My friend Karin from meerbeauty.nl posted a tag not too long ago where she had counted every make up item she had. I haven’t counted the amount of make up I have ever since I started storing it in the 3 drawer set it’s been sitting in since 2010. I wasn’t surprised by these numbers, but it does kind of show the ehm… problem, fairly nicely. I simply have a lot of make up. That is old hat. And if you’re curious to know just how much I really have. Well then, keep on reading.
***Disclaimer*** Yes, I have a lot of make up. I like it. I like playing around with it and I like trying new things. Besides I’ve been purchasing make up extensively for almost 6 years now. So it’s not as if this ‘happened’ overnight.
Make up collection earlier this year
First up I’ve decided to count every single last bit of make up I have: from eyeshadow to nail polish, from blushes to brushes. Let’s start with the face make up shall we?
- 1 foundation
- 2 BB creams
- 4 face powders
- 1 primer
- 5 concealer
- 7 bronzers
- 5 highlighters
- 31 blush
Apart from blush, I am not a big face product fiend. I simply use what I have and that’s that. This is especially the case for face powders and foundations/ BB creams. I have a foundation for winter time and BB creams (one light and darker) for the rest of the year. The powders I have match the three face products and I have a loose Make Up Forever HD powder which I got for free as a gift with purchase from Sephora in the States last year. I only use two bronzers to bronze, the others I like using as a blush or a highlight in spring and summer.
- 14 pigments
- 5 duo eyeshadows
- 13 cream eyeshadows
- 34 single eyeshadows
- 17 small palettes (3 – 5 eyeshadows)
- 26 larger palettes (6 eyeshadows or more)
- 17 eyeliner (liquid, gel and felt tip)
- 23 eye pencils
- 4 lip liners
- 54 lipsticks (much more than in the picture below!)
- 21 lipgloss
- 32 lipbalm
The category that has the most products is definitely been eyeshadow. Apart from nail polish, eyeshadow is the only thing I’ve been using since I was a teenager and I have always had a weak spot for it. Especially when it comes to eye looks I like changing things up: where I can wear the same blush for days and weeks on end, I change my eye make up on a daily basis. In the past year, I have added a slight lipstick addiction into the mix. Where I got rid of more than half of my lipglosses over the past 1.5 years, I have only added that amount in lipsticks. They last longer, and the color pay off is so much better.
- 3 eyeshadow bases
- 1 eyebrow powder
- 2 eyebrow pencils
- 1 eyebrow gel
- 1 lip erase
- 5 mascaras
- 1 pencil sharpener
- 37 brushes
- 4 sets of fake eyelashes
Again no categories to be wowed by. I have the basics I need and pretty much stick to that. The only reason why I have 3 eyeshadow bases was because I bought a Kat von D base last year because I thought my Too Faced one was running out, but that is still going strong. I use MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot as a base as well so I sometimes double it up as my lids are very greasy and I sometimes just need that bit of extra coverage on my lids. The only reason why I have 5 mascaras is because I always keep 1 back up and I was gifted 3 other ones in the course of the year.
238 nail polishes
Nail polish was my first love in the world of beauty and I have been buying it since I was 12 years old. I have bottles that go back that far, so it’s no wonder that I have that much I think. I am going a bit overboard on the top coats though, because I’ve been loving trying out new ones a little too much lately.
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Note: Pictures are not up to date. I took these last spring. Lighting in my room is terrible at the moment due to scaffolding placed in front of my windows because my house is being painted. The collection looks slightly different now. The numbers are current though.