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I’ve held onto some older foundation which I find useful for working outdoors in the fall and winter. If I slap the foundation on my cheeks and areas where I can get rosacea flareups, I’ve found that the foundation protects my skin from the wind and cold. Works every time. I don’t even care if it’s not blended in that well. Highly recommend it for this use.

If a product doesn’t work I log it and mark it in red as a warning to avoid. Luckily I have a good memory and remember the products that have bitten me.

As a general category, highlighter. I own a mini size of the Laura Mercier matte one that came as part of a Sephora 500 point perk and a promo size of Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, which I think is a primer but which I used as a highlighter in the distant past.

For a LONG time, I held on to my Stila Liquid Eyeshadows and recently (as in, last week) decluttered them. I had to get real with myself because, while they look beautiful, I never reached for them. I found that I don’t like liquid eyeshadows that you have to apply with a doe foot. I prefer potted eyeshadows because they’re a little more moussey and I have an easier time blending them (specifically the CT Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows).

There are definitely some! The biggest white elephant is UD Naked Smoky. Can I get a nice, deep smokey eye out of it? Yes, but only if I use a black primer or Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Knight will it truly pop. It takes more effort than I feel like expending. Now, if I use the browner, more warm tones in the palette, I don’t have those issues. It’s only with the blue-grays.

I love this question! For years I hold onto the Christian Dior Lip Glow because the packaging is just breathtaking, but the lip balm itself makes my lips peel. I know this is a highly reviewed product but most lip balms make my lips peel. After an hour I’m biting the dead skin off my lips like crazy. But I love it so much I keep trying to use once a year lol as if one magical year my lips will just accept it.

I purchased the Guerlain 190th Anniversay pressed powder using a Rouge $100 Gift Card and a $50 gift card so it only cost me $40 Cdn instead of $190 Cdn. It’s too matte for me but the packaging is so beautiful I hold onto it and admire it occasionally.

A bottle of MAC Fix Plus received for free as a birthday gift last year. I hate setting sprays, and misting my face in general. I could use it to dampen my sponge, but haven’t used one in a long while.

Nothing that I can think of. If it truly doesn’t work then I usually give it away. I have a couple of products that I don’t use but it is because I keep the pristine. I love beautifully embossed products so I have a couple of LE finishing powders that I don’t touch.

Too bright, bold or dark lipsticks and too light lipsticks – I used to buy these thinking that I would wear them if I bought them but in the drawer they sit. I am mixing 2 or 3 and quite like the looks created as well as being able to use up product.

The thing that kept me hanging onto a product that didn’t work for:me was expense.
In the past if a product was expensive or high end yet didn’t work for me I would hang on to it ,
I don’t do that anymore if a product doesn’t work for me , It goes.
There for I buy much more carefully now.

The only product that I hold onto, even though the formula isn’t the greatest, is my EL Sea and Sky eye palette because it was the first eyeshadow palette that I ever bought and it does contain some lovely blues and teals – so very different from what was available at the time.

I’m very careful with my purchases now but in the past I have purchased perfumes that I loved but now not so much, I just can’t seem to part with them. My great nieces are getting older so I think they will be happy to take them off my hands. Makeup is easy for me to declutter, if it doesn’t work I have four sisters and one daughter and one of them will take it.

If I don’t like something for whatever reason, I get rid of it. There are simply too many wonderful products on the market to waste my time trying to make something work.

The Kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer; tried every which way, but I just can’t make it work. It was so expensive and there is so much in there I can’t let it go

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