Makeup Declutter Series: Base

Makeup Declutter Series: Base | Maddie's Beauty Spot

If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you’d know I have been quite into the decluttering side of makeup (and everything else in my life) after finishing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Konmari, if you will). I have also previously done posts on decluttering here and here. I have found so much more peace in my house by completing this process in my clothes, shoes, books, paper stash, and now beauty supplies that I can’t even begin to describe the freeing feeling!

The idea of Konmari is to physically hold everything in your hands and think about whether it brings you joy. It also invites you to verbally thank the products you’re getting rid of, although I personally haven’t needed to go that far! Knowing that every item in my collection brings me joy, and not stress at trying to use it up is priceless to me.

Staring at all of my makeup in this photo (and yes, this is all of it), I was definitely overwhelmed! I’ve decided to do a complete breakdown of the process I went through in the categories base, face products, eye/eyebrow products, and lip products. I also decluttered body/skincare and haircare but I decided not to document those.

At the end of the hot December afternoon, I spend decluttering, I had half filled a garbage bag with out of date lip gloss, body wash, almost empty hair products and anything I couldn’t pass on. I had also literally filled multiple large Priceline bags with products for my mum and sister to pick through at Christmas – much to their enjoyment! They definitely can’t say they need a new mascara for quite some time! I did put aside some of my most expensive and barely touched high-end makeup to sell, and try and recoup a little of what I had spent also.


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Face Primers: The before

I did a before and after photo of every single category, to assist in showing what I kept and what I got rid of so I could do a mini review on each product, and why I was keeping/getting rid of it.

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  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless: I decided to keep this, even though I don’t love it as I only have less than a third left and I really can’t wait to finish it! I don’t find it really does anything for me, and the texture is almost like a thick gel that feels slimy to the skin.
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer: Love this stuff, as does the rest of the beauty world! My pump doesn’t work, though, which is a shame. I have to undo the lid to get any product, but other than that this has no faults!
  • Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum: This is my favourite primer! I originally bought in about August 2015 when I was getting really dry skin, and to pair with Nars Sheer Glow foundation, which I had also just bought. I don’t use it with Nars Sheer Glow anymore however, it was just way too much glow that the base didn’t stay on my face. This primer is the absolute perfect match to wear with my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation range, as it sufficiently hydrates my face and gives my skin a glowing look whilst wearing a matte finish foundation. I’m almost finished using this and will be repurchasing.
  • Hourglass Primer in Mood Light: I don’t have much to say about this so far. I received it in a recent Beauty Loop box but have only picked it up to use a few times. I will get more use from it, once I’ve finished a few other primers.
  • Benefit Porefessional Primers: I have a few of these from sample bags and so far I really like it! I featured it in my December monthly favourites and I look forward to continuing to use it. Not sure if I will repurchase yet, as I find you need to use a lot so it’s not the best value for money.
  • MAC Prep and Prime Skin Visage: I haven’t had much experience with this yet either, after receiving it as a sample with my Shop and Box order. I’m not even sure if this is more skincare than a primer at this point.


  • NYX Photo-Loving primer: This was supposed to be a dupe for Smashbox’s primer, but I didn’t love the feel of it. It felt more greasy on my skin than anything, so I have passed it along to my family.
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Eye Primers: The Before

I don’t have many eye primers, but my gosh they take an eternity to finish!! I have been trying to finish Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance for almost two years now! As you can see I still have about a third left.

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  • Urban Decay Priming Potion in various: I have a bunch of these UD samples from my Urban Decay Naked palettes floating around, and it does a pretty good job. I also received this mini tube from a mini’s set I purchased from Urban Decay last year, but I haven’t opened it yet. I find this primer is thick and takes a little while to dry but does a great job of priming the lids.
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance: I used to hate this primer, but I have grown to have a love/hate relationship with it. It used to go really watery, but now never seems too. My only gripe now is how long it is lasting!
  • Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: I really like the applicator on this, and I received this mini at the Nars event at Mecca Cosmetica last year. It has a great thin base which doesn’t take long to dry.


  • Sephora Eye primer: I bought this in America two years ago when I first started buying eyeshadow and the sales assistant urged me to buy a primer. I didn’t really get it so I bought the ‘home brand’ to save money. Now I realise how crappy this is – it’s also most likely out of date!


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Foundation: The after

I used to think I had quite a lot of foundations, and compared to many average makeup wearers I do. But I also have a lot less than typical beauty bloggers because I don’t like change, and I enjoy sticking to what I know. I had a lot of mini samples of products from stores as well as beauty loop/subscription boxes that just didn’t suit or I didn’t like. I even gave away a couple before I did this declutter.

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Foundations: The after


  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville and Mont Blanc: Deauville was my original shade in this foundation as I am neutral toned but I noticed I was getting a bit paler (office worker life over here!) so I got rematched to Mont Blanc. Sometimes I mix the two if I want a slightly darker coverage but mostly these days I wear Mont Blanc. Great finish on this foundation, I do find it has a bit better coverage with a buffing brush than my Beauty Blender. I wear this foundation during the day if I know there will be photography. Usually, I leave it to when it’s a bit cooler.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1C1 Cool Bone: I picked this up after finishing my last bottle in Desert Beige and of course, I had gotten paler so needed a lighter shade! This is my favourite foundation, just for how little you need to use to get a flawless face. I exclusively use a Beauty Blender to apply, as I think it would just be too thick otherwise. This lasts all day and barely even sweats off in Summer.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in 1: I bought this last year to have a slightly less thick base than standard Double Wear, but still something that wouldn’t melt off whilst we were on holiday in Singapore (here’s a hint, everything melts off in Singapore!!). I love the finish of this, it is less liquidy and more of a mousse than the original. The coverage is less but buildable. I like to wear this if I’m going somewhere on the weekend, just for the lighter coverage. The tube packaging is fantastic for travel too, unbreakable!


  • L’Oreal True Match in N2: I bought this a few years ago because of course, it was Lauren Curtis’ favourite! Whilst I was originally matched the N2, I need a much lighter shade nowadays. Unfortunately, Australia doesn’t actually get the shade N1 which is disappointing. I have been recommended W1 but it’s just so orange on me. I threw this out due to age.
  • Nude By Nature BB Cream in Nude Beige: I received this in a Marie Claire The Parcel box and it’s just way too dark. I couldn’t give you any details on the finish or lasting power for that reason. I passed this along.
  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light: This was also too dark for me, even though it’s marked ‘light’. I liked the finish of this at first, though BB creams don’t tend to last on my combination skin. I threw this out due to size.
  • Nars All Day Luminous Sample in Mont Blanc: I actually thought I would like this more than Sheer Glow – nope! I found it to be too runny and it melted off my face super quickly. I found it tricky to apply to stay put that it wasn’t worth the effort. This has been compared to Double Wear for longevity, but I didn’t see it. I have thrown this out as a sample.
  • Clinique Sponge Foundation in Medium: I have also passed this along after receiving it in my Sephora goody bag in July.
  • Nude By Nature Powder in Medium: Why do subscription boxes always give foundations in Medium? Couldn’t wear this so have passed along.


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Powders: The before

I didn’t have a lot of powders, to begin with. My holy grail is the Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in G1.

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Powders: The after


  • Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish in G1: I have already finished one of these, so I had to purchase another a few years ago. I find this turns any foundation ‘photo-ready’, which is really helpful for foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear.
  • Estee Lauder Translucent Loose Powder (discontinued): I bought this at the staff store in late 2015, it came with a sponge but I have never used it. I usually just tap some powder into the lid and use a powder brush to swirl in the powder and apply. It’s not really translucent, instead, having a light beige tint to it.
  • Australis Fresh and Flawless powder in Natural: This is a cult favourite by so many and I quite like that it has a mirror. I tend to use this mainly when I have to take a touch up to work or somewhere else, as it’s cheap enough that if I broke it or it was stolen, I wouldn’t be upset.


  • By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder: I received this in a beauty loop level 1 box a few years ago and loved it! Silly me, I rationed it out so it would last longer. It went bad before I could even use much. Lesson learnt. Use your products, ladies!
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent: I used to use this all the time until I put a damp beauty blender in it and it’s never recovered. Instead, turning into a hard crusty nothing. Not sure if I will repurchase this.


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Concealers: The before

I used to only have one concealer, the Mac Pro Longwear concealer, and the rest have snowballed from there!

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Concealers: The after


  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla and Custard: I love this concealer. Hands down, it is one of the best! I have taken the stopper out of both to get the most out of them I can. Vanilla is finally running out from that. I think I will finish up Custard first and then move onto either Chantilly or Vanilla.
  • Mac Pro Longwear in NW20: This was my first concealer and I think I would be at least three bottles in by now! I was never sure if this was the correct colour. I didn’t use to be into lightening the area, just colour correcting to be my actual colour. This has the best coverage of any concealer for under eyes I have ever ever seen.


  • Maybelline Age Rewind in Fair: I used to dislike this, just because it was super greasy on my skin. As it got older, though, it got thicker to use and I began to like it a bit more. The sponge was a huge turn-off, though. This was binned.
  • Benefit Erase Paste in Light: I really didn’t get along with this at all. I didn’t find it did anything to colour correct under my eyes. It didn’t even stay put after I had left it over five minutes which I didn’t think was acceptable. I sold this.
  • Maybelline Fit Me in Light: I, like many others, was tricked with this shade. I thought this was the lightest shade. This was a pretty good dupe for Nars custard in terms of consistency. I have done a post on that here. I decided I didn’t need multiple so I passed this one.
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up in Ivory: I thought this was a bit too thin for me. It didn’t really cover under my eyes which is why I purchased it. I passed this along.

The verdict:

I loved doing this declutter – please forgive the less than average looking photos. As I decluttered, I took photos in real time. I didn’t realise until I went to edit them that they would need to be lightened so much. As I complete more of the series, I’ll be sure to link below.

What have you decluttered from your base range lately?
And what could you never declutter?

  • Nice job on your decluttering!! I have a small beauty bag of makeup now as I’ve moved overseas. It’s so weird for me to not have the range to choose from but I know it’s good to use up what I have now.

    xo Kat @ Katness

    • Thanks Kat! I sometimes miss my makeup collection from two years ago where it all fit in a bag. I’d like to get somewhat back to that eventually… but with a really big bag!!

  • This post is so inspiring! I need to do a good clean out!

    Sorren xx

  • At times I find it difficult to part with my makeup but you know what they say, ‘out of sight and out of mind.’ It’s a great feeling and I liked how you showed the comparisons for each category. Sliced that foundation in half! Haha thanks for sharing! ^_^ Great inspo for the new year.

    ~Weng wengiful

  • I love this! I have been decluttering my makeup room lately and really enjoyed getting rid of all the out of date expired stuff! Felt like a good cleanse and a weight lifted.

    I’m very curious to try the Marie Kondo method for folding clothes, I heard it makes a huge difference!

    • I’ve heard that too! We don’t have drawers or shelves in our wardrobes in our rental, so I would love to try that one day! I hang almost everything now.

  • Lubz

    I love this. You’ve now inspired me to declutter my stash this weekend.

    Lubz ||

  • You made some really good choices! This is such a good idea! I haven’t unpacked everything from my move yet so I think I may do something like this!!! I know I need to haha <3


    • Highly recommend!! I put it off for most of the year, and I just felt swamped with what I had. My sister and mum benefited a lot though!

  • Dianne Childs

    I definitely need to do a declutter like this! I agree re the Erase Paste and how hard is it to find the lightest shade Fit Me concealer Fair Claire, which is lighter than the Light! Its never in stock when I go to Priceline!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  • Great post! I decluttered a bit over Christmas but I don’t think I’ve culled nearly enough. You’ve inspired me to give it another go this weekend.

    • Good luck! I feel much more relaxed about my collection now. To be honest, I’m still looking for stuff I don’t love that I feel like I should keep. They’re next on my hit list!

  • Zerin Hassan

    I am in the process of doing this!! I think I need to take mine out of PR boxes still and into my draw!! haha thank you for sharing!

    • That’s what I did over New Years 🙂 I bought a new kallax bookshelf from IKEA and some drawers to go with it. Now almost everything is organised.

  • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

    I needed this to be inspired to some de-cluttering of my own!

  • I really like the way you have decided to declutter and you’re making me very inspired to declutter my own makeup stash!

    Rochelle //

  • Shannon

    Girl this post is incredible! Some awesome picks! Although your declutter may have made me want to go and purchase some extras for my collection haha!

    Shannon x.

  • I really need to de clutter my wardrobe. I constantly tidy it up and what feels like days later its mess again. I think its time to remove the items I no longer wear.

    Grea post lovely.

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

  • I actually started reading that book and found it but airy because I never read those kind of books. I loved the idea of really asking yourself if something brings you joy though – that part is excellent advice. I need to do this style of clean out myself. Great post 🙂

    Rosy Disposition | Rosy Disposition

    • Yes! Some parts I don’t take too seriously (like talking to my belongings), but I really like what she says about sorting “like” categories together and about holding everything to make sure it brings you joy 🙂

  • Izzy

    I’ve been meaning to try the hourglass primers! Nearly went for the NYX Photo Primer as a Smashbox dupe too! I also found that it’s soo much easier to say goodbye to True Match after using Nars and Estee Lauder. Looks like we’ve both made the same progression with products for foundation, definitely loved this post!
    X Izzy

  • I did this a while ago and it was much needed! Such a good idea to go through your stuff on a regular basis.

    Ange |

  • I think I am going to do this as I unpack into my new house!! I am currently reading the KonMari book, and I am about half way through!! Great post Maddie!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

  • I got so excited when this post popped up on my Bloglovin’ feed! I definitely enjoy a good declutter and I’m so looking forward to seeing the rest of your series! The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is one of my holy grails too. I was so amazed to see my pores literally vanish right before my very eyes! I love wearing this one on special occasions. My friend passed along her sample of the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light to me, but it was a bit of a nothing product to me. Not terrible, but nothing great either.

    I remember you commenting on my ‘Products I’m Currently Using Up’ post saying that you were trying to use up your Too Faced Shadow Insurance and I wholeheartedly agree that this shit takes FOREVER to use up! This is the product that keeps on giving, but not in a good way! Granted, I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday, but I’m still going with this! A part of me just wants to bin it because I’ve had it for so long, but another part also wants that satisfying feeling of using up a product to completion, haha. I’m going to give myself a couple more months and if it’s still not done, then I’ll toss it.

    I think your collection is very realistic and reasonable for a beauty blogger. Makeup is heaps fun, but when I see people who just hoard it, I don’t understand how that could ever be enjoyable!

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

    • Yay! So glad you loved this, I’ll have four or five in the series all up. I wear eyeshadow at least every weekday and I swear my Shadow Insurance is actually growing not shrinking!! Can’t wait for it to be done, because it’s the most satisfying feeling.

      Thanks, I am glad my collection is not too big. I can’t believe that this time two years ago I could fit everything into a regular size makeup bag though. I made Mecca Beauty Loop level 3 in that year but now I’m back down to level 2. Powder products give me a bit of anxiety because they take so long to use up!

  • Charlotte

    I’ve honestly loved reading this post, I love watching all of the make-up suddenly get chucked, binned, sold and passed on I find it so interesting. It also gives a great insight into what worked and what hasn’t for you which helps me out a lot so I know what to avoid haha! I know so many people who loved the rimmel wake me up concealer but I never found it did anything for me, seems as if it had the same effect for you! I find myself constantly decluttering as I don’t understand keeping the mascara which you’ve used once, smells, cost less than a fiver and did nothing for your lashes, what’s the point? haha! Adored the post!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • The Rimmel concealer was not my fave but since giving it to my sister she has been loving it completely and doesn’t think she’ll go back to Nars! I just finished my Nars Vanilla and I’m giving my leftover Custard shade to a friend because that’s her fake tan shade and far too dark to me. I bought the Urban Decay concealer in Fair Neutral and I’m excited to give that a try! I’m sure I’ll eventually go back to Nars as well.
      Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the series, Charlotte!

  • This post was so satisfying to read and look at! I seriously need to declutter my collection!

  • Gianna E

    Where did you get the basket to put your eyeshadow palettes in? It’s so pretty!