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It feels like overkill to me. No one consumer needs as much as gets put out in any given year. So much comes out that I always wonder if it’s worth buying that or if I should wait for something better!

I agree. The other brands comes out basically seasonal collections which is reasonably. That means their permanent collection doesn’t neglected. MAC comes out with TOO MANY collections, I agree that it must overwhelm Christine, because much of her work has to do with keeping up with their limited edition collections. Their permanent products get neglect. I also agree that their quality is down graded with them. They need to reduced to 4 to 5 a year.

I agree, especially since it means that a lot of Christine’s time is spent reviewing their collections (which often don’t perform too well) instead of focusing on other products such as permanent ones. I fully respect Christine’s choices and work ethic, I am just annoyed at MAC for being so overwhelming.

MAC definitely needs to focus on quality over quantity these days. Too bad they aren’t seeming to get the message so long as their special packaging sells out.

I find them overwhelming. MAC in particular seems to swamp us with collections that are almost impossible to keep up with unless you can spend $500 or more a month on makeup. I would like to see fewer collections/launches but more products of high quality. I also find it just frazzles me when so many collections come out (not just from MAC but from all the companies). I just feel like my head is swimming from trying to take it all in, figure out which items I truly need or really want. It’s all more than a bit too much. Choice is good but being inundated isn’t so good.

I agree with all that you said about quality vs quantity.
Another problem I have is the limited edition stuff. It’s VERY annoying really like a product/shade only to have it discontinued. However, I my taste in makeup is on the conservative side…..

It’s overwhelming. Obviously you can’t get everything, and you always have to consider the stock you have. I mean you can not keeping buying foundations (or eyeshadows or lipsticks or whatever) no matter how good they look because you already have 3 or 4 or 5 (or more) at home.
Do we really need that much? I looove makeup but I can’t keep up, honestly.

This is the main reason I’ve made a concerted effort to stay loyal to a handful of brands. For one, I’ve found them all to be consistent, and I also find they don’t inundate the collections with LE items, or more than 4-5 collections a year.

I’ve become very loyal to NARS for the aforementioned reasons. With few exceptions, each new product gets placed among the permanent range, which gives me time to check out the product for myself. UD also does well; although they release LE palettes, they tend to be available for a decent amount of time, and they often include mainly permanent shades, or shades that will eventually be released as singles.

Conversely, I all but avoid brands like MAC, which have a collection out every other week, and other brands that have collections made up of entirely LE products.

It doesnt matter how many collections each brand may come out each year. One has to have self-control to buy makeup, clothes, furniture, gadgets etc. I frankly like all the collections that come out even if MAC comes out with a ridiculous number of collections. It gives me choices and make companies competitive to produce the best for the consumers. I may go to the store to look, test and swatch or take a sample home, but it does not mean I am going to buy the product. After a while, we all choose our favorites and what works for us and even that may change….or when the SA at Sephora insults me. That is why I love makeup. You can always change the brand and the color in a flash….unlike tattoos.

Therein lies the problem… Not *all* brands focus on “quality”. In my opinion, if it’s not good enough to make it into the permanent range, and a brand has to *rely* on cheap marketing tactics in order to sell a product, the brand as a whole just isn’t worth my time. If they want my money, the *least* they can do is afford me the opportunity to try the product, and actually purchase it.

Honestly? Could they put the time into quality and creativity over quantity?
I am almost afraid to walk into a store. The sales ladies are all ready to pounce and I rarely find something truly interesting and new to buy. You know we all have enough of items we like now in our stashes that we really only “need” the truly improved, spectacular or innovative. I sometimes find myself buying items just because I feel sorry for them. And then I give them away after two weeks.

I definitely thing there are too many “new” launches. It’s hard to keep up with the many new lines…especially when they’re not any big change/very new

It’s overwhelming even for a regular beauty addict : too many collections, sometimes no artistic dimension, always the same story but I love makeup so…. Maybe rehab would help ? lol

I think there are constantly a lot of launches, and both as a blogger and as a consumer I have to pick which brands/launches I look into carefully! I love to read about everything just to have an idea, but I can’t try all of it! Here in Europe summer is very quiet though. Brands don’t launch anything before everybody is back from their summer holidays, so I’m going to kick back for a bit.

Over the past 2 years I really lost interest in new collections. There are too many new collections and companies. The whole blogging community spreads the information of new products / collections within seconds around the world.

I really like the variety as I’m very particular with the products I buy. I’m so pale that most colours ect look a bit weird on me. As long as the quality doesn’t suffer and there’s no crazy limited edition rush going on that is. In other words, don’t like how MAC handle it, but am fine with most other brands.

It does become overwhelming. So many new collections. So many limited edition collections. It can take me months before I can go back and try a product. With that, I’ve become more reliant on your blog to help me prioritize or sort through the material. I know for every collection there may only be one or two things I actually want and are worth the cost. With every new LE item I buy from MAC, the more I often realize how unsatisfying it is when you feel like you have one shot to buy an item and it’s a gamble on whether the quality lives up.

When a brand like Urban Decay releases a limited edition palette, I’m more likely to have my interest piqued. I can wait for reviews to show me it’s something I don’t have without feeling like I’ll miss out by waiting. I don’t want pressure. I want to know I’m getting quality items.

I’m fine with companies that have single seasonal releases. MAC’s multiple releases throughout the year actually has the opposite effect from what they probably intend – I have absolutely no interest now in their products, whereas I used to buy quite a bit from the brand.

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