Here are the top three things I’d like to see done more consistently by more retailers: 1) clear color/finish/pigmentation descriptions (not marketing speak!), 2) ingredient lists, 3) swatches that aren’t edited beyond belief (I get it, make them look pretty, but they should look real, not computer-generated… we might as well go back to hex code-made color blocks).
I have not attempted one, but I do keep my purchases in line with my budget so that I’m not spending everything I make on makeup. My first bit of advice for a more successful no- or low-buy is being hyper-aware of WHY you’re doing one and why some other goal is more important right now than buying makeup. I find that setting and articulating my goal(s) helps me reduce spending in other places (in general) in order to meet a more important goal.
I keep them in larger plastic bins, since they tend to be an assortment of sizes (width/height/thickness), so my regular chest of drawers doesn’t work well for anything larger than duos/trios/quads. I segment palettes by brand for a few (like Urban Decay) as well as keep permanent palettes in a separate bin to distinguish from limited edition ones. I keep quads and similarly-sized ones arranged by brand, type, and alphabetized (sometimes broken out between limited edition and permanent, if applicable).
Same as the rest of my products — first by brand, and then by formula! When there are quite a few, I try to alphabetize them.
I keep about five shades in my vanity, which are more go-to shades (easy to wear, go with a lot of looks), while the rest is stored by brand and then by formula. I have my MAC lipsticks and glosses arranged by letter (As, Bs, etc.).
I have some go-tos that I have segmented out, which aren’t in any particular order, as it’s about 15-20 products, which are more “wearable” and “everyday” shades that work well with a lot of looks. The rest are organized by brand and by formula in my full storage.