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Makeup Declutter December 2016

I love trying new makeup.  It is the reason that I have more eyeshadow than I could use in my lifetime… a terrible thing to admit, but I just love experimenting with, testing and then reviewing products.  Of course I have my ‘weekly makeup drawer’ that I rotate to ensure that I continue to use all the things that I have, but when you have a collection as big as mine it soon becomes clear when things just don’t cut the mustard because you NEVER REACH FOR THEM.

Here are some products that I am decluttering because they just didn’t work for me.

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E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder and E.L.F. cover everything concealer in corrective yellow and fair.

These E.L.F. face products from their essentials range are certainly less than average.  the Clarifying Pressed Powder is not a skin match for me – too dark and too orange.  It is also a bit cakey so it is a pass on all fronts.  The Cover Everything Concealers are greasy, thick and are difficult to blend.  I also found that these stayed kind of tacky on the skin.  Another pass.  These guys are a bit cheap and nasty!

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Savvy – Graduating Blush and Bronzer

Although Savvy by DB claims on their packaging that they do not test on animals I have not been able to clarify whether they are owned by a third party that may test or whether they use a third party to test their products… so I can’t confirm their cruelty-free status.  After trying these I am not that tempted to do so anyway.  I thought that these looked like quite multi-use products but they are SO powdery and lack pigmentation.  The texture on all three is dry and flakey and I really don’t enjoy them at all.

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Essence – Wave Goddess Highlighter Powder

This highlighter was disappointing.  It is basically a white powder that is quite matte and contains micro glitters.  Sigh.  It looks really odd on the skin and reminded me of children’s makeup.  I used it once and never touched it again.

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E.L.F. – Shimmering Facial Whip and Holiday Blush and Bronzer duo

I didn’t mind the shimmering facial whip as a liquid highlighter.  It worked well enough with a stippling brush although it did tend to stay a bit tacky.  My main issues is that the product separated in the tube not long after purchase and wasn’t really useable from that point.

The blush and bronzer duo was part of a holiday kit which included a kabuki brush.  The brush is gone already as it was truely terrible – scratchy and awful.  The duo is an odd one – the blush is powdery and quite patchy and it contains (groan) micro glitter.  The bronzer is satin and is more gold in tone that bronze.  It was a bit too shimmery for my taste.

Other decluttered products include:

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Designer Brands – Starry Nights Eyeshadow Quad

The DB Starry Nights quad lacks pigmentation.  I never reach for it as a result.

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Essence – Mosaic Compact Powder

Mosaic Compact Powder?  Glitter!!  (see full review here)

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E.L.F. Shimmer Powders

The E.L.F. shimmer powders are also glittery and they lack pigmentation altogether.  (see full review here).

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E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Cream

Oh and the E.L.F. Duo Eyeshadow creams… greasy and bad.  Enough said – but if you want a full review you can find it here.

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E.L.F. – pressed powder in porcelaine

The E.L.F. pressed powder was fine but the colour wasn’t a match for me.  (full review here).

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Chi Chi – Real Minerals Bronzing Powder and Blush

The Chi Chi Real Minerals products were good quality but they were too shimmery and glittery for my taste.  This came in a set of four with a powdered foundation and translucent finishing powder – both of which I enjoy and have remained in my collection.  For a full review see here.

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BYS – eyeshadow palette

Lastly, I am decluttering this BYS eyeshadow palette.  I can’t confirm the cruelty-free status of BYS as I have never researched their brand or products, but it does say on the packaging that they don’t test on animals.  This was a gift many moons ago and I never reach for it as the quality of these shadows is pretty poor – super powdery and no real pigmentation at all.  This is an old product though so I can’t speak for their current eyeshadow formula.

And that is everything that I am decluttering this time around.  I figure there is no use keeping things that I am simply not going to use.  I donated all these products to a local school’s beauty program for their experimentation.  I think it is useful for the kids to see a range of makeup so they can recognise the elements that make for good quality products.  The kids were thrilled and had a ball seeing if they could make these items work for themselves.

Have a wonderful day!

Things I Don’t Love – Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

I purchased this Mosaic Compact Powder from Essence on an impulse one day at my local chemist.  I was waiting for a script and saw this on their stand.  They didn’t have a tester out but it seemed like a pretty, light bronzing powder (not too orange) and it was very affordable so I just grabbed it.  Now, I love Essence products typically, so I had high hopes but this Mosaic Compact Powder has one fatal flaw in my books:  Glitter.

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Can you see those sparkles?  That is silver micro-glitter my friends.

The overall texture is quite soft but the glitter makes it grainy to the touch.  I did enjoy the tone of this powder – colour wise it could have worked well as a very natural bronzer for my pale skin.  I found the formula to be a bit dry and dusty so if you blend too much the pigment seemed to disappear – but not that glitter!  I just can’t deal with the silver micro-glitter.

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Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

As you can see from the images above the glitter isn’t that obvious when you first look at this product, but trust me, the first time I wore it the sparkles caught my eye all day.

To try and get some use out of this I did take it with me on a trip to Bali and used it as a body bronzer.  It worked ok for that in the context of a resort holiday, where wearing glitter near the sand while drinking cocktails, seems appropriate… but I don’t live the kind of life that requires ‘sparkly body bronzing’ on a daily basis.

I haven’t worn it since and that was over a year ago.

If a sparkly, affordable and fair bronzer sounds like your thing, you can purchase this Mosaic Powder Compact for AU$5.75 from Priceline, but I have to admit that I just don’t love this product.

Have an amazing day!