some of the options available were green apple, strawberry breeze, and vanilla frost. The shimmer was exactly what everyone wanted in those days.
Maybelline XXL Volume + Length Mascara (Shop here)
The mascaras of your youth were not what they are today, but they sure were something to remember. This one was particularly unique. With two ends, one for a white primer and the other for the blackest black mascara, this was a staple. It was one of the first microfiber mascaras that promised lengthened lashes and volume without clumps or smudging.
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder (Shop here)
The dry and cakey makeup look was never in, but it was sometimes unavoidable, and that was thanks to this oversized powder everyone seemed to have in their makeup bag. This powder is still available today. It still has that classic and sometimes off-putting scent. And it can still be overdone pretty easily. But, it is still a staple for so many people. It really has surpassed the test of time.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (Shop here)
These were the days most of us were just getting into experimenting with eye shadow. And that meant lots of creasy with our young and oily skin. But, the NYX jumbo eye pencils, especially in milk, that matte white prevented that. Plus, laying down this stark white pencil all over the lid amplified any color or shimmer you applied on top. Some people even wore this on its own. Blue eyeshadow may have been the fad of the ‘80s, but white was the color of the ‘90s and early 2000s.
Which of these products did you use or even adore back in the day? Do you wish they were still available now? Did you forget about these classic makeup products from your youth, or have you secretly been hoping they would come back to a drugstore near you?