What are three products that you really should declutter?

Urban Decay’s older eyeshadows (so way more than three!), now that they’ve come out with a reformulation. I typically recycle/donate (usually, the products are too old to donate in this instance) once a brand reformulates a core range. At most, I’ll keep a few interesting shades that weren’t included in the relaunch.

— Christine
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Mariella Avatar

UD’s 24/7 pencil shadows (I have 4 of them, I think) – they’re dried up and hard and unusable but for some reason, I keep them in a drawer with rarely used stuff); Nars Baalbek gel liner/shadow (it’s a gorgeous shade but has also showing its age, though I can still use it with a bit of Inglot Duraline as a great shadow or base for a powder shadow); Dior Ebloui Illusion d’Ombre shadow – it was never a great colour for me (a bit too red/warm) and it now looks a bit like a shrunken turd but it was so pricey and I’d craved it so much that I keep it for nostalgia (and it, too, is actually still usable, despite the shrunken, “turd” look).

Lesley Avatar

Just about all my lip products. One gloss and one MLBB are really all I need because I so rarely wear anything but balm. The issue is that they can’t be donated, won’t work as cheek colors, and I am too lazy to clean out the tubes and recycle them.

Ana Maria Avatar

I should probably get rid of my eyeliners, I haven’t use them in a year… and there’s 3 of them.

Especially the Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl Eye Cheat. I simply hate the formula, I have purchased it to brighten my eyes, but it’s too creamy and barely stays put.

Dawn Avatar

That’s why I love the MAC recycling program. If my MAC stuff gets too old (or I am not fond of something) I just trade them in for a new lipstick or shadow that I WILL use. Guilt-free decluttering.

Erica Avatar

That is a good program. However the nearest MAC store is an hour away for me. And even to mail it in, it requires effort. Right now I have an overflowing bag of old compacts just sitting there waiting to B2M lol

Rebecca Avatar

At this moment, I have nothing I really should declutter but that is because I spent the day last Saturday decluttering my entire collection. I went through eyeshadows, blushes, face products, eye and lip liners, lipsticks and lipglosses. There was so much that I had never even tried and I probably decluttered about 1/3 of what I had.

I was exhausted by the end of the day.

Of the items I kept, I plan to use something different everyday until I have tried everything that is left at least once to decide if I should still keep it or donate it.

And speaking of donating, Christine, where do you donate your products to? I have a lot of barely used or brand new product that really should not end up in the trash. I did dispose of the non-powder products since no one wants a lipstick after someone has used it, especially in the days of COVID, amirite?

Terri Avatar

Many times in the past I’ve donated makeup products to the local funeral homes. Dead people don’t care if the lipstick was used or not. Just a thought.

Denise S. Avatar

A bunch of old Dior quints, several old Nars duo eye shadow quads. Lots of lip sticks and a few concealers . I try hard to recycle/reuse but most of these products would have to be thrown away. I struggle with throwing makeup in the trash but it needs to be done.

brendacr1 Avatar

Lipsticks, lipglosses and more lipsticks. I’ve decluttered everything else, it’s just so hard to look at those pretty colors and think of getting rid of any of them when they still look, smell and perform well. I will do it, when I’m finished my basement! I’m getting so used to getting rid of everything, by then a few (hahahahaha) lipsticks won’t kill me!

Susan Nevling Avatar

Eyeshadow, eyeshadow, eyeshadow, mascara, old eyeliner, some skin care desperately need to be evaluated. I also need to check lippies of all kinds but did that not long ago.

Natalie Avatar

I recently decluttered so many lip products. I was shocked that my not even 2 year old glossier lipstick was smelling like a box of ancient crayons. Low shelf life has really turned me off from brands because I simply don’t go through makeup.

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