De-Cluttering My Makeup

It's Christmas Eve. I should be chilling out with a glass of whatever and watching festive films with the other half, but my makeup collection is paining me. It's not a particularly big collection, but it's officially taken over my dresser and half of the stuff I own I don't even use. So some of it has to go and it has to go tonight. Before I lose the remnants of my sanity.

The worst part of this was seeing how old some of the products are. I've been using some of these for the best part of a decade.

The Purge: Makeup Edition

Anything I'm not keeping will be donated to friends or family (if within date and easy to clean), or thrown away. Everything has been used so I can't give anything to charity, I'm afraid.

De-Cluttering My Makeup

✔️ = keeping
✖️ = throwing/giving away

I'm going to sort these in the order I put them on my face, starting with:

De-Cluttering My Makeup

Max Factor Facefinity Primer ✖️
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer ✖️
Pixi by Petra Flawless and Poreless Primer ✔️
L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base ✖️
ELF Poreless Primer ✔️
ELF Hydrating Under Eye Primer ✔️

The Max Factor does nothing noticeable, the Maybelline is a greasy mess and I did like the L'Oreal but I literally never use it. The only primers I like and use regularly are the ELF ones. The Pixi is a new addition that I've not really used, so I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet.

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ELF Flawless Foundation in Porcelain ✔️
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 110 ✔️
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 100 ✔️
Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream in Very Light ✖️
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 1.1N ✔️
Miss Sporty Really Me Foundation Stick in Ivory ✖️

Foundations are not something I tend to buy very often because colour matching is so difficult. I've been using Maybelline Fit Me again but the colour is definitely too dark, so I bought 100 to try a shade up. I like the ELF and The Ordinary as well, but the Miss Sporty is greasy and I've only used the Rimmel once in 8 months.

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Makeup Revolution Camouflage Corrector Palette ✖️
MUA CC Cream in Peach ✖️
Collection Lasting Perfection in Cool Medium ✖️
Maybelline Age Rewind in Light ✖️
Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Nude ✖️
Revlon Colorstay in Fair ✔️
Collection Lasting Pefection in Fair ✔️

The MUR palette is absolutely terrible, I don't ever colour correct so the MUA is going as well. The Age Rewind and Lasting Perfection in Cool Medium are both way too dark for me. Lumi is really old, so that needs binning. I really enjoy the Revlon Colorstay. I'm only keeping Lasting Perfection in Fair for carving out my brows.

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Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent Powder ✔️
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot ✔️
Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte ✔️
ELF Tone Correcting Powder in Cool ✖️

Clear Complexion will always be my favourite, but I'm ready to give Insta Fix another chance - even though I didn't like it at first. The Soap & Glory cost £11 so that's going nowhere. I really hated the ELF one though. It clung to ever pore.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro HD Powder Contour Palette ✔️
Sleek Contour Kit in Light ✔️
PUR Quick Pro Sculpt Kit ✔️
Collection Precision Contouring Stick in Light ✖️

The MUR palette is a good all rounder and I love the highlight in the Sleek, so I can't bare to part with them. The PUR is absolutely stunning. I did like the Collection but I'm not a fan of cream/stick contouring any more.

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Makeup Revolution Blush Queen Palette ✖️
Zoeva Sweet Glamour Blush Palette ✔️
ELF Blush Quad ✔️
Essence Matt Touch Blush in Berry ✖️
Sleek Shimmer Blush in Rose Gold ✔️
Miss Sporty Insta Glow Blusher in Blonde ✖️
Makeup Geek Powder Blush in XOXO ✔️
Soap & Glory Love At First Blush ✔️

Oh how times have changed. I used to RAVE about the Blush Queen palette but I haven't touched it since the summer. I don't ever want to reach for it because its so pigmented and I know it'll be a lot of work. Essence is the same. I'm still undecided about ELF, so I'm keeping it. Miss Sporty doesn't even show up, so that's going. I am obsessed with Soap & Glory right now, and I really do like the MUG and Sleek, now the top has been scraped off and I can get to the colour.

De-Cluttering My Makeup

L'Oreal True Match Illuminating Powder in Icy Glow ✔️
Freedom Highlight in Diffused ✔️
MUA UYS in Golden Scintillation ✔️
MUA UYS in Pearlescent Sheen ✔️
Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder ✔️
Lacura Highlighting Trio ✖️
Makeup Obsession Highlight in Moon ✔️
Makeup Obsession Highlight in Lightning ✔️
Makeup Obsession Strobe Balm in Radiance ✔️
PUR Quick Pro Glow ✔️
Heng Fang Liquid Illuminator ✖️
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Liquid Luminous Gold ✔️
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Unicorn Elixir ✔️
Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Liquid Rose Gold ✖️

The Heng Fang and the Aldi are terrible, the MUR in Liquid Rose Gold is too dark for me, but I'm sure someone else will love it. Everything else, I really enjoy.

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NYX Auto Brow Pencil in Taupe ✖️
Soap & Glory Archery Pencil and Tint in Brownie Points ✔️
Soap and Glory Archery Pencil in Brownie Points ✔️
Rimmel Brow Pencil in Hazel ✔️
Rimmel Brow This Way in Blonde ✖️

The NYX pencil is so red, it's supposed to be taupe. I don't understand it. I tried to make it work, but it didn't. Same goes for Brow This way. It was way too fair, when usually blonde is sort of ashy so it would have worked for me. I don't mind the Rimmel Pencil, its a bit warm but it'll be ok in the summer. I love the Archery pencils, they're my favourite brow products.

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The Urban Decay Vault is going nowhere.

grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette ✔️
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette ✔️
Zoeva Cocoa Blends ✔️
Soap & Glory Lid Stuff ✔️
GlitterEyes Packed Pigment ✔️
Kiko Wet and Dry in Wine ✖️
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals ✔️
MUA Luxe Pro Palette in Feather Light ✔️
Makeup Revolution #RevoholicEyes ✔️
ELF Liquid Shadow in Rose Gold ✖️

I didn't really want to let go of the Kiko because the colour is lovely, but I never use it because it's kind of patchy and I have better formulas. The ELF is terrible. Nothing can part me from Swamp Queen or Cocoa Blends. I was also considering passing on Sweet Peach but it cost so much money, I want my money's worth.

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Soap & Glory Supercat x 2 ✔️
Soap & Glory Crazy Sexy Khol ✔️
Maybelliner Master Precise Curvy ✖️
Maybelline Master Ink in Satin Black ✖️
ELF Cream Liner in Black ✔️

I don't really use liquid liners, so I've no idea why I have so many. The Maybelline ones are rubbish, they have to go. I've only used the ELF once, so I want to see how it works in the long run. Obviously Supercat stays.

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Essence Multi-Effect All About the Eyes x 2 ✔️
Urban Decay Troublemaker samples x 2 ✔️
Stila Mile High Mascara ✔️
Soap & Glory Thick and Fast x 2 ✔️✖️
Benefit Lash Primer ✔️
Covergirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant ✔️
L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara ✖️

I HATE Miss Baby Roll, I really don't get the hype. The Stila was also a massive disappointment but I paid so much money for it so it stays. I love the others and I haven't used the Benefit yet. I did throw away one of the Thick and Fast because it's really, really old.

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NYX Liquid Suede in Subversive Socialite ✔️
NYX Liquid Suede in Club Hopper ✔️
NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm ✔️
NYX Soft Matte in London ✔️
NYX Soft Matte in Transylvania ✔️
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lip in Masochist ✔️
NYX Soft Matte in Rome ✔️
Illamasqua Anti-Matter in Rose Quartz ✖️
NYX Soft Matte in Zurich ✖️
Focallure Matte in Stizza ✔️
No7 Matte in Rust ✔️
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Love Liberty ✔️
Urban Decay Vice in Pandemonium ✔️
Urban Decay Vice in Trance ✔️
Urban Decay Vice in Naked ✔️
NYX Lingerie in Embellishment ✔️
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Bare Enough ✔️
Makeup Geek Plush Matte in Tomboy ✔️
Makeup Geek Plush Matte in Urbanista ✔️
Makeup Geek Plush Matte in Daredevil ✔️
Makeup Geek Plush Matte in Bachelorette ✔️
MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in Gravity ✔️
MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in Splash ✔️
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Plumping Gloss ✔️
Rimmel Moisture Renew in Diva Cherry ✖️
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte in Wild Berry ✖️
ELF Lippie Stick in Wine ✖️
Sleek Matte Me in Velvet Slipper ✖️
W7 Matte Lips in Cake x 2 ✖️
Sleek Lipstick in Licquer ✖️
Sleek Lipstick in Cherry ✔️
Collection Velvet Kiss in Blackberry ✔️
Collection Velvet Kiss in Rosie ✔️
Collection Velvet Kiss in Caramel ✔️

All the ones I'm throwing/giving away are old or I've never used them - other than the W7 as they are just way too drying.

Setting Spray
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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rose Water mini ✔️
B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz ✔️
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rose Water ✔️
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea ✔️
L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist ✖️

The L'Oreal isn't bad, I just prefer more hydrating setting sprays and the Mario Badescu ones are amazing. The B. Confident is also fantastic - such a bargain buy as well.

De-Cluttering My Makeup

Makeup Obsession Brow Powders and Eyeshadows ✔️
Essence Lip Liner in Red ✔️

I've just bought the lip liner and I do use the brow powders quite often. I'm going to hang on to both of them for now.

And here's what I'm getting rid of...
De-Cluttering My Makeup

That's a lot of stuff. Most of it can be easily sanitised and passed on to someone else, but some of it definitely needs binning. I feel cleansed 😂


  1. Wow you got rid of a lot :O I did a decluttering a while back too but I never thought to write about it, dangit.

    1. It's crazy/shameful how much stuff I've held on to but don't use. You should do it next time you declutter. It's weirdly liberating.

  2. I love a good clear out! I did the same before Christmas and was similarly disgusted at how much older make up I had! ����

  3. You definitely managed to get rid of a lot of makeup. I also did huge clear out of my makeup and gave away to family and friends. It feels so much better after, you make someone happy and also your collection seems reasonable. xx

  4. Good on you for having a clear out! I like to use one item up at a time apart from lipsticks 😊

    1. You can never have too many lippies on the go ;)

  5. This is such a clever blog post idea- I loveee seeing people's makeup collections!


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