Eyeshadow declutter with a LOT of pictures

This oil-slick of a face has always loved makeup and wanted to use lipsticks and all sorts of fun stuff for years, but instead got to despair over foundation slipping right off my face after just a few hours in spite of powder, wiping off creasing eyeshadow two hours into the party or lipstick smearing below my lip because my lips are uneven. I mean, looking like you've just made out with someone is just fine, if you've actually done that. So I pretty much made do with that until five years ago. Having stared at all those happy people doing their makeup and making it last, I finally reached a point where my skin started to calm down and the makeup industry boomed with new improved formulas. It all conjugated into a whole new world. A world full of colours and textures that I could take part in! All the eyeshadows were mine! Giefs!

Get on with it!

So, today when I stationed my rear in front of my lit mirror, I thought I’d use the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette that I got this summer. It hasn’t really jived with me but I got it so recently, I should make it work, right?

It didn’t. Just like the previous 12 times I’ve used it since I got it. Well gosh dangit. It’s all an expensive lesson in what I like nowadays. My taste and feeling for colours have changed quite a lot the last two years or so, I’ve steered rather sharply into less colourful eyes and more colourful lips instead. It all started with the firey gloriousness of Makeup Geek's eyeshadow Flamethrower. The entire internet looked fantastic in that dang thing, so I bought it. And used it. And I looked... washed out. It didn't bring out my blue eyes, it just made them lighter and not in a good way. And when I did my brown-based eye makeup other times it washed me out again. And other times, also brown-based eye makeup, it looked great. Why? WHY?

Yes, I am a dummy and a newbie to all this makeup. In my defence, it was just four years ago I could even make eyeshadow stay on my oily skin so I haven't had that much time to practise.

Eventually, or to be fair; just a few weeks ago, it dawned on me that the difference between my great eye looks and the not so great ones, are the temperature of the shades. Colourful, warm, rosy, orangey browns - no. Neutral, cooler, beigy and more demure hues - yes! The rosy browns just brings out the eternal rosacea-redness of my skin, making me look ruddy. I can wear warm eyeshadows, but apparently, not too warm.

Back to the eyeshadows. All of the eyeshadows. So many of them. This isn't my first declutter, but maybe my most surprising one.

The declutter of eyeshadows!
+ mini reviews as I go


Eyeshadows have been my big weakness up until now, I guess you can tell.

Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette


Had I realised sooner that it was, in fact, the exact temperature of browns that ruined it for me, I would never have bought this. It's obviously a really warm palette. Also, the five browns just blend into each other on the lid, and the darkest shades lose their deepness after just a few hours, making it even worse. In 2014, I got rid of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette just for these reasons, even though then I didn't know that it just was too warm for me, with too little contrast.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette


The Soft Clam palette (yes, I am 12) is so beautiful. I jonesed for it for a year before I got it at Christmas last year. And, it has too warm shadows. I didn't actually think I'd get rid of it today because I love it so much and its amazing pigmentation and shades. Swatching it and humming and hawing over it and considering how I've felt while using it, I finally decided that it is too warm for me. Dangit.


Smashbox - Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky


I bought this last year with a fancy little gift card, gifted by my fancy friends. I'd been eyeing it because of its smokiness and the greys and while I've haven't used it very much and thought I’d declutter it, it's most definitely staying after the revelation about warm shadows. These are cool, and I have no other greys, and I really like the other shades too.


Urban Decay - Naked Basics 2


This is in my possession in the tailend of a friend's declutter. I thought I’d declutter this, but It's staying because of its teensy little format and that I haven't tried it yet.


Zoeva - Naturally Yours Eyeshadow Palette


Natural, yes. This is a new one, and it's kind of light. Having always betted on really heavily pigmented shadows, this one is less so. It’s perhaps easier to use and gives off a lighter look than I’m used to. I like it, even though I may miss that perfect lid shade.


My single eyeshadows + a Clinique Lid Pop in Willow Pop that didn't make it on camera


These two palettes contain a mixture of Makeup Geek (about half of them), Lime Crime Venus 2, Viseart, the remains of my Anastasia Self-Made Palette (don't tell my review from three years ago), two little Too Faced shadows and two great big Makeup Store eyeshadows.

So, I'm keeping every single in the palette on the right. I use that almost every time I put on makeup, for the complete look or to find a good blending shade for my skin tone. Love these, maybe you can tell in the dragging light. Makeup Geek is a real good bet if you're approaching Palette Fatigue. Just pick the specific shades you want, and go! If I could only keep one palette, it would be this one.

On the left, I cleared some of them out. The pinky ones, the blue and the beigy browns that's too similar to ones I like more.

Most of them: Keeping!

Linda Hallberg - Infinity Palette


I was a little iffy about this one. I haven't really become friends with the camel and the taupey shade, but I'm working on it. The highlighters and blushes are nice, the black is black and the beige shade is very close to my skin tone, good!


Viva la Diva - Move me Jungle Eyeshadows


I really like this one and thought I’d keep it, again. The pigmentation is great for its low price, and it's nice and smokey. I didn't think I'd get rid of this either, but considering the shades I like more and by keeping the Smashbox one, and the fact that I have eyeshadows to sustain me the rest of my life, I can't defend it more than "want to keep it".


Kat von D - Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette


Basic, boring browns, good light ones and good dark ones. It's been with me for three years and it's a great staple.


Too Faced - Chocolate Gold / Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions

This is where things get tricky. The ones of you who have been with me for.. well it's about two years by this time, you know that I LOVE the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette. I mean, like LOVE it. The packaging is beautiful, they smell good (though artificial), the metallics are great and the neutrals are exactly the neutrals I would pare with the metallics. So, you're obviously keeping it right, you say? That's really what I thought when I started this little declutter, yes.


Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette


Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette

But, I swatched the Huda Beauty Smoky Obsessions before the Chocolate Gold, thinking I'd get rid of Smoky Obsessions even though I really like it. The shades are so pretty and work well together. But, I have the Gold one and I love that, so why would I keep the Huda one? I put the Huda one in the declutter pile.

Then I swatched the Chocolate Gold. Stared at the swatches. I considered my recent statement about not liking very colourful shades on myself anymore. Stared at the palette. It's... there's a heap of colourful shades in it that I won't use very much, or at all. Trying not to be a complete fool for this palette, I covered the colourful ones with my hand, and... the remaining shades looked a whole lot like the Smoky Obsessions one. Crud.

Direct comparisons needed!

So... I did a little test. First the more colourful shades in the Chocolate Gold, and then my favourite shades apart from the neutrals.


Top row: The shades in Chocolate Gold that I won’t use as much. Bottom row, similar shades from palettes I’m already keeping. The pink and silver I won’t ever use. The purple is really so and so. The gold is too yellowy gold. The copper is orange and oranges are so-and-so on me.


My favourite shades in the Chocolate Gold with in the middle row, with similar shades around them. The champagne on the middle-right is the only shade I can’t dupe, or good-enough-dupe.

This was the result. The only shade I can't almost directly dupe from other palettes that I decided to keep for other unique shades, and with formulas I appreciate as much, is Gold Dipped. The six shades I won't use very often at all added to that, I have neutrals to cover for the four base shades and there's only one decision to be made: To get a single champagney gold shadow dupe for Gold Dipped here (Temptalia is so good!), and declutter the Chocolate Gold Palette.

I'm in makeup-shock. Never thought I'd get rid of that palette. Never.


The Chocolate Gold Palette, decluttered.

The Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette, keeping.

The result


The little Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette tin is devoid of shadows, and contain my daily meds instead, in case you wonder why I haven’t included it in the declutter, haha.

So, the pile on the left, I'm keeping. The one on the right, I'm decluttering and shipping off to better owners. I still have a boat load of eyeshadow of course, the declutter has just surprised me. Sometimes you've just gotta be real with yourself and your wants versus your needs. And I do use "need" lightly because nobody needs this many eyeshadows. But hey! Got'em, like'em! Gonna use'em!

All in all, I’m pleased!

How much eyeshadow do I really need?


I have a confession; I love makeup. Oh, so you knew already? Oh, it’s one of the most frequently used tags on my blog? Oh yeah, I did write a love letter to an eyeshadow palette not too long ago, right…

But hey, we all have our weaknesses, right? Within the whole makeup spectrum, for me, it’s eyeshadows. I love eyeshadows. Love them. And with that love, comes a certain longing for buying more of them, hoarding them, rolling around in… okay, maybe it’s not THAT bad. But the MOAR-tendencies are there.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I actually got into eyeshadows and makeup really, when my skin finally stopped being SO oily. Before that, I had a couple of them but usually just used an olive green or turquoise without accent colours and then eyeliner, and if it melted right off my face before I got home, it didn’t matter.

Since then, with the improvement of primers (that I’ve used since the 90’s because IsaDora, the Swedish brand, has had them since forever?) and my skin chilling out, my love for eyeshadows has increased in intensity along with my ability to play around with them and manage to do looks that actually last all day until I wash it off at night.

And with that, my collection increased with more colours, nuances, finishes, qualities. And while I sort of regularly cleared out all the other categories of makeup, the eyeshadows just kind of stayed put, being tucked away in “I’ll look at these later on”-palettes. Then having experimented lots for a few years, I have just settled on that I won’t use crazy colours but prefer the more muted nuances and I got overwhelmed with all the fricking shadows I had.


Apparently, I’m a crazy person that has deleted the pictures from my previous declutters, I did a real proper one like a year before the one I’m about to show you. This last one is from March this year, and just two weeks ago I took everything I was supposed to give away to my sister’s house and just HERE TAKE IT.


After giving away two palettes right away, I started going over the ones I had left. 


Ahhh. So good! All the shades with glitter in them that I loathe, all the really colourful ones, dupes of ones that I love and really old ones that I just threw away, gone! 

What’s left?

I’m so happy with my collection now. I have a couple of unused shadows, the rest are tried and loved even though some are put to harder use than others.

It’s a lot less than I had before, but here we come to the actual point of this post:
These eyeshadows are gonna last me for YEARS. I know, I know, hygiene etc etc, but I’m gonna be one of those people who use my powder eyeshadows until they’re used up or start to turn. Before that, I’m neverminding how old they are unless they’re REALLY old (like the green one I had that I bought when I was 16, ahem). I've kept the ones that I’ve used a lot and gave away all the others, so my collection now is tried and true.

I usually put makeup on five or six times a week, and dip into eyeshadows every single one of those days, and here’s how my well-loved, well used eyeshadows look today;


I have bought these ones around two and four years ago, and I've been using them TO DEATH. Well, not to death, because you can see how much is still left inspite of my almost daily use.


This palette I bought two and a half years ago, and I've been using it SO much. Still, it's like "whatever" apart from the big shade to the right that I've actually hit pan on, but that's mostly because I dip the same spot every time..


And then my latest love, that I wrote enthusiastically about in March of this year when I bought it. This too is used again and again and almost isn't showing any signs of use.

The point of this post is to remind myself of how I don't need to buy new shades. I have everything I want, even though I will surely fall into the "ooh pretty"-trap again. That's okay, but I will continue comparing my collection with the new lovers to stop myself from giving in. And maybe this post can demonstrate to the world how efficiently eyeshadows can wear. In two years time, I'll do a comparison. They'll probably look about the same, haha. 

Do you have any collecting tendencies and in that case, what can't you just give up?

Too Faced Chocolate Gold - both form and function


Natural daylight

Yes! I seldom do any kind of reviews because the whole internet is FLOODED with them, but I can't help myself this time. Maybe part of it is the need I feel to immortalize its beauty and shiny sparklyness? Gold and sparkles and greens and coppers, what’s not to love, says my inner magpie.

I kind of keep up with the beauty industry, mostly makeup, because I think it’s fun and makes it easier to not buy stuff (somehow that works?) and partly because it’s nice to fall asleep to news that doesn’t include violence and death. But when I first saw this palette, perhaps a little bias against Too Faced and their somewhat... shaky quality of limited edition eyeshadows, I thought to myself “NICE PACKAGING, but that doesn’t make me buy an eyeshadow palette”. Then I saw Beauty News destroy it and thought “Nice metallics, but I already have a heap of those so that doesn’t make me buy an eyeshadow palette”. Then I saw someone try it out and still thought, “It’s nice, but I won’t buy it”.


THEN, I watched a review video complete with swatches, close-ups and try-on look. And then I bought it.


Yeah, it was kind of hard to justify of course, I didn’t NEED it, and even though I had googled lots of pictures and rummaged through my own collection of eyeshadows and decided that it has its place among my shadows, I still felt kind of guilty for ordering stuff I don’t really need. But then I got it delivered, and tore open the box, and managed to get the thing out of its packaging without breaking it. Opened it, and that whiff of that chocolate pudding powder (it definitely doesn’t smell like actual chocolate, I don’t know what kind of chocolate americans eat ;) scent, which is nice! I nervously put my finger in one of the metallic shades and oh. Oh.

I bought it four weeks ago and since then I’ve used it exactly every single time I’ve put on makeup, which is about 20-ish times. Only the crazy pink one and the bluey silver one is untouched, and the last one mentioned will probably remain so, as I’m not a particularly big fan of neither blue nor silver.

The metallics work with a brush but as I’ve figured, they’re better off with a sponge applicator or just your fingers. The matte shades blend like a dream with my regular brushes even if I happen to dust on a little too much (that happens A LOT). Perfection I say!


Under halogen lights

The shades Love & Cocoa and Classy & Sassy looks the same in the palette men on the skin they’re quite different. Holla for a dolla could be a tad more olivey green but mostly turns into a darker brown on the lid, and the light Rollin’ in dough is just a little too light for me to mindlessly use it as a base and a little too dark for use as an inner corner highlight. The dark purple one is a little whimpy but it’s fine with a bit of work. The above points are the worst things about this palette, totaling into a GOOD GRADE!


So, final judgement: I use it ALL THE TIME, I love the colours (apart from the bluey silver) and the mattes are super blendable and nice. It smells nice and lasts all day on me with my NYX eyeshadow primer (works better for me than both Too Faced’s and Urban Decay’s, bleh). The palette has a great big mirror and the packaging is lovely to have in my makeup stand. I’m actually giving away a bunch of my other metallic eyeshadows because I feel like these are all I need nowadays.

It is still available for purchase on Sephora in Sweden, for way too much money.

All in all, Five Fancy Friday piggies out of five!

Kat von D Shade and Light Eye palette


Yes! More makeup! I bought this beauty in February when I visited the capital just for the day in order to go to museums and loitering with a friend. I was a bit skeptical at first because super natural palettes are boring, right? But after seeing so many people praise and love Kat von D palettes, I had rummaged through my eyeshadows and realized that maybe I had room for some good ol’ matte contourey eyeshadows. And so it was! I entered Sephora and a TABLE FULL of said palette met me. It was like fate. Well, you know, “fate”.

So minutes later I exited the store clutching my first really expensive eyeshadow palette. Well, next after my collection of Makeup Geek eyeshadows and that lovely Anastasia one, of course.


A cooler, greyer version above, with a redder warmer in the picture below.

Here sporting Kat von D Lolita II Liquid Lipstick, a domestic chaos and one perfect little companion. She had to join me because she was chewing on my cables.
Punishment: Being touched by a human and used for props!

And I’ll be damned if I haven’t used this palette every single time I’ve done my makep since I came home with it. It’s just so damn good! The colours are buildable so if you just whisk on a tad it just enhances your shapes. But then I add just a little more, and a little more, and a liiitttle more, and suddenly I’m sitting there with a whole lot of not so natural eye makeup! Just the way I like it!


Four months of visible use

Five out of five shaky eyeshadow blending hands to the Shade & Light Eye Palette!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made palette


I received a message of mail today! Dropping everything, I stomped off to the store to retrieve it, got back home and excitedly walked into the living room. My roomie was intently staring at the game on the TV, where his character, an abused little kid called Isaac, was being chased by little happy pieces of poo in a uterus. Indie games, huh.

Intent on breaking his concentration with my happiness, I loudly proclaimed “I’M PUTTING ON MAKEUP RIGHT NOW!”

To my surprise, my roomie managed to squeeze out a “Yay!” without breaking his gaze with the TV because if he did so, he would surely suffer a fate none of us would appreciate, now being chased by even bigger happy pieces of poo.


Content with telling my totally uninterested friend about this, I retreated to my room and ripped the package open. Ah. The Self-Made palette. The palette that had been advertised as limited edition and I wasn’t about to buy it, but after six months of “Limited edition” palettes being sold on my main makeup website, and of course calling my name the entire time, I bought it. Just to drag things out, I swatched the whole thing on my surprisingly pale arm and yeah, I love it.

Melty goldeness, fancy purple, dark and light neutrals, and a great quality. Can’t go wrong! After humming and haa’ing a little, my first look was the one below. When I scrubbed away my makeup around 3 am, I could assert that the shadows kept their intensity for fifteen hours. Clearly approved!