I love setting myself the target of using certain products up. Not only is it extremely satisfying when you finally finish them, it's also a very sustainable way of beauty blogging and it gives me a chance to talk about these products one last time before they exit my collection forever, unless of course I love them enough to repurchase them.
When it comes to primers, I mentioned recently that I've bought quite a few new ones but was really focusing on finishing up what I had before getting stuck into my new purchases. In my last one of these posts I spoke about my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfect Liquid minis and how I had started mixing them with my primers as a way of using them up. It turns out I loved that method so much it means that I now use a minimum of two primers every time I do my makeup (lol @ me). I use something oil-controlling in my t-zone, and either something hydrating or glowy, or a mixture of the two around the rest of my face.
Although I didn't mention I was working on them, I managed to finish up The Ordinary's High Adherence Silicone Primer as well as a mini of the Kiehl's Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, along with the two Becca products. The Keihl's mini was 5ml, which doesn't sound like a lot but it took me well over a month of consistent use to finish it up, so I did get to know the product pretty well. I'm not in love with it, or The Ordinary primer enough to repurchase them, but they did make a nice combination for the perimeter of my face. I've got quite a few other products to use for now, but these were good while they lasted.
I'm not currently aiming to finish up any foundations or concealers as those parts of my makeup life are well-covered and I'm enjoying everything I currently own. I am working on two powders though, the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Vanille. I've already got quite a lot of pan showing on both of these, and they're the only two powders I had with me for most of this year while we were moving & travelling. It feels like I've been using the MAC one forever as I typically only use it to set my under eyes. I don't find that it helps control oil all that well, but it does look lovely and natural on the skin so I'll still use it all over my face when I don't especially need my makeup to last.
The Bourjois powder is one I've been using for years, and I find it works really well for oil control without looking cakey or heavy on the skin. I've been through quite a few of these in my time, and in fact I have one backup after this (I really don't keep many makeup backups, but for some reason I'm stocked up on face powders). They've actually renamed this recently to the Healthy Mix powder, and they possibly reformulated it too. I'm not sure about the newer version but I've been a fan of this powder in the slim-format packaging for years, but it's just time to use this one up.
In terms of cheek products I just can't imagine how long it would take to finish a blush, bronzer or highlighter so I'm not particularly aiming to use up anything in my collection. However, the one bronzer I'd be happy to finish (or even hit pan on) is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Light Bronze. This is the first bronzer I ever bought and although I still think it's a beautiful product, I've always disliked the packaging, and the lid has broken off so it's become slightly annoying to use. I'm half-heartedly trying to work on using this, although I know it's not going to be finished any time soon. I only own a handful of highlighters, and again, I'm not really trying to use anything up completely, but I did basically just want to show off the fact that I hit pan on my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone because I (sadly) feel like that's a pretty big achievement. It's the only highlighter I brought with me when travelling so I've been chipping away at it little by little and I'm happy with the dent I've made.
Again, when it comes to eyeshadows I'm not really trying to finish anything except the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst which I mentioned in my last post. It's still with me, although I would say I've got about 3mm of product left in the stick, so I'll get there eventually! I can't really imagine using up powder eye shadows, although I don't own an obscene amount of palettes so it may happen one day. Obviously things like liquid eyeliner and mascara have a reasonably high turnover, so I don't really feel the need to try to use them up as it just happens naturally.
Lips, on the other hand, are always something that need a bit of dedication if you're going to get to the end of a product. I'm still working on a few things I mentioned in my last post, but I did manage to finish up my Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com. I think of all the Balm Dot Com scents this is still my favourite, so I picked up a backup before we left Canada which I'm going to crack open pretty soon. I've decided the next lip balm I want to finish is my mini of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask as I got it a while ago and have since been given a second mini tube (in the shade Champagne) so I want to make sure it gets used up before it goes bad. It's quite a thick formula, so it's going to be great as we come into winter in the southern hemisphere. Bite Beauty have just released a version of their Agave lip balms in a high pot and it’s calling my name. I don’t like to be hugely stocked up on lip balms because they take a long time to finish, but perhaps once this is done I’ll treat myself.
One more red lipstick I'm trying to finish is a mini of the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in So Rouge which was a Sephora VIB Rouge gift a couple of years ago. It's actually a really beautiful formula and shade but since I've had it for a while I thought it was time to use it or lose it, and in this case I'd rather use it up than wait for it to go bad. Although I'm really not planning on buying any more lip products at the moment, if I were in the future I'd consider getting something from the Le Marc Lip Creme line as the formula of the lipstick is so creamy, comfortable and long-wearing, I've been really impressed with it. The last lip product I'm using up, which I'm actually almost through is the Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in the shade Nude. This has a lovely, hydrating, glossy formula with a hint of a nude tint. I don't typically wear products like this as I tend to reach for more pigmented lipsticks, but it's great for no makeup days, or for layering over the top of another lipstick. It's super comfortable to wear, and you don't need a mirror to reapply it. It's like a gloss/balm hybrid, and it's completely non-sticky, so I've actually really enjoyed it (clearly, since it's almost gone), plus the packaging is really cute too.
The lipsticks from my last post that are still surviving are the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and the mini Dior Lip Maximiser gloss. I've definitely made some decent progress with Cruella, and I'm about halfway through the Dior gloss. Let me tell you, it's a 2ml gloss and it has taken a LOT of use to even get this far. I'm not much of a gloss wearer but I feel like I’ve made an effort to wear this quite a lot and it's still taking absolutely forever to get through. I only own a couple of glosses because I don't reach for them very often, but it's made me realise that I probably only ever need to own one or two lip glosses at a time because I just won't use them them otherwise. I can't imagine ever finishing up a full-size gloss if a baby one takes this much work! Although I still love the shade of Cruella, I've honestly never been the biggest fan of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula, I find it a little drying so it's hard to wear this shade all day because I feel like you typically need to wear a balm over the top, or wipe it off and start over throughout the day. I do plan on working my way through the whole pencil, but I wouldn't buy from this line again as I much prefer the NARS Audacious Lipstick formula.