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And it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting!

This week, I wanted to do something a little bit more light-hearted for the blog and decided to count all of my makeup products, from foundations and lipsticks through to brushes and eyelash curlers.

I counted everything because:

  1. It was fun and I wanted to see the results myself
  2. I needed to throw out any expired/unwanted items
  3. I could see which areas I have a lot of products in and what areas are lacking to determine what to purchase in the future (lol, like I need a reason to buy more makeup)

The more makeup products I have, the more I find myself wanting to spend more on more makeup. Stupid, right? I just really like buying and trying new things.

But now I’ve tallied everything up, I’m hoping I can try and curb this habit and stop spending so much.

The results

In total, I own 202 makeup products.

From this, 151 are makeup items, like concealers and eyeshadows, and 51 are beauty tools, like beauty blenders and eyelash glue.

Makeup products breakdown

  • Eyeshadow palette: 13
  • Setting spray: 1
  • Primer: 2
  • Bronzer: 2
  • Foundation: 4
  • Setting powder: 3
  • Blusher: 1
  • Highlighter: 11
  • Concealer: 2
  • Eyebrow product: 2
  • Eye primer: 2
  • Mascara: 2
  • Eyeliner: 16
  • Lip liner: 11
  • Individual eyeshadow: 11
  • Lip gloss: 2
  • Liquid lipstick: 24
  • Lipstick: 42
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Makeup tools breakdown

  • False lashes: 16
  • Brushes: 29
  • Eyelash curlers: 1
  • Eyelash glue: 1
  • Pencil sharpener: 2
  • Glitter glue: 1
  • Lip exfoliator: 1

What I threw out

I chucked out my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade because it was just about to run out and I bought the Dipbrow Gel in its place. I’ll have a blog post providing a full, in-depth review of the Dipbrow Gel coming out soon, so watch this space.

I also got rid of 10 different lipsticks which had either expired or I just didn’t wear. My mum works at Boots, luckily, and a lot of the lipsticks I owned were testers that I’d accumulated over the years, so it was time that I went through them all and decided which ones to keep.

My thoughts

I’m not sure if owning just over 200 makeup products is bad or not. I personally don’t think it’s that bad, but I was expecting this number to be much larger, which is probably why.

One thing is certain though – I don’t need to buy any more lipsticks! I probably still will because I love lipsticks and there’s a huge variety in shades out there, but lipsticks are an area I should cut back on.

Another blusher and setting spray won’t hurt my collection though, so they’ll be products I’ll look to purchase. I recently finished Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, which I absolutely adore, so maybe I’ll buy this again.

All in all, this was a fun experience and has illuminated some of my makeup purchasing habits!

Plus, I got rid of some old products that had expired or I never wore and that felt great.

Do you think owning around 200 makeup products is bad? How many items do you own? Let me know in the comments down below!