I am generally not a big decluttering fan. I generally don’t purchase a lot of extras and wait until I use things up before I purchase more. It is why I keep my lists of things I want to pick up handy so that once I use things up I can move on to new things I want. I do this primarily because my big addiction is really skin care and if you keep skin care too long it can easily go bad on you.
However with so many subscription boxes, eyeshadow palettes arrive on my doorstep with great frequency. I have one drawer in my dresser where I store them. I like to keep them in one row so I don’t forget about them. Recently I noticed that drawer was getting very overcrowded and I was forgetting I had things. Part of that was that face palettes were getting mixed in and lost in the craziness. Part of it was disorganization and part of it was that I had palettes I just wasn’t using anymore that were taking up space.
So I decided to do a declutter. I am not going minimalist, but I am getting rid of a few items. I probably should have been more cut throat, but there were some I just wasn’t ready to part with. I will sort through them again in the fall, but for now this is what I am getting rid of. It doesn’t mean these items are bad. Some of them are quite good, but I find that I am no longer reaching for them or I have the same colors in a formula I like a little bit better. All of them will be cleaned up and passed along to family and close friends who will get use out of them before the products expire.
Over all, I am getting rid of eight eyeshadow palettes which, is about 15% of my eyeshadow palette collection. Here is a brief run down.
Soph x Revolution Ultra Eyeshadows:
This is a nice palette that performs well but I just find that all of the colors I like in this palette I have replicated in outer palettes. The only one I don’t have elsewhere is the shimmery green called Pine Tree. As you can see it is the only shadow that actually looks like it has been touched. Which is mostly because I will pull this palette out just for that color. All of the shadows are soft and buttery, but I really do only reach for this for Pine Tree, so I am going to pass it along and see if I can find the one color I want elsewhere.
Autobalm Pic Perfect from The Balm:
Again, these shadows are great formulas. All except the one cream base called Neutral Primer. I despise that product. It doesn’t perform well and it collects fall out from other shadows so it always looks dirty. The shadows work really well and I will be picking up St. Charles elsewhere, possibly in a single shadow. I never reach for this palette mostly because of the metal container. While I think it looks adorable, it is really hard to open and each time I look at it, I recall how I have split several nails trying to open it and just pass it by in favor of another palette. So it never gets used. I will pass this on to someone who will really enjoy playing with it and not mind the container. I will be getting a single of St. Charles though and I still love The Balm formulas, just not this palette. It’s a cute idea that just doesn’t work.
Doucce Freematic Palette:
I love the way this palette looks and the way that it is magnetic and can be replaced. I really like the highlighter and the shimmery maroon shade in the lower row. That shade is absolutely stunning. However, I don’t like the other shadows. They just didn’t work for me. I have other highlighters that I like as well and I did find a shadow that almost identically matched the maroon shade I love, so I am passing this on. It is actually going to my mom. She has been looking for a good magnetic palette and I think she will really like this one. I also have a blush that goes with the freematic system that I am passing on to her unopened as it can be used with this set up. I know these are her colors and I know it will be well loved so it is no hardship to pass it on.
Complex Culture Full Time Eyeshadow Palette:
The palette itself is lovely. It feels really luxe in the hand. I just didn’t like the shadows. They didn’t perform well for me and I simply don’t see myself reaching for this palette. Therefore I am passing it on to someone who might get better use out of it. I would rather dome one take it in looking new and shiny then let it knock around the drawer for a few months while I dither about trying to make it work because the outside is so pretty. And truthfully even if I did make the shadows work, none of them are unique. I have all of these shades in other formulas that I like more. So decluttered the palette gets.
Deck of Scarlet Edition 04:
This is an interesting palette. It is more of an all in one palette. The two cream products on the side are lip products and as you can see I liked one of the, I actually used a bit of the purple lipstick to mix with the neutral one. The shadows are nice as is the blush, but I simply don’t reach for this palette. It was great when I was going on a quick over night trip because it has everything combined, but it is so limited that I quickly get bored with it and just forget about it. To be honest I may have to check on the dates of this as it may be too expired to risk passing along.
Again this is kind of old and I am simply not reaching for it any more. I liked how it performed and the shadows were great. I really liked that red glitter shade and the hot pink under a brown smokey eye was absolutely fantastic. However it is old and I’m not reaching for it and to be honest when I pulled it out of the drawer to look at, there was a not so pleasant scent coming from it. I believe that regardless of the date on the palette, these shadows are expired and should not be worn. I still like Pur Shadows though, this palette however must go.
LA Splash Magic Eyeshadow Palette:
I love the colors, but absolutely hated the formulas. They were patchy and difficult to work with. This is one of those palettes that makes me a little sad as it looks so ready to be my everyday palette, but just failed miserably. I really wish it had performed better. Perhaps someone with more skills can work with it, but the patchiness was just too much for me to overcome. And I do have these shades in different palettes. Still it made me sad as it is a good everyday mix of colors and is the perfect travel size.
Laura Geller Central Park State of Mind:
I know, technically this is a face palette. I’m still including it in the bunch because of the eyeshadows. I liked the Cherry Hill rose shimmer and I liked the blush. The other shadows and the highlighter I didn’t care for. As you can tell from the state of this palette the mattes have a lot of fall out. It looks far more used than it actually is. All of the shadows, including Cherry Hill I have elsewhere so those are not a loss. I really did like the blush shade though and will have to look and see if Laura Geller has that shade of blush elsewhere. It was a great color and performed really well. It is the one thing I will miss in getting rid of this palette.
So there you have it, the eight palettes that I am decluttering from my collection. All had their highs and lows and now it is time for them to be passed along. Those that can still be used will be sent to close family and friends who will use them after they are cleaned up and sanitized. The ones that are expired will be dealt with, as much of them going to recycling as possible. A friend of mine actually does uses powdered products in his art and jewelry making. He grinds them up and used them as pigments mixed with epoxy and resins so I might see if he wants the expired ones as they will still be useful but cause no harm to the skin. Plus I like to think of the glitter eyeshadows of the Pur Palette encased in a ring or pendant. It makes me happy that they can still be used and still look beautiful.
Even though I didn’t get rid of a lot, taking everything out and looking at what I have, reminded me of what was in the drawer and let me think about what I really was going to use. I found several palettes that were buried that I want to use again as now I can find them. Mostly his gave me the chance to reorganize the drawer and put everything where I can see it so that I am not always reaching for the same item all the time. It wasn’t a massive declutter, I know, but it suited me and I am very happy with what has been done.