2016 Eyeshadow Ban Thoughts, Successes, and Fails


The 2016 Eyeshadow Ban has come and gone! In a nutshell, my friend and I challenged each other to not buy eyeshadow in 2016, but with a few exceptions (LE Disney palettes, her wedding palette).

At first, it was very difficult, since spring is a big time for new makeup products to come out. I definitely missed some beautiful shadows coming out that I *really* wanted; however, this also made me think about what I was actually using and purchasing.

We also rolled with the punches of life. If something *horrible* happened, we allowed each other to indulge in a little retail therapy. Like when my beloved golden retriever passed away, my gracious friend gave me a grief credit.

Another thing that surprised me was how I was able to get a couple of freebies from Ulta! I used a $10 coupon for a Makeup Revolution palette, and had enough money in points to get the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette for free (yay!).

My subscription to Boxycharm helped quell my desire for new eyeshadow palettes as well. I love having Boxycharm to look forward to, and we received eyeshadow quite frequently.

I did fail twice (if I remember correctly): the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette, and Kat Von D matte palette in Sage. No regrets on these two. 😉

Overall, I consider this challenge a success. It definitely made me think about my palette purchases more, and the hype that surrounds current releases. One thing this challenge solidified is my devotion to Urban Decay! At the beginning of the challenge, we had a “credit” for the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette because we saw promos for it in 2015. That came and went, and I ultimately cashed in that credit for the Urban Decay Moondust palette. I have since swatched and looked at the Sweet Peach palette and will not be buying it (although it is adorable and I did get something else from the collection).

Another thing I realized: I LOVE expensive, single pan eyeshadows (NARS, MUFE). :O

I also had a goal to pan the Stila In the Light palette. I did hit pan on two shades, but halfway through the year I ended up tossing the palette. Yep, you read that right. It was SO old and beat up that I didn’t want to use it anymore, and the shades were getting dry. I definitely got the use I needed out of it for how long I had it.

The moral of the story: I probably love eyeshadow way more than normal, but hey, we all have our passions and hobbies. 🙂 For me, makeup is an extension of my artistic expression. I wear makeup for myself because it’s a way to be creative, and it’s something I enjoy.

My friend and I have another challenge in the works for this year, but more on that soon. Happy New Year! 😀

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2 Responses to 2016 Eyeshadow Ban Thoughts, Successes, and Fails

  1. Amy says:

    A whole year without buying eyeshadow! That is seriously impressive!

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