Welcome to my first ever anti-haul! If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s basically an anti-consumerism haul, where you share products that you won’t be buying. Figured it would help me stop my inner makeup hoarder from getting stuff that I don’t need.
Over the years this has become more gimmicky, especially on YT, but what inspired this trend is really anti-consumerism, since we’re being flooded with makeup products that we simply don’t need.
First item on the list, is the MUR Pro HD amplified palettes. The reason why I won’t be getting those is because I already have pretty much all that color scheme in my eyeshadow collection.
Had these been available when I first got into makeup I would have considered getting one, but rather than just a warm or cool palette I would have preferred one with an actual rainbow of colors.
Next is again from MUR their liquid highlighters which are a more affordable “dupe” to the Cover FX drops. In general I think I’m a bit over highlighters, and lately I’ve been leaving my skin pretty matte, and without foundation too. Rather than a liquid highlighter I would prefer something very sheer, easy to apply if not outright an illuminating primer.To just give a slight sheen to the skin. I feel like it would look more natural on my bare skin which as it stands is still textured.
Also I question whether I’d use them at all, or if they’re too gimmicky and would just be sitting in my drawers. I certainly feel like I’m over highlighters a bit, and I’m starting to appreciate more blushers with a sheen. I’m even using regular shimmery shadows as highlighters, from Essence and Catrice and they work better than my real highlighters…and they cost around 2-3 bucks too.Yep don’t need more highlighters.
Third item on the list is the Superstay Matte inks, and basically any kind of liquid lipstick. Why you ask? I don’t find them to be particularily flattering on the lips, some of them are really drying, and the ones that I own end up drying down pretty dark.And while the Maybelline ones don’t emphasize the lines, they have this tendency to make the lips stick together, which is something I abhor. Plus the matte liquid lip trend is slowly but surely getting less attention, and glosses are making their comeback,yay.
And finally what inspired this post in the first place, is the ABH soft glam palette. But you’re going to ask , don’t you buy primarly drugstore makeup? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that if something was really worth it, and I could afford it, I wouldn’t buy a high end product. In fact I have a pretty long wish list of high end makeup that I’d like to get eventually. But I often ask myself, is it worth it, when so many drugstore products can work for me on an everyday basis? I think I can more easily justify a high price tag if it had some clear benefits for my skin, like skin care infused products.Or if it was something unique, sadly the ABH palette isn’t that, far from it.
The fact is that the color selection is really nothing special. It’s soft glam, so of course it’s supposed to be soft neutrals, that are wearable, but I feel like there is TONS of palettes that offer the same colors, and with similar quality too from high end brands . On the drugstore side, I can easily see the 3 MUR palettes that I own offer those colors, and some more.The shadows might not be as soft or pigmented as ABH, but then again I rarely wear makeup past the 5 hour mark. So really there isn’t a reason for me to get it now or later. I guess it’s more handy to have all those colors in one palette, rather than 3, but again I don’t wear those shades a whole lot and if anything I’m less about the beige life, and appreciate colors more.Like give me a palette with blues, violets, greens heck even yellows, and I’d snatch it in an instant.
And overall, if you’re a makeup hoarder like me, then you prolly already have similar shades in your collection.
So there you go. This might become a series, I certainly do need some incentive to buy less makeup…