One of the most obvious benefits of having a streamlined makeup collection is that I feel like I waste far less these days, both of my own money as well as the resources that go into creating and packaging a product and putting it on a shelf for me to buy. The more considered I am with what I buy, the fewer products I feel the need to declutter, and the more products I’m actually able to finish up. So this is a relatively small declutter, but they’re all products I knew I wasn’t really getting much use out of and that I could pass along to a friend who would enjoy them more than me.
In terms of complexion products, the Mecca Lit From Within Illuminating Drops were actually a freebie from Mecca that my mum brought over for me when my parents visited in the middle of the year. Unfortunately these are just too deep for my fair skin and don’t look right on me, so I’m going to pass them on to a friend with a deeper skin tone.
I’m also decluttering two blushes that I’ve had for a couple of years now. I’ve definitely moved more in the direction of neutral/nude blush shades, so I don’t have the need for as many bright blushes as I once did. The Clinique Cheek Pop Blush (AU) in Plum Pop looks beautiful in the pan, and I do like how it looks on my cheeks, I just don’t reach for it anywhere near as much as I used to. The same goes for the Paul & Joe Blush (AU) in Gamine, I’ve definitely still got a few brighter shades in my stash, but because I’m more inclined to reach for something neutral on a daily basis, this is gathering dust in my drawer and I don’t really need to hold onto it anymore.
One last cheek product, which was also a freebie from Mecca, is the NARS Multiple (AU) in the shade Copacabana. I’m pretty content to just own a small handful of highlighters and call it a day, it’s just not really a category of makeup that excites me that much because my skin glows (read: gets shiny) all on its own and I rarely need extra help in that department. I got the Mecca Lit From Within Illuminating Balm around the same time as the NARS highlighter and just fell head over heels in love with it, so the NARS one never really got a look in. It’s a nice product but it’s slightly more shimmery and obvious on the skin than the Mecca one, and I really only need one cream highlighter in my collection, so the Mecca one is it.
Now here comes one that was harder for me to part with. The Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette (AU) is the only palette I bought in 2017 and as much as I love the original Tartelette and the In Bloom palettes from this line, unfortunately I have to admit I made a mistake with this one. There are some lovely shades in here, but I feel like every look I try to do with this palette turns out orange. Don’t get me wrong, I like warm tones, but I have very fair skin and find that what’s most flattering on me are warm browns and dusty rose shades, and this palette is a couple of steps warmer than that. I love a champagne or a shimmery pink on the eyes, but I can’t stretch that love to copper as it just doesn’t look right, and unfortunately oranges and coppers are the bulk of what’s in this palette. I did love it when I first got it, but after living with it for a while I can see that it’s just not for me.
I’ve also decided to part ways with the Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in the shade Brown Sugar, which appears to have been discontinued. I picked this up at an outlet a while ago and it was always a shade I reached for when I needed to throw something on as quickly as possible but still have it look decent. This is the sort of shade that looks great blended all over the lid, the shimmer blends away in the crease and the shadow I laid on my lid still kept the shimmer, so it looked like I was wearing more than one colour and had put in a bit more effort than I actually did. I really like this shadow, I just didn’t reach for it often enough and felt someone else might be able to more use out of it than me, but the formula and shade are lovely.
Lip products are always the thing that accumulate most quickly, but they’re also the easiest thing to declutter (at least for me) because it’s pretty easy to work out whether or not you like a formula, or if you own something that’s so similar that you find you don’t need both. I feel like liquid lipsticks have really had the moment in the sun and they’re on the way out now. I still own a select few that have an outstanding formula, but classic lipsticks are what make up the bulk of my collection.
One that I’ve decided to part with is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (AU) in Nosferatu. This is an incredible blood-red shade (aka my favourite) but a shade this dark can be difficult to apply in this format, and if I’m honest it’s a little streaky and drying, especially upon reapplication. When I compare it to Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Lipstick (AU) in Nicholas which is similar in colour, I’d much rather wear Nicholas as it’s more comfortable on the lips and there are no reapplication issues, so I just don’t need to hang onto this anymore.
I bought a couple of the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils when they came out, although it looks like they weren’t released in North America for some reason. I really liked these initially, although this was my last one left and when I wore it recently I felt like the formula was too creamy for a shade this deep. It was difficult to apply because it wanted to smudge outside my lip line, and it transfers like crazy. I think the colour is beautiful and it’s definitely a good drugstore option (if it’s available where you live) but as I said I prefer a traditional lipstick so I’m ready to let this one go.
I’m also getting rid of two MAC lipsticks (AU), although I think their formulas are excellent and I wear certain shades from them all the time, there are two that I’ve decided to part with. The first is a matte deep pink called All Fired Up which is definitely unique in my collection, and while I’ve loved it when I’ve worn it, the truth is that really hasn’t been very often and I probably don’t need to hold onto this anymore because when I wear bright colours its always red. The other is their classic orange-red shade, Lady Danger which is basically identical to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips Lipstick (AU) in Tell Laura which I got as a birthday gift this year. I really don’t need to own two shades that are so similar, especially because I don’t wear orange-reds as often as other shades, so unfortunately it’s time for Lady Danger to go, although I still really recommend the formula and the shade.
I’m also getting rid of one gloss from Bare Minerals (AU) in the shade Party Starter. It’s a beautiful sheer orange that really brightens up my complexion when I wear it, and I definitely have a soft spot for shades like this, but since picking up the Dior Lip Glow (AU) in the shade Coral Glow this year I’ve decided I can live without this. The Dior product is more of a balm rather than a gloss, and while I wouldn’t say the Bare Minerals gloss is super sticky, it’s definitely tacky on the lips and I just prefer the Dior product and no longer reach for the Bare Minerals one, so that’s my decision made for me.
I’m also parting with one lip balm, a mini of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (AU). This got a lot of hype online and it’s nice enough as a lip balm I’m just not really a fan of the smell. It’s an artificial berry scent that doesn’t really do it for me, and I have a lot of other lip balms at the moment so I don’t need to hang onto this one.