Beauty Organization

Lipstick Declutter | Cutting Down by Half!

August 20, 2018

Lipstick is my biggest makeup weakness. In college, I almost exclusively wore red lipstick (mostly Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse) – to the point where people would comment on it when I wasn’t wearing it. Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection, but I’ve also hit the stage in life where I’d like to become more of a minimalist and declutter as much as possible. 

Here is where I’m at right now:

allison messimer lipstick declutter

Some of these I look at and say, “I don’t really like that, I should get rid of it.” The devil on my shoulder, however, says, “one day you might need that one particular shade.” Now that I’m in my new apartment, I figured it would be time to get rid of my stockpile and stop listening to my Sephora-loving tendencies.

Reds

As I mentioned before, I love my red lipsticks. I’ve got a lot. And they’re mostly the same. I tend toward blue-toned reds (to help counteract my love for coffee).

allison messimer lipstick declutter

Here they are, from left to right:

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in “Pioneer”
  • Urban Decay Comfort Matte in “Bad Blood”
  • Sephora Collection Lipstories in “After Hours”
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in “Bad Blood”
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Famous Red”

What Didn’t

  • Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in “#1” – I don’t think this color wears as well as the Cream Lip Stain below in the “nudes” section that is my favorite
  • Urban Decay Mega Matte Lipstick in “714” – the wear isn’t as good as the other Urban Decay color, and it is a little drying
  • M.A.C. Retro Matte in “Ruby Woo” – I’ve had this lipstick for a few years so I figured it was time to part with it. I really liked the formula when I first got it (which was because of Taylor Swift, of course).
  • Absolute New York Waterproof Gel Liner in “True Red” – it is very waxy which I think helps keep my lipstick on, but I use the Urban Decay and Nars ones more

While it may seem like keeping five is a lot, I’d say that getting rid of four is a big win.


Pinks

allison messimer lipstick declutter

I don’t honestly love pink lipsticks, but for some reason I have three?

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in “Candy Venom”

What Didn’t

  • Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in “Wonder” – I love the wearability of the lipstick, but the color just isn’t right for me.
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Creme in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” – It’s just meh.

Purple-toned

allison messimer lipstick declutter

Again with another colorway that I rarely wear? 

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • None of them. These were easy to declutter.

What Didn’t

  • Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in “35” – It isn’t a very wearable color…
  • Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in “Night Mauves” – It’s very glittery?
  • ColourPop Lippie Stick in “Party Foul” – The color is great, but the wearability isn’t great.

Nudes

allison messimer lipstick declutter

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in “Lolita”
  • Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in “40”
  • Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in “Hush Hush”
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Bahama”

What Didn’t

  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Gel Lip Liner in “Number 02 Nude” – It drags on the lips (and I’m sure you can tell by the swatch on my hand).
  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in “Birthday Suit” – The color is just a little too pale for me.

Pinky Nudes

allison messimer lipstick declutter

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in “Ruler”
  • Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in “Dolly Danger”

What Didn’t

  • Anastasia Lip Gloss in “Vintage” – It’s pretty sticky.
  • Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in “Allison” – I really don’t like the formula on this one, but I had kept it because of the name.
  • Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in “Lover” – I prefer Ruler to Lover and can’t justify both.

Sparkly?

Why do I have these? Not sure.

allison messimer lipstick declutter

allison messimer lipstick declutter

What Stayed

  • None of them

What Didn’t

  • Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in “Snobby”
  • Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte

Did all of these swatches will give you major Arthur vibes like it did for me? Lol.

via Know Your Meme

I’m feeling SO light and free because I cut lipsticks down by MORE THAN HALF. This morning getting ready was easy peasy because I could actually see my lipsticks. What a concept?

Have you done a declutter in your lipsticks (or any other kind of makeup)? Let me know in the comments below!

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