I’ve been trying to get this post up for weeks but my procrastination game was on point…if you don’t know by now that’s one of my specialties. 😉
Another round of decluttering, this time I’m focusing on eye & lip products. Lip products are probably one of my favourites to buy and I probably could have gotten rid of more. As I’ve stated previously, 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!
SHADOWS & PALETTES
I’ve had this palette for a few years and I never reach for it. It’s not the worst palette I’ve ever used but it’s definitely not a favourite either. The shadows are very soft (in colour) and muted and they pack a ton of glitter and fallout. If you like that kind of thing this might be for you but it’s not for me.
I won this trio as part of a Shiseido giveaway from Dave Lackie a couple of years ago and it looked really promising. The shadows are nicely pigmented, soft and easy to blend. But no matter what primer I use on my eyes before hand, this fades and creases like crazy. As a result, I’m saying goodbye to it.
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo (Blackberry Frost)
I think this was passed on to me years ago as part of a gift with purchase; I made a decent dent in the lighter purple shade but the darker shade and the blush are kind of dry and crumbly. It’s old so it needs to go.
This is such a good little duo but it’s what I used last year when I had the worst bout of pink eye ever and it’s not worth the risk involved in trying to sanitize it.
Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio Eyeshadows (Inked in Pink / Barely Branded / Pomegranate Punk)
These little cream eyeshadow pots are actually pretty good – they are impressively pigmented and smooth. I made a decent dent in Barely Branded but it’s dried out and needs to be chucked. Inked in Pink and Pomegranate Punk are still going strong but I never use them.
BareMinerals Eyecolor (Apricot Sugar)
I’m not usually a fan of loose eyeshadows – they’re just so messy. This one offers no real pigment and is exceptionally glittery.
Urban Decay Retrograde Eyeshadow (Stardust)
This is old enough that I don’t even think they make this line anymore; this is a pretty shimmery and glittery purple shadow but it’s pretty dry and not as pigmented as it should be.
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo (Like Mink)
Another great little duo but I used this one during my eye episodes last year too (don’t ask why I needed 2 brown eyeshadow duos) and it’s contaminated and not worth sanitizing.
This is quite old and has dried up – plus it’s near the end of it’s life anyway. I don’t mind these pencils but I think there are definitely cheaper options that work just as well (Buxom and Urban Decay’s versions come to mind)
I used to use these all the time when I was younger but now I just don’t find them creamy or smooth enough – they drag and pull at my eye when I try to apply them. Definitely better options out there.
So many YouTubers have raved about this so I picked it up and I was disappointed. I used it once and I found it dry and it didn’t glide on like a gel liner should. Goodbye!
This might be one of the worst eyeliners I’ve ever used in my life. Dry and hard doesn’t even begin to describe the texture of this – I’ve had the tip break off more times than I can count. In addition it’s really hard to get an even application because it’s nowhere near as pigmented as it should be. Huge fail here.
I own many of these pencils and I honestly think they are some of, if not the best pencil liners you can buy. They glide on like butter, are extremely pigmented and last all day. Unfortunately Perversion smudges like crazy on me so that is one of the only ones that I don’t like. Mars is a beautiful green shade but I just don’t wear it so I’m getting rid of it.
This was another failed “YouTube Made Me Buy It” purchase; I bought this to line my waterline but I couldn’t ever get it to apply properly there. At least it was cheap!
This is meant to be a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner in one – I found it failed on all 3 fronts. It was just way too drying for my tastes. Sayonara!
BareMinerals Well Rested Concealing Kajal Eyeliner
This was the worst out of the nude eyeliners I’ve tried above – no matter what I did, this would not stick in my waterline which is the entire purpose of it! It would apply nicely to my hand but just refused to do the same where it was meant to be applied. A really odd product that they don’t appear to make anymore.
L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
This is very black, very liquidy eyeliner that looked beautiful for about 5 seconds and then immediately started to run and smudge. I wish it could have worked for me because it is so pigmented but I have no patience for smudging!
This actually expired two years ago (oops!) but I wasn’t fond of the shade anyway – it was a very bubblegum pink colour that i didn’t find flattering. I’ve tried a few of the Baby Lips and never been all that impressed with them. Much better balms out there in my opinion!
I somehow left Walmart last year with two of these lipsticks that I read were supposed to be really impressive. Turns out, they actually kind of stuck. Or at least this particular shade does. It’s patchy and they cling to all of the lines on my lips.
I really don’t mind this lipstick at all but it’s in a deep berry shade that I never wear. Beautiful packaging though!
This lipstick (and I assume all of them in this line) are super matte and drying – which is exactly what I don’t like in a lipstick. It’s a pretty rosy brown shade though if you like this type of formula.
I’m much more of a gloss type of person but if I’m going to wear a lipstick, I prefer a cream formula. This again is a matte finish and I just don’t like how that feels on my lips. Plus the bullet actually broke in half and I can’t be bothered to try and fix it. It is a beautiful deep red shade though!
Orange is really not a colour I reach for in lip products at all – I just don’t find it flattering on me. This is quite an intense orange so I’m getting rid of it – even though the formula seems pretty decent.
Aboslutely love this lip gloss but it’s really old and smelling kind of funky. I’d love to get another one but I think they’ve discontinued this line which is disappointing.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Ibiza/ Istanbul)
I really wanted to love these because the colours are so vibrant and fun but they are horrible – for my lips at least. They’re patchy and chalky and drying and they don’t wear well at all.
I kind of liked the formula on this liquid lipstick which is a surprise – I found it less drying than others I’ve tried. That said, this shade is absolutely never going to be worn by me. It’s beautiful but it’s very dark and vampy and I’d never be able to pull it off.
Another one where I absolutely loved the vibrant shade but hated the formula. Dry and crumbly and very unflattering looking if you have any dryness on your lips whatsoever.
That about wraps up my makeup declutter – debating if I do a skin care version, I don’t have a ton to get rid of so I might just skip it.
Thanks for reading!