Declutter: Primers, Foundations & Powders

Declutter: Primers, Foundations & Powders

Welcome to the first instalment of my declutter series! I haven't really seen anyone doing this kind of thing in a blog post before, but declutters are my favourite YouTube videos to watch and this is exactly the kind of content I'd be excited to see, so it's what I've decided to make and I hope you like it too!

In case you missed it, I'm moving to the 6 which is the driving force behind this declutter series. I actually took these photos and made a lot of my decisions in Jan/Feb before I moved back home because at the time I thought I would be moving overseas in February. Now that it's happening in May and I've got more time to sort my life out, I've been able to put this series together. I think I'll probably end up doing one final declutter before I leave as there are still some things I'm undecided about, and that way you guys should have a pretty good idea of exactly what has made it to Canada with me. So consider this round one, which is pretty ruthless as it is (in my opinion) and there may still be more to go. Also just a quick disclaimer, anything I'm not keeping I'm giving to friends and family, or if it's old I'm throwing it out. I've checked with some local women's shelters and they only accept brand new makeup so unfortunately I don't have a lot that I can donate, but anything I have that can still be used will be going to a good home. 

Primers & Setting Sprays - Keeping

I've talked about my love for the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm many times before, and the Paula's Choice Shine Stopper also made it into my top primers post, so these two are definitely coming with me as they both have a lot of product left in them. I'm also bringing my Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. I used up a mini UD setting spray and since then have focused on using the L'Oreal one so this is brand new and it would be such a waste to leave it behind because I think it's a really good product and it works for me, so it's the only setting spray I'm bringing.


The Max Factor FaceFinity All Day Primer and the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer are two of my favourites - you might be able to see that both of them are nearly empty. I'm going to finish both before leaving and repurchase them once I'm over there, especially the Max Factor one as it's a lot more affordable. As for setting sprays, I'm going to finish the L'oreal Infallible Setting Spray - I quite like this and I think it helps your makeup last a little longer, but it's not life changing. I'd considering repurchasing it at some point but it's not essential, and I feel the same way about MAC Fix+ (this is the mini size). I think if I had dry skin I'd be a lot more into this product but as it doesn't suit my needs I'm not going to run out and pick it up again, but it's good to have on hand if I want to use an eyeshadow wet, so I might buy the small size again in North America where MAC is a lot cheaper.

Undecided / Not Keeping

At the time of taking this photo I was undecided about the first 3. I've since decided that the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot is just a stock standard silicone primer that did nothing for me in terms of oil control, which was pretty disappointing because I love the powder so much. So that one is going, while the Hylamide Matte 12 Finisher and the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer are going to be tested a bit more and I'll make a decision about them before I leave.

I'm getting rid of the Nivea Sensitive Aftershave Balm - I believe Nikkie Tutorials on YouTube is the main driver behind the hype on this, and it might work well for people with normal/dry skin but it doesn't do anything for me. I also don't think the NYX Matte & Dewy Setting Sprays do anything for me either so they're going as well.

Foundations - Keeping

The first two most obvious keeps for me are my favourite high end and drugstore foundations - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 2 and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 51. I actually have a backup of the Armani and since we're moving a few months later than originally planned I'm going to try and finish up this bottle and only take the new one since the packaging is so heavy, but both this and the Bourjois are definitely coming with me. The same goes for the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Fair Sand which is great for everyday. I'm over halfway through the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 0.5 (might try and finish this one up too) and I love it so much I picked up the lightest shade available in Australia, which is 1.0 at a discount at the Estee Lauder outlet. Unfortunately 1.0 is too dark for me, but I can mix it with the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain which is my palest foundation and it looks great. I absolutely love the Rimmel foundation on its own too, but because it's both affordable and in a heavy glass bottle I was going to leave it behind and pick up a new one in Toronto, but I don't actually think this line (with the white lid) was released there?! If you're Canadian and have seen it around please let me know! Otherwise I'll have to bring it with me because I don't want to be without it.

Not Keeping

I've had the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation in 10 Ivory Light for over 2 years (don't worry it still smells and looks fine) and I just haven't fallen in love with it. So if it hasn't happened by now, it's not going to. I actually got a really decent sized sample of the MAC Pro-Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation in NC15 and tested it out several times before buying it, but now when I wear it it can be really hit and miss. Sometimes it looks pretty and natural and other times it feels and looks really cakey and heavy on the skin, so because it's temperamental I'm leaving it behind. I honestly don't get the hype around the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24hr Foundation (in 101 Classic Ivory). Everyone regardless of their skin type seems to love this, but I don't think it lasts all that well and I find that it looks cakey and obvious by the end of the day on my oily skin, so I don't love it enough to keep it. And the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in 110 Porcelain is nice enough but I don't think it's especially long-wearing and because the packaging is heavy I'm going to leave this one behind as well.

Powders - Keeping

I've mentioned before how much I love the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 51 and the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder, in fact I recently mentioned both of these in an empties post. I'm sitting on two backups of each of them but because they're in such travel friendly packaging all 4 will be coming along. I've also just finished a Rimmel Stay Matte and have pictured my backup which at this stage is coming along too, though I might leave it behind and pick up a new one in Toronto since it's so affordable. If I'm not having a long day or if I feel like I want something a little more glowy I like the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light so it's coming with me. The Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder (mini) is the only loose powder I really use all over my face but I really like it. Loose powders are kind of a pain in the ass but this one is worth it for me as it controls oil quite well and looks really natural. It's one of the few high end powders I've tried that I really like. Aside from that one, I mostly only use loose powder to set my concealer under my eyes, and my mini sample of the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder should keep me going for quite a while.

Not Keeping

I'm no longer a fan of the MAC Studio Fix Powder, or it's drugstore dupe the Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder, so I have no problem getting rid of these. The Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder in Soft Focus is supposed to be a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders which I've not tried. It's no good for my oily skin but for me this worked when I wanted to blend my highlighter, powder and blush all together and add a little glow, but the extra step was too much hassle and I found that I didn't bother most of the time.

The Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder is nice and I use this under my eyes all the time, but it's too bulky so the tiny By Terry one will do. Same goes for the Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder (sample) which I really enjoy and will keep using until I leave, I just don't need two mini loose powders. The Bourjois Java Rice Powder never really grabbed me because it's too sparkly and I don't think it really does anything, and I find the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder too dry for under my eyes but not oil-controlling enough for the rest of my face.  I like the L'Oreal True Match Powder and I'm working my way through it at the moment and will probably finish it before I leave.


  • Foundation Bringing: 6-8 (including 2 backups, depends what I finish)
  • Foundations Not Bringing: 4
  • Powders Bringing: 6 + 2 backups
  • Powders Finishing/Not Bringing: 8


  • Primers Bringing: 2
  • Primers Finishing/Not Bringing: 4
  • Primers Undecided: 2
  • Setting Sprays Bringing: 1
  • Setting Sprays Finishing/Not Bringing: 4