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Foundation Declutter

Oh, this post just makes me feel like I’m throwing away money with this foundation declutter.  Lots of money.  I will usually try quite a few foundation samples at Sephora, but I don’t buy everything I try.  A couple of years ago (hang head in shame due to how long I’ve had them) I purchased quite a few, and I swear, I really was diligent in trying to use them up.  But when you collection grows to over 8 foundations, it’s a feat in itself to use half of any one of them before they expire.  I did finish my Nars Sheer Glow during my project-use-it-up posts, so pat on my back for that one.  And I’m almost halfway through each bottle that I am throwing out so that makes me feel a little better.  But still I cant help but add up the “cost” and feel like I’m throwing away money.  I’ve added this post to Visible Mondays as a warning to others not to fall victim to consumerism!

foundations women of color black women Estee Lauder, CoverGirl Queen Collection and Dior Nude Skin foundations
Estee Lauder, CoverGirl Queen Collection and Dior Nude Skin foundations

The one that started the foundation declutter – Covergirl Queen 3-in-1 $10

I was looking at this bottle and feeling quite chuffed with myself that it was looking quite used up when I noticed the October 2014 expiration date.  The foundation wasn’t separated but I didn’t even bother to attempt the  secondary sniff test.  Usually separation and the sniff test are the death knell for me.  But this was the easiest to toss since it cost less than $10.  I bought it because I always wanted to try the Queen Collection.  It didn’t disappoint at all, and got lots of daily play.  It’s hard to find locally, so if I do repurchase, I will use amazon.

Dior Skin Nude -063 $48 when I purchased it, I believe it’s now $50

While I loved the finish of this one, I didn’t love the colour match.  I bought this before Dior expanded their darker shade options.  It was a much better fit during the summer months, albeit a bit red and needed to be toned down with a more yellow-based foundation.  The finish was exquisite but I think Dior has come out with much better options since this first came out.  So I will not repurchase this particular Dior foundation, but I already have this one on hand.

foundations women of color black women Estee Lauder, CoverGirl Queen Collection and Dior Nude Skin foundations
Estee Lauder, CoverGirl Queen Collection and Dior Nude Skin foundations

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup $35

I bought this when I was looking for a dupe (read – cheaper) for the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.  They have a very similar consistency.  I tried to charge through this one during my project-use-it-up, but alas I failed. I don’t even want to know how long I have had this one.   What I have noticed about this one, even though I can’t see into the bottle for “separation”, and it passes the sniff test, the colour of the foundation looks significantly darker than when I first purchased it. I don’t even see this on the Estee Lauder website so maybe it’s been discontinued??

So what’s left? What made the cut? Which survived the foundation declutter?

Chanel Perfection Lumiere in #94, Maybelline Fit Me Dewy,  Nars All Day Luminous Weightless in New Guinea ($48) and the Dior Star Fluid Founation ($50).  I’m hoping to pick up the Lancome Cushion Compact and Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation during the Sephora VIB sale.  Maybe even the new Hourglass foundation.  But I’m trying not to make that rookie mistake again and waste money again.

Well thanks for stopping by and reading.

*All items purchased with my own money.  Affiliate links used.

 

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7 thoughts on “Foundation Declutter

  1. Please don’t beat yourself up over throwing out some not completely used up foundations. You gave them a really good try, and if they’re now old and expired, there’s no point in keeping them in your stash. Actually, when I think about what normal, non-beauty obsessed women do, they also very often will not completely use up their products before they expire, because even though they have a smaller number of things, they also don’t get as much wear out of them. I know that women in my family don’t even spare a second thought when tossing old cosmetics – they certainly do not go on these huge guilt trips like we tend to do (well, I know I do!).

    1. It’s not so much guilt as it is a review of my wasted money. I’m trying to do better with the my addiction in general, in terms of cost and general consumerism, so this was an eye-opener for me. Before I tried my hand at “beauty blogging”, I used to finish my foundations, mainly because I only bought one at a time! And to make matters worse, since I’ve started working from home, there’s even less opportunity to wear all of these foundations! So I have written what I want to pick up during the Sephora sale, I’ve had a chance to re-think that since I still have 4 very good foundations, 2 of which will probably expire within 6 months!

      I also wanted to apologize, and thank you, for reading through my bad writing. I’m surprised at myself for posting without editing it was so sloppily written. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I’m in a use it or chuck it mood too. Foundations have never really been my thing but I still have three of them- Ha! I have Smash box liquid halo in 10, Bare Minerals warm deep and Estee Lauder Double wear in Truffle. My favorite is the Bare Minerals foundation. I can’t find an expiration date anywhere on the Smash box bottle. I think I’ll toss it by the end of the year because I’m really not using it.

    1. The expiration symbols are usually on the boxes and not the bottles. That’s why I tend to keep the boxes. I know there are some that last up to 24months, but most expire within 12months. I’ve kept some up to 3-4years (hang head in shame) but I’m really trying to do better. The toss-it/declutter phase has been good so far, I’m watching how much I spend so as to not return to the madness. Thanks so much reading my blog lady!

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