Fantasy Makeup Declutter

Pat McGrath Divine Rose Blush Swatch, Lancome Stick Foundation (410 Bisque W) Swatch, Laura Mercier Rose Glow Highlighter Swatch, and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
Pat McGrath Divine Rose Blush, Lancome Stick Foundation (410 Bisque W), Laura Mercier Rose Glow Highlighter, and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

Today I wanted to talk about some products that I just can’t seem to part with, but I could stand to declutter. This is a fantasy declutter because I have no intention of donating or selling any of these products. There are times when I don’t hesitate with letting go of items that don’t work. When you try a lot of makeup (or anything really) there will definitely be items that don’t work out, it’s inevitable. Whether it is because of the formula or the shade, I’ve come to realize that there is something about all four of these products that just aren’t right for me.

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Pat McGrath Divine Rose Blush, $38.00**

Pat McGrath Labs Divine Blush Divine Rose Swatch on Medium Dark Skin
Pat McGrath Divine Blush Divine Rose Swatch on Medium Dark Skin

I love the formula just as much as I did in my initial review, but the color just isn’t the most flattering blush option I have. Paradise Venus works better for me and I only find myself using Divine Rose when I realize I haven’t used it in while. It does come in handy when I want to do a cooler-toned makeup look, but even then, I reach for other options more often.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick, $44.00**

Lancome Teint Idole Stick Foundation in 410 Bisque W and 450 Suede N Swatches on Medium Dark Skin
Lancome Teint Idole Stick Foundation in 410 Bisque W and 450 Suede N

When I initially reviewed the Lancome Teint Idole Stick Foundation it was summertime and I got along well with the formula. Well then came the Missouri winter and this formula just would not cooperate with my dry skin. We’ve obviously moved into the spring season, but here in Missouri, we still have low 30s weather happening here and there. I just have not been able to get this foundation to look as good as it did during the summer months. I have tried going back to using a brush with it instead of a beauty blender and it still doesn’t sit well on my skin. The biggest deal-breaker is that it settles into my smile line area and makes it looks like I have some serious wrinkles. I do not have this problem with Estee Lauder Double Wear, so it isn’t necessarily the matte finish that is a problem.

The color range is also a personal gripe of mine. I wish they sold 435 Bisque W in this formula so I didn’t have to mix. However, while annoying to need two shades, my bigger issue is that the formula is just not the best fit for my skin type all year round.

Laura Mercier Rose Glow Highlighter (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier RoseGlow Highlighting Powder Highlighter Medium Dark Skin Swatch
Laura Mercier RoseGlow Highlighting Powder

This one is a great formula but I just have other shades that are more flattering for me. While the formula is different, the end result that I get from Laura Mercier’s permanent highlighting powder is the same and the shade indiscretion suits me better.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara, $25.00**

MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara in 3D Black
MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara in 3D Black

It is interesting to me that I still own this mascara. The wand is big and cumbersome to use and I always have to clean up some smudges after application. It does lengthen and lift as promised by the claims, but I still don’t notice it providing any actual curl. I do think I like this mascara better than when I initially reviewed it, simply because as I’ve continued to use it I haven’t been comparing it to anything else. When compared to shorter wands and other formulas that I like, I find it lacking. When I apply it and don’t consider anything else, I think it does a great job. If the brand offered this formula with a short brush, I’d buy it.

What products do you find yourself holding on to despite having problems with them?

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4 thoughts on “Fantasy Makeup Declutter

  1. Well, the Laura Mercier highlighter is one I haven’t been able to let go of either! I only tried it once or twice and it’s too light for me, but I’m in denial. lol. Pat Mcgrath’s Under Eye Setting Powder is another one. The Koh Gen Do Brightening Powder too.

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    1. So much for their claim that it works for all skin tones 😂. I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I’m honestly shocked about the Pat McGrath Powder, I don’t know that I’ve heard a bad word about it except that it’s too small lol. I don’t know much about Koh Gen Do, but I’ve heard good things about the foundation.


      1. Yeah haha. The LM somewhat worked for the base color but the shimmer is so light that it still made the overall appearance too harsh on me. As for the PML powder, everyone loves it but it just does nothing beneficial for me. I feel like my undereyes look worse (dry, textured) every time I’ve tried to use it. And the Koh Gen Do brightening powder leaves a white cast so I can’t use it all over my face and use it for highlighting my cheeks (more due to the color and less the tiny shimmer particles) but the swirl pattern is so pretty and it’s the only thing I have from the brand so I can’t seem to give it up. lol.

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