Decluttering in 2017: Makeup (Face Products)

This is somewhat my last step in my decluttering process for 2017 (aside from updating you on how I’m doing with Project Pan of course) – decluttering my makeup collection!  This was probably the easiest process out of the bunch, I’ve actually had this makeup sorted for a while.

I’ve never really been a makeup hoarder per say but there was a point when I first started blogging that I was going out to the drugstore on a regular basis, picking up whatever was new and testing it out.  I soon discovered that it was not a good idea – I ended up wasting a bunch of money because lots of stuff just didn’t work with my skin (it’s sensitive).  I’ve since become much more mindful of my purchases and tend to stick with what works for me, while trying out new things here and there.

I tried to follow a process similar to my nail polish declutter where I went through my entire collection, pulled out my tried and true products and got rid of the rest.  I find that a little harder to do with makeup because I’ve typically spent a lot more money on it and unless it’s irritating my skin, I usually just suck it up and use it til it’s gone.  It’s something I need to get better at – life is too short to use crap products!

Anyway, enough chatter – let’s get into the actual declutter, starting with…


Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation (Fair)

Things like this are the reason I started decluttering in the first place – this foundation expired TWO years ago and it’s never been opened.  What a waste!

I used to really like this foundation and thought it looked good on me until I wore it when I had my drivers licence picture retaken and I looked like I had straight-up slathered Crisco all over my face.  It gets really oily really fast on me even if I set it with powder; I have combination skin so I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who has oily skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

I wore this foundation quite a bit a few years back and I liked it for a while and then I found it just became too drying for my skin.  I could probably get away with finishing it up but this is at least 2+ years old too so it’s time to say goodbye.

Model Co BB+ Cream (Light)

I received this is a Luxe Box last year and I was disappointed by this.  It’s ridiculously orange and offers absolutely zero coverage.  I know that BB Creams are usually light coverage but all this does is tint my skin orange.

Marcelle Flawless Skin-Fusion Foundation (Ivory)

This was one of those impulse buys from a while back; my skin didn’t react in anyway to this but I was just disappointed in it.  First of all, the shade Ivory is sooooo pink, even for me who is pale with a very cool skin tone.  Secondly, this says all-day wear but it barely lasts 2 hours on me before it breaks up and becomes oily.  Just not for me.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation (Light Porcelain)

They’re not kidding when they call this Matte – this is a serious mattifying foundation.  It was way too dry for my skin and the mousse-like texture just emphasized every blemish or bit of texture on my face.

Rimmel BB Cream (Radiance)

I used up about half of this BB Cream but I haven’t pulled it out for a while.  I tried using it the other day and I’m just kind of meh about it.  It’s fine and I like it’s drugstore price point but it doesn’t do anything amazing so I’m just going to get rid of it.


Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

When I purchased all of these matte face products my skin was my oilier than it is now – it’s definitely more on the dry side now (although it still does get oily).  Just like the foundation above, they aren’t kidding when they say this is matte.  Too matte for me now unfortunately but a great option for those with oily skin.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer

This primer does absolutely nothing for me, including it’s claim of making your makeup last for 8 hours.  I wasn’t a fan of the Lasting Finish foundation either (caused major breakouts!) so at least I’m consistent?

bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer (Neutralizing)

I have used bareMinerals primers before and been pleased with them but not this one.  I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks so I hoped this would help with that and it does – almost too much so.  It’s quite pigmented so I find it gives my skin a yellow tint that foundation can’t always cover up.  In addition, it takes forever to absorb and I wasn’t able to make any of the foundations I used work with it.  I couldn’t find this online so I’m assuming they don’t make this anymore which isn’t much of a surprise.

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion

This left my skin so greasy!  Also it has a pink tint that left my skin looking a little chalky – not sure how this would work on anyone with darker/deeper skintones.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

I only used this on my t-zone where I tend to get oily but I was not a fan.  It just made those areas look dry and within an hour or two I was oily!  I tried it multiple ways (underneath foundation and on top) with the same result.  I know lots of people love this but I was not one of them.

dr. brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer

This has a very siliconey, silky feel when I applied it to my skin it balled up like crazy.  Perahps it just didn’t like my moisturizer but I’ve used other pore smoothing primers with no issues.


MakeUp Forever HD Powder

This is really old – it’s their older formula and packaging.  There’s a bit left at the bottom and I can’t be bothered to try and get this out.  I wasn’t all that impressed by it anyway – I found it settled in my pores and emphasized fine lines.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Pressed Powder (Translucent)

Not only did this cause breakouts, but I found it collected in my pores and emphasized them as well.  I have this problem with many powders though so I think I’m in the minority about that.

Clinique Blended Face Powder (20 Invisible Blend)

I had high hopes for this and it applied nicely (no settling into pores) but it did nothing to set my makeup.  In fact, I actually think it made me oilier.  Too bad though because it’s a very finely milled, super soft powder.

Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact

Why do I ever buy baked makeup?  It never performs as expected…ironically this stuff actually made me oily and not dry as I would have expected.  I did use quite a bit of this (alongside the Airbrush foundation above – what a greasy combination) but it’s time with me is up now.

e.l.f HD Lifting Concealer (Fair)

I really like this concealer – it’s creamy, smooth and provides decent coverage.  But this shade is way to dark for me.  Ironically it’s labeled as “Fair” and it’s the lightest shade they make (there’s only 3 shades in the collection).  If they expanded their shade range I’d definitely give this another try.


Milani Baked Powder Blush (Bella Rosa)

This is a beautiful blush but both it and the highlighter below suffered the same unknown fate – I went to use it one day and discovered the pan had shattered.  I probably could have salvaged it but while I did like it, I wasn’t using it.  It’s ridiculously pigmented and I always had to use a very light hand with it.  I’d totally recommend this for anyone who doesn’t mind doing that or if you have a deeper skin tone.

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter (Pink Diamonds)

I didn’t bother salvaging this one either because it just wasn’t worth it.  I wouldn’t recommend these – they are so dry and you just can’t get the product to stick to the brush.  On the bright side it’s elf so I didn’t fork over much for it!

That’s it for this round – stay tuned for my Eye & Lip Product Declutter!

Thanks for reading!


    • prettyrufflife says

      I wish that foundation did work – I know Marcelle’s products are very sensitive skin-friendly.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. stashy says

    Awesome job with the declutter!

    I did a big foundation purge last year similar to yours so right now I don’t feel like my collection is overwhelming. The sad thing is that I accumulated all of the stuff way before I even had a blog – I had no excuse! 😛

    I tried a couple of sample packettes of that Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and I liked it – I think it’s good for a summer foundation only though.

    So funny you hate that Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact – I love that stuff, it’s probably HG category (I’m using it right now, actually!) It’s pretty much the same as MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural.

    Not sure if you saw my foundation purge, but here is the post:
    I purged that Sephora airbrush foundation too! The airbrush spray can foundation trend was so big back then haha. 🙂

    • prettyrufflife says

      Thanks! I feel so wasteful getting rid of a lot of those foundations because most of them were barely used. Definitely don’t want to be doing that again.

      I loved the ease of that airbrush foundation! I used to spray it gently on my face and use a Beauty Blender to apply it and it looked flawless…for about an hour anyway. 😉

      Thanks for reading! 🙂


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