Makeup inventory: March 2019


Hello and welcome to my first makeup inventory post for 2019!

I haven't done an inventory since before Christmas, and while I have been on a makeup no buy since the beginning of December, I received some stuff as gifts over the festive period so it'll just be a matter of whether I've finished more than I've received.

We shall see!


Last update I had four and I now have three. Woot woot, I've finally gotten my primer collection down to reasonable levels!

My goal was four or five so I've managed to beat that, and there's room to buy another one when my spending ban lifts for my birthday month in June.

Setting sprays

Last update I had one and I still have one. While that's a good amount for me, I wouldn't mind owning another one and I do plan to buy the Urban Decay All Nighter once my spending ban has lifted - the one I have is good for hydration but not so much for longevity.

No more than two is my goal here.

Liquid/cream illuminators

I had one and I still have one. While I had two for a while there, I panned another one recently and I also received one for Christmas, which is why I still have one.

One's my goal so we're good here.

Liquid foundations

I had one and I now have two because I received one for Christmas. Two is a good amount for me, and one of them doesn't have a huge amount left so I expect to be buying another one in June.

My goal is no more than three.

Shade adjusting drops/foundation mixers

I had two and I still have two. Two is a good number for me (one for darkening and one for lightening), although I wouldn't mind finding myself a yellow mixer at some point because I need that for any bases that aren't yellow enough for my skintone.

Two's my goal so we're there.

Cream eyeshadows/bases and primers

I had two, being one dedicated eye primer and a glitter glue, and I still have those two.

Two's my goal: yay.

BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers

I had three and I now have one because I finished two, so there's room to buy another one because I use tinted moisturisers the most and one isn't enough for me. Still, I'll try to last until June so I don't break my no buy.

My goal is no more than two open.


I had one and I now have zero because I finished the one I had. This is annoying and while I can buy another one under my no buy rules, the one I want to buy is from Mecca but I've already hit L3 status there so I want to hold off on any Mecca purchases until July.

One is enough for me so I've passed my goal in this category.


I had one and I still have one, which is a good amount for me because I don't need much concealer - although the one I have is better for my winter skintone, so I may need to buy myself another one down the track. We'll see.

Two's my goal here.

Powder foundations

I had one and I still have one.

That's enough for me because I have dry skin and prefer liquids.

Setting powders

I had three (two being unopened) and I now have two because I panned one.

While initially my goal was one, I'm changing that to three or four because I would like to explore the setting powder category (something I haven't done before) and work out what the best ones are, whether budget or high-end. So I'm ok with this category for now and I plan to buy another one soon.

Finishing powders

I had one and I still have one. Happy with that.

Face palettes

I had three and I still have three.

I don't really have a goal here but three is probably too many for me, so I'll aim to pan myself down to two eventually.

Bronzers/contour powders

I had five and I still have five. Even though I bought myself three last year, I've panned some and I've also moved a couple into my custom palettes because I managed to make some extra room in those via Pan that Palette 2018.

My goal is four, so I'm not far away from that - and considering that I use one of my bronzers as a contour because it's neutral/cool, I can live with that for now.


I had seven and I still have seven

My 2018 goal was seven stand-alone blushes, so I've hit that goal and I want to stay at that number for 2019 because I love blush so I'm happy to have a few of them, although I want to pan some of my older items so I can try more.


I had five and I now have six because my husband bought one for me. 

My goal was no more than seven so we're good here, although I might make five my new goal because I don't need that many highlighters and I have more in my custom palettes anyway.

Eyeshadow palettes (small and large)

I had fourteen and I still have fourteen: three quints, five septets and six larger palettes. Too many.

Unfortunately this category has blown up over the last two years (I used to have nine), and I want to get it back down again because I don't need this many eyeshadow palettes. Let's see if I can't pan some of the smaller palettes over the next year or two. Fingers crossed!

My goal for 2019 is ten, so that's what I'll work towards.


I had one and I still have one.

That's my goal: I don't use much eyeliner.


I had seven and I now have eight (one full-size and seven travel-sizes). Although I finished a couple, I also keep receiving them as GWPs.

My goal here is no more than four: one or two open, and one or two in back-up. I have some work to do here!

Brow products

I had two and I still have two: one pencil and one coloured gel. 

Two's my goal, so we're there.


I had three and I now have four (one being a mini that I received in a Mecca Beauty Loop box).

My goal here is no more than four, for the simple reason that I prefer glosses and I'm happy to have less lipsticks and more glosses, so this category is fine for now.

Lip balms

I had one and I still have one.

That's fine. I use lip balms something chronic so I'm happy to buy more later on, but one's enough for the moment.

Lip glosses

I had eight and I now have six because I panned a couple.

My goal is no more than six so I'm happy with this category. 

Custom palettes

I have six custom palettes: three larger ones and three smaller ones.

In my last inventory I had:

  • five bronzers 
  • six blushes (one being a mini and one being a half-size)
  • one setting powder 
  • seven highlighters (one being a mini and one being a half-size)
  • forty-one eyeshadows 

I now have:

  • four bronzers (I panned one)
  • five blushes (I panned one); one being a half-size
  • one setting powder 
  • seven highlighters (one being a mini and one being a half-size)
  • thirty-nine eyeshadows 

As mentioned previously, my goal with this section is not so much to get the numbers down (I want my custom palettes to be full), but instead to keep finishing pans so I can continue to de-pot my individual powders and bring those into my palettes. I reach for these daily and everything in them gets plenty of use. 

So I've done ok with this section because we can see there's been some movement: that's all I'm aiming for here.

The final tally

Here we go... *nervous face*

If I count my custom palettes as only six items and don't count the individual pans, I now have 80 products - which is a little less than the 83 items I had in my last inventory. Happy with that!

If I include the individual pans in my custom palettes (but count pre-made palettes as one item), I now have 130 makeup products, which is a reasonable reduction from the 137 I had previously.

I'm going to set a new goal for 2019, this being no more than 75 makeup products. Let's see if I can get there by next update.

I'm also hoping to get my individual pan count down a little, so let's aim for 120 pans by the end of 2019.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

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