This will not be the most dramatic declutter I have ever done. While I have an odd collection of single shadows and there are a few that I do reach for on a consistent basis such as the KVD Lolita, over all I don’t reach for single shadows much. I will use shadow duos though more often than I will reach for singles. I think it is because they look more substantial and I have a better chance of creating a look with a well paired set. The few single shadows I keep tend to either blend well with others or work well on their own.
But this isn’t about what I am keeping, but what is leaving me.
The first item leaving is actually a duo of shadows. It is the Mesmerizing Mineral Duo from Pixi by Petra. I had to think long and hard about this one. They are good shadows but they are both shimmers and both in shades of bronze. I know it is a mineral bronze duo, but the thing is, while I like the shades and would wear the shades I would need to pair them with something else. I know it sounds odd, but I really like my duos to work together. These are a darker and lighter shade of shimmery bronze. For me it doesn’t work as a pair and because of this I never reach for them. Luckily they are shades my mom will reach for often and so while they look relatively new I will clean them and send them to her to play with.
There are three single powder shadows that I am letting go of. The first I am so sad to see go. And truthfully the only reason that I am letting it go is because it is broken. And honestly, I may try to repress it just to keep it a little longer. It is the IBY Fire and Ice Lush Eyeshadow. In the pan it looks awful. It just looks muddy brown. On the lids it goes from brownish to shimmering green like a beetle’s back. It looks absolutely fantastic. I will try and press it, but I don’t know how well that will work and suspect it will still be making its way out of my collection.
The second powder is The Rundown from the What’s the Tea collection from The Balm. I like the shade it is like a brown with a purple-y tint to it. And I like the Balm shadows. If this were in a palette I would use it. But as a single shadow I just don’t find myself reaching for it. I suspect that I will end up purchasing the What’s the Tea? Palette at some point, because I like a lot of the shades, but I just am not reaching for this and I think it should be passed on.
And the third powder single I am passing on is the Colored Raine Champagne Life. It is an okay shadow. Not my favorite but it is one of my few light colored single shadows so I kept it around to pair with the darker ones. The thing is, even when I use the darker shadows I find I’ll reach for a light tone from a palette, or use a highlighter rather than reach for this. It is okay but I have better products and it is really old. I think it has been in my makeup drawer for well over five years. So it is time to let it go.
There are two liquid shadows I am decluttering this round. The first is the LOC liquid Shimmer shadow. I believe it is a Birchbox owned brand. It is actually really good as far as liquid shadows go. It went on smoothly, dried fairly quickly and if you let it dry before blinking it didn’t really crease. It is a sample size and it is also almost completely empty. It is one I could see myself buying a full size of at some point. But for now, the almost completely empty tube needs to go.
The Liquid Metal eyeshadow from Model Co is also going. It is a decent enough bronze shade but it is older and starting to get clumpy. So I don’t really want to put it on my eyes. In general I didn’t reach for it much because it took forever to dry down and I almost always ended up with lines where I blinked before it was dry. It kind of drove me nuts to be honest. And now it is drying up so I feel a little bit bad, but I don’t think liquid shadows are sanitary to pass on so it was never going to be used by another.
And finally there are two loose powder pigments that I am passing on. These can be used as shadows. They can be used as highlighters. Either way, I am not going to use them. The bellapierre is a very glittery pink that just isn’t something I am going to reach for . The Artist Couture is also lovely, but it is two glittery a shade for me as well. And to be honest, loose powder shadows just aren’t my thing. I’ve had several where the color was fantastic and the application lovely, but I just don’t reach for them. I am just not a loose powder eyeshadow sort of person. And so as stunning as these are, I will be rehoming them to someone who will get far more use out of them than I will.
I know, it isn’t a massive declutter, but it does clear out a few products I am not using. A few will get send to new homes where they will be used and loved while a few others will sadly go the way of the bin. But quite frankly, I really am enjoying getting rid of the items that I know I will not use. It’s kind of a lightening up process for me. And it makes me feel better about the products I am keeping. Several of which I forgot I had and am now excited to find again. It’s a bit like shopping without spending any money.