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When I first started buying makeup, I bought more back-ups, but after realizing that I never finish anything and there is always something newer and more interesting on the horizon, I am pretty good about now doing so. There are only a few exceptional products that I have bought back-ups for in the past few years, and they’ve been holy grail shades for me (two that I can remember are Guerlain Gems and Chanel Dragon).

— Christine

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Never have before, but I have totally fallen in love with the LE Giorgio Armani waterproof eye pencil in cool brown (02). Had I known when I bought it that I would fall in love with it THIS MUCH, and had I known he wouldn’t release this color every spring (yeah, I know it was released LE, but he re-released the black, so I figured there’d be a repromote of the brown!), I would have bought at least two. Even though I never finish ANYTHING, I can totally see finishing this. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new copper version (05) though!

I’m never a good enough judge of what will make me crazy long term, usually. The one time I went all out and bought a backup of anything LE was when BPAL was coming out with a Berry Moon scent (back then, they were available for only one day, so this was being ordered unsmelled), and wouldn’t you know, I get it and it’s merely all right not awesome.

On the other hand, a regular product that’s become a staple, I wouldn’t bat an eye on grabbing a couple backups if I hear it’s been discontinued. (I don’t know what I’d do if my concealer or mascara faves were d/c’ed…I have a sneaking suspicion I’d be wearing a lot less concealer and mascara.)

Nope, because I know I’ll never really finish anything anyways, and if/when I do there is going to be new stuff that I want! I am a bit more sentimental when it comes to scents. I’d go through a lot to locate a discontinued one if it meant something to me.

Same here, Christine. I was a crazed, back-up buying fiend. I realized 2-3 years in that it’s completely unnecessary and takes away from others’ ability to purchase highly coveted items.

I only buy backups if it’s a staple and on sale (e.g. Sephora F/F). I now trust that LE items will last long enough to bring me joy until the next hot thing comes along. 🙂

I’ll do it for a few 100% HG lip products, where the texture and performance is perfect and the color is unusual enough or the most absolutely flattering, but even then I’ll only get one extra.

No way I’d ever back up a blush or an eye shadow, because I’d never use those up anyways. I DID back up Elude beauty powder from MAC Gareth Pugh as my one exception, because it’s nearly impossible to find a powder that’s that as white and matte, without looking powdering or deadening, even at twice the price. It’s going to take a long time before white matte powder is back in fashion too, so if I waited around, I could be waiting a very long time, since this was never such a mainstream look, even back in the 80’s when it had the most traction. I’m glad I did, even with it being very expensive for MAC, since I’ve been using it every day and have already put a big dent in the first one.

Sometimes. I bought a back up of MAC Marquise’d and Gem of Roses lipsticks. I want a back up of Flamingo badly. I also bought back ups of my favorite Slimshines. Sometimes I even buy backups of products that aren’t ltd. ed. because I’m afraid they’ll be discontinued. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve fallen in love with that have been discontinued.

Regarding MAC LEs, I rarely buy a back-up, as MAC always seems to repromote LEs. I have been known to buy a few LE back-ups because I know that exact product won’t be made again. Brushes seem to be a problem for me. If I like a brush and it is LE, I will usually buy a back-up or 3 because I will be using one, while the other one dries. I’m a sucker for LEs 😡

A really great LE brush is completely worth it! Some of them are weird, like the gimmicky hair on one side tacklon on the other, but I bought a 160 highlighting brush and was back for the last two in 48 hours. Fantastic brushes! And one is highlight, another is blush, the third is in rotation. Real hair brushes in storage attract moths! Use them in rotation or at least use them before sticking in a drawer. Moths don’t care for make up or shampoo. It’s a bit protectant. After Katrina what the water hadn’t gotten mold did- except for many thousands of $$ in paintbrushes. The toxins from oil paint pigments and paint thinner saved them. The one big new pricey brush that was unused? Hairs chewed off.
Make up brushes won’t have total toxins but the moths still won’t like the minerals and stuff. Use em or possibly lose em. Besides, several of something is convenient. I need three 239s to get through a week.

For me everything seemss limited edition because products get discontinued all the time. I panic every time I find a holy grail product, I think the world will end if I ever run out and buy back ups (more than one) hahaha. To be honest by the time I am done with the original I no longer feel so excited about it and then i start worring about it all expiring before I use it ahahaha. I know it will happen every time but I can’t sleep peacefully till I buy the back ups =P.

If you’re not as impressed, or have moved on by then there’s EBay or the Bin on Spectra; Somebody truly pining for it will just worship you for coming through! I’m serious, I found a new in box blush I’d used entirely and was stunned, like a mallet to the head without my go to. Some nice woman was selling off her back ups, match made in Make Up Heaven.

Like you really! Very occasionally I will, if I find something really exceptional,but not as often as I used to. When I started getting into makeup, I would do it a lot more often, but I quickly realised that I wasn’t getting around to using all the stuff because I would find something new in a different collection that I loved. I use to end up giving away/ selling things/ swapping them etc anyway.

i really wish i would’ve bought back ups of Macs Pink friday, it’s the only pink lipstick i absolutely love on myself. it actually looks kind of natural on me D: other than that, no. i’d rather send money on different products i really want, as opposed to buying multiples of things, and having stuff i won’t be using for a while or may never end up using.

How interesting, I used to buy lots of Limited Edition for my shop, but found that it doesn’t sell as well as new lines. I think that although people don’t like change – they just can’t help but try the new products.

When I read this, my first thought was: “I wonder if she has any LE items left to sell?”
Then I laughed, because not-hoarding is sort of the theme of these responses. 🙂

no, but i would if the product is reallyyyyyy good and hard to dupe, like a perfect black waterline eyeliner(which i’d finish fast). there’s no point in buying back ups of products you rarely use tho you like them…they will expire till you finish them=waste

Not really. With the amount of new products coming out, and because I always like to try different things, I never buy back ups.

I did this only two times, when Peachstock came out with Mac me Over ’cause I had missed it with Liberty of London. Even though it is a permanent PRO shade, I have no Mac PRO anywhere near where I live ’cause I literally am isolated (living in an island sometimes is very frustrating). I found that Peachstock was my perfect nude shade with that tiny tinge of orange and I fell in love with it, so I got a backup. The second time was with Glitter and Ice, with the Such Flare! lipstick. It is the most long-lasting red I’ve ever tried on my lips. Literally almost no re-application for me during the whole time I’m wearing it. Had to get an emergency backup for this tone ’cause I really love wearing reds ^^

Yes, I’ve done it. With MAC vv collection, I bought 1 back-up of innocence beware, I am now on the second tube, but you are right, I didn’t need it, since I finish the 1st so fast I still have the 2nd pretty much new, and now is going to be repromote it, and creme d’ nude and hue are a lot like it.

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