I recently posted about decluttering my beauty collection, starting with the products in my bathroom, and today I'm moving on to makeup. I regularly go through my collection to make sure nothing is expired, but this time I decided to really be honest with myself and also eliminate products I just don't use.
First up, three base products needed to go. The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in 100 Ivory was my best friend this past winter and spring, but I tried to use it again recently and it started oxidizing on my skin into a very pink tone. It's noticeably different on my warm-toned skin, no matter how much I blend it, so the shade simply doesn't match me anymore. I'm pretty sad about this—I loved the formula, and it was too light for me to wear in the summer, so I was hoping to get back to it this winter. Next up, I have the same issue with the Revlon Colorstay Foundation: it matches well when I put it on, but quickly turns too pink (I have the shade 180 Sand Beige). Also, I just can't deal with pouring a foundation out of such a wide opening. Lastly, I received this pretty generous sample of the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm, and I never actually opened it: it's in the shade Nude Glow, which is the darkest option they have available, and I know my match is the Snow Glow (which is the lightest). None of these are expired, so they can definitely be used by someone else.
Next, I knew I needed to take a good look at my cream eyeshadows. Ever since I discovered the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, I've been using those almost exclusively, and before that I was going between Chanel and Buxom options. Originally, I thought I was going to keep a few shades of my Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows, but I ended up parting with all of them.
I am actually quite sad about getting rid of these. I used to love them and they were a staple of my everyday makeup, but after a while they started drying up. I tried a few methods of reviving them, but at this point they just don't apply as smoothly as they used to, so I don't reach for them anymore. I don't think I will purchase them again either—my other cream shadows don't seem to dry up as fast. Apparently, you get what you pay for here.
I also had some liners to purge. Any previous liquid liner pen favorites have been replaced by the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner—it's the only thing I reach for, and it's seriously the best. So there went my old Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liners (which needed to go regardless) and the Cynthia Rowley Liquid Liner (which just isn't black enough for my taste). I also have a Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen, which I got from a beauty subscription box. It didn't work as an eyeshadow for me, and it's obviously too thick to be a liner.
Finally, my lipstick drawer needed some serious purging. Can you tell how hard I was trying to find a pink lipstick that works for me? There is also an array of coral reds, which I just don't need—I have a couple of orange reds that I wear the most, and a few true reds which I love. I think coral is just not my scene. I did keep one (Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Shocking Coral), just in case, but the rest of them are going. I'm not going to go through everything in this photo, because we would be here all night, and because most of these are being left behind because of the shade—not the formula. However, I do want to point out two formulas that I didn't get along with: NYX Round Case Lipsticks and Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks. NYX just didn't work on my lips, emphasizing the smallest creases, and sliding around too much. I did mention them in my Disappointing Products post, but I was trying to make them work for me. I'm over that. The Bourois lipsticks I'm actually upset about—I really wanted to love them. I wrote a review a while ago, mentioning that the formula is inconsistent, and that the scent was weird. Well, guess what? The scent has gotten progressively worse—they smell like a mix of plastic and aspirin now, and they're not even that old. Very disappointing.
I feel like this decluttering session was very productive. I think I will tackle my nail polish next.
How often do you go through your makeup collection and get rid of things?