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I’m sort of a packrat, so I don’t think I’ve ever thrown away anything that I didn’t like. I just set it aside and don’t use it.

I’ve only really had eyeshadows that performed poorly enough to not want to deal with them (typically DS, so I couldn’t swatch them), but they’ve usually come in palettes, so at least a few shades were good enough to keep the palette. I now depot most, so I don’t think that will be an issue anymore. I’ve really only thrown out items that have gone bad, such as mascara, liquid liner, foundation, or lipstick. Skincare I typically finish, so none of that has ever been tossed. If a color is wrong, or a formula just doesn’t suit me, in an otherwise well-performing product, I usually just give it to a friend to try.

Crappy YSL eye palette and a few others that have made me angry enough I couldn’t imagine inflicting them on anyone I care about. Sometimes it feels good to throw things…

Oh yeah. The white kohl eyeliner I got from the drugstore. It’s so hard that I was always jabbing myself in the eye trying to get some onto my lower waterline, and the effect was NOT flattering! 

Absolutely. Most things I keep around, try to use for other purposes, or give them away…or if it’s a pricier item and I can return it, I’ll just take it back. But there have been a few times that I’ve just flat out thrown something in the trash. I remember a few months ago trying the Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer and it was so greasy that my makeup literally slid off and so heavy and irritating that I had broken out within a few hours.I had a similar problem with the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation. That one took a little longer for me to throw away, but it eventually made its way into the trash bin. I’ve also thrown out a few eyeliner pencils because they were painful to use. Sometimes there is just no saving a product.

If I get rid of it, it’s usually because of something like the smell being to strong or off-putting to me.  So typically I’ll offer it up to friends.  If there are no takers, I’ll leave it in the bathroom at work.  There is ALWAYS someone who will take free stuff, and it makes me feel less wasteful.  I’m sure I have tossed some things, (a few cheap shampoo/conditioners come to mind), but most of the stuff that just goes directly to the waste basket is a sample that is so poorly packaged it just makes a mess and is too much trouble.

one of my mac lipsticks had this sickly vanilla bean smell that I just could not take anymore…so i tossed it.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation! Between the fact that NC anything is way too yellow for my skin (and they keep insisting on putting me in it – what do make up counters have against natural lighting sometimes), I cannot take the smell of that stuff.

Clean and Clear foaming cleanser, Neutrogena Pore Refining cleanser, Bonne Belle ten o six cleanser, Neutrogena clear pore cleanser mask. All treated my skin appallingly: It was like using paint stripper on my face. I don’t recommend these to ANYONE no matter how oily you are! 

No, I’ve thrown away expired or spoiled products. I threw away a lipgloss once because the bottle cracked and it leaked though.

I don’t think I’ve ever thrown away a full-sized product, just because I’m so particular that I’d never purchase a product without testing it first. However, I have thrown away unfinished samples before because they were awful. Though, I can’t recall which particular ones I tossed.
However, I have had products that were so awful, that I could only use them for a different purpose. For example, when I started with skin care about 1.5 years ago, I started with the Clinique 3 step. The Clarifying Lotion #3 had too much alcohol and irritated my severely acne-covered skin like crazy. So instead of tossing it, I used it as a brush cleanser (kind of like the MAC one). It worked fine. At the end of the day, I’m essentially doing the same thing: If I had tossed it, I wouldn’t be using it for my skin. Same thing applies when I use it as a brush cleanser: I’m not using it on my skin. Why be wasteful? Just find another acceptable and suitable use for an “awful” product if you can. 🙂

If it is completely unusable, then yes. If it is just not great, then I usually keep it for a year or so and if I still never use it, then it gets trashed. I don’t keep products I’m never going to use again, especially if they are awful.

@cpoll3 Me too! Most stores will give you a refund or at least let you exchange for another product.

YES!  That purple FLASIES mascara from the drugstore.  It was so hard to work with and looks terrible.  Actually I’ve done that with a lot of mascaras LOL  Nothing beats Lloreal Volumous or Diorshow

same, not right away. I have thrown out stuff after a year of not using it. I don’t like throwing out expensive stuff that sucks (*cough* MAC liquilast eyeliner *cough*) so it just sits around in my makeup bag looking miserable

I usually read a lot of reviews before buying products and I have yet to be disappointed by a lot of the things I’ve bought. I suppose the only things I’ve thrown out are a few crappy drugstore pencil liners and my clinique 3-step system because it was terrible!

inglot’s gel eyeliners. i was drawn in by the color range (i bought red, yellow, and pink) and ended up loathing the texture. too tacky and difficult to work with. it was hell trying to use them as a cream shadow. the red one dried out (huge crack down the middle of the pot) in a couple of weeks. it was not worth reviving, imo. threw them all out.

I hang on to everything no matter how terrible for a long time, eventually chucking it when I need to weed stuff out because my nail polishes or eye shadows are taking over my apartment. I’ve never thrown anything out immediately, and if it’s a higher-end product I’ll give it away instead of throwing it out entirely.

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