Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


How do you sort your stash? By brand? Product? Color? All mixed together?

Temptalia's AnswerTypically, by brand, then by product, then alphabetized (when possible, and this usually doesn’t last long!). Some products I organize by product – I know I have lots of glosses by multiple brands all in one container. Same with eyeliners!

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70 thoughts on “How do you sort your stash?

  1. brelki

    I organize everything by type of product, then by brand, then color wheel – except my eyeliner pencils, which are done just by color wheel.

  2. Safyre

    Except for things I use on the daily like concealer, foundation, powder, primers – I keep those in a pile together so I can grab ‘em quick; I sort things by type/product, then brand, then by ROYGBIV. If  I have several products that are the same color in the same brand (this typically happens with candles, like I’ll have several that are white), then I alphabetize them. :P

  3. I have an academic desk that has two drawers in the side of it, they’re small but they’re deep enough to hold a lot.  I keep my eye products in the top drawer and face and cheek products in the bottom.  Since my face drawer doesn’t have a lot in it (I don’t wear much foundation), everything is kinda scattered in there, but the eye drawer is organized by brand of eyeshadow on the far left, and the far right has eyeliners, primers and mascaras.  Everything I use on a daily basis stays on the desk rather than in the drawers, that way I don’t have to search for it every day (for example, the lash curler and brow powder stays on the desk).  Eventually I’ll move my whole desk around and get little plastic organizing drawers. :)

  4. blueraccoon

    Since my stash is pretty small right now, it’s mostly jumbled with a few attempts at sorting. I have all my Burberry products in one bag, along with my Chanel products, and I have a bag that holds my eyeshadows and whatever other random items fit in there. I have another bag that holds stuff I don’t use very often, and I do have one bag that holds most of my lipsticks and lip glosses, and a smaller one that holds a few I keep in my purse. I need better organization, but I need more space to organize first. I may get some of those mini drawers at Target and try that. 

  5. I organize primarily by type and then by brand so there’s a bit of uniformity with packaging.  Typically, I don’t bother organizing by color for lip and face products but for eyeshadows I might.

  6. I just emptied out an Ikea wardrobe I wasn’t using and turned it into a beauty closet. At the moment, everything is sort of just jumbled in there…eventually, I will be purchasing little containers and boxes to sort everything out

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Diana queen_frostine

    By type and then by color.  I know organizing things by brand makes things look neater in storage, but when I’m doing my makeup I’m usually thinking less “today seem’s like a good day for Brand X Color Y” and more “I need a Teal/Coral/Fuschia/Color Du Jour” and I want to be able to see all of my available options for that color together so I can compare them and decide which strikes my fancy the most that day OR would best complement my other makeup.

  8. Jasmine Valistreri

    I have all my eyeshadows sorted by color into adorable corresponding tea tins. I have my makeup brushes in a tea pot, and my lip products (there aren’t many) and eyeliners in tea cups. My large palettes stand upright in a wooden box and my small palettes (duos etc.) are in a cookie jar. I was going for a tea party theme to cute-ify my abhorrently large hoard. I sort my neutrals by warm vs. cool and also by depth of color (lights, mediums, darks). I sort my other colors by complexity (true purples, grey purples, etc.). My foundations and concelear live in a beautiful Italian coffee tin I got online, and my blushes are in a red square Chinese tea box I got from the local Asian grocery store. I keep samples in a small chocolate box.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    Mine is a fairly complicated process. When it comes to pencils, I separate eyes from lips. I don’t wear alot of blush, and what I’m currently using are NARS, and they’re stored with my NARS eyeshadows. My gel liners, Paint Pots, etc are stored in they’re own small train case. Lipstick is stored in several shoeboxes, separated by brand, but glosses are a bit haphazard in a couple of shoeboxes. Nail polish is sorted by brand in large ziploc bags, and then tossed in a small pullman. Pigments are all in a small makeup bag, and loose shadows are organized in a couple of small drawers (I have 3 plastic mini drawer sets that house my shadows). Larger palettes are stored in a couple of small duffle bags, as are foundations. I have a box that houses all of my depotted round shadows in DIY palettes I made from watercolor palettes, as well as a few smaller compacts. That’s pretty much everything, though I probably left some things out. I have entirely way too much makeup…

  10. i have a little three-tiered desktop drawer set that goes face, lips, eyes. with the lip products, i sort by shape and with the eyes, my shadows go on the left, liners and mascaras to the right. with face, my powder is to the left, blushers to the right. pretty concise

  11. wenjing

    i am using my shoe closet w/4 large drawers as makeup closet  yeah!!!!

  12. i usually sort them by products for things i don’t use often, and then products i use daily i put them all together in a tray…

  13. My 465 nail polishes (!!!) are organized by brand and are contained in two Helmers. The first one is the international Helmer (with US salon brands and foreign nail polishes in general), the second one is the Italian Helmer, with all the brands which are from my country. I also have an untrieds box (organized by brand too). The other make up products are organized by product: all my lipglosses in one container, all the lipstick in another one and so on. I have two containers full of eyeshadows and pigments, and they are a mess! :D

    • Francesca

      @Cristina PeeB4Polish 465 nail lacquers!!!!  They must be gorgeous to look at! Do they stay fresh?

  14. I sort everything in my stash by a product type. I use various brands therefore I sometimes have only one or two products by the same brand. And I also have a special container with everyday used products so I can grab them whenever needed.Btw Christine, new comment interface form looks very nice. :)

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine CatherineM

    By product and then by color. I tried to sort them by brand before, but I have so many different brands in my stash, it then took me forever to find that one perfect lipstick color, so I changed my system. Now, when I search for that perfect pink lipstick I know exactly where to look.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    My entire stash is in a closet/cupboard that sits against the sink in our bathroom.  The bottom two shelves have my skin and hair care, plus my makeup brushes (sorted into eye and facial).  The cosmetics themselves are situated in three different bins.  The largest is a huge makeup case that has all of my lipstick in it, currently sorted by brand (I’m thinking that will have to change soon).  Then there’s a smallish three-tiered drawer set that holds my “daily use” products – first drawer has all eye products (eyeshadow singles, liners, mascara, etc.), second drawer is all palettes, and third is all of my general face products (foundatin, highlighters, blushes, primers, etc.).  Lastly, I have a small storage bin that holds all of the extra lip products – glosses, pencils, etc.
    I am leery at the thought of moving soon, only because I know I’ll likely have to completely reorganize my collection to fit my new bathroom.  DX

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

      I’m moving within a couple of weeks, and am *dreading* having to reorganize. The upside is I will have the largest closet I have ever had in my entire life, but I’m not looking forward to figuring out the makeup storage (and of course, there’s the actual moving it).

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine morlonbrondo

    By product, and where I have enough of a brand, by brand (i.e. I have 4 nail polish drawers, and one drawer is strictly OPI products; one case is MAC lipsticks only). I need to work out a better sorting system though, half of my products just end up sitting on my desk so they’re easy to grab!

  18. By kind of product and how often used, I think it’s biasing your product use if you sort by brand and I don’t like to think of the brand, just use what works for me. I have my most used products in my Micke 4 drawer set (from ikea obv) next to my desk and my other products it a plastic set of drawers on top of my dresser. I have stage makeup and more professional stuff in my train case 

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Pretty much all mixed up, with the products I use most within most easy reach. It’s all in what is basically a large medicine cabinet in my own ensuite bathroom (which is fairly small).  All my blushes and powder foundations in compacts are in a small box; brushes all together in a container, liquid foundations and primers on their own shelf….it’s not the best set up but generally I can find everything.  “Second string” items (stuff I’m not currently using much) is in my bedroom, in a bottom dresser drawer.

  20. I have a four drawer tower under my sink for makeup. The top drawer is for things I use everyday (BB cream, UD potion primer, mascara, concealer) . The 2nd drawers is for eye products (shadow, liner, other primers), the 3rd drawer for face products (bronzers, blushes, concealer), and the 4th drawer is for lip products. My collection isn’t huge but it isn’t going to fit into a single makeup bag any time soon so this is what is working for me right now :)http://nineteenoone.blogspot.ca/

  21. Kate

    I don’t have enough makeup yet to justify needing to organize it beyond product type.  I have three makeup bags in my bathroom: one for foundation/powder/concealer, one for lip products, and one for eyeshadows/blushes/eyeliners.  Palettes go in the top drawer of a Sterilite drawer set that sits under my bathroom sink.

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Product -> brand ->color

  23. KaseyCannuck

    I sort by product types in a box and a caddy on the counter.  The box is for foundation/powder/blush and has a jar for brushes in the corner, while the caddy has 3 sections for single eyeshadows, pallets, and lip products.  This also has a jar in the corner for eye and lip liners.

  24. Lidalgirl

    My stash is not so big, so I only divided things according to their use:
    nails, face products, eye palettes, eyes stuff. Lippies are on a
    separate bag :)

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mirian Vermeulen MIRIANV

    everyone is putting me to SHAME. i have it organized by products. eyeshadows, blushes, liners, glosses, etc.

  26. By product, then by brand(if I have a lot of that product like eyeshadows), then by colour. Then again I don’t have as mush as Christine. So by product make so much more sense.Like the new Lifefyre.

  27. Liz9969

    I keep all most of my makeup in my vanity draw in my bedroom.  It has a really big drawer that takes up most of the length vanity.  The drawer has three sections.  I sort my makeup by eyes, lips, and face makeup.  I keep a few items on top of my vanity like foundation and finishing powder.  I also keep mascara and eyeliner pencils in a cup on top of my vanity.    

  28. Liz9969

    I keep almost all of my makeup in my vanity draw in my bedroom. It has a really big drawer that takes up most of the length of the vanity. The drawer has three sections. I sort my makeup by eyes, lips, and face makeup. I keep a few items on top of my vanity like foundation and finishing powder. I also keep mascara and eyeliner pencils in a cup on top of my vanity.

  29. My products are sorted and stacked in bins.  My OCD will not allow for the mixed up in a big pile.  I’m breaking out into hives just thinking about it!  LoL  If anyone were to mess with my makeup products and ‘system’.. I would FREAK.  In fact, this is a bit embarassing.. my partner Harald rarely uses ‘my bathroom’.  Not because I told him he couldn’t use it, but he just gets me and understands how I function.  After all, the bedroom closet is also mine.  I have a big bin for each type of product:  skincare/tools/face/eyes/cheeks/lipstick.  Within those bins, the products are sorted by brand.  Mine are not alphabetized and wow Christine, I’m impressed!  However, they are sorted from left to right according to how often I reach for them.  My more popular items are stored to the left (I’m left-handed).I am far more laid back when it comes to life in general, but when it comes to my stuff, I’m a bit of a nut job.  My studio downstairs is jam packed full of things, but again I have a system.  I cannot work in an environment where my hands do not know where to reach for things.  Nothing drives me insane faster.  Sometimes when I am working, my area will get disorganized, but I cannot leave it like that for long.  I may let it stay that way while I am in the middle of a project, but as soon as that project is done, I reorganize and put everything back in its rightful place.  Sorry…TMI…I digress!!!

    • wwendalynne I’m the same way! Particularly when I’m cooking or working on a project I’ll have stuff spread all over but then partway through I have to stop and clean up or I won’t be able to go on with what I’m doing!

      • rsonnack That’s too freaky because I do exactly the same thing!  I always look for those windows when I cook when I do not need to do anything except let the food cook, and I take those opportunities to clean up after myself.  When my partner cooks..OMG…  need I say more ..LoL :)

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate FaerieEvenstar

    In my stash, nothing ever STAYS organised. I start with great intentions, tidying everything and sorting it out, and within a week or two, it’s all messy again! Christine, what do you do with products you don’t want/need any more? You must have so many products! Do you sell them? give them to friends and family? Or does everything get archived somewhere in Temptalia-land?I should have sent that as a proper question shouldn’t I?!

    • FaerieEvenstar Some products I keep, a few I give to family, but the bulk of what I don’t keep I donate to a local organization that provides legal aid to victims of domestic violence!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate FaerieEvenstar

        Christine (Temptalia) Oh lovely! I hadn’t even thought of that. Shame on me! That’s such a good thing to do with unwanted make-up and I’d not even thought of it. I should perhaps look into that for myself in the future, but I wouldn’t know where to look and who to ask. You can’t just turn up on the doorstep of a woman’s shelter or similar with a bag of stuff can you? I will do some research. Thank you so much for putting that idea in my head. Could you do a post about it to put it in the heads of the other ladies and gents reading with extra make-up? :D Good deeds shouldn’t just get done around Christmas, which is the only time some people think of charity..

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lauren Lauren13

    I have my nailpolish arranged by brand and season on a nail polish color shelving thing inside a cabinet in my bathroom.  A lot of my makeup is in a pink caboodle, stored in the cabinet on the same shelf as the nailpolish, nailpolish remover, and makeup remover wipes.   On the shelf above, I keep a clear plastic shoebox (cover off) with all of my eyeshadow palettes (I have 7 or 8 palettes).  I have a second clear plastic box with extra bath and beauty stuff.   A lot of stuff in the caboodle is organized by category inside the caboodle –  Shadows singles and duos are together in the caboodle, as are mascaras, concealers, etc.  In the bottom of the caboodle, I keep my foundation, tinted moisturizer bb cream, blushes, bronzers, and eyelash curler.  My eyeliners are in a small pouch inside a drawer in my bathroom cabinet.  I also keep my brushes together in a case in the same drawer.  The last item in that drawer is a makeup bag with extra items as well as makeup I don’t use but haven’t thrown out.

  32. Dinitchka

    I am a bit neorotic and OCD about my stashes. My make-up is in 2 single carts and 2 double carts (2 single carts attached side x side). I sort everything by type of product. From there I sort by what the product is used for and then I sort by brand, with oldest being first. I try to keep high-end together and drug store together.
    For example: Lip products get sorted by lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, lip treatments, etc. From there it is sorted by brand and then by age of product. By me doing this I can see exactly what I have and how much I have. Also it keeps older products in line to be used up first, rather than using a newer product.
    Samples are also sorted this way and kept in a smaller Caboodle. I try to use the samples up first or find someone who can use them.
    Nail products are kept by brand, in the cart as well. Nail polish, nail treatments, nail art, nail tools and pedicure products etc are sorted by brand. I currently have about 150 polishes I need to swatch and test, which are sitting in plastic containers by brand. They are driving me BONKERS!! But if I would go on a ‘No-buy polish’, then I could get through what I currently have. Oy, it’s a sickening obsession :(
    Hair care, face care and body care are kept by brand. All then sorted by age of product. All those products are kept in the bathroom. Oldest products are used first.
    Perfume is sorted by season and oldest bottles are used first. With perfume I don’t mind having many on the go.
    I have an old school huge Caboodle that I keep current in-use/open make-up items in. As I use up an item or as I throw out an item I replace it from my stash. I don’t like to keep a ton of different but like items (example: a bunch of lipsticks or eyeshadows) on the go. I’m quite OCD about that.
    I am in the process of  drawing up plans for a make-up and nail storage system. It’s my dream pet project. LOL!

  33. yellowlantern

    Stuff I use regularly is on my bathroom counter top. Things I use occasionally are in a makeup bag in my room. Ta da! My collection is not really big so I don’t feel that more organization is necessary yet. :p 

  34. I have a set of stationary drawers that I separate using “face – eyes – lips”. But I’m always changing it around. At the moment I want to change the system to one based on occasion (so “workwear, daywear, nighttime, versatile”, basically) but I’d need more drawers. … Which I do anyway, as I like having all my products lying out visible, not stacked on top of each other.

  35. elbee

    I only really sort my nail polish in my Melmer…I usually put brands together, then alphabetize. However, with OPI I don’t alphabetize, but I sort by color and usually go in the order of the colors of the rainbow. I may change that though because I have too many OPIs! :P I love alphabetizing my stuff haha.I keep all my makeup in a train case, and because I don’t really have a lot I just sort by type (blush, bronzer, foundation/TM, etc.).

  36. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Beth BethaneyMars

    I dont really sort them much i just have a drawer for each type! :) i usually try to organise by colour if i can be bothered though! :)

  37. Nina Ratterree

    product….all eye and lip liners together…all lipsticks…etc..by the end of the week it’s all mixed together.

  38. Sandra Hinojosa

    I keep all the eyeshadow together. Lip products together. I’m pretty good of keeping organized. Only because my makeup cabinet makes it easy and it’s by my bed.

  39. Veronica Viera

    by brand then product then by color families

  40. Sara Salkeld

    I have a tall 6-drawer dresser – one drawer for eyes, one for lips, etc. Then sorted by product. It’s beautiful…

  41. Scarlettheweary

    I organize by type and right now, I need more storage! My lipstick and lipgloss bin things are overflowing

  42. Eyeshadows are sorted by brand, some in their own drawer, some sharing drawers. Foundations have their own drawer that is shared with some finishing products. Blushes have their own drawer. My lipglosses have their own drawer. I’ve got my palettes spread out in different drawers. My helmer keeps my nailpolish and I tend to do it by brand as well.

  43. I just organize by type right now…though I doubt that’s going to be sufficient if my collection keeps growing!

  44. I sort by type.  I have a bunch of drawers:Eyeshadows/Primers/LashesBlushes Foundation/concealerLipsticks/glossNail polishGlitter (yes, I have one just for glitter)Shadow samplesEyelinersLipliners

  45. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    I just have a bunch of makeup bags, it’s kind of a mess right now… But I organize by type, I guess. Sort of. I have various makeup bugs for: Single eyeshadows from various brands, Mac eye products, lipglosses from all brands, lipsticks from all brands, Clinique eye products, highlighters/bronzers/blushes, makeup brushes/eyeliners/tools. Then I have a bag with stuff I rarely use that’s just full of random stuff and a bag of stuff that’s on my sink with the products I use the most (eyeshadows, blushes, foundation brush, etc). I keep all my foundation in a draw under my sink, powder on one side, liquid on the other. I have a shelf with my large eyeshadow palettes stacked. I keep all my nail polishes in a giant Hello Kitty lunchbox in my room. I won’t even go into the creams and perfumes because that’s a whole other story! Um, I guess I could be more organized but it makes sense to met his way!

    • casey23

      Cat G Oh thank god I was not the only one keeping its stuff in makeup bags :) In my present home, I dont have a proper place/table to keep my stash, but I will be moving soon to my “own” house (yay!) so I hope I can find a good system for my stash. But for now, according to the product type, in their own bags..

  46. Mavis

    My stash is nowhere near as big as yours! So I just have one big
    dresser drawer, with little baskets for each type of product – one for
    concealers and foundation, one for blushes/bronzers, one for powders,
    one each for lipstick and lip gloss, etc. I’ve got 3 for eyeshadows
    though.. I love my neutral palettes! ;) 

  47. Monica

    I used to organize my makeup by brand and then by colour,  but that wasn’t working out for me  so now I have my single eye shadows organized this  acrylic cabinet, sorted by colour family, regardless of the type of product. My eye palletes are kept in a two drawers plastic container.In my vanity I have one drawer for  blushes, bronzers and highlighters (I have so many of them!!) I keep all of them in their boxes, because they look super cute when I open that drawer =D, and also because I have so much stuff it was getting hard to identify the shades.In another drawer I keep foundations, primers and face powders, all sorted in separate bins. In here I also keep  a couple of baskets for assorted stuff, such as glitters, liquid eyeliners, tools, etc. I have my lip products on top of my vanity, along with my brushes. Lipsticks of all brands I keep in this supercute plush box. Lipglosses live in two glass containers, sorted by colour.Hi, mi name is Monica, and I’m a make up addict.LOL

  48. Viviane Nascimento

    By products!

  49. Danielle Madden

    Everything just goes in separate drawers corresponding to category (face,eyes,lips,tools). Too lazy to sort and it’s not like I have a mountain of makeup.

  50. Shira Abu

    My stash is not so big, so I devide products according to their use. Stuff I use regularly is on my vanity .

  51. Ana

    By Type! (blush, e/s, powders, concealers, etc) : D my collection isn’t that big :) … Except for my lip collection LOL

  52. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jess TMBJessxox

    I fit every thing into 2 drawers. So by type, then just jumbled, lol!

  53. For me it’s by product, and then from there it’s a devolution. All my eyeshadows are housed in one drawer, and I try to sort it by brand just because they stack better that way. My eyeliners and mascaras are jumbled together in another drawer. Lip stuff jumbled together in several makeup bags (I’m planning on getting another mini-drawer thingy from Target soon to put my rapidly expanding lip product collection!) Nail polish I organize in drawers by color, not brand. 

  54. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura ToxicAngel

    I keep all my face products in one drawer and then everything else thats loose (mainly lip and eye products) in another drawer, but my palettes, regardless of whats in them are kept seperate. I have little boxes & tubs in each drawer so that each type of product is seperate from the others.Foundations & tinted moisturisers, face primers, setting powders, blushers, bronzers, highlighters and contouring powders are all in seperate boxes in the same drawer. Then the other drawer has lipsticks in one box, lipstains & glosses and lipliners in another, mascaras and eyeliners in another, then gel eyeliners & cream eyeshadows and any powder wyeshadows that I haven’t depotted in another box. My favourite products naturally end up on top or to the front of that section just because I use them the most often. I once tried organising by colour and again by brand but it didnt work. As long as each type of product is together I’m happy :)

  55. I have three drawers FULL of products sorted first by type, then by colour. However, I am desperately in need of a new system, because more and more of my collection is flowing onto the top of my vanity, so that it doesn’t get lost in the drawers. I’m at the point where I’m going to have to dedicate some kind of cabinet,  I just don’t know quite where to start. 

  56. dancepig

    http://www.livefyre.com/profile/4786555/I
    keep my used brushes in a separate container so that I only wash those that have been used.  I have a MAC organizer that holds my brushes and Bobbi Brown gel eye liners.  I hope this helps!

  57. eltscott

    I sort by product, then color, then in order from most used to least used. 

  58. Echo

    Wow…I don’t have enough for that to be an issue for me. Slightly jealous. Haha. I keep my eyeshadows out in front of my makeup mirror so I can see all my choices when I apply, but everything else is just in a little train case. Guess I’m not really a junkie…

  59. Joannie

    I use a 4 foot, 5 drawer chess for my makeup stash. The drawers are arranged by product in the order in which I apply them. I label each product at time of purchase and store them alphabetically. My brushes, makeup mirror and 10 MAC PRO eyeshadow palettes (labeled by number & stored in a CD Holder) are on op of the chess. Everything is maximally accessible and fun to use.

  60. i have a bunch of the little acrylic three drawer organizers from thecontainerstore.com and i organize it by category foundation, blush, liners/mascaras, lipsticks, lipgloss, eyeshadows, primers, etc. and they all fit on my vanity