Some I have used for months, trying to like it, but finally giving up, and others, I have only used a few times to know they aren't for me (and that's okay). I even have some that I have never tried.
Well, it's all up to you. I do feel that you treat your purchases differently depending how financially and emotionally you invest. - If you place more capital in your purchase, you, consciously or unconsciously, treat items differently. Therefore, less expensive items are easier to decide and let go than... say a jar of La Mar. I constantly purchase variety of items in search of my true north, regardless of price tags.
I also want to emphasis that just because I don't like certain items, that doesn't mean the entire cosmetic brand sucks.
What I have/like: natural makeup with emphasis on lips, matte finish, light scent (I gravitate towards citrus and green notes). I have combination skin, fair to medium in color with yellow undertone, and dark hair.
Having said that, here are the items I am letting go.
BTW Here is a tip - NEVER buy anything if you aren't willing to pay full price for it. NEVER say "it's a good product for $xx.xx I paid for." It needs to be "it's a good product." period. Stop buying items just because it's cheap or on sale. This goes for EVERYTHING, ladies. I would have purchased this product at full price because I really liked the color choice and packaging - but content wasn't all that good unfortunately.
I happen to like other items from ULTA - here is one of my favorites: Double Duty Wet & Dry Pressed Powder Foundation in Medium. It comes with a mirror and sponge, which you can wet to make it used as a "wet" foundation for higher coverage. This item is especially great when I fly and don't want to bring foundation in a glass jar (I have too many items in my liquid bag as is, so anything I can eliminate from that bag is a blessing for me.) Also a very natural finishing powder. it's made in Italy and assembled in China. $12.50 at ULTA.com. It's worth a try. I also like Double Duty primer/foundation combo as well.
item #97. e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set with aloe, green tea, cucumber, and Vitamins A.C. and E. This product is very popular on YouTube and I am a fan of setting sprays. So I bought this for $3. I actually bought two. (here is another tip - never stock up, especially on an items you haven't tried no matter how great of news you have heard on that item... ) but I really hate the smell, and the spray is like a firehose after using Avene and Evian Thermal water sprays for years, which are like fine mists. ELF sprays out way too much to the point I worry about my makeup running. I wanted to like this, and have spent maybe months trying to like this, but at the end of the day (or months), I keep wanting to go back to Avene or Evian. You can try a travel size Avene for $9 at drugstore.com. While there is some product left still, I don't want to see this in my cabinet any longer (oh, what will I do to the other one...??)
item #98. e.l.f. studio mineral eye shadow primer $3. Yet another "YouTube made me buy it product." I never needed this product before I bought it as I don't see discoloration over my eyelids nor have "oily" eyelids. This did nothing for my eyelids, probably for these reasons. I stop trying now and going back to not needing this product.
item #99. e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine in juiced berry ($2). This is from their essential line. Cute color made me use this almost to the end, to the point where the print is rubbed of and I can't read it anymore. but you know what? it's really sticky and the package is cheap. (MAC lip glosses are really sticky but I am not ready to part with that as it was a present from my boyfriend.. I want to like it... I want to like it.......stop it and give it away... wah.....)
What I like from ELF. brushes are great at $3, I use their studio complexion brush on daily basis with this mineral pearls ($8). This is similar concept as Guerlain Meteolites powder ($62) at a fraction of a price, and works really well!! It gives beautiful finish. and... yes.. I stocked up (because it was out of stock for a while after I fell in love with this and I felt threatened... so when it came back, I bought a few more... couldn't help it, waahhh). I also bought the beige colored pearls, which I haven't tried yet. Oh, by the way, it comes with a puff, which I can't seem to make it work as it absorb too much products which doesn't transfer onto my skin. Just ignore the puff and use a brush, like any other powder foundation.
I also like ELF waterproof eyeliner pen $2, This is from essential line as well. This pen comes with a skinny brush tip which is great for a fine line - if you want to draw fat line a la Amy Winehouse, you will spend hours using this pen... you may even use the whole product and not your job done. However, for a "no-makeup makeup" lover like myself, this works very well.
item #100 - LA Colors 12 eyeshadow in "traditional." $1. So one of my favorite YouTuber likes to go shopping at a dollar store, and raves about some of the products she purchased there.. which made me want some. I got this shadow set, which smells like an old lady, and super cheap packaging which scuffed really badly (and I didn't even carry this in my makeup bag or anything). I am an artist, so I am very visual and respect good packaging. Which is unfortunate because some of these colors have good pigmentation. I just don't use this because it looks ratty (I only had it for a month and hardly used this), and also the palette is pretty dark in colors with only one highlighter and zero transition color (Then again, I am fair skinned- if you had darker skin, this might be really great).
One item I like and use a lot is Chunky Lip Pencil. $1 It's retractable pencil, color is bright and fun, last decent length of time without drying my lips.
- #101 mini blush - too flimsy
- #102 sponge tip blush - don't use
- #103 brow tint in light - don't use
- #104 glitter eye shadow top coat in high maintenance/gold digger - already talked about how little I can tolerate glitters...
- #105 eye shadow quad with champagne, aztec gold, verdigris, and molten. - aztec gold looks too glittery, verdigris is too green. I am not going to carry 50% of packaged items I will never use.
This is not a sponsored post. All items were purchased on my own, and these opinions are from my heart.