Anyway, these last few days I started doing some excel spread sheet to organize everything.
Here's an overview of my single eyeshadow tab
I tried, as concise as possible, to note all the features on every eyeshadow I own.
- cost and cost per gram
- color category...
What really helps also is that you can of course sort everything. Here's as an example my collection of single purple eyeshadow
What I really like also is that I can really see the value. In the example above, I think my best purchase is Make up for ever diamond shadow. It's the only eyeshadow that perfoms perfectly in the blendability, longevity and overall pigmentation. The eyeshadow also costs less per gram than MAC.
For more simple categories, like eyeliners, I've used far less tabs.
I also used this tool to track down the date of purchase of fragile products like foundation and mascara. I also included a tab wishlist. With a detailed description of everything I own I can focus on buying things that I have less of.
In a nutshell here's the advantage of cataloging your stash
- Avoid buying repeats and products that under perform
- Focus on getting colors and finishes that you don't already own
- Avoid keeping expired products
- Buying products that are a good value for the size
- Planing make up looks in advance
- Using all your stash
- knowing how much you spend.