Let me start by saying, I am not a minimalist. I know I have way more product than I need. I like trying new things and well, occasionally there is a buildup and it needs to be sorted. With the exception of the few items that have expired, everything is going to be cleansed and disinfected and passed on to someone who will use it. So this isn’t me trashing any product just because I don’t like it.
Oddly enough, most of the products I don’t like, I tend to pass on pretty quickly. If I know I am not going to use it, I like to keep it as pristine as possible, disinfect it and pass it on to someone who will use it while it still looks as new as possible.
Where I fall down is that sometimes I will keep a palette because I like one color. I am actually quite bad about that. I will convince myself that I will reach into that palette solely for that one color I like even though every other color in the palette is something I have in several other palettes and never think to reach for the single one I like. This time with my declutter I set all of the palettes that I liked with only one or two shades in them to the side and if I could find a comparable color in another palette then I let it go. To be honest, that was the bulk of my declutter.
There are also some palettes that I just don’t reach for. The shades may be lovely, the formulas great, but for one reason or another I just don’t reach for them. And so, while they are still capable of being used, it is time to let them go.
So I am just going to list them below as the palettes I am passing on. Ready?
Cargo Nude Beach: I like the cargo formula but I never reach for this palette. It is a nice neutral palette and the black is highly pigmented (which is why I held on to it) but The other shades are cool toned and in general I don’t wear a lot of cool tones. So I kept one cool toned shadow and found a black I like in a palette that has other shadows I like.
Makeup Geek Peach Bellini: I like the formula of Makeup Geek shadows but I have every shadow in this palette in another palette. It is a great peachy neutral palette and I know exactly who will get the most use out of it so I have no problems passing it on. It is a great palette, I am just not reaching for it.
Golden Hour by Beauty For Real: A recent trial I found I wanted to keep it for the blue shade. Everything else I had elsewhere. I found a comparable shade in a blue palette and so I am passing it on. It is a decent every day palette with one pop of color.
Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice: I wanted to like this palette, I really did. The gold shadow is stunning actually and the formula isn’t bad. I have every shade in the palette in multiple versions elsewhere and I simply never reach for this palette. I used it a few times and quite frankly I put it away and forgot about it. It has beautiful packaging, but it isn’t very exciting.
Eloise The Queen Palette: This palette is stunning. The shadows are pigmented and blend really well. I just never reach for it. This is one of those palettes that I love looking at, but rarely reach for in order to wear. I have a couple of colorful palettes and the shades I use in this one are replicated in those colorful palettes so despite how good the formula is, I feel happy letting this go to someone else.
One Size Patrick Starr Visionary: This is an okay palette in terms of performance but to be honest I was keeping it for Olive it. It is a lovely green shimmer. I don’t quite have an exact match but I know it is the only shade I like in this palette so it is best to pass it on. I will look for the green elsewhere, but I am just not going to reach for this palette. Everything other than Olive It is easily found in another palette.
Illuminati X ISA: I was keeping this for shades I didn’t have elsewhere but truthfully I don’t really care for this formula. The shades are nice but they look better than they perform. This is more of a nice in theory palette but I am never going to use it. The colors are nice but the formula just doesn’t deliver.
Revolution Pro HD Amplified 35 Palette: This is a cool toned palette and honestly there are two shades I use. I have both of those shades elsewhere and so I don’t reach for this that much. Part of why I don’t reach for it is that I find I don’t really like large palettes. Whenever I pull out the larger palettes I end up just staring at them a really long time as I try to make a decision about what to do with them and then I use the same few shades as I used the last time I pulled out the palette. Over time I have gotten rid of most of my really large palettes because I find I just don’t use them.
Rimmel Magnif’eyes Crimson Edition: I’ll be honest I planned to declutter this one because most of the shadows I have elsewhere but I decided I’m not going to. I really like it and am going to try to use it more. If I haven’t used it by the time the next declutter rolls around I’ll let it go, but for now, I’m doing a last minute save and returning this to the shadow drawer
Elf Need it Nude: I have these browns and golds in so many palettes. It is a great palette but I just don’t reach for it as much as some of my other browns. In fact I reach for the Elf bite sized palette when I want these colors. It is the same nice formula, just fewer shades. So this is getting passed on.
Wanderess Rush Palette: Again a good palette and one I got a lot of use out of. In fact I am not so certain I can actually pass this one on. It is worn out and beat up. And one of the shadows is busted. It is time to let it go not because I didn’t like it but because I perhaps liked it a little too much. It is a good little palette but it has served it’s time and now it must go.
Violet Voss Fun sized Palette HG: I really do like the formula of Violet Voss shadows and I have kept another Violet Voss palette because of it. However I have all of these shades elsewhere and never reach for this. As a result the palette looks virtually untouched. So I am going to clean it up so it looks less touched (and is disinfected)and give it to a friend who I know will use this down to pan. There are her colors and she loves the Violet Voss formula (which I do too, actually). So I feel really good about it.
Wet ‘n Wild Coloricon Quad: I love wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadows. And I don’t know if you can tell but this has been well used. I really liked that the shadows were named for the parts of the lid they went with so I tried to avoid erasing the name with the shadow brush. I have had this for years. It has seen a lot of love, even if in the past couple of years it has fallen to the bottom of the drawer. Yes, years. It is old enough now that I won’t be passing it on I can only say a fond farewell. I really love wet ‘n wild shadows but I would be hesitant to put this one near my eyes at this point. I will end up picking it up again in a new incarnation, but this one has to go.
Sleek When the Sun goes down twelve pan palette: Oh yes my darlings, this is a twelve pan palette. I attached a photo of the interior with my thumb in frame so you can see the reference for pan sizes. I can tell you that this palette is at least ten years old. When I picked it up I was in a job where I was traveling nearly constantly. I had to drive long stretches and then had a few minutes to clean up from the drive before I had to conduct a meeting or a workshop. I picked up this palette because it was tiny and fit well into the small purse I kept in my work bag. It has a surprisingly large mirror and the colors are basic enough that I could touch up almost any work look I was wearing with no problem if I smudged on the drive. It was chosen for its base neutrality, its mirror and because I thought those tiny pans were just super cute. It was often a lifesaver and even after I stopped traveling so much, I kept it in my purse as a compact. I would never use the shadows anymore and honestly they are starting to smell a little off. The shadows were good when I used them. Neutral enough to blend with any of my work looks and the mirror was often a lifesaver. It is however time to let it go and sent it on a journey far away. Its time in service has been complete.
And with that we reach the end of the eyeshadow palettes. I did a quick declutter of my single shadows but I think that as this post is long enough, I will post that one a different time. For now, this is the end of the 2021 eyeshadow palette declutter.