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Declutter Series: Primers and Setting Sprays

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
For this part of the series, I included all different kinds of primers and setting sprays. I've never actually been a real devotee of primers. I use them but I have really dry skin so I generally focus more on moisturisation to give me a workable base, rather than trying to extend the life of my makeup because it generally lasts pretty well. Also, because I have such dry skin, setting spray is a big must for me to remove that terrible powdery look that comes hand in hand with dehydrated skin.


So after a quick round up of my collection, I discovered I had 9 different types of primers and 4 setting sprays.
  • Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer
  • L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base Primer
  • L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur
  • The Porefessional Primer sample
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Deluxe Sample
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer Deluxe Sample
  • Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer 
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Maybelline Master Fix by Face Studio Wear-Boosting Setting Spray
  • Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Keeping
  • Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer - This is the only primer I use on a regular basis and while I'm not sure it does as much as a good moisturiser or facial oil, it does suit my dry skin and gets the job done.
  • L'Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur - I really like pore filling primer because it has a very similar feel and effect to the Benefit Porefessional at a fraction of the price.
  • The Porefessional Primer Sample - This one was buried in my drawers and seems to be unused so I'm going to keep it but probably use it up over then next couple of weeks. 
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Deluxe Sample - I only just got this sample and while I never need a mattifying primer for my skin, when I do makeup for friends of family, a lot of them have oilier skin so I need to keep this one for them.
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer Deluxe Sample - This is a pretty big sample and since I don't use shadow primers much, it will probably last me ages. 
  • Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer - I totally forgot I had this one so I'm going to try and remember to use it every night before bed to see if it works. If it doesn't I will throw it though. 
  • Maybelline Master Fix by Face Studio Wear-Boosting Setting Spray - This is my favourite setting spray at the moment, especially for the price, and is the one I always reach for. 
  • Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray - I'm still testing this one out since it is fairly new. If it doesn't live up to my favourite Maybelline one I will be moving it on. 
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - there is only a tiny bit left in this one which I will focus on using up but I think I'll keep this little bottle to fill up with another setting spray for travel because the spray pump is great. 
Throwing Out
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer - This one is ancient as you can probably see from the state of the packaging. It has separated and definitely needs to go in the bin.
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray - I've had this one for ages and it has definitely expired by now. 
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray - this is just as old but thankfully it is almost empty so I don't feel like I wasted it. 
Selling and Giving Away
  • L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base Primer - This one doesn't really suit my skin type and I decided to keep the Smashbox one as the better mattifying primer when I do makeup for friends and family. 
I didn't manage to get rid of too much but I think my collection of primers and setting sprays was pretty under control and I still managed to reduce it by about 30%. I tend to only buy things like this just as I need them because I get less sucked in by new releases and pretty packaging than I do with palettes and lipsticks. I think it is important to have a hydrating, pore filling and mattifying primer for different skin types since I do makeup for other occasionally but I will make sure I use up the ones I have before buying more. As for setting sprays, I have found a great one that I can get for less than 10 bucks on sale so I can't see myself straying far from it.  How is your primer and setting spray collection? Could it use a declutter too? Let me know if you are joining along with this series to get your collection back under control.
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