If you’ve been a reader for a while, you will probably have seen my Beauty New & Old posts popping up where I talk about products I’ve finished and what I’ve bought to replace them. Although sometimes there are a few makeup items in those posts, for the most part they’re full of skincare, hair and body products. I have a pretty solid one-in-one-out policy with my skincare, whereas I don't really use makeup in the same way. I don’t have to get rid of one eyeshadow palette to buy a new one, nor do I save things up until I’ve finished something else – once I buy it goes straight into rotation. So these items don’t fit into that style of post because I’m not necessarily buying anything to replace them with once they’re gone. I also hesitate to call this a “project pan” since I don’t have a timeline set, and I don’t plan on doing updates with my progress. These are just products that I’m getting close to finishing up, and I want to make an effort to get right to the end of them (or as close as I can), because we all know actually finishing up a lipstick would probably be the most satisfying feeling a makeup lover could experience!
Base & Complexion
Although they still take a while to get through, complexion products are actually things I can conceivably finish (unlike a blush or an eyeshadow palette). So when it comes to the skin I’ve got a bit of everything that I’m working on. I’ve been through a few tubes of the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (AU) in the past, and it’s a bit of unique one because it’s marketed as a skincare/makeup hybrid. In fact, this product has been around since before primers were a thing, but that’s essentially what it is. It has film-forming technology in it, so the idea is that if you smooth it over the skin (without rubbing it in too much) it will set and tighten the skin slightly. I don’t know if this would necessarily work for everyone with oily skin, but I personally found that when I used this with the right foundation on top I got pretty good results. I wouldn’t say it’s the most long-lasting, oil-controlling product I’ve ever used, but if my skin is on the dehydrated side and I want something that’s hydrating and glowy (without being shimmery) that will still help my makeup last longer, this strikes a really nice balance for me.
It’s particularly good paired with a foundation that can be a little heavy, or that dries down with a bit of a powdery finish, because it can help counteract that. I also think people with dry skin would probably love this, although I don’t hear many people talking about it. There are so many hydrating primers on the market these days, and I personally think a lot of them are just glorified moisturisers that don’t necessarily help your makeup last any longer. This may not deliver life-changing results on that front, but it does work in a very particular way for me, and for that reason I still really enjoy it. I’m about 3/4 of the way through this tube, and although I won’t rush out and repurchase it immediately, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll get it back in my stash again one day. Clarins do gift sets at Christmas that tend to be incredible value, and my mum and sister-in-law both love the brand, so if I do pick this up again (or receive it as a gift) it’ll likely be around Christmas time, and it’s always something I’m happy to have around as my one hydrating primer option.
Another primer I’m working on is the Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Primer (AU). I’m about halfway through this, but I’ve had it for quite a while now so I’m thinking it’s time to finish it up before it goes bad. While this does work to keep shine at bay (although not indefinitely) and I have really enjoyed this product in the past, there are now some oil-controlling primers I’ve tried that I prefer over this. Although it’s nowhere near as bad as some others I’ve tried, if you apply too much it has a bit of a tendency to grab onto foundation, meaning you don’t always get the smoothest finish, and by the end of the day things can look a little cakey. That doesn’t happen all the time because it depends on the foundation you use it with, as well as how much product you’ve used. I tend to just place a small amount right in my most oily areas – so my forehead, chin, down my nose and the very inner part of my cheeks next to my nose. I definitely don’t use this all over my cheeks because they don’t need it. I prefer products that I can use all over and that I don’t have to be careful with, like I feel like I need to be with this, so I probably won’t buy it again.
I’ve got a couple of foundations that I’m working on as well, and the first one is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (AU). This product is absolutely beautiful, and out of all the foundations I’ve tried in my time, this is one of the best. In fact, out of everything I’m talking about in this post, this is the one thing that I know I’ll be repurchasing straight away. I’ve probably got less than 1/4 of the tube left, and If you have oily skin and have trouble finding a foundation that doesn’t break down and wear away by the end of the day, but also want it to look natural and skin-like, this is definitely one to consider. There’s a reason Double Wear has been around for so long and why it’s still one of the most recommended and hyped up lines for oily skin. Of course, there’s the classic Double Wear formula as well, which provides a medium to full coverage and gives you more of a “perfected” look, but if you want something with light/medium, buildable coverage then this is the one to go for.
The other foundation is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Medium Coverage - when this launched, at least in Australia, there was a full-coverage version with a red lid (AU) that still exists, and this medium coverage version with a white lid that seems to have been discontinued. I haven’t tried the red one, or what Rimmel have introduced to replace this one (the Lasting Finish Breathable (AU) with a silver lid) but I think it’s a real shame they got rid of this because it was the best long-wearing foundation that I’ve tried from the drugstore. It lasted really well on me, and it didn’t look heavy or cakey which is something I can’t stand. I’ve got about a third of the bottle left, and if this hadn’t been discontinued I would probably pick it up again, but what can you do? I might as well use up what I have and move on, because I would rather do that than have a nearly-empty foundation bottle rattling around in my drawers just because I can’t get it anymore.
I have one concealer that I’m working on, and although I’m not sure if I’m actually going to finish it up right to the end, I’m going to give it a try. It’s the MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer (AU) in the shade NC15 – who remembers this bad boy? This was SO hyped up back in the early days when MAC was one of the key brands everyone was into. This is still a really good concealer, and the hygienic pump packaging means that the product is still good even though I’ve had this for a couple of years now. However, I’ve always found the pump hard to control and it typically dispenses far more product than I need, but it’s a beautiful, high-coverage concealer that works well under the eyes as well as around the face and doesn't look super drying either. I’ve just had this for too long and want to use up as much of it as I can before moving on.
I’ve used the classic Rimmel Stay Matte (AU) on and off for years and have been through several of them in my time. I’m quite picky with powders because of my oily skin - I need something that’s going to help control oil but that’s also lightweight and won’t look heavy or obviously matte since I prefer a satin, skin-like finish. This is still a great option if you’re on a budget, but I do have other powders that I prefer more. The packaging isn’t great, and I no longer feel the need to have one of every product I’ve ever liked in my collection, so I think once I finish this up that’ll be the last one.
I know I’m cheating because most of these lip products are minis, but finishing up full-sized lip products takes some serious dedication so I think I’m doing pretty well even finishing these. I’ve got a couple of mini nude lipsticks that I’ve been getting quite a bit of wear out of, and that I’m quite close to finishing. The NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (AU) I think was a birthday gift from Sephora a while back, and obviously I’ve quite enjoyed it. The satin formula is nowhere near as long-wearing as the matte versions, but it’s comfortable on the lips, and this nude-pink with a pearly (but not frosty) finish is very easy to wear.
I’ve really enjoyed my mini Tom Ford Lip Colour in Indian Rose (AU) which is a lovely neutral-pinky shade that's also very comfortable and creamy on the lips. When I had a bigger collection of lip products I hardly ever reached for minis because I guess the smaller packaging just didn’t catch my eye when there was a lot more to choose from, but these days I’m really enjoying rotating through everything I own, and if something doesn’t work for me then I’ll declutter it. So getting more use out of my minis means some of them are actually going to get used up! I'm going to be sad to see this one go because the shade is absolutely perfect for my skin tone and I reach for it all the time.
I have one full-sized lipstick that I’m working on, which is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red (AU). My mum picked this up for me when I was still living in Australia and my parents had gone to the UK, and she actually bought me two in the same shade. Because I knew I had the backup and I didn’t want it to end up being a waste, I’ve made a point of reaching for this over other lipsticks every so often, and when I took a look at the lipstick recently I realised how close I've come to finishing it! I was both surprised and impressed with myself, because this will probably be the first full-sized lipstick I’ve ever gotten through!
Moving on to balmier products, I got a multi-pack of some of the Fresh Lip Balms (AU) a while back, and since I don’t wear tinted balms on a day to day basis, I’m thinking I need to push myself to use these more. Tulip (the pink shade) and Cherry (red) are both about halfway gone, so I should be able to get through these two, while Ruby is still closer to full than anything, so it may end up just being given to a friend. Another Fresh Product that I’m working on finishing up is the Lip Polish. This is also a mini, and I’ve got a one from Bite Beauty waiting to go so I’m trying to finish this up so I can crack open my new one. I've probably got about a third left, so it shouldn't be too much longer.
I’ve also got a mini of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (AU), which is a product I love. It’s like a thick, oily, glossy balm kind of texture, and although you could use it as a nourishing gloss, I prefer to use it as a liquid lip balm and I find it works really well that way. I’ve got the full size in the original shade, and I got this mini blue one (they’re not coloured on the lips, don’t worry) as a gift with purchase last year. I figured since these look the same on the lips I might as well try and use up the mini because there’s no need for me to have two of them hanging around.
I also have 3 of the Glossier Balm Dotcoms now – Rose, Birthday and Coconut. Rose is the one I’ve had for the longest, and I’d rather finish this up than let it go bad, so I’m making a point of reaching for this one more frequently than my other balms at the moment. One last lip product is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob (AU). This has been called a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s famous Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (AU) and I’m thinking once I finish this lip pencil up I’ll just buy the Charlotte Tilbury version. It’s the only nude/pink lip liner I own and I’m coming very close to the end so it won’t be long before I’ve finished it.
Scents & Sprays
I thought I would include a couple of bonus products that aren’t makeup, but that aren’t going to be one-in-one-out either. The first is the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (AU), which is another product I bought because of blogger hype. I’ve had this for quite a while, and although it’s reasonably expensive, I will say that it lasts a long time, particularly if you don’t remember to use it every day. This is definitely what I would consider a princess product, and I don’t actually think it puts anyone to sleep. Aromatherapy is more of a placebo thing (in my opinion) which isn’t to say that it doesn’t work, but if you’re really struggling to sleep this probably isn’t going to be your magic cure. It’s certainly a beautiful product to use though, and it’s a lovely thing to add into your night-time routine if you like to take the extra little step to pamper yourself. I've probably got about a third of the bottle left, and I like this product but it’s not an essential for me, so I won’t be repurchasing it once it’s done.
I’m also going to be using up the last of my mini bottle of MAC Fix+ (AU). Another much-hyped product, this is definitely something I bought because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I don’t think this helps your makeup last longer at all, which is what I really need a setting spray to do. But I do find this useful if I’ve accidentally gone a little heavy with the powder and I want to settle everything down a bit. It’s also good if I need to wet an eyeshadow brush (which I might do once in a blue moon). I won’t be repurchasing it because I just don’t have that much of a need for it, but I do see why this is such a cult product for people with normal or dry skin.
Finally, we have a perfume – the Urban Outfitters Gourmand EDP in Oud Sahara. I’m really particular with my scents, and at the risk of sounding like a huge snob (which tbh I am when it comes to fragrance), I’m surprised at how much I like a perfume from Urban Outfitters. I bought this a couple of years ago while on holiday with my family in Hawaii, and it’s got a really warm, woody sweet scent – a lot like nag champa incense, which is a smell I love. I bought it back when I was figuring out the kind of scents that really appeal to me, and I didn’t yet own most of the fragrances that are in my collection now. It doesn’t have amazing lasting power, but it does stick around for a good few hours and I still think this smells amazing. They either discontinued the scent or didn’t have it in stock for a really long time, but it looks like it’s back on their website again now, which is good to see! I don’t know for sure that I’ll repurchase this but if I have access to it (they don’t ship fragrances to Canada or Australia) then I very well might.