Makeup Declutter: Eye + Face Makeup

Posted on August 29, 2015 under Declutter

I never quite know where my makeup collection falls, in terms of size. Compared to the average human, it is quite large, especially in the categories of lipstick and eyeshadow. But compared to YouTubers or bigger beauty bloggers, it’s miniscule. There are categories that are downright minimal – for example, I currently have one liquid eyeliner, one mascara, one eye primer, one foundation, one concealer for blemishes, and one concealer for undereyes. But I know that there are products I don’t use, and it does make me guilty to have things sitting around that I never touch.

I’ve already purged twelve lipsticks this month, so here’s the end of this round of decluttering – mostly eye makeup, with a few face products thrown in for good measure.

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Eye primers/bases: LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, ELF Eyelid Primer in Champagne, Lancôme La Base Paupières Pro Aquatique in Nude. The LORAC creases terribly on me, I’ve tried the ELF before and didn’t like it, bought the Lancôme last summer and have yet to open it. (I only took it out of the box about a month ago.) I love the NARS primer so much that I feel no need to test anything new. One of my friends is about to get very lucky, though – that Lancôme base is brand new and not cheap.

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Liners: Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Precious Gold (don’t like the colour on myself), Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Silver (I’m more likely to reach for greys than silvers; silver tends to look very stark against my fair skin), Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Eyeliner in Noir (transferred on my eyelids like basically every eyeliner in the world besides Stila and Kat Von D), Smashbox Cream Eyeliner in Picasso (also transferred), Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl (smudges ridiculously – I understand wanting smudgy eyeliner, but I cannot imagine wanting your eyeliner to get all over your damn face).

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Eyeshadow: Stila Stay All Day Wet-to-Set Eye Trio, Kiko Colour Sphere Eyeshadow in 03 Gold Beige, Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single in Brass, J.cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette, Stila eyeshadow in Copper, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sunwashed Sky. The glitter palette and single had to go because I never use straight up glitter; on the rare occasions that I want glittery gold on my eyelids, I just use a glitter liner over gold eyeshadow. The Stila eyeshadow and Color Tattoo simply didn’t suit me; every time I wore Stila Copper I looked undead, and Sunwashed Sky was too stark and frosty to flatter me. The Kiko shadow is actually really nice, but I have so many similar colours already that I use more regularly. Finally, I was always incredibly disappointed in pigmentation of the Wet-to-Set shadows when used dry. I know they’re really meant to be used wet, but I don’t have time for that. Plus, I rarely use those types of colours on my eyes.

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I never quite figured out how to use this Physician’s Formula Happy Booster powder – is it a setting powder? Is it a highlight? It seemed to work as both, but it wasn’t outstanding at either. It just wasn’t a product that excited me, and I HATE that gaudy packaging.

purge-revlon-blushes

The Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes in Pinched and Flushed are a decent formula, especially for the price. I decided to purge Flushed, a hot pink, awhile ago because it was too easy for it to become too much on my complexion. In the end, I realized that after giving Pinched a lot of love last summer, I barely use it anymore. I think cream blushes just aren’t for me. There are a few powder formulas that I love and that I will always reach for above any cream formula.

milani-plumrose

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose escaped my last purge, but only just. I put it on the other day and was overwhemled by the artificial watermelon scent, which lingered all day. It’s a nice colour and the formula is pretty good too, but those things just do not make up for that smell.

Finally, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer seems to work for many a YouTuber, and I was excited to get my hands on it. But it just never blew me away. Sure, the coverage is good, but it’s nothing special. I also absolutely cannot get over concealers with doe-foot applicators because I find them completely, revoltingly unhygienic. The packaging is so cheap, too; the black letters rub off almost instaneously. Finally, the colour was never quite right for me, although that’s certainly not unique to this concealer – it’s rare that I find a foundation or concealer that isn’t at least a touch too dark for me. I don’t have a picture of it as I seem to have thrown it away already, apparently hating it too much to keep around for photography purposes!

That’s 19 products this round, 31 overall. Compared to the size of my collection, I’d say this is a good start – but I definitely want to get it even further under control. This round was the easy stuff, I suppose – the things that I absolutely never used and that had glaring problems. Next time I’ll have to be more ruthless, but that’s a problem for future Clem to deal with!

There are 6 responses to “Makeup Declutter: Eye + Face Makeup”

  • I’ve just started to really look into make up, and how it works, and what I do with it and your posts are so helpful to me, Clem! A good starting point for someone that has absolutely no fricking idea what she is doing and only just learnt that lip liners can colour in your entire lip to make you look like you have bigger lips.

  • I got so into decluttering at the end of the summer (pre-new school year motivation, yay), and decluttering makeup was the hardest and most satisfying part of it. I’m looking forwards to getting ready with my simplified wardrobe and makeup stash!
    Looking forward to see your future destashing posts, and your ultimate collection with all the products that made the cut.

    • Ah, you’re not alone in being very productive just before the new school year starts. I always feel that’s a more natural time to reform my ways than in January.

      Having a simplified wardrobe is such a great feeling. I just packed everything to move with me back to school (tomorrow, AHHH), and it all fit easily in one suitcase. I think I’ve reduced my wardrobe by at least 50% since this time last year, and I don’t miss any of it or even remember what I got rid of.

  • I’m working on a purge series at the moment, as I just don’t have it in me to finish up the stuff I don’t like anymore! I have sisters and girlfriends who could better use the stuff anyway so I’m gifting a stack of stuff to them in the hopes I’ll soon enjoy my stash a lot more.

    • I would absolutely much rather just give something away than force myself to use it up. That’s why those Project Pans don’t really appeal to me – I feel like most of the time they’re products that the person doesn’t actually like all that much! I’d just as soon get rid of an item like that so I can use the things I do like.

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