I’m still in the process of slowly decluttering my makeup drawers— I have one Alex tower full of my makeup that’s “in rotation” that I try using regularly. Of course, it doesn’t take long for each drawer to get overloaded with the products that I try for review, and end up deeming awesome enough for my own routine.
I was dying to declutter one drawer in particular that had turned into a massive catch-all. Inside were primers, blushes, contours and highlights. At one point, it had been super tidy and easy to navigate. Some point in the last several months, though, I threw caution to the wind and just started tossing things everywhere with no mind to organization. Plus, I had been holding on to a ton of products that were either empty, seriously past the expiration date, or just didn’t work for me anymore.
Watch the video above to see the decluttering process and take a closer look at everything I kept. Keep reading to see what I trashed.
Click the product name below to be brought to my review (if I’ve done one). Otherwise it will lead to where you can find it online.
NAME – why it was trashed
ISH Face primer – This was empty, and it seems as though the brand doesn’t make it anymore!
e.l.f. Beauty Shield Skin Shielding Primer – This was getting old, though I would totally purchase. It provides coverage, protection and hydration. Not the best for oily skin.
Covergirl Outlast All-Day Primer – This was another empty. A good primer for combo skin.
IMAN Cosmetics Under Cover Agent Oil Control Primer – A good combo-oily skin primer with a lightweight gel consistency. Trashed because it was old.
Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer – Super affordable and multi-tasking primer. Trashed because it was old.
NYX Hydra Touch Primer – One of my favorite hydrating primers with a thin consistency. This was totally empty.
City Color Primer Oil – I could only use this when my skin was extremely dry. It didn’t work very well with my favorite foundations.
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls – This had too much glitter in it for my taste.
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Churro – They don’t make this shade anymore, and while it was gorgeous, it was too warm for my skin tone.
ColourPop x Hello Kitty Highlighter in School is Fun – This was limited edition, but much too yellow for my skin.
Jay Manuel 3D Illuminator in Fame – I’m not as tan as I used to be, so this highlighter looks too dark on my skin now.
e.l.f. HD Highlighter in Bronzed Glow – While I love this line of products, this particular shade is much too dark for me.
e.l.f. Prismatic Highlighting Duos in Siren’s Call and Blue Lagoon – These are definitely novelty makeup products that I don’t find a use for in my every day routines.
Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Liquid Strobe in Gold – Gorgeous, but too dark on me. Would look great on deep skin tones.
Bitzy Rainbow Highlighter – This trend is over now, right?
Contours & Blushes
e.l.f. Hydrating Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer in Bronzed Pink Beige – I love this formula, but I’ve had this compact way too long.
Revlon Powder Blush in Haute Pink – I think this shade is discontinued, but either way it’s unflattering on me.
e.l.f. Bronzer Palette – I find myself using the Contour palette more, so this one is pretty obsolete in my collection.
Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette – This is an awesome drugstore find for traveling, but I’ve held on to this one way too long.
Physicians Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose – This is a really weird shade that I can’t even find online to link. It’s like… beige.
City Color Blush Cream & Powder Duo in Peachy Nude – This leans more brown than peach in my opinion, and the packaging is too big for my drawer to handle all three.