My “To-Try” Pile

Posted on March 20, 2016 under Declutter


So, I’ll be finished my degree a month from today, and a few days after that I’ll be going back to Toronto for the summer. I am already stressed about packing everything into a suitcase and moving to another city via Megabus, which has put me in the mood for a serious round of decluttering. I’ve had a bunch of makeup products that I’m on the fence about and have been meaning to try and decide on for awhile now – and now I have a deadline. Transporting things back with me just to get rid of them there is illogical, so I’ve made a pile of products to try in the next month and decide on one way or the other.

Eye Products


I used to use the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Inked in Pink at least 3 times a week, but I haven’t touched it in months. Maybe even a year! I rarely use cream shadows anymore. I do really like the colour of this one on my eyes, and it works really well as a base for shadows from the Naked 3 palette, but I’m just not sure if it’s worth keeping this (rather clunkily-packaged) product around.

I don’t know if there’s really anything left of my Benefit Gimme Brow, and regardless I pretty much never use it. I used the bulk of it up last year when I was travelling a lot, because when sitting on a hostel bed with terrible lighting I wanted to quickly whip a few products on my face and be done with it. If there’s nothing left in it, that will make my decision for me – but if it’s still usable, I have to weigh whether I’ll use it enough to justify keeping it.

I’m really not a fan of the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Brights line. The regular Stay All Day liners are holy grail status to me, but the Brights are different. These are also fairly old, so this is really just a matter of using the three of these for the next month and then most likely tossing them. I may keep Cobalt, because it’s the only one with any real colour payoff.

Lip Products


Back when I cut back on my fuchsia lipsticks, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Cleopatra just barely made it through – and since then, August 2015, I’ve probably worn it twice. I really do love the colour, so I need to seriously evaluate it. And also STOP BUYING FUCHSIA LIPSTICK. Back in summer 2013 that was the only colour of lipstick I bought, and I’m still very drawn to it despite not lacking for it whatsoever.

The deep purple of Topshop lipstick in Depth is absolutely gorgeous, but the formula is tricky. I find that it goes on pretty patchy, and it’s not as long-lasting as I’d like for a lipstick that’s this intensely different from my natural lip colour. I don’t have any other colour like this, and I love the colour itself, so I’m hesitant to let it go. We’ll see how it goes – but next time in the UK I will bypass the regular Topshop lipsticks and go straight for the Matte Lip Bullets, which I have heard very good things about.

I know I don’t have a hope in hell of finishing OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet (which is actually more of a reddish berry; the image quality isn’t very good). The amount of product in the Lip Tar tubes is insane for how little you actually need to achieve full, opaque coverage on the lips, and they do go bad – my tube of Hoochie separated something fierce and became completely unusable. Strumpet is a beautiful colour, but the Lip Tars are such a pain in the ass to use that I reach for it very infrequently. But maybe if I make myself fall in love with the colour I’ll use it more often.

I’ve used this sample of the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon once, and I wasn’t terribly impressed. I’ll give it another shot and then toss it. There’s not much product in it, anyway; it’s really only good for a very few uses.

Embarrassingly, I bought the L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in Violet Parfait in the summer and have worn it ONCE since then. I actually love the formula and enjoy the slightly grey-toned purple, and I think I would have used this a lot two years ago – but I have naturally been gravitating towards slightly more socially acceptable colours in the last year. I need to really evaluate the colour on my face and ask myself whether this will fit into the actual life that I am living.

Face Products


The Lancôme Blush In Love in Pêche Joue-Joue (which is a bizarre phrase, translating to “peach cheek-cheek”) is no doubt a beautiful, easy-to-wear colour, but do I really need more warm peach blushes? It’s not a colour that I reach for terribly often, and definitely not in the colder months. And ever since I bought Hourglass Luminous Flush back in July, that’s been my go to peach blush 90% of the time. The only thing that sets Pêche Joue-Joue apart from the others is that it’s matte – but I’m not sure that that’s quite enough to justify keeping it around.

(In case anyone was wondering, I’ve photographed it with Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush, and Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace – though the middle shade, Guipure, is the one I use on a regular basis.)


Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow was universally touted as The Contour Shade for pale people back in 2013, so one of the first things I did when I got to the UK in September 2014 was go to an Illamasqua counter and purchase it. You’re probably looking at this picture and screaming, “GET RID OF IT, IT IS DISGUSTING,” and, I mean, yes, it is, but it’s still usable. It looks crusty, but it’s perfectly creamy and shows no signs of having gone bad. NYX Taupe was the other contour that everyone said was made for the fair-skinned among us, so when NYX finally came to Pharmaprix/Shoppers Drug Mart I picked it up. I think the new formulation may be different from the old one – or maybe the YouTube hype machine lied to me. I don’t hate it, but it’s quite a bit darker than Illamasqua, and less blendable. I have to decide if it’s worth keeping Hollow or if it’s time to let it go now that it’s grimy as hell.

At this point, I don’t think NYX Taupe will be my always-and-forever contour product. I do love Hollow, but it has the downside of being a cream, so it spoils much more quickly than a powder. I think eventually I will either repurchase Hollow (when I’m back in the UK) or try out the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder that everyone and their mom loves.


Ahh, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl. I truly should love this: the Becca highlighter formula is great, and a pure white highlighter is the ideal for someone who’s barely any darker than pure white. But for all the YouTube hype (I swear it was in everybody’s 2015 favourites), I just don’t love it. I mean, is it good? Sure. But it doesn’t do anything mindblowing for me, and, in fact, once actually on my cheeks I don’t find that its effect is radically different from Moonstone! I’ve been going back and forth on returning this to Sephora for quite some time, and now that I’m in the last 30 days of the return window I need to figure it out.

I’ll do a check-in post in about a month letting you know what I kept and what I got rid of. I’m anticipating a fairly high rate of decluttering here, but I’m also indecisive and prone to falling in love with long-forgotten products, so we’ll see!

There are 3 responses to “My “To-Try” Pile”

  • I’m with you on the fuschia lip products! Until recently I had so many different brands with essentially the same shade (which I never wear) so why are we always drawn to fuschia?! LOL.
    I must admit, the Illamasqua cream looks… pretty worse for wear! But hey if it works then don’t waste your money. I wasn’t won over by the Becca Pearl highlighter either- I find that although I’m pale I don’t want to make myself MORE pale, I want something that’s got a warmer hue…

    Hope your product clearing goes well :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Haha, Hollow does look really bad. It started looking like that pretty quickly, though – it’s mainly textural, caused by the brush bristles making those uneven holes. But I put it away for awhile because it was so gross to look at.

      I don’t mind white-based highlighters, but something about Pearl just isn’t amazing for me! I’ll probably return it. Too bad, because I lusted after it for a solid two months before buying it.

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