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I plan my purchases, & buy online. Once I’m in a store, I end up throwing my plans out the store door and getting what I planned to get and everything else that catches my eyes!

I’ve been trying alot harder to not impulse buy lately. The last several months I’ve been keeping a handwritten list of items/products I *really* want, and I update at least every few weeks, or when I know I’ll be somewhere that carries the items I want. Of course, there items I *really* want, and those I know off the top of my head, so if I happen upon a counter or store that carries it, I sometimes find myself buying it, even when it’s not the most prudent financial choice. My last haul a couple of weeks ago was one such time, but I have no regrets; I’ve just had to cut back on some other luxuries this month, like going out to eat.

I love your method.. when I go shopping at Sephora, I always have a list. One or two additional items inevitable ‘stray’ into my basket. I haven’t tried to keep just one list for overall beauty buys. I should.

I usually find myself focusing on one brand at a time, so that kind of helps me stay away from other items while at Sephora. Right now, I have 5-6 NARS shadows I “need”, then a few lipsticks, then I’ll be onto something else, LOL. Between the UD Vice & Smoked palettes, I may end up straying from my goal. Then there’s the Tarte gift set…

I definitely do my research and look at my favorite beauty blogs before deciding whether to purchase a product or not. On that note, every time I go into Sephora and see a product with attractive packaging, I instantly get the urge to make an impulse purchase. Particularly with brands like Benefit, who have amazing and fun packaging. It also gets me. I also like the idea of not knowing whether a product is good or bad, impulse decisions sometimes turn out good!


It’s really quite sad. At least half of the makeup in my collection was from an impulse buy. But they’re my own, my babies, my precious…. *twitches*


I don’t meticulously plan, but I do know what I’m looking for most of the time. That said, other things jump into my arms and come home with me when making my planned purchases. Mostly though, I just go in to see what catches my eye. So guess I’m more impulse than plan.

Generally speaking, I’m not. Well, not since a few years ago I discovered beauty blogs and reviews. I used to pop into Sephora, pick whatever catches my eye and be done with it. Of course, I’d end up with a lot of products that either don’t suit me or are too similar to each other (I kept buying MLBB lipsticks, for example). Nowadays I do much more research and planning. I still succumb to an occasional impulse buy, but I’m more likely to go home, look for dupes in my stash, check reviews online and Temptalia’s dupe list etc. Of course, if there’s a discount/clearance/GWP, I find it harder to stick to my plan.

Well, to tell the truth I never stay away from counters ! And I am not trying to do so ( lol ) so yes I a am bit of a compulsive person.

sometimes and mostly when i see great deals or when i fix an ideia that i have to have sometging! but that happens always on stores since i have to borrow a card for online shopping :p if i had one now, it would be my total disgrace…!!

I can be, but I’m a lot better than I used to be. Between my skin needing a proper testing phase in case of any more surprise reactions (nothing quite like going on holiday and finding out you’re allergic to the stuff the hotel uses to wash their sheets) and the fact that nothing’s really caught my eye in person in a while, I haven’t been jumping at make up lately.

Sometimes I am. A few products I’ve purchased on impulse, I’m really glad about as the impulse that drew me to them was what makes them great to use. It’s funny, though – not all my “impulse” buys are those that take place at the last minute, at the store or counter – sometimes (most of the time, to be honest), it’s seeing something online that will create that burning impulse that has me thinking “I MUST have that; I MUST have that”! Sometimes, the impulse will slowly dissipate if I don’t have time to get the store right away, but other times, it gets more intense!

Not really. I almost always have to do some research about the shades (or at least the formulas) before I make up my mind. We can’t return anything here, so I have to be a bit more careful!

I can identify with you Christine! I am a METICULOUS planner. Lots of factors HAVE to be considered before I purchase a product eg. temptalia’s review of the product, my budget, if I have something similar already, will I even use this product, heck maybe even the direction of the wind that day haha (joking!). I plan and even STALK a product in store and online for a couple of days before I make the decision to buy it (I move quicker if its LE). However, if I happen to find myself in a department store, I am known to do an impulse buy, although I would usually buy a product whose formulation I know is great…for eg. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Glosses…I may not have read the review for the exact shade but I know the formula is stellar so I’ll purchase one anyway! I guess in this way, I never totally deviate from my meticulous planning!!!

Occasionally I will see something and buy it on an impulse, but most of the time I am a planner. The only thing I buy impulsively is nail polish.

A bit of both, actually. I do plan many of my purchases, but I also get sidetracked and spontaneously add one or two items. This inevitably happens to me at Sephora. My eBay purchases are typically far more spontaneous and occur when I’m looking for something which is no longer available, or I want to get it on the cheap.

It takes me weeks of research, including, most heavily, your reviews, in order to let myself buy a new product. Especially with high end products, I do not want to be dissapointed.

yep. I work at a big retailer, and I am usually there when we get new arrivals. I am notorious for buying most of the eyeshadows on the display LOL. I figure if it works , I keep it . If it doesnt work , I take it back to the store to get my money back.

I’m pretty meticulous and always go into a mall knowing exactly what I should be buying, if anything (if I’ve been shopping a lot recently or I don’t need anything, I won’t even look at cosmetics). Sometimes I’ll stumble across things that suit me so well and I’ll splurge on them, though it’s only ever on products I’ve read about before. For example, I just bought a Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream on an impulse since I loved the color so much, but I’d heard a lot about these eyeshadows before and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the product. If it’s something I’d not heard of before but I am interested in, I’ll remember the name of it and look up reviews online before I go back and buy it.

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