A makeup declutter + 2016 makeup inventory

Posted on December 15, 2016 under Declutter

It’s time for my second annual makeup inventory! (Last year’s is here.) But first, a look at some items which I’ve purged from my collection since my last declutter



I’ve become very picky with liquid lipstick formulas as of late, and I only have three formulas currently in my collection. I’m saying goodbye to NYX Liquid Suede in Sway because it’s just too cool and pulls all of the colour out of my face. I also wasn’t impressed with the formula, as it remains tacky to the touch. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color in Violet Parfait survived a previous round of decluttering; I like the colour a lot and when applied correctly it’s extremely long-wearing. But I find that it’s not layerable at all, and crumbles off in a hideous mess if built up. Out it goes!

I’ve been really into the idea of “functional dupes” as discussed by Monika of Rocaille Writes, and a lot of my recent lip product decluttering has been with this in mind. I’m purging a GWP Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Corail in Love because now that I have NARS Brigitte it’s realistically the only peach shade I’ll be reaching for.

Speaking of Lancôme, I’m getting rid of another GWP, the Color Design Lipstick in Pale Lip, as well as the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 045. I did genuinely like both of these products on myself, but I find that if I want a lighter nude shade (which is relatively rare anyway), Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 17 is slightly more flattering than either of these. Yes, I’m getting rid of a $40 lipstick in favour of an $8 one, an interesting reversal of my usual habits. I just found Pale Lip slightly too light to be used without a darker liner underneath, whereas Rimmel Kate 17 is good to go straight out of the bullet.


Comparison of Lancôme Pale Lip, Rimmel Kate Moss 45, and Rimmel Kate Moss 17.

Two more Rimmel Kate shades that must go: 09, which, though tonally different from NARS Audrey, I won’t reach for in favour of it when I want a deep red, and 105, which is rather old and which I find less flattering on me than Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


Comparison of Rimmel Kate Moss 09 and NARS Audrey.


Comparison of Rimmel Kate Moss 105 and Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

(By the way, I will not buy a full size of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang when I run out because I don’t think the formula is worth $38 CAD and because I don’t want to give my money to Marc Jacobs.)

After lots of hemming and hawing, I decided to get rid of my Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie. This is one of my absolute favourite lipstick colours and I have nothing quite like it in my collection. However, I haven’t actually worn this product in literal years, because I just don’t like the slippery formula of the Lip Butters – especially not when it comes to a pigmented, rich shade like this. I’m sorry to be saying goodbye to this one, but I’m sure I can dupe the colour in a formula that I like better, and it’s the oldest lipstick in my collection – I bought it in October 2012. Time to let it go!

It didn’t make it into these pictures, but I’m also getting rid of a mini tube of the OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia. It’s a gorgeous colour, but I’m just over the Lip Tars. I might get on better with the new packaging that comes with a wand, but I just cannot be bothered to put Black Dahlia on with a lip brush.

Two of my Revlon lip products melted in the sun due to my negligence: ColorBurst Balm Stain in Lovesick and Matte Balm in Sultry. I did have a backup of Lovesick, so crisis was averted there. I did not have a backup of Sultry, but ultimately decided not to replace it even though it’s one of my favourite lipstick colours. It’s just too similar to Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, and I’ve been wearing Touch of Spice more lately anyway.


Comparison of Revlon Sultry and Maybelline Touch of Spice.

Finally, I’m getting rid of the ELF Lip Lock Pencil because I’ve had it forever and it’s quite dry as clear lip liners go.



NYX Ultra HD Blush in Taupe was too dark and pigmented to work as a contour on my skintone. I gave it a fair shot, but I bet one of my less fair friends will love it more than I ever will! I have no issues with the formula of this product; the shade was simply wrong for me.

I have two Lancôme GWP blushes here. The first is in Sheer Amourôse, which was actually a favourite of mine for quite some time. It’s a very neutral, brownish-pink colour that goes with basically any look. As I added to my blush collection, I stopped reaching for it. My go-to neutral blush shades are Benefit Hervana and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, and the two of them have essentially rendered Sheer Amourôse redundant. A family friend who works for Lancôme often brings me goodies, which is where I got the other shade, Blushing Nude, from. It’s a very nice natural colour which swatches nicely, but I just don’t see it having a place in my collection so I’ve decided to toss it into my “to give away” bag without even using it. (The samples of the Hypnôse mascara she gave me will be used, however!)

I’ve had Benefit Benetint in my collection forever and used it a fair amount, but I just don’t go for cream and liquid blushes nowadays. However, it’s a lovely product and my mom uses cream and liquid blushes quite often, so it’s found a better home with her.



I’m getting rid of my limited edition Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Sunwashed Sky. I used to have a massive Colour Tattoo collection, but I simply don’t use them as often anymore for whatever reason and as such I’ve purged that collection considerably. Sunwashed Sky is a beautiful colour, but I prefer the other summer 2014 LE shade, Shimmering Sea, which I’ve kept (for now).

I got this Stila Countless Color Pigment in Tie Dye on clearance at Winners, and I wore it a lot when I was 19 and a lot cooler than I am now. (When I was 19 I also dyed my own hair and it became a patchy, hideous mess and I kept it like that for like 6 weeks, so, you know.)

Another Stila product (and Winners find): the Smudge Crayon in Umber. I really do like this rich chocolate brown shade, but it’s getting pretty dry – and, like I said, I no longer use cream shadows particularly often.

Though I do think the Hard Candy 1000 Lashed Fiberized Primer works decently as a lash primer at a very good price, realistically lash primer is just not something I’m ever going to add to my routine, so out it goes.

I made an ELF order this summer and they threw in a free glitter eyeliner which I’m pretty sure has been discontinued. This is another one of those products that I’m just not going to use – the duochrome glitter is really pretty, but I rarely use glitter liners and probably have too many hanging around in my collection without adding another one in.

For those keeping count, that makes for a total of 21 products decluttered this round.

My makeup inventory is under the cut, with my counts for this year and in parentheses last year’s totals.

Face Products

  • Foundation
    • Liquid: 3 (1)
    • Powder: 0 (1)
  • Concealer
    • Blemishes: 1 (1)
    • Undereye: 1 (1)
  • Powder
    • Pressed: 1 (1)
    • Loose: 1 (1)
  • Blush
    • Palettes: 1 (1)
    • Powder: 12 (11)
    • Cream: 1 (0)
    • Liquid: 0 (1)
  • Highlighter
    • Powder: 2 (3)
    • Cream/Liquid: 2 (2)
  • Bronzer: 1 (1)
  • Contour: 1 (2)

Total: 27 (26) = 3.8% more products

Eye Products

  • Eye primer: 1 (1)
  • Brow products: 3 (3)
  • Mascara
    • Open: 2 (1)
    • Unopened: 2 (1)
  • Liquid eyeliner
    • Black: 1 (1)
    • Coloured: 3 (3)
  • Glitter eyeliner: 3 (3)
  • Pencil eyeliner
    • Twist-up: 8 (4)
    • Traditional: 4 (7)
  • Gel eyeliner: 1 (0)
  • Eyeshadow
    • Palettes (6+): 8 (6)
    • Palettes (2-5): 6 (6)
    • Singles (powder): 5 (4)
    • Singles (cream): 6 (5)
    • Eyeshadow sticks: 2 (4)

    Total: 54 (49) = 10.2% more products

    Lip Products

    • Lipstick (traditional): 28 (29)
    • Lipstick (jumbo pencils): 5 (5)
    • Liquid lipstick: 10 (11)
    • Lip gloss: 0 (1)
    • Lip liner
      • Twist-up: 6 (6)
      • Traditional: 1 (1)
    • Lip balm/treatments: 4 (5)
    • Lip scrubs: 1 (1)

    Total: 55 (59) = 6.8% fewer products


    • Sharpeners: 1 (1)
    • Eyelash curlers: 1 (1)
    • Tweezers: 1 (1)
    • Face brushes: 14 (9)
    • Eye brushes: 24 (23)
    • Lip brushes: 6 (4)
    • Lash glue: 2 (2)
    • Lashes: 2 (1)

    Total: 51 (41) = 24.4% more products

    Overall, I have 187 products as opposed to last year’s total of 175, which is a total increase of 6.9%. I actually expected the total to be a lot higher than it is, so I’m pretty happy overall. No, I didn’t decrease the size of my makeup collection – I actually increased it. But I did declutter as I went. I promise you I added more than 12 products to my collection this year, but I balanced it out pretty well by continually decluttering throughout the year. For 2017 I would like to once again overall decrease the number of products I own, but I think that thoughtful consumption and consistent destashing keeps a makeup collection to a reasonable size and I’m not too bummed that mine increased slightly in 2016. The goal isn’t to deny myself new things, it’s to buy things that I will use and to use what I have. I know there’s still bloat in my collection that can be trimmed down, but I don’t think I’m doing too badly. I’ll discuss this more in my 2016 goals post, which will come at you in a few weeks.

    There are 6 responses to “A makeup declutter + 2016 makeup inventory”

    • I think you did an amazing job this year! I love the idea of decluttering your collection. After I moved I purged SO MANY makeup products that I was holding onto simply because I bought them… even though I didn’t like them and was never going to use them. It seriously feels so much better to have a stash of makeup where you enjoy every product, rather than only reach for a certain number and hate the rest haha.

      Great job!

      Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

      • Moving is the best decluttering excuse! I’m sure I’ll really kick my efforts into high gear as I prepare to move for grad school. I agree that having a collection full of stuff you really love is a great feeling!

    • Ooh, I love inventory posts! I got rid of Raspberry Pie this year, too. I can deal with a slippery formula in a sheer lipstick (I kept my lip butters in Red Velvet and Candy Apple), but not an opaque one.

      I remember that the OCC Lip Tars were all the rage when I was first getting into makeup, around 2011 or 2012. OCC was one of the only brands that offered unconventional colors (purple was “unconventional” back then), but I’m glad I didn’t order any. I just know I would have neglected them because they were so inconvenient.

      • I love inventory posts too. Your lipstick inventory was great – I’ve been thinking of doing one myself, but I need to find the time to photograph everything.

        The Lip Tars are inconvenient to apply AND they start separating and going bad relatively quickly. You dodged a bullet with them! I’m not sure if the new packaging solves the separation problem, though they obviously make them easier to apply. To be honest, though, the formula isn’t all that great anyway. It’s the colours that set them apart, but nowadays a lot of brands are making similar colours so they’re not the only option.

        • I actually bought one of the OCC Stained Glosses on clearance earlier this year. It’s a sheer nude with gold sparkles that I wanted to use as a topper for other lip colors, but it’s too thick and viscous to layer over most lipsticks. It certainly doesn’t tempt me to try the original Lip Tars.

    • Yay for inventory posts! They’re so satisfying. I’m actually in the process of photographing my lipsticks for an inventory of them.

      I’ve let go of both of my Maybelline summer 2014 LEs, but I kept Shimmering Sea longer, too. It was a much more impressive colour than Sunwashed Sky.

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