For the grand finale of my makeup purge, I tackled the most beloved section of my stash: my blush drawers. Ah, I love blush. Something about a great color to pop on the cheeks just makes me happy. Not so happy: the fact that I had 94 of them piled up in my collection. Ninety. Four. Ridiculous. The before:
I first pulled out all of the “No way am I getting rid of this!” colors and set them aside in a bin. This included my Hourglass blushes and favorites from Benefit, NARS, Dior, Tarte and MAC. Realistically, I should have parted with the rest because this initial “must keep” pile was over twenty products, but blush is my weakness and I wasn’t ready for that big of a purge!
Next I dumped the rest of my blushes out on the floor and began sorting by type (cream vs. powder) and color category. I swatched each one on my arm, noting the formula and asking myself, “Do I actually like this color? Will I actually wear this color?” Almost all of my cream blushes had dried or were past their expiration dates… I was so bummed to part with my MAC in Lillyland “Joie de Vivre”, one of my favorites! I tried my best to eliminate dupes and stick to the formulas and shades I know I will get use out of.
The final toss pile! The majority of the nixed blushes were either lacking in formula or just plain old. It was hard for me to part with several of my MAC shades, mostly because I have such a “collector” tendency toward MAC products, but these ones really weren’t fantastic in terms of color payoff and formula. They had to go! I also parted with several shades that were just a little too bright or wrong for my complexion.
After! I’m happy to be down to just one blush drawer now, and while I still have more colors than I need, I ended up getting rid of 39 blushes, which is 41% of my collection! Purge progress!! Like the rest of my products, everything I decided to keep is on probation, so I will revisit things in six months and if anything is collecting dust, it goes!
I hope you guys enjoyed this Purge series. Be sure to check out the other posts if you haven’t already:
- The Purge: Lip Drawer
- The Purge: Nail Polish
- The Purge: Foundation
- The Purge: Cream Eyeshadow
- The Purge: Eyeshadow