Almost Empties

Posted on November 29, 2015 under Empties

When I saw Emma Bovary’s post on her Almost Empties, a lightbulb went off over my head. I love when people on /r/makeupaddiction and /r/makeuprehab post pan pictures; there’s some sort of vicarious satisfaction in seeing someone having managed to diligently use the same product until the bitter (almost) end. So, here are some products that I have made a lot of progress with and that, one of these days, will be empty.


I’m not even going to tell you how long I’ve had this MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15. Too damn long. And yet, although there is a crater-like dent in it, I can’t seem to ever hit pan. Don’t worry – I’m doing my research to find a new high coverage concealer for my blemishes, and then I will drop this guy into my Back to MAC bag and never again touch him.

On the other hand, I feel comfortable saying that I’ve had the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in the illuminating colour since this summer. It’s okay – not my favourite, but decent. I think I chose the wrong colour (next time I’ll go with one of the regular shades), and the packaging is messy and unhygienic, but I want to give it another shot.

I’m actually shocked that I’ve hit pan on the Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation, because I don’t reach for it that often. However, I did bring it travelling with me when I was studying abroad rather than my liquid foundation, so I suppose I made quite a dent on it while in Europe.

I’ve had my Rimmel Stay Matte powder for two and a half years now. Those with oily skin have probably blown through quite a few of these in that time, but I’m dry so I don’t powder too often. (I sold one to a customer in May 2014 and she was back in August for a replacement. I couldn’t believe it, as I’d been working on the same one for over a year by that point with no end in sight.) This one is definitely on its last legs, though – at some point in the near future, it won’t be worth it to try to scrape product out from the edges. This will be a repurchase, for sure.

I’ve mentioned the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation before – for a lightweight but buildable foundation suitable for dry skin, this one is a fantastic option at great price. I have about a quarter left of my third bottle of it. I want to try a new foundation next, but I’m sure I’ll come back to this one in the future.


My Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent is getting quite goopy, so I think it’ll be time to toss it soon. This was okay; I feel like the rave reviews were mainly for the tinted versions, but I can’t speak to that. As a clear brow gel, it was nothing special. I’ll probably try something new when I run out of this, which will be rather soon.

Lancôme Color Design eyeshadow in Vue was the first eyeshadow I ever owned, before I knew anything about makeup. My daily makeup routine was mascara on my top lashes. When I was 17 I got a seasonal job at Urban Outfitters, and, being the youngest and measurably least fashionable person there (I was in high school and wore a uniform!), decided to put on more makeup for work days. I added three products to my routine: undereye concealer, black liquid eyeliner, and Vue all over my eyelids, scraped out of the pan and applied to my eyes with a Q-Tip. Yeah, I had no idea what I was doing when I was 17. However, this remains a beautiful neutral colour that I reach for often – it’s somewhere in the rose gold family, a colour that can be special or unobtrusive depending on what other products I add to it. When I finally use this shadow up, I’ll probably suck it up and shell out the $22 CAD for a replacement.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze is a favourite for many of us, and it’s easy to see why. It makes for a fabulous one-colour eye look – it’s neutral but a bit special, and somehow has dimension even when it’s the only eyeshadow used. I probably won’t actually finish this particular pot as it’s beginning to dry up after 2.5 years of regular use, but I will certainly repurchase it.

I’ve also made a massive dent in the Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe – I use it every day for my brows:


Despite the fact that I’ve made considerable progress with it, it’s lasted forever. I’ve been using it on my brows every day for over two years, and I’m still on the same pot of it. I’ll never buy Anastasia Dipbrow as long as Maybelline keeps making Tough as Taupe!

I think I’m on my third Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner in Eastend Snob, and it won’t be my last! I use this religiously – it’s a beautiful neutral colour that works under so many lipsticks, and the formula is absolutely wonderful. And at less than $10 CAD, I have no guilt about repurchasing it often.


La Roche-Posay gets quite a lot of love from me, and for good reason. So many of their products just work for me, and I feel a mixture of pride and sadness when I’m getting close to the end of one. I swear by the original Cicaplast to heal tattoos, and will pick up another tube before my next one. (Seriously, try it. It helps with itching and flaking and accelerates the healing process.) The Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 60 is the BEST facial sunscreen and I do not leave my house without a generous layer slathered on. (I don’t have to tell you guys to wear sunscreen even past the summer, right?) Luckily I have at least one backup of this, possibly more. I tend to get it for free through work, but I would not hesitate to drop $27 CAD on it. It’s that good. And, I mean, suncare is worth the investment.

Speaking of La Roche-Posay, I’m getting very low on my Lipikar Baume AP+*. I’ve been using it every day for the past month, and my usage has definitely caught up with me. It’s a miracle product, I’m telling you!

Are you guys running low on any products? Will you be sad to see them go (or run out and repurchase them immediately) or relieved that they’re out of your hair?

There are 3 responses to “Almost Empties”

  • Oh I never saw this link mention, thank you so much and I’m glad you enjoy almost empty posts too – they are so satisfying to read! You’ve done well to dent so many products, I am looking forward to using up more of my almost empties

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