The Yearly Makeup Clear Out

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Happy Thursday Sunshines! Today a post on my yearly makeup clear out. As you know, makeup does have an expiration date and regardless of how expensive or attached I am to a product I do have to let it go once that expiration date hits. I never used to be that strict on myself but I have noticed that expired makeup will break me out and that expired mascaras and eyeliners will give me styes, which is not a pretty sight. Trust me, I even went to work once and they sent me home ‘cause one eye was so swollen that it looked like someone beat me up -_-

 

So I thought writing a yearly post on what I throw out would be a fun idea as I, and you guys, can see how much I actually use up before I have to throw it out. I’ve only kept track starting the August, but will keep a box for next year dedicated to a post like this. Also, I do keep certain products, with special packaging, even though I don’t use them anymore and are expired as sentimental decoration pieces/ sort of memorabilia, because well.. that’s what makeup hoarders do I guess.

Before I start, in case you don’t exactly know the expiration dates on your makeup, let me give you a quick guideline. There should be two expiration dates on your makeup; one is the shelf life and one is the expiration date after you’ve opened the package. Each country has their own regulations regarding mentioning the shelf life on a product, but as far as I know every country is required by law to state the “after-opening” expiration date on at least the outer packaging of the product, which is indicated by the symbol on the right. The M stands for months, so it typically ranges from anywhere between 6 months to 36 months.

The shelf life is a bit trickier and is basically the expiration date if the product was never opened. If it is not specifically stated on a product, then you can find it out through the batch number via cosmeticcheck.

 

 

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Too Faced The Return of Sexy

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? N/A

My mum got this palette about two years ago in the UK and gave it to me as she, to be fair, would never really wear these types of eyeshadows. They’re all very shimmery and are very pigmented. As you can see, I did hit pan on a few of the shadows so I think this was worth it for the price as I rarely ever get to see pan on an eyeshadow palette like this one. The only eyeshadow shade that broke was the middle shimmery one.

 

Sleek Blush Palette

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? No

I bought this cream blush palette about two years back as well and it has been sitting in my makeup vanity for a long time unused so I figured it was time to finally get rid of it as it surely has passed the expiration date for awhile. I did get quite a bit of use out of it and do think it was worth it for the price (I think I bought it for about 6 Pounds in Boots UK) but I wouldn’t repurchase it. The blushes are pigmented but the first two shades are shimmery and they don’t last very long on the face.

 

YSL Ombre Solo Eyeshadow

Worth it? No
Repurchase? No

I have no idea how this even got in my makeup stash, I think awhile back my mum and I must have mixed a few products hence I ended up with this. I did use it for awhile last year through the beginning of this year and this shimmery gold eyeshadow shade is beautiful for on the lid or as an inner corner highlight but I feel like the formula has changed a bit so I stopped using it. After that, I ended up using the pigment for an art piece I was working on so it didn’t all go to waste, but I didn’t hit pan on it by using it only as an eyeshadow. I don’t think buying a single shade from an expensive brand is worth it, if it’s a shade that you won’t use frequently. Rather buy a palette or a shade that you use every day like a transition shade.

 

Lancome Color design eyeshdaow

Worth it? No
Repurchase? No

Similarly to the YSL eyeshadow, I didn’t purchase this one either and I don’t think this was very worth it either. The eyeshadow blended well but the colour was too light for my skin as an all-over lid colour making me look like I was trying to be back in the 90s. I did occasionally pop it as an inner colour highlight or on the centre of my lid as part of a fancy blue eyeshadow look.

 

Sephora Sculpting disk

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? Maybe

I think Sephora products are very underrated and not talked about enough on social media channels. They’re easily overlooked but as I’ve been trying out more and more from the brand and I must say, I am quite impressed with a few of their products. This being one of them. It is a face palette which had a banana shade, shimmery bronzer and highlight in it. If you’re travelling this is great to bring with you. I did actually enjoy the powder and bronzer quite a bit as you can tell since there is literally nothing left in the pan. Though, the highlight/blush shade wasn’t my favourite, I do think it is still worth it.

 

Sephora Eyeshadow palette

Worth it? No  
Repurchase? No

Contrary to the beloved face palette above, this eye shadow palette I just did not enjoy at all. The dark brown matte shade was nearly black and shimmery shadows didn’t perform or last long. I tried using this palette a few times but didn’t like it, held on to it in the hopes that one day I will but this year I will finally let go of it.

 

 

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Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? No

This bronzer was soo hyped about a few years back and is definitely a youtube-made-me-buy-it bronzer. The product blends well, smells like chocolate but I couldn’t get much pigment out of it so it was a product that was kept in the back of my drawer. I didn’t hit pan but I remember it being relatively cheap so yes it was worth it to try out.

 

Sleek Matte Me lip cream

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? No

I actually did enjoy this lipstick quite a bit, though the wand is flat and it isn’t a shape that I like to use. Also the shade is like a hot pink (think Barbie pink) which I was really into , two years back but now looking back, I probably should’ve chosen a different shade to get more use out of it. The price and formula isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t repurchase this lipstick because I’m trying to stay clear of matte formulas.  

 

Rimmel Apocalips Lipstick

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? Maybe

This beautiful blue undertoned red lip was gorgeous but I didn’t really use it much. I do like red lipsticks but I tend to wear them mostly when I go out for events, which isn’t really the best idea because a red lip can be high maintenance especially when I’m mainly found at the food section, eating and drinking away. Rimmel is an affordable brand and I might repurchase this again because of its price point despite it not even being close to finished.

 

 

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L’oreal color riche lipstick

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? Maybe

Another red lipstick, this one though, nearly finished, yay.. I actually wore this quite a bit to work because it’s very long lasting with a creamy formula. I wouldn’t repurchase this as of yet because I still have other red lipsticks to go through but it was definitely worth it.

 

Shiseido Automatic Fine Liner

Worth it? On the fence
Repurchase? No

I truly have a love – hate relationship with this eyeliner. I love the brush tip it comes with, it’s so fine that I can do a wing liner in no time and really get close to the lash line without it ever being too thick. With many eyeliners, if the tip is too big, I easily draw too thick of a line which I don’t really like as you won’t be able to see my eyeshadow thanks to my hooded eyes. But… the formula is not the best, and my wing at times smudges or flakes away which really sucks because if they changed the formula this would have been a holy grail product.

 

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L’ oreal Lucent Magique Pure Light Primer

Worth it? Yes
Repurchase? Maybe

Another very hyped product, but I do understand because it’s a very nice luminous primer that you can use on days when you’re wearing no makeup or even mix it in with foundation. I also like to use this as a highlight with a bit of setting spray which gives me a very natural but glowy look on the high points of my face. I did find that the more and more I started using this all over the face, my face felt a bit dry so I stopped using it as a primer and more as a highlighter. Because of this, I still have more than half left which is a bit of a waste but oh well. I wouldn’t run out to purchase this again but maybe in the future I might give this another go.

 

 

That’s it for this post, do you guys do a yearly makeup clear out? And have you tried any of these products before?