It has become bitterly cold out post-bomb cyclone and I have a cold, so I've abandoned any pretense that I was going to try and move more of the snow off my porch so I can open my door fully and have sat down to write a nice blog post. I have several drafts waiting in the wings for other year-end round-ups, but 2018 is still young and they'll keep for later in January. This morning I decided to do a little decluttering of my collection, things that I've had for a while and have come to the conclusion that they don't work for me, despite them all being mostly pretty good products (with some exception). Because I've been lukewarm on most of them, I've never written about them either. So I've decided to kill two birds with one stone: write mini reviews on each of the items I'm getting rid of, and document the products that I should just stop buying. I try not to destash items when I'm feeling any particularly strong emotions or under the weather, because that usually leads me to decisions that I regret. But I do always find myself looking to declutter my life a little bit in general when I get home from travelling, since I end up with a clearer idea of what I need and want in my home. Despite how crappy I feel right now, I gave in and decided to get rid of the following items.
L-R: Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Brownie, Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipstick in London Fog, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Truffle
Three lipsticks jumped out at me as being ones that I don't have use for anymore. Two of them were gifts with purchase, which confirms my suspicion that GWPs and freebies in general that I don't get to pick myself are useless. Remember that, self.
I never liked the Colourpop Ultra Satin formula to begin with, so I wasn't all that excited about receiving a mini in London Fog with an order. London Fog is a gorgeous pink red, don't get me wrong, but it's entirely dupeable, and the Ultra Satin formula is still a smeary mess. I can't bring myself to use it because I always end up worrying about it getting all over my face. No thanks.
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Brownie came in one of those Sephora deluxe sample sets that you can get with a promo code. Or maybe it was a 500 point perk when I had a billion points. Either way, it doesn't really matter. I like the feel of the formula - non-drying, nice satin. But it looks like trash on me otherwise. Brownie is not a flattering colour on me, it's far too grey on me to work, it highlights every dry patch on my lips while also sinking into lip lines the second I apply it, and it has old lady lipstick smell. I don't have any positive associations with that smell, so I'm out.
I like the Revlon Super Lustrous Sheer formula a lot, and Pink Truffle is a good, no-fuss, easy to apply, lightly moisturizing lipstick. It's cheap and easily accessible. However, I find it a touch too warm for me, and now that I have NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita, I never reach for Pink Truffle. Out it goes.
Top: Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 034 Bottom: Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Lyin' King
I don't even know why I thought I would use coloured lip liners ever. Really, what was I thinking? Aside from swatching these and wearing them around the house to see how they look layered, I have never once thought about putting one on to go about my daily activities. I'm sure they are perfectly good liners but I can't tell you for sure since I never tested them for real. Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Lyin' King is a beautiful raspberry but when I tried to sharpen it after swatching it and putting it on for a bit at home, the tip kept breaking off and I hate sharpening plastic. Nope.
The Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 034, which is described as a plum rose, was a 100 point perk right around the time that Bite released the product, and I decided to try it out and subsequently ignored it. It's a nice pink, very neutral, could go with just about anything, but I have no interest in it.
Top to bottom: Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Show Me, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer, NYX Vivid Brights in Vivid Blossom, Fyrinnae Liquid Gel Liner in Sharp Enough
I probably could have gotten rid of a few more eyeliners, since I mostly wear my Physician's Formula liquid liner since I discovered it, but these ones jumped out at me as things I won't use, because they have some pretty serious faults.
Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Show Me is a beautiful copper, with a very fine tip. It's also dry and draggy as hell and has only gotten worse as time has passed. A friend told me that the pencil gel liners are better for lining the waterline, but I don't line my waterline, so that's of no benefit for me.
The Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer was part of the Sephora birthday gift in 2016. It's an unexciting, crumbly black liner. I'm a beauty addict, I own half a dozen black liners already and have tried a million of them, and all of them are better than this one.
I'm also getting rid of my two coloured brush liquid liners: NYX Vivid Brights in Vivid Blossom and Fyrinnae Liquid Gel Eyeliner in Sharp Enough. I can't deal with the brush + bottle style of eyeliner and I don't know why I thought I could. Both are gorgeous colours, but the packaging is a big no. Plus the brush of the Fyrinnae one has always been terrible and I had to use an angled liner brush to put it on if I really wanted to use it and have it look decent.
I opened the NYX one this morning and it looks like the pigment is separating, roughly eight months after I bought it. Yet another reason why I should never buy NYX: their products are generally crap and I'm never happy with them. I can now add "probably will go off too soon."
Top: Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark Contouring Powder Bottom: Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Blow Me Out
I really do love the Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark Contouring Powder, but I haven't reached for it since I got my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, and I don't contour enough to justify owning two products. And finally, I'm moving away from loose powders since they're frankly a disaster waiting to happen with me.
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Blow Me Out was part of this year's birthday set. I think it's supposed to be a highlighter, but it's far too dark for me to use as a highlighter, and it's way too warm and copper for me to use as a blush. Pretty colour, just doesn't work for my skintone.
There's a clear lesson from looking at all of this: stop buying random stuff from Colourpop. Which I have stopped doing since they keep getting nailed by customs! But in all seriousness, I am being more discriminating about what comes into my possession, and not just when it comes to purchasing: also when it comes to adding samples to my cart. Stuff is still stuff.