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I’m sure there are more than few examples, but the one I can remember is MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator–I loved it the first release, but it wasn’t quite as good in subsequent releases. I have also experienced a decline in brush quality with MAC with some standard brushes (239s, 217s) that I’ve purchased in the past year compared to my brushes from three to five years ago.

— Christine

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I don’t mean to spam I’m sorry haha, If not CVS I know for sure Walgreens has one that has the original Pond’s 7 ingredients.

I’ve heard that Walgreen’s and CVS both have their own brands which have the original 7 ingredients that Pond’s had, but I’ve looked and can’t find them. They both have all the chemicals that Pond’s now has.
What a disappointment! I wonder if Pond’s has noticed a decline in sales?
I wrote to them about it-you cannot even give them a phone call, there is no number on their website-and their response was to say they were sorry for my bad experience and send me some coupons for a couple of jars of cold cream-which is the exact same stuff I complained about. They did not address the issue of their formula being changed.

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My favorite leave-in conditioner (I think it was Herbal Essences?) changed their formula and eliminated the natural raspberry from it, replacing it with an artificial perfume. I couldn’t use it anymore because the scent aggravated my allergies πŸ™

YES!!! MAC prep & prime spf 50. πŸ™ Was my Holy Grail primer for about 5 years… before they messed up the formula :'(

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Mine too! I wish I would have purchased several backups before they changed the formula! Have you found something to replace it? It was such a great product.

My theory is it is cheaper for MAC to produce the new formula and that’s why they changed it.

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Oh yes!!! Years ago when I was finally tired of caking makeup onto my face to hide my acne (didn’t work!), I found a product by Mary Kay that they called all those years ago a tinted moisturizer. Well, it was just perfect for me. Not too light, not too heavy, good packaging; I was in love. Naive me at the time thought I had found my makeup for the rest of my life. Silly girl!!! About 2 years later my consultant said they were just revamping the packing of the line to make it more modern but I would be getting my beloved product back in no time.
Oh the horror!!! This was NOTHING like that light, creamy makeup I was wearing before. This was thicker, darker and had no pump. I was like “Oh no you didn’t” and the reps actually tried to tell me the packaging changed and nothing else. Well that was the beginning of the end for me. Just don’t lie to me you know?

I can’t think of anything offhand, but I find it so irritating when a display sample is a different formula than the product you buy and take home. I’ve swatched in-store eyeshadows or foundations and then when I get home, the texture is nothing like in the store.

i’ve got a few!
– clinique’s overnight acne treatment from many many years ago. it’s now disconned, but before that, it was reformulated. the original was AMAZING, and the reforms were as if it was just water in a tube.
– clinique’s total turnaround cream. the very very first one. before there was a whole LINE of related products. it changed skincare for me in one fell swoop. when they reformed it, i had to go to college bookstores’ cosmetics counters to hoard it! πŸ™‚ alas, it’s no more, and there’s nothing comparable that i’ve found, even within the same line…
– finally (and here’s the killer), estee lauder’s doublewear stay-in-place powder makeup. i had what i believe is the original, and when i discovered it, i thought i’d found the complexion holy grail. my skin is very acne-scarred and unevenly toned with large pores; this stuff made me look like i had pre-teen skin. miracle, y’all. then, reform #1 – much less product for much more money, AND some oxidation. reform #2 – MORE oxidation. worse this time. reform #3 – complete reformulation because of SPF laws, INCLUDING the elimination of many shades, and the introduction of lots of new “comparable” (pfft.) shades. (for the record, MUFE’s powder foundation is pretty great, but the color match just isn’t hacking it…) my lost love…

Laura mercier eyebrow pencil omggg this use to be my favorite brow pencil like holy grail now it’s all waxy n thick I absolutely hate it!!! They need to bring back the old formula the spooly great but that’s it!!!

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Urban Decay lipsticks! UGH! I hate the new formula and finish!

My favorite foundation, Jane Iredale PurePressed Base changed a while back. It’s still way better than all other foundations out there, but I preferred the old formula, it was less powdery, more firmly pressed and had more coverage, also my shade warm silk was a bit cooler toned.

I agree with you on MAC brushes. They seem more like every mass produced brush out there now. I mean, they are still good brushes for most part, but some are scratchier than others and there seem to be duds from time to time. My newest 239 can be uncomfortable to use on the lids πŸ™ I guess I feel they should be better considering the price range.

For MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, they increased the price significantly and reduced the size too! I never tried the first release but I got the second release.

Sephora’s oil control primer. I had to take it back. The new formula sucks I can’t even explain how disappointed I am….

When EstΓ©e Lauder changed the formulation of the Double Wear foundation I cried for days. The most perfect foundation in the history of the world was now a thin, mediocre coverage, pore enhancing disaster. And if the texture wasnt bad enough they changed the colors! my perfect shade was niw a funny orange color! What on earth would possess them to do this?? Clearly they didn’t use their own product, because if they did they wouldn’t have destroyed it. I have since recovered and moved on to another full coverage foundation, but I still dream of the day when 2N2 Fresco will rise from the ashes to live again in my bathroom. Rest in Peace.

A change I liked: the relaunched Dior Addict glosses. The formula is even more shiny and more moisturizing than before, it feels so good to wear.

A change I disliked: the relaunched Shiseido Tender Sheer lipsticks. They’re not as glossy, and I preferred the previous color range (Natural Red and Natural Wine especially).

Estee Lauder Double Wear changed and a lot people are upset by it. I tried a sample right before the change and I loved it. I was going to start wearing it because I needed a long-wearing foundation because foundation does not stay on me due to hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating). I am happy that I did not get the chance to really love it (like having purchased a bottle or two) and then I am SOL because I have to search again for something else. Christine, would you say that the newer 239s are still worth purchasing ?

Chanel lipstick in rouge hydrabase. Now they changed to rouge coco and in creased price also. New formula is not good. I bought couple of rouge coco then I returned.so sad

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Yes! One of my favorite red lipsticks was from the Rouge Hydrabase line. I get asked so often what brand it is when I’m wearing it and it makes me sad to say it’s discontinued πŸ™

Yes! Estee Lauder changed the formula of their Double Wear foundation. It was the only foundation I wore for years and years and years. It WAS my HG. It sucks now. I can’t find a color match and it separates and looks patchy on my skin after a few hours. It’s horrible. The only thing I am grateful for is it kicked started my love of finding new products when I had to go on the hunt for a new foundation.

Urban Decay Primer Potion!! I have really oily eyelids and TFSI never worked on me, but this did back when the formula was much drier. Now the formula is a little too silicone-y to work on my oily lids, even if I use a bit of powder on my lids before and/or after. It all worked out in the end though because I discovered the NARS primer which is 50x better than UD’s original formula! My eyelid priming routine is probably much more complex than some people’s entire eye look: MUFE HD powder, then NARS primer, then MAC Painterly Paint Pot. No creases here anymore!

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My beloved mascara, Tarte LCL. I’ve used and loved it for years, but in the past year everytime I bought a new one, regardless of the store I purchased it from, it failed to impress me and started drying up within a couple of weeks… I haven’t bought a new one in months, maybe I should give it another try…

I don’t know if it’s just me, but MAC Paint Pots. This pro longwear version seems stiffer than the original formula. I have Layin’ Low and it didn’t go on smoothly (too much tugging) even though I used a brush. I don’t have that issue with my Groundwork in the original formula.

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I don’t have any of the pro-longwear paint pots, but I think you might be right. Making products less emollient will also pro-long wear time and make them more crease resistant.

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