This secret drawer of cosmetics collectables made an appearance in my recent ‘Makeup Collection’ video and aside from declarations of IKEA and MUJI love, the comments were littered with requests to see the contents in more detail; so as always, your wish is my command. Every now and again I get my hands on something that is quite frankly just too darn pretty to use. It’s ridiculous – it’s makeup for pete’s sake – but we’ve all been there, right? A much-coveted item, usually in some kind of magpie-magnet packaging, with an intricate pattern swirled into the compact in ‘limited edition, so I need it’ supply. The following products all fit into that category for me and therefore reside in the ‘untouchable drawer’. A handful of products that for the most part gather dust but are bloomin’ beautiful and act as my stamp collection if you will…

Let’s begin with Dior. The following three were released when Dior re-launched their counter in Harrods and were only available for purchase in that store in short supply. The Vernis Nail Polishes are pretty; Windsor, a steely grey and Diorling (cutest name ever), which I’ve only ever opened to let my Mum have go with. But, the real star of the show is the My Lady Healthy Glow Complexion Enhancing Palette – serious swoonage. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what this looks like swatched because I’ve never dared to go near it. I even keep it in its original packaging. Overprotective makeup mum or what? 

YSL also feature heavily in this drawer. They’re pretty on it when it comes to L.E ‘everyone and their mum wants it’ launches. My favourite piece of all has got to be their Palette Parisian Nite Rue de Babylone Radiant Blush, which I think was part of a recent gift with purchase. Just look at that. A punchy pink blush in gold casing with a sunken heart in the centre – it was an obvious candidate for my collection. The mottled packaging limited edition version of their Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, went straight in here too. I think they change up the outer of this cult classic each year for Christmas if you’re looking to start your own special stash. One of the rarest pieces I own is their Pure Chromatics 4 Wet and Dry Eyeshadows that YSL created as part of a collaboration with Facebook. Social media and makeup. My two loves came together and I’m never letting that one go.

Estée Lauder take up the rest of the space with their Virgo Zodiac Powder Compact - a pressed powder adorned with star-sign scribings that is easily one of the luxest and weightiest items I own – and their Rich, Rich Lipstick in Pinkadelic that was released as part of their Mad Men collection. I’ve kept the latter purely for the fact that I’m Mad Men obsessed (Don Draper – be still my beating heart). The Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold has been classed as collectable status for the fact that it’s rather aesthetically pleasing, but the final item that’s housed in here is probably my favourite of all – MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power from their Wonder-Woman release. Now this isn’t the most sophisticated compact of them all, but it’s the backstory that I love. It was one of those ‘I’ll do anything to get my hands on it’ occurrences. Heck, I would have eaten a banana to land it (I hate bananas). Luckily I managed to get it into my basket online somewhere and when it arrived it was a beautiful, beautiful moment.

A makeup nerd? Yes, yes I am.

  • cherry lemon

    Haha you’re so funny! I’m sure majority of us have our own untouchable drawer of makeup items!
    But this is normal right? Keeping limited editions just *because*?

  • Sunny

    We’re so similar! Overprotective about our makeup and a banana hater! Yuck- I will *not* eat (let alone go near) bananas!

  • A Stubbs

    I can so relate to this! I have many pieces (including the Libra Estee Lauder compact!) that I daren’t touch, use or open… I think I need to get a special space for these beauties too :) xxx

  • Beth

    Hahaha,this is gas. I’m so glad I’m not the only one!


    Beth Young Makeup

  • Keelin

    Ugh I can relate to this so much. However I do think that a benefit of just liking the packaging of the YSL Touche Eclat is that you can actually use the product up and then keep the package (I do understand if you don’t thought… the purity of it can get in the way haha),

  • Sophie

    No way. That is such a waste..

  • Anine Van de Ryck

    I love how I’m not the only one that feels all these makeup feels. My untouchable stash is quite minimal, I especially tend to be too careful with MAC LE blushes. I try to tap my brush as lightly as possible into the blush, so I won’t ever hit pan. I think I might need to see a doctor about this illness ;)

    xoxo Anine

  • PeonyandPeach

    Beautiful stash! I have an ‘untouchable’ makeup collection too! Glad I’m not the only one!

  • Arianne

    Ahh I love this! I don’t own anything I haven’t touched, but there are some products I own that I keep around just to look at, even though I don’t wear them *ever*.

    I have a couple of Giorgio Armani eye palettes (one with the a glorious Mother of Pearl case) that I keep for-my-eyes-only purposes. :)

  • Melanie

    what a waste of money, just use them and enjoy them

  • Kelly

    I know what you mean! I have some products from YSL that I like separating from the others cuz the packaging is just too pretty to scuff up!

  • Daniela

    Great post, but I have to say that as soon as I get new make up (drugstore or high-end) I have to use them as soon as! I love playing with new make up and there’s nothing more satisfying than brushing the top layer off a blush or eyeshadow!

  • charlotte foster

    Daaaw…I’m thinking you, Lisa Eldridge and Madeleine March should collaborate on a make up museum. Then generations of L.E collectors can drool for generations to come. Also, should you need a curator…

  • Lottie Kerr

    These are some serious beautiful pieces of make up, I don’t know if I could keep them unused though!

    Lottie x

  • Phoebe

    You’re like the OCD comic book nerd who can’t damage the original packaging!

  • Sasha

    ohh estee lauder madmen *swoon*

  • Lets Talk Beauty

    I have a few bits from the Mac WW collection & they’re SO pretty. I use them, but not very often

  • Stephanie

    Love this idea for this post!

    ps. Disqus is fixed, YAY! :D

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)


  • Annie Lindsay

    This is too funny! It seems so weird to buy makeup and then not use it but if I had those items, I’d totally treasure them too! That Dior palette is to-die-for!

  • ranunkel1

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one!!!! My boyfriend doesn’t understand why I don’t use certain things. But as you say, it’s often the backstory that makes something so incredibly precious! Thanks for this post!

  • eeny

    It is weird to buy things and not use them but i can totally understand why you just can’t.

  • Ada Drgas

    One day I asked my brother to get me the Estée Lauder’s Scorpio Zodiac Powder, just for fun, you know, and when he saw the price was like “Why do you need this? A powder is just a powder, right?” Ah, men. They will never get us. xx

  • AgentSmyth

    I have a lot of products that are so pretty I use them sparingly but I don’t have anything that I haven’t touched! I wish I had the money to do that :) You have a beautiful collection x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Senka B.

    The amount of my excitement is too damn high! A beautiful collection Anna! :)

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Oh my these really are lovely items, I see why you don’t want to ruin them!

  • Shani

    There are things that I buy that I won’t touch, but I would really feel that it was a waste if I did that with makeup. That said, I don’t have any of these amazing pieces that you do, and I would probably have them off limits, too. (I just found out about the YSL/Facebook palette last week and have serious envy.)

    Shani x

  • Judith U.S

    I love the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish of Wonder Women it’s really cute.

  • Catrin

    I totally agree with keeping your favourites! It breaks my heart when limited edition products start to run out.


  • Cassie

    These are all so pretty! I wouldn’t be able to use them either.

  • Anna Belle

    I adore the Zodiac Powder Compact (Although not a Leo, I love the design!). I haven’t purchased one, however, because like you, I would never use it – it’s just too pretty!

  • clairabelle0306

    I could kick myself for not picking up the Mac Wonder Women blushes, arrggghh everytime I walk into a cco I pray they might be sat there waiting for me but it’s yet to happen :(

  • Maria

    So much prettiness! I totally get it though. Heck, I think most of us who visit this blog do exactly the same thing.


  • Charlie

    oooof this is the stuff dreams are made of.
    the prettiest make up collection ever!

  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    I love the look of the nail polishes, both such pretty shades! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Brooke Ellen

    I love this post!
    I am always on the hunt for the limited edition items and the best packaging!


  • Lyndsey

    That ysl blush was almost mine and I let it get away. Seeing it again hurts a little, to be completely honest. As silly as that sounds.

  • Ruhee

    The Dior products look amazing! I have a hard time using products which look pretty too.

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    I have some ‘special’ make up bits, those that wont be touched and looked at occasionally. Make up from my wedding etc..

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • cassandramyee

    These are such gorgeous items, I would totally be storing them away… or putting them in a glass case on display…

  • Prettysnoopy

    Love this Anna! I actually got my hands on that MAC wonder woman bronzer at the Cosmetics company outlet at Cheshire Oaks! So pleased! I’ve used mine tho!! xx

  • dorinag

    All the product from “The drawer” look so cute :)

  • Celina

    These are such beautiful products! Definitely products you will want to keep to show your children and grandchildren. :)
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Gosh, so many stunning treats! Tempted by the Charlotte Tilbury highlighter especially :)

  • alicekatex

    Dior packaging is so flipping gorgeous!

    alicekatex ♥

  • Zoë Baldwin

    I’m a sucker for the limited edition stuff. You get all excited that you’ve got it in your collection and think about how awesome it’s going to look on your face. But then this voice says – what happens if you like it so much you use it all up? Then you don’t use it at all, rather you just stare at it.

  • Kim Jandu

    WOW how amazing is that YSL blush?! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Kate

    Although I love limited edition stuff I often use it as I want to make the most of it!

    Kate xo |

  • mara

    i have the zodiac compact too! i love it. you can always refill it! for the touché éclat, maybe use it up and use the decorative pen as a funky little bit of decor?

  • Claudia

    wow, all this stuff is so pretty. The Dior palette…..wowza!!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  • Sylvia

    Holy moly that Dior palette is INSANE.


  • Kaylie

    Those are beautiful, shimmery and lovely! It’s kind of nice having a collection like that that you covet and cherish so much. For me, it’s notebooks. if I get a new notebook I can’t stand writing on the first page unless it’s something beautiful.

    Aren’t you worried that all of these products might go off? That’s what would be a game changer for me. :/

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    lol i hate bananas too but i would totally eat one to get my hands on some hard to find makeup product. like… tom ford black orchid lipstick. why did i ignore that while it was out??? Why was i too scared of the shade???