Makeup is really an experiment in finding things you love. Sometimes that can be hard because you find a lot of duds along the way and as soon as you find that holy grail item, it seems like the company discontinues it and comes out with ten similar new products (Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer, anyone?). I'm sure this is exactly what makeup companies intend. That way, we try and pay for five items until one works. Then start the whole process over when they discontinue that. It's a vicious cycle to make us spend more.
Luckily, with the popularity of the Internet and resources like Makeup Alley, YouTube and bloggers, a bit of the guessing game is taken out. If everyone else likes a product, you may like it too. If everyone thinks it's crap, it's probably crap.
So here's the point. I went through my makeup collection and purged several items for a variety of reasons. The mascaras pictured were all well older than six months (the expiration for mascara is 3-6 months). Some of the mascaras were products I liked, some were products that were okay, and some I hated. The eyeliner was really good buy the brush was difficult to work with for me. The lipstick was fine except that it had completely fallen out of the tube. It might be wasteful but I just didn't like this lipstick enough to depot it and use it that way.
Then there's the powder. I hate this powder. I can't even explain it; It makes me so angry!! I originally bought it hoping for a full coverage matte powder from the drugstore but I found it to be cakey and heavy feeling on the skin. Additionally, this product oxidized on me very badly and very quickly. Overall, it was a horrible powder and I would even feel bad giving this junk away to someone else. It's kind of odd how much I hate this inanimate object but I felt so good throwing it away!
So here are my ethical questions for all of you. How do you feel about throwing away makeup if you can't give it to someone else who would appreciate it? How do you feel about throwing away makeup that you just plain hate? I'm fine with my decision because most of these were expired items but it left me wondering what other people's opinions were of tossing bad makeup.
What I tossed:
N.Y.C. Smooth and Natural Matte Powder Foundation in Urban Light
N.Y.C. Show Time Volumizing Mascara
N.Y.C. Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara
N.Y.C. Liquid Eyeliner
Essence Black Mania Mascara
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara Waterproof
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara Washable
Essence Lash Mania Ultra Volume Mascara
Wet N Wild Mega Plump Mascara
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo
N.Y.C. Ultra Moist Lipwear in Petal