As a beauty blogger and lover, I’m constantly trying out new cosmetic, skincare and hair care products. However, over the past 2-3 years, I’ve been attempting to reign in my shopping and work through what I own through a comprehensive inventory system, periodic No-Buys, and yearlong Project Pans.
Although my preference is always to finish up the products I buy, decluttering is a necessity when you own a vast beauty collection. The below products are beauty items that I have decluttered this past Spring, excluding those products that I am currently trying to sell on Poshmark. Although the total number of products decluttered is not greater than the number of new items that entered my collection, I still view this declutter as a small victory.
It takes a lot of mental toughness to think critically enough to declutter beauty products, because of the personal attachment I place on these goodies. Please keep reading to see what I moved out of my collection this Spring!
System Professional – Balance Mask | $59.99 USD
I received the System Professional Balance Mask via Influenster, so I was excited to give this scalp mask a try. However, this really irritated my scalp, so I had no choice but to toss this as I didn’t even feel comfortable giving it to a family member.
Derma-E Essentials – Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil Sample | $2.25 USD (CF)
Honestly, I forget how I received the Derma-E Essentials Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil. This oil had been lost in my collection for sometime, so I decided to declutter it. Given that this oil lost its cap sometime ago, I didn’t feel comfortable using an old, open product on my face.
Drunk Elephant – D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops | $36.00 USD (CF)
The Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops is a mixing solution meant to be add a natural, sun kissed glow to the face and neck. This is not a standalone liquid bronzer, but rather a product that is meant to be mixed with a facial serum or moisturizer. I LOVED how this made my skin look radiant and healthy…. unfortunately, after testing this out I found that my skin didn’t love this formula. My face broke out horrendously after using this product, I was so upset with how this wrecked my skin that I returned it to Sephora.
Drunk Elephant – C-Firma Day Serum | $80.00 USD (CF)
The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum is a hyped up serum for a reason. This lightweight, skin-brightening serum gives my skin a radiant, even, healthy complexion without feeling sticky or heavy on the skin. Sadly, this is being decluttered because it has expired. Although I’ve repurchased this several times, I am not looking to repurchase this serum at this time.
I hate how quickly this expires (six-month shelf life); I hate how the packaging is not recyclable; I feel like this adds an orange tint to my face when too much is applied.
Drunk Elephant – Umbra Tint Physical Daily Sunscreen Mini | $18.00 USD (CF)
I never knew it was possible to hate a product as much as I despise the Drunk Elephant Physical Daily Sunscreen. Although I like the radiant look this gives the skin when first applied, I despise this product. Not only does this feel sticky and thick going on the skin, but it DESTROYS my skin and causes the worst breakouts. I’ve tried this on-and-off for periods of two weeks at a time, but without fail this sunscreen caused my entire face to breakout with horrible acne. Product issues aside, I dislike the packaging because product leaked all over the place. I would not repurchase this nor would I recommend anyone with oily or sensitive skin try this.
Clean & Clear – Zesty Lemon Scrub |$5.99 USD
I was super sad to discover that the Clean & Clear Lemon Zesty Scrub caused acne. Believe it or not, physical exfoliants can actually cause inflammation and breakouts. How so? Physical scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin where bacteria and acne can fester… leading to breakouts! Additionally, cleansers with sulfates can influence increased breakouts. Although these types of scrubs were helpful when I had horrible, cystic acne… this scrub lead to acne across my entire face.
La Roche-Posay – Athelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 | $19.99 USD
In the US, La Roche-Posay is an interesting skincare brand because it is sold in drugstores and big box retailers, but boasts a prestige price point. The inaccessible price point was the reason why I never purchased anything from their brand. However, as I’ve been trying to find more drug store alternatives to prestige products, I wanted to explore the brand.
Unfortunately, I strongly dislike the Athelios Clear Dry Touch Sunscreen because it does not play well with other products. In other words, this not only pills up and cakes off my face when applied over a moisturizer, but it worsens when makeup is applied over top. As someone with a dedicated skincare regimen who also wears makeup nearly everyday, this product was a total fail. I’ve tried applying this over countless moisturizers, primers, and under various foundations and nothing seems to work.
Although I’m decluttering this from my beauty collection, this product will not go to waste because my family can still use this on beach days this summer.
Say Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Micellar Cleansing Water | $9.29 USD (CF)
Although I purchased the Say Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Micellar Cleansing Water recently (in May), I quickly decided to declutter this product. I purchased this Micellar Water because my skin was breaking out horrendously (due to two different skincare products). However, I should have thoroughly read the ingredient label for this toner because one of the top ingredients in this toner is denatured alcohol – an ingredient that dries out the skin and can potentially damage the skin’s natural barrier if used too frequently. Needless to say, I chucked this as soon as I realized my mistake.
Say Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturizer | $14.99 (CF)
The Say Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturizer has been a product I’ve been trying to love since April. Unfortunately, I just don’t like this product. Not only do I dislike the smell (which reminds me of yogurt & granola), but this product was causing breakouts. As an oily-skinned girl, gel-creams tend to work better at moisturizing my skin than traditional creams. Moreover, this particular cream was contributing to my bad acne the past few months.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette | $42.00 USD (CF)
To be honest, I surprised myself by decluttering the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette. I’ve owned this since it launched during Holiday 2016, but I’ve never used it…. it doesn’t inspire me.
GLAMGLOW – Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment | $24.00 USD
I’ve owned the Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment for 2.5 years, but have never opened it. At this point, I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this on my lips, so I decided to toss this in the bin. Have you tried this? Let me know in the comments below if you have used this and loved it!
LORAC – Tantalizer Baked Bronzer | $12.00 USD
LORAC was one of the first high-end brands that I purchased as a middle-schooler when I was first getting into makeup. The Tantalizer Bronzer was a go-to eyeshadow staple (yes – used this as shadow) that I wore nearly everyday. However, if I’m being honest with myself, I haven’t reached for this product in close to eight or nine years… I’ve only kept this for nostalgic reasons. At the time, there weren’t as many eyeshadows (if any) that were quite this warm, pigmented, and metallic.
During a stressful cleaning/organizing session this Spring, I finally decided to toss this bronzer/shadow out! If I find myself missing this product, I can always repurchase it on Amazon, but I have so many similar shades in my collection.
Milani – Baked Blush in Red Vino | $7.99 USD (CF)
I don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased the Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino. Just kidding. I was thinking I want to retry this old favorite, but in a color I know I don’t own. There is a REASON why I don’t own any blushes this color… this is WAY too deep and pigmented for my skin tone. The formula is beautiful and the Milani Baked Blushes are some of the best cheek products at the drug store. I would purchase this blush again, but in a shade that actually suits my fair skin.
Natasha Denona – Mini Lila Palette | $25.00 USD (CF)
If you regularly read my blog then it should come to no surprise that I’m decluttering this palette. If you’re curious for my full thoughts check out my review here.
NYX – Wonderstick (Light) | $12.74 (CF)
Over the last year and a half, I’ve been trying to be more intentional with purchasing a mix of affordable, prestige, and luxury beauty brands because I am a firm believer that price is not the true determinant of quality. NYX was once the ~hot~ drugstore brand in the US, but I’ve tried very little from them.
In my attempt to purchase more from the drugstore, I snagged the NYX cream contour and highlight duo, Wonderstick. Even though I enjoyed the contour stick and found that it blended easily and played well with other products, I always had to force myself to use the Wonderstick. I contemplated trying to pan this product, but the thought seemed daunting and unrealistic given how much I love my other contours and bronzers.
During a recent collection reorganization, I decided to toss this product in the bin.
RMS Beauty – Eye Pigment in Lucky | $28.00 USD (CF)
The RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Lucky is one of my favorite cream shadow formulas (and colors), so I was super sad to discover that this eye pigment had gone off. One of the cons of supporting more natural brands (and buying cream products) is that their products truly do have a shorter shelf life than traditional powder products. I would definitely repurchase this shadow, but I am unlikely to repurchase right now.
RMS Beauty – Living Luminizer | $38.00 USD (CF)
Clean, natural-leaning brands are wonderful for many reasons… except their short shelf life. I was heartbroken to discover how my RMS Beauty Living Luminizer had gone off. The texture became chunky, thick, and greasy feeling.
Prior to going bad, the Living Luminizer provided the most natural, dewy, glossy, wet-looking highlight wherever applied. Whenever I used this highlighter, my skin looked radiant and healthy.
I would certainly repurchase this highlighter, but I am not looking to repurchase this right now.
Smashbox – Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac & Pretty Social | $28.00 USD (CF)
The Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks have been staples in my collection for many years. In fact, it was the Be Legendary Lipstick formula that gave me the confidence to wear lipstick, because I had previously felt like lipstick never looked good on me. Although I still love the Be Legendary formula, my all-time favorite shade, Cognac, has finally gone bad. If I want to repurchase this warm raisiny neutral lipstick I can; however, I have quite a few comparable shades in my collection at the moment.
After much back and forth, I ended up decluttering the shade Pretty Social, too. Pretty Social is a light, pinky nude that used to be my go-to pink lippie. However, the actual lipstick ended up breaking, so I never wanted to reach for this product. After purchasing a similar shade from MAC, I finally felt it was time to let this go.
Stila – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow in Diamond Dust | $25.00 USD (CF)
What a bummer. Decluttering my beloved Stila Diamond Dust Magnificent Metals felt like I was throwing away my money. This liquid glitter dried out SO quickly. I find it odd that the shade Karma Kitten is still in great condition, while Diamond Dust dried out. I would consider repurchasing Diamond Dust in the future, but not at this time.
Urban Decay – Naked Eyeshadow Palette | $54.00 USD (CF)
The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette was my first high end eyeshadow palette, so it is very near and dear to my heart. Although the shadow still performs well, it is just so old that I no longer feel comfortable putting this on my eyelids. I’ve officially *retired* this palette; however, given my strong attachment I’ve decided to keeps this on display in my vanity (especially now that it is discontinued).
Urban Decay – Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Snakebite | $22.00 USD
Sadly, my Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liner in Snakebite (a dirty gold color) went off. However, I rarely reached for this liner even when it was still good. In general, I prefer felt tip liquid liners as opposed to brush liners. Also, the color was not as pigmented as I expected it to be and the formula was very watery. I don’t believe this color is for sale any longer, so I’ve linked the color Gold Rush here.
Urban Decay – Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette | $54.00 USD (CF)
The Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette is an eyeshadow palette that I regret purchasing. At the time I purchased it, Urban Decay was still my favorite brand (and they were still one of the hottest, it-girl brands on the market). However, I was in a very “neutral” eyeshadow phase, so this palette never got the love it deserved (outside of Halloween time). This year, I finally decided it was time to declutter this palette from my collection.
Wet n’ Wild – Color Icon Kohl Liner in Calling Your Buff! |$1.49 USD
I haven’t disliked an eyeliner this much since middle school. The Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner is a very stiff formula that makes it difficult to apply the product to the eye without poking the eye or tugging on the skin. Furthermore, this liner has no staying power. I like that this liner comes in a traditional pencil format, but unfortunately the formula does not meet my needs.
Wet n’ Wild – Color Icon Blush in Rose Champagne | $3.18 USD
At one point, the WnW Blush in Rose Champagne was my go-to blush, but I haven’t touched this blush in over a year. The blush was starting to show its age in the pan, so I figured it was time to toss this because I knew I’d never reach for this over any other blush in my collection
Wet n’ Wild – Photo Focus Foundation in Soft Beige | $6.99 USD
Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the hype that surrounds the Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation? Did all the gurus raving about this foundation actually wear this for a full day?
First, this foundation is not full coverage (as advertised). Second, this foundation has ZERO staying power no matter how I set this foundation. I’ve tried countless primers, setting powders, setting sprays, and application methods… but to no avail. This foundation quite literally melts off my skin within four hours of applying it. Now I know I have oily skin, but my best friend has experienced the same issues with staying power despite her normal-to-dry skin.
Viseart – Grande Pro Volume I | $150.00 USD (CF)
To be blunt – these Viseart shadows are not worth the money. Are they bad? No. But just not worth the price tag given the dry, powdery formula and patchy pigmentation.
Zoey Sweet – Single Eyeshadow in Rosee | TBD
I received a free Zoey Sweet single eyeshadow pot while at Beautycon NYC this year. While I originally wanted to test this shadow out since I had never tried any makeup from Zoey Sweet, I had a change of heart. Rather than ruining this eyeshadow by swatching it, I’ve decided to pass this unopened shadow on to someone else.
Decluttered Products: 27
Decluttered Product Value: $782.69 USD
Final Thoughts on my Spring Empties & Declutter
To be super candid, I felt very overwhelmed this past Spring (both for school/professional and personal reasons), so my beauty spending exploded as I tend to spend money when I’m feeling anxious. However, the size and organization of my beauty collection started to contribute to my stress. At the start of the season, I was bringing in way more items than I was finishing.
In the end, I think I did a great job at working through a ton of small products that were just adding to the volume of my collection. Even though I don’t plan to repurchase many of the items that I worked through, I’m always happy to finish a product. Using up products helps me to learn what I like and dislike about certain formulations.
This season, I finished or decluttered 71 products, valued at $1181.99 USD. (As a reminder, whenever I’m calculating the value of my collection I use the full retail price of the product rather than a potential sale price.) From a volume perspective, 26% of my collection has been decluttered, donated, or used up. As of this writing, my collection consists of 363 items and is valued at ~$7K USD.
Love empties posts and mini reviews? Check out my previous Winter Empties review roundup. Looking for even more decluttering or project pan inspo? Check out my 2018 Yearlong Project Pan Finale and my 2018 Year-End Declutter.
Have you tried any of these products before? What products did you declutter this Spring? Please let me know in the comments below.