I've been doing an inventory of my makeup and skincare products over the last week or so, and it turns out that I currently own 185 loose eyeshadow products (mostly minerals, but not all). In my defence, about 75% of them are samples, or technically samples (Everyday Minerals used to do samples that were almost the same size as some other companies' full sizes). Now comes the crazy part...
I almost never use loose eyeshadows. In fact, I had a large collection of Everyday Minerals that I gave away to a friend of mine a couple of years ago because I never used them. And now I have a large collection again. Ridiculous.
There are two factors that drive me to purchase these in such wild numbers:
- They're super cheap.
- They have a huge range of gorgeous colours.
Sassy Minerals, for example sells their samples for 75US cents, and shipping is only a few dollars. Not only that, they come in jars! I know loads of people hate those little sample baggies, and even though I can live with them, I much prefer jars.
Pure Luxe Indigo (scroll down to blues, it doesn't let me link directly to the colour) in crease, and Boy Toy on lid.
Pure Luxe Cosmetics sells their loose shadow samples for $1US. Again, shipping is pretty low and they also come in jars.
So why don't I wear all these gorgeous greens, purples, blues, pinks, chocolates and so on? One word: MESS. I love the idea of loose eyeshadows, but I hate the mess and the fiddliness of them.
I've been tossing up the idea of giving a lot of these away, but quite a few have been used at least once, and every one of them has been swatched (with a brush). Is it gross to give away loose eyeshadow? What are your thoughts?