I was at Walgreens the other day and came across a new line of cosmetics that I had not seen before. The Tropez line, which I don't think is related to St. Tropez cosmetics (???), has everything priced from $.99 to $3.99. Most items were $1.99.
I purchased some items and didn't really expect much from them. To my pleasent surprise, I found that these are pretty good cosmetics! I certainly liked them better than Wet n Wild, which is similar in price. NYC is another cheap drugstore line, and it also happens to be quite good in quality. I would generally place the Tropez products in the NYC range of quality.
The lip gloss is fairly well pigmented, feels nice, and lasts a decent amount of time. It also didn't have any unpleasant scents or tastes. That seems to sometimes be a problem with other cheap glosses such a NYC, which looks absolutely gorgeous, but often has a bad taste to it.
The eyeshadow was also pretty good. I found it just as good as some more expensive drugstore brands and it had quite a bit of pigment, so at $1.99 for a duo, it was quite a bargain. However, NYC offers some excellent shadows with even more pigment at around the same price or perhaps only slightly more. There also were not a lot of shades to choose from.
What really stood out for me was the mascara. At $1.99, I thought I would hate it. When I opened it and saw that it had a big brush, which often doesn't work well for me in mascara, I again thought I would hate it. I was wrong. It turned out to be quite good. It gave a nice amount of length and there was absolutely no clumping. I liked it just as much as some of the $10 and $25 mascaras that I have lying around. It didn't really add much curl though, so if you want that, I suggest trying something else. Cover Girl Volume Exact is a fairly affordable mascara that can be good for that. Although frankly, I don't think any mascara can replace a lash curler. If you want good length for cheap, check out the Tropez mascara!
This is an interesting line. I can't find it anywhere except Walgreens and it must be quite new since I also can't find much about it online. If you like cheap cosmetics, it is definitely worth taking a field trip to Walgreens to take a look at!