9 Apr 2017 27 comments

A Much Needed Lipstick Declutter.


My lipstick collection has been spiralling out of control in the last six months or so, with boxes and boxes of lipsticks waiting to be sorted through, and entire drawers spilling over with creams and liquids and matte formulas. It was both absolutely mesmerising and entirely stressful.

I finally had to have a proper clear out recently after shaking up my makeup storage, and I allowed myself only a set of MUJI acrylic drawers. I know, a real tragedy.

I was actually quite ruthless when it came to decluttering, I definitely got rid of more than half of my collection – much to the dismay of my Instagram followers who were watching me declutter through Instagram Stories.
For those that asked, the unusable ones went in the bin, and the unopened lot went to friends or charity. I’m quite a good declutterer (that’s a thing).

I kept a five drawer set of MUJI drawers just for my lipsticks, and one other single drawer for my MAC collection and a few other favourites – so six in total, and I had no issues filling these.

I reserved a drawer for lip pencils and sticks – I adore the Revlon Matte Balms and the NARS Lip Pencils, so these were piled in the top drawer. I actually ended up getting rid of so many of the NARS pencils that I had and didn’t use. When I’m decluttering, I always tell myself that I’m making room for more products I actually love – it softens the blow.

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I love matte lipsticks, especially bright hues, so the next drawer is filled with the Clinique Matte Pop Lipsticks and the new Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos. I got the full shade range of both of these collections, so I managed to narrow down my stash so it includes only colours I know I’ll wear!

Next up, possibly my favourite drawer – lip creams! I have quite a few of the much loved Sephora Lip Creams, a few Stila Liquid Lipsticks and lots of my current lip loves – the Armani Lip Magnets. Again, I go the entire collection of the Lip Magnets but I managed to streamline the shades, no easy feat.

The next drawer is a bit different. In here, I stashed my favourite colours from the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks… I received the entire 120 colour collection so I’ve slowly been going through them. I think I’ve kept around 30 – definitely excessive, but they’re all so, so beautiful. A lot of these I haven’t opened, so I’m slowly going through and checking if the shades are me. Until then, they fill a drawer and a half.

The final two drawers are packed full of my long-time shades, including my MAC lipstick collection, my Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and any other colours I’ve loved over the years and had to hold on to. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but it’s easy to go to these two drawers and quickly find a random shade for the day.

All in all, quite a collection – but it could be a lot worse! I’ll probably be a bit more realistic as I go, as I know there’s probably still shades in here that are similar, or I’m not a fan of.
Until then, however, it’s a pretty impressive lineup of tones and textures.

What do you think of my lipstick declutter?

  • It sounds brilliant! I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it! Too much of a hoarder! XD And my lipstick collection isn’t as impressive xD I really like those drawers! X

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

  • I decluttered my make-up recently and tbh I’m still hoarding most lip sticks. I definitely only wear 10% of my collection. I threw away all the Revlon Matte Balms cause I don’t even wear it πŸ™

    Nhi Archibald | Life with Nhi Archibald

  • You are quite ruthless indeed! I love the Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets as well, I own 3 of them and I’m planning on purchasing more shades very soon, I would love to see a post about your favourite Lip Magnet shades! Great post πŸ™‚


  • Lipstick heaven!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • A very nice tool for makeup organizing. Love it! πŸ™‚

    ?LA BIJOUX BELLA? | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • clare⭐

    Beautiful collection! I recently had a lipstick clear out too and it feels so good πŸ™‚


  • I had a big declutter a while ago and got rid of lots of old make-up that I just wasn’t going to wear again. It makes it so much easier to choose what to use! x


  • Amber Gregory

    Wow i’m so jealous of your collection! A declutter is always needed once in a while..

  • So gorgeous!! I definitely need to do a declutter, my collection is spilling out of my drawer!


  • Not gonna lie, it totally made me cringe the declutter on Instagram haha. I really need to actually organise my lipstick collection!


  • I absolutely adore YSL and Charlotte tilbury lipsticks!


  • elisha mae

    A girl’s dream! Plenty to choose from without being downright overwhelming.

    Side note: That Armani packaging though…

    Elisha-MaΓ© | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • Watched this on your Insta stories! What a lovely collection Kate πŸ™‚
    – Ambar x

  • Fatima

    Your makeup set up is SO DREAMY!!

    Fatima x http://www.fatimawrites.co.uk

  • πŸ˜‰ nothing better than a good declutter

  • I am in love with your lipstick collection! All of the colors are so pretty!!

  • Kay Nguyen

    Amazing collection, it is to die or <3


  • Juliana Paz

    I’ve been doing a ton of makeup decluttering. Lipsticks are next on my list.


  • I think this is FAB and serious kudos to you for even getting through that many. As a fellow lipstick lover, it is definitely difficult for me to depart with. I’m slowly trying to get rid of mine (especially the old ones that are due to be tossed), but I think I”ll try and frame it in a ‘making space for new loved lipsticks.’ Definitely softens the blow.

    Btw loved the little lipstick declutter post you had on your IG story πŸ™‚ Those are definitely some of my favorites to watch – so therapeutical!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Amy

    It is so good to have a clear out isn’t it! Especially now that it is spring, it is the ideal opportunity. I am still a big fan of the NARS Pencils too, I rarely see them mentioned much these days but they are still fantastic products.

  • Caroline Malone

    I love doing a clear out when it comes to lipstick as I think it has to be the one think I hoard the most out of any makeup product! xx


  • I am just about ready to do the same thing! But I’m such a pack rat I don’t know if I will be as successful as you were lol Loved this post !

  • my entire lipstick collection needs a declutter…i have way too much stuff and who actually needs that much and i have about a million empty mascaras.


  • Vaidehi Deo

    I watched your instagram stories ?? It was so hard even to watch ?? Definitely need to learn from yuh ?
    – Vaidehi

  • Loving all of these great lip products! I actually just decluttered my makeup drawers this weekend too, and literally threw out more than half of my stuff as well… πŸ™ Hahaha but I know it’s for the better because now I have so much more room to organize and to buy new things lol! πŸ™‚ <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  • I wish I’d seen this on your insta stories, I love watching decluttering vids! Your collection looks lovely, so many pretty shades!

    Gemma Louise