Makeup Graveyard: Lipsticks I don’t love

Hi Friends!

Welcome to my first installment of the Makeup Graveyard! I’ve been gradually decluttering my house and my life, and recently went through all of my makeup and skincare products. I put the products I’m either trashing or giving away in a box, and left the products I really love in my vanity.

So since I’m a little obsessed with lipstick, I thought I’d show you all of the lipstick in my makeup graveyard. These are lipsticks that, for one reason or another, I don’t love.

I got rid of lipsticks based on this criteria:

-Low quality/cheap packaging
-Not cruelty-free (making my collection almost exclusively cruelty-free now)
-Unwearable colors

So let’s get on with it!


Here we have several drugstore lipsticks:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick – Bordeaux

The color is a beautiful vampy color, but man does this formula ever sit terribly on my lips. My lips are prone to getting dry, and this lipstick was way too high-maintenance for me.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Blushing Mauve and Berry Haute

I don’t hate these lipsticks. They’re comfortable on the lips and the colors are nice. My reason for retiring these are mainly due to wanting to clear out my non-cruelty-free products, and because I’ve replaced these colors with higher-end lippies that I prefer. They don’t last very long – 2-3 hours – but they look nice enough while they’re there.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede – Flashing Lights

I’ve always been really meh about this, but I’ve kept it around even though I never wear it. It’s not terrible, it just isn’t stunning. It’s very neutral and sheer if that’s your thing, but again, I have other lip products I love far more.


ELF Moisturizing Lipsticks

Ahh, ELF. Sometimes you surprise me, but sometimes you disappoint me. I got these Moisturizing Lipsticks when I was first branching out into the world of lip color, and didn’t want to spend all of my money on a shade that looked horrible on me. This was a cheap way to try out colors, and they served that purpose well enough.

The thing is with these: They’re cheap. The packaging is cheap plastic, the tube the lipstick twists up in is a little insecure (it wobbles a bit when you shake it), and the formula, while moisturizing, is a little too slippy. They wear off easily and I’m always afraid of it sliding all over my face. The colors also didn’t wow me.

Something I’ve learned about myself through this process is I’d rather have 1 great lipstick than five “meh” ones.


Maybelline Color Sensational – Electric Orange

I purchased this lipstick in 2013 when I was living in Texas and my skin was several shades darker than it is now. I feel like it looked great then, but I basically haven’t been able to pull it off since. It’s too bright, and too orange (as the name suggests). Also, it’s old, and it’s getting decrepit-looking too, so this one is bound for the trash. I will say that I quite liked this lipstick at the time, though.

Maybelline Color Sensational: Vision in Violet

What was I thinking when I randomly picked this up from the drugstore? It was Fall of 2014, purple lips were a big thing, and I made an impulse purchase. Berry purples are beautiful. Too Faced Melted Violet is beautiful. But this just made me look like Barney. Also when I applied it, there was a strong chemical smell that was very off-putting. Now I always look at swatches and plan my purchases!

L’Oreal Color Riche – Fairest Nude and Peach Fuzz

These lipsticks are fine as far as drugstore goes, but there’s something about the packaging and smell that reminds me of old ladies, and I can’t really look past that. Peach Fuzz is a little too frosty for my taste, and Fairest Nude, while not horrible, is very pale, and I need a generous application of gloss afterward so my lips don’t look dead.


And a few more random lipsticks – these ones cost a bit more money (except the first, which was free to me), which made me more hesitant to box them, but in the end I’m glad I did.

Mary K – Posh Pink

This was a hand-me-down from my mom because the color was too cool-toned for her, and while the color is nice enough, the texture of the lipstick is really weird – almost gritty. Swatching it is like rubbing the gentlest sandpaper on my arm. My lipstick needs to be smooth!

Pacifica Devocean – XOX

Sometimes I get adventurous, and I wanted to try out this all-natural vegan brand Pacifica – they do perfumes, body lotions, etc. This is nice – it would be something I’d happily give away – but it just doesn’t compete with my higher-end lipstick. I’m not a huge fan of the plastic tube packaging, and it doesn’t tend to look nice on me in the snowy Saskatchewan winter (too peachy).

Tarte Aquagel Hydrating Lip Tint – Splendid

I wouldn’t have chosen this if it hadn’t come in a big set that Tarte had last year (they had some sort of sale, get a whole bunch of their full-size products for cheap). Though I can see the appeal of this product – it’s very hydrating and almost feels like water on the lips – it’s very sheer, doesn’t last long, and as with the lipstick above, I don’t like the cheap tube packaging. It IS nice, though. I just tend to prefer more opaque, longer-lasting coverage with my lip products.

Here’s a look at the lipstick left on my vanity – these are all the loves and keepers (with some random glosses in the back). There’s a little bit of room for newcomers, and I get really happy when I see this because it’s full of colors I love to wear! It feels so nice to get rid of those “meh” things in life, and to surround yourself with those things that bring you big joy.

Hope you enjoyed this Makeup Graveyard tour of my lipsticks – next week I’ll do another installation!


  • Kiss & Make-up

    Aw, pity about the e.l.f. lippies, I personally like those!

    • Allysia K

      Lots of people do, and when I bought them it was on a recommend! Maybe it’s just me? Ha ha.

  • The Nerdy Me

    Aw, that’s a lot of failed lipsticks. I personally I really like Rimmel ones 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Allysia K

      I know, it was a little intense seeing them all at once! But it felt good to let them go. I’m sure the Rimmel ones are really nice if your lips aren’t prone to dryness! The color is beautiful!

  • Deasy Noel

    I am totally with you on getting 1 good lipstick versus 5 meh lipsticks. The sucky thing about drugstore products is you can’t try them on. I tend to have several trial runs to sephora when I’m eyeing a certain lippy. For example, I think I stopped by sephora eight times or so just to try out Urban Decay’s lipstick and finally thought the trials went well enough that the product was worth purchasing. Sorry those didn’t work out >_< But it looks like you still have quite a bit of lip products that you're keeping 😀

    • Allysia K

      The try-on thing is a big part of it I think! Not to mention that Sephora has a generous return policy, which makes me feel more secure about buying a lipstick. I mean, drugstore lipsticks might be $10, but if I hate it, it’s $10 thrown down the toilet.

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