The Purge: makeup edition

Hello! I’m back from vacation – I’ll post some pics from the trip by the end of the week. Today I’m back with a bang! Over the Labour Day long weekend, I spent hours going through my stash to declutter items that I no longer use.  Today, I bring you: The Purge!  I toyed with doing an elimination style competition for items in my makeup stash, but decided it would take too long.  And like removing a Band-Aid, makeup purging – while painful – should be done quickly.  Many of these items had been contemplated before and made it back into the fold because I had talked myself out of purging them.  This time, I’m being ruthless!  These are all being purged from my stash:
The Purge

I don’t want to discuss each of the items in detail because then I know I will start rationalizing why I may need to keep some of them.  There were some internal debates to keep some items for the purpose of this blog, so I can do comparisons and whatnot, but that’s not really a valid reason to keep something around.

On items that I was unsure about purging, I asked myself 2 questions:
1) Have I used this in the past year?  If the answer is “No”, then:
2) Could I see myself using this within the next 6 months?  If not, then it goes into the purge pile.
I’ll be listing the items after each picture to help me with my inventory tracking.  Here we go…

Face Products
The Purge 2015
BECCA Sheer Stick Foundation in Banana
BECCA Sheer Stick Foundation in Macadamia
Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation in 108 Golden Ivory
Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer
Vichy ProEven Mineral BB Cream SPF 20 in Medium
Annabelle Colour Control (CC) Instant Perfecting Base Natural Finish

The Purge 2015
Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Shimmer Eyeshadow Cream Primer A Little Party…
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup in 2CN1
Yves Rocher Sublime Skin BB Cream Medium
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder 318 Natural Buff
Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle CC Tinted Moisturizer

The Purge 2015
Bourjois Mineral Matte Mousse Foundation in 83 Sable
Clarins Instant Concealer in 02 Pinky Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 001 Translucent
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in 020 Light
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium
CoverGirl Olay Concealer Balm in 340 Light / Medium

The Purge 2015
Shu Uemura Aya Takano Blush Tint in Miracle Cherry
Mary Kay Cream Blush in Cranberry
Sephora Double Contouring Cream Blush in Poppy Pink
L’Oreal Magic Souffle Blush in 844 Angelic
L’Oreal Visible Lift Blush in 706 Berry Lift
L’Oreal Visible Lift Blush in 705 Nude Lift
Maybelline Dream Bouncy in 70 Hot Tamale

The Purge 2015
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose
Milani Powder Blush in Plum Parfait
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Airbrushed Bronzer
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush in Bronze / Natural

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves 03 Blush Peach
The Body Shop Shimmer Waves 02 Blush Rose
The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Blush 01 Petal
The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Blush 02 Coral

The Purge 2015
Clinique High Impact Eyeshadow Duo in 02 Like Mink (gwp)
Hard Candy Single and Loving It Eyeshadow 519 Solo
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in 45 Downtown Brown
e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow in Bark
The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in 215 Coconuts about You
The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in 320 Grape Expectations
The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in 310 Berry Cheeky

Essence Mono Eyeshadow in 35 Party All Night
Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow in 10 Beige with Platinum Sparkle
GOSH Mono Eyeshadow in 009 Copper
Sally Girl Eyeshadow Quad in Miss Behaving
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in 335 Silent Treatment
BeneFit Longwear Powder Shadow in Thanks a Latte
Yves Rocher Luminelle Eyeshadow Péché Mignon in 79 Dragee d’argent
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Tropical

The Purge 2015
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow Leather 95 Chocolate Suede
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 400 Rich Mahogany
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 30 Pomegranate Punk
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 10 Fierce and Tangy
Mary Kay Creme Eye Color Metallic Taupe
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 300 Gold Shimmer
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 55 Inked in Pink
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow 200 Mossy Green

The Purge 2015
Tokidoki Devil Girl Cromatico Palette – 6 colours (I’m keeping the little key chain though):
Thirsty – cream
Riposino – shimmery light brown
Carina – pearl
Nancy Rocks – purple
Bruttino – turquoise pearl
Bulletto – dark chocolate with gold pearl

The Purge 2015
Lise Watier Palette Jardin De Givre – 8 colours:
White glitter
Gold shimmer
Taupe shimmer
Brown shimmer
Peach shimmer
Emerald shimmer
Cobalt shimmer
Black creme liner

The Purge 2015
Cailyn Cosmetics Lip Tint in Big Apple (oops I thought this was an eye liner but it’s a lip tint – my friend gave this to me from her Ipsy bag it has sat unused in my stash for ages)
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in 002 Brown
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #89 (cool dark taupe)
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel eyeliner in Eggplant

The Purge 2015
Palladio Eye Liner in Taupe EL216
Random No Name brand Kohl in Taupe
Lise Watier Dramatic Intense Extra Smooth Liner in Noir
Hello Kitty Glittercute Eyeliner in Sand Box
Rimmel Scandeleyes Eye Shadow Stick 008 Blackmail
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero (gwp)
Prestige Browliner in Earth Brown
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil in Taupe Takeover (this one I really love and have a couple of back ups, this one is just dried out due to a crack in the cap)
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 22 Glitter Grey
NYX in Eye / Eyebrow Pencil in 915 Taupe
Essence Kajal Pencil in #22 Taupe Me!

Lip Products
The Purge 2015
CoverGirl Lip Perfection in 405 Fairytale
CoverGirl Lip Perfection in 280 Rapture
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 060 Gumdrop
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 090 Sweet Tart
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee

The Purge 2015
CoverGirl Lip Perfection in 295 Rich
Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in 49 Pink Vibrations
Estee Lauder Pure Color in 14 Rose Petal
Prestige Love & Kisses Lipstick in My Love
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Cheeky

The Purge 2015
Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment Sugar Rose
Palladio Plump ‘n’ Shine in PLP09 Mauvey
Palladio Plump ‘n’ Shine in PLP08 Creamy Pink
Maybelline Color Elixir in 100 Petal Plush
BECCA Sheer Lip Tint in Estella
Rimmel Lasting Finish in 070 Airy Fairy

The Purge 2015
The Body Shop Delipscious Sheer Lip Colour in 09 Sheer Pomegranate
Muji Shimmer Lipgloss 02
Bourjois 3D Effect Lip Gloss in 06 Rouge Democratic
Essence Stay with Me Long Lasting Lipgloss in 03 Candy Bar
Lancome World Tour by Kane collection Juicy Tube in Moulin Rose
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in 01 Rose Pink

The Purge 2015
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in 04 Raspberry Smoothie
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in 07 Strawberry Sorbet
MAC Tendertone in Hot ‘n’ Saucy (Back to MAC)
L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm in 320 Delectable
Sephora Lip Gloss Bronzed Beauty
Shu Uemura Aya Takano Lip Duos Tint & Gloss in Love Apricot
Mary Kay Lip Lacquer in Chai Latte

Nail Polishes
The Purge 2015
Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in 03 Fizzy
Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Runway Muse
Mary Kay Nail Lacquer in Blue Lotus
Essie Nail Polish in Overnight
Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Get A Clue
NYX Nail Polish in NP134 Christine
Essie Nail Polish in Angel Food

The Purge 2015
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in First Blush
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Vanilla Bean
Nailtek Nail Tek II Foundation II
Yves Rocher Nail Lacquer in 109 Top Coat Opale
SpaRitual Nail Lacquers in Air of Confidence
CND Nail Lacquers in 412 Cotton Fluff
Elm Line Nail Polish in 34 French Beige

The Purge 2015
Essie Nail Polish in Carnival
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Luxe & Lush
SpaRitual Nail Lacquers in Fancy Free
SpaRitual Nail Lacquers in Breathless
Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Nail Color in Tropicalia
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Wild Mink

The Purge 2015
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Wool Lite
Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy
Milani Nail Art in Yellow Design
Milani Nail Art in Orange Graph
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Your Present Required
Kleancolor Crack Nail Polish 239 Teal Crackle
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Chocolate Nut

The Purge 2015
Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Ulterior Motive
Avon Nailwear in Crushed Velvet
Kleancolor Nail Lacquers in 76 Jewelry
Avon Nailwear in Retro Rose
Arissa Nail Lacquer in Pretty

The Purge 2015
Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Catwalk Queen
Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Nouveau Vintage
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Anastasia
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Casey
Maybelline Color Show in Wine & Dined

The Purge 2015
Coastal Scents Classic Blush Large Natural BR-C-N27
Sedona Lace Tulip Contour FB 03
No Name brand large powder brush from Watsons in Hong Kong
ecotools Bamboo Buffing Brush
Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush
Sephora Pro Tapered Foundation #58

The Purge 2015
Everyday Minerals Yachiyo Artisan Brush
e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush (I do really like this but my friends needs blush brushes more than me)
Joe Fresh Beauty Blush Brush
Blue Firm Control Powder Brush #7
ecotools by Alicia Silverstone Blush Brush

The Purge 2015
Blue Blunt Cut Mineral Brush #16
ecotools Mineral Powder Brush
Posh Purse Foundation Brush
e.l.f Mineral Complexion Brush

I won’t be listing all the liner / eye brushes – feel free to ask me questions about any of them – all told, I’m purging 36 eye tools:
The Purge 2015
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Random unopened stuff:
The Purge 2015
eos in Strawberry (I dislike this flavour and have received it 3 times in various kits!)
eos in Wildberry (duplicate)
Lip Smacker Starburst Lip Balm in Strawberry Banana
Lip Smacker Starburst Lip Balm in Royal Berry Punch
CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR in Black

• 17 face products
• 15 cheek products
• 53 eye products
• 33 lip products
• 37 nail polishes
• 51 brushes / tools
206 items purged!

And that, my friends, is how you do a makeup purge! 😀  Some of these items will be binned (expired or dried-out items) but the majority will be re-homed to my friends!  Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.
Don’t worry, I still have enough makeup left in my stash to last several lifetimes…

76 thoughts on “The Purge: makeup edition

  1. First, welcome back! Believe me, i’ve been looking for you until I read that you’re away for a wedding. Anyways, absence makes the heart grow fonder and you are missed! 😀
    Awww, this is so heartbreaking! Specially when I’m scrolling down and what?? Nail polish!!
    But you deserve a pat on the back! So brave of you! And lucky are your friends!

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    1. Thank you! I have so much to catch up on! 🙂
      I know… nail polishes are difficult. I actually did change my mind about a couple of them because nail polishes never go bad anyway!
      I’m glad I got rid of so much stuff, I feel accomplished! 😀

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      1. Yes, it’s a difficult process I know but as what I always keep in mind that whenever I give something ( i’d rather chose give, I could bear that more) i’m giving space for the up coming new. There, that would just be exciting.


  2. Oh wow! That is an amazing purge 🙂 I think you did really great, I always end up keeping way to much stuff ‘because I might want to compare it on the blog at one point’…
    Looking forward to reading all about your trip 😀
    xx Anne

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  3. Look at you! I can only imagine how hard this was. I usually do a pretty good job of getting rid of stuff I don’t use/like but lately I’ve become a bit of a hoarder and I realized this yesterday while trying to make room for some new lipsticks. I plan to do a declutter soon too, but OMG this must have been so hard! Good job!

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    1. Aw, just start setting aside a few items at a time, that’s how I started these (mostly nail polishes) and then build from there. I had baggies of stuff just hanging around my place for months… finally got the nerve to root through the stash to find the rest to purge. You can do it!

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  4. Good for you for getting rid of all that stuff!
    That Lise Watier palette looks beautiful…haha.
    It’s hard to part with all of our beloved makeup, but like you said, sometimes you just have to be real with yourself and ask whether you are actually ever going to touch any of those products again.

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    1. The Lise Watier palette IS beautiful! I just never ever use it, and I really want someone to appreciate it more than I was. I got it during their annual online clearance sale so it was 50% so I find SOME comfort in knowing that… heh.


    1. I get attached to things too! I remember when and where I bought a lot of the items I’ve purged… there are so many memories attached to objects. But in the end, I no longer have use for them and their usefulness is better served with someone else who can make use of them! That’s how I rationalize the purge. 🙂


  5. Awesome purge. I can’t do all makeup and nailpolishes at the same time. Too overwhelming so good job! So since I know we both love the Maybelline Dream Matte powder, does that mean I won’t like the Rimmel stay matte powder either??

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    1. I didn’t find the Rimmel to be as mattifying as the Maybelline! Some people swear by it but I didn’t like it. Out of all the ones I’ve tried so far as a possible replacement, I liked the Essence All About Matt the best. Give them a try if you are investigating – they’re both quite inexpensive.
      And thanks for all the support! 🙂

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  6. Massive congrats – I don’t know that I could do that without some natural disaster forcing my hand 😀

    Looks like a really good purge – I didn’t see too much there that made me go “NO! She’s tossing that?!” Apart from my namesake NYX, which I also have. :p

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    1. Oiy I hung onto that NYX polish in Christine far longer than I should have. You can see from the bottle that I used quite a bit of it – mostly because it was so sheer I needed 4 coats. But the kicker really was that it would chip SO easily. I do really like the colour though (but of course!) 😛

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      1. I think I literally wore that one once. Just got it for the name 🙂 It is pretty but not my usual thing. I’m so sad that NYX doesn’t really pay attn to their nail polish, anymore! They had some cool shades.


  7. I LIKE that essence eye shadow in party all night! have I worn it very…but it’s super pigmented and pretty!
    I remember when SH Xtreme Wear was in the white capped bottles, think I still have a few of those around. Those Zoya polishes look pretty though!

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    1. That Essence eye shadow is good – it’s just too frosty for my liking! Also, I find it disappears on my lids more quickly than others.
      Oh yeah those SH Extremes are super old. I did like them at one point but they’re just a too sheer and old now – I used to only wear those – I had probably 5 or 6 bottles of varying nudes / beige / light pinks. 😀
      Zoyas and I do not get along unfortunately! I was gifted many bottles of Zoyas from my esthetician friend whose salon converted from Zoya to China Glaze. Zoya polishes just peel off my nails for some reason! I’ve slowly been getting rid of them and I think these are the last of my Zoyas. I may try them again one day but I suspect it will be a losing battle.

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  8. Sooooooo many things! !!!!😭😭 💔 brave brave woman!!!!! I wouldn’t have it in me to purge items unless they were expired!!!! But even then I would cry throwing something away Lol anywho, missed your posts!!!! Glad your back 😀

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    1. I like SOME of the RT brushes, not all. That’s the risk when buying brushes in a set… not all the brushes are shapes I’d use. So I’ve kept the ones I like but purged the ones I don’t. I use a whole variety of brushes! My most favourite ones are from Trish McEvoy but they’re pricey.


  9. Man, good job! The thought of parting with this many items all at once gives me equal parts thrill and anxiety. Good job! I need to go through my stash and get rid of some things. I have lipstick and color tattoos that are definitely no good any more.

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  10. I agree on purging the RT foundatiom brush and those eye brushes. I do the same.

    I don’t know about you. The foundation brush is too narrow for me and not firm enough for applying liquid/cream properly. That arched liner brush was way too ‘fluffy’. It had zero control, similar feeling on the liner one. That purple was pretty and I was a sucker to fall for that. Their expert face brush on the other hand is a total winner. I just don’t know what to feel about RT.

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    1. Definitely. That RT foundation brush wasn’t good for foundation or even concealer. Their brushes are a mixed bag. The only RT brush that I use regularly (and by regularly, I mean maybe 4 times a month) is the big fluffy blush brush. That thing is massive and really good for very pigmented blushes – it gives a very nice diffused application.

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