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I have many moons ago – probably six or so years ago. It’s definitely an option to score really hard to find items no longer available or to get something that’s been tested or used a few times for less than retail. The older I get, the more germaphobic I get, though, so now, I don’t think I would do it (personally).

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I’ve never done it. Sometimes I am tempted when I see something that was LE and released a while ago that I can no longer get but I always back out at the end. Like you, Christine, I get more conscientious of germs the older I get. I won’t even let SA’s at department stores apply their testers to my face anymore. I don’t judge those who do shop blog sales though–I think it’s a great way to make a little bit of cash/give items you don’t use anymore a good home where they will be appreciated/score some hard-to-find items for cheap! The only thing I dislike seeing is used lip gloss. How on earth would you even begin sanitizing something like that??

well, yep, but how will you know what something will look like on you? and especially the feeling…both finding and not finding out are risky, lol.

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If it’s a powder product like eyeshadow or blush, then I know it’s pretty easy to clean. I wouldn’t trust any used lip products though.

Depends on the product. Powders? Sure, but I do sanitize them with alcohol (in a spray bottle, 99% grade). I have been doing MUA swaps lately and never have had an issue. Blog sales have been fine too. I would never buy used lipgloss or wand concealers though…those can’t be sanitized much at all so I think you have to proceed with caution.

Hey Artemis,
Alcohol evaporates extremely quickly. the only reason why people have issues with it on their skin is because it’s drying. If you put it on a cosmetic product, and then let it evaporate, you should have absolutely no issues with being irritated.
Source – degree in Chemistry.

No, I haven’t. Though I don’t mind receiving gently-used nail polish in a swap or something.

I have bought tested/used perfume oils, however. Actually, my favorite go-to BPAL scent (Shub Niggurath) wasn’t always general catalog like it is now. It was from an LE collection that came out right before I got into it. I bought a decant of it, fell in love with, and spent a good 3-4 times its retail nabbing more decants and an original bottle to put it in. It’s also the first BPAL bottle I used up, so thank goodness it’s available all the time now! Or else I’d be paying Tom Ford prices for a 5ml bottle of something that once retailed for about $15. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wouldn’t buy it. If a trusted friend offers me something of theirs and it’s something I want yes, I’d pay them for it or do something nice in return. But I doubt I’d do it from a stranger.

I have never tried used makeup but have been tempted as you can sometimes swap great stuff that’s barely been used. But the clean freak in me is a bit wary!

I do buy used makeup, but only powder eyeshadows or blushes.
I never bought cream blushes / lipsticks from blogsales (except brand new items).
I still think blogsale are awesome though!
Sometimes you just want to try products without paying full price ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks, Christine. Saw some bloggers sell them. One sold her used makeup slightly used and her shoes also slightly used because she was moving. Another sold some new and some used makeup…and some brushes. I see alot from British bloggers also. I personally would not buy them, because I am a germ phobe. But it is fun to see what people are selling. I think your inventory, Christine, would be some people’s dream to obtain.

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No, I haven’t. I can’t imagine ever doing that with anything liquid or lipstick, but a powder, maybe. What’s the best way to sanitize a pressed powder or blush though?

Spray it with 99% alcohol. That, or get a bottle of Beauty So Clean, which is pretty much the same thing. This is how professional MUAs sanitize all of our products. I put the alcohol in a little bottle that used to be for eyeglass lens cleanser–works beautifully.

Well, I always wanted to try one, but as of now, nope. I don’t really think that it is a good idea, but I guess it depends on who bought them in the first place. My friend are doing it and they encourage to do, so I guess I’m gonna try it and see what happens then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I have – it’s easy to sanitise and I have no germophobe issues. For lipsticks, just slice off the top with a clean knife edge to make it as good as new. With powder eyeshadow, I just scrape off the top layer with a clean knife edge – scoring in one direction only, otherwise there will be an ugly criss-cross effect. Simple!

yes, i did…last fall a lipstick i still don’t use, only used it for some photos for school, a brown eyeshadow this winter and very recently too, monday a nude alverde lipstick because it’s impossible to find a light enough one unless i buy a mac one which is 24$ here instead of 15$ in the us…and we’re a pretty poor country on top, it’s just outrageous…a lot of people earn less than 10 24$ mac lipsticks a month over here.. >.< my mom earns like 20 or not much more :/

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I was given (by my husband’s cousin, who is a SA at Clarins), the counter sample of their “Instant Blush Magic Colour” – an LE product that was in a small pot, like lipgloss and which was sold out EVERYWHERE and which I wanted so badly!!! She took off the top layer and disinfected it and it has been absolutely fine.

No and I don’t think I would. If something has been used it might be old or might have been stored improperly. I would never even dream of buying a used lip or eye product.

I haven’t yet, mainly because I’m a huge germaphobe. But I don’t mind if someone I know gave me something that they didn’t like.

I bought used makeup once from a youtuber I watch. I sanitized everything, but in the end it grossed me out and I threw out/B2M everything I bought. I learned my lesson. I’ve been tempted so many times like with foundation, but in the end I think I’d rather pay the extra money just to know for sure it’s clean, plus a bunch more product!

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