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Not too important, but I have occasionally purchased an item for the name if I like the color too, but I don’t think I’ve ever not purchased a product because of it’s name.

I guess I’m old because I will 💯 one hundred percent avoid products that have smutty names like “orgasm” or “sext”

I also really hate names like “burnt orange” or “dark midtone green” but I won’t avoid them. It’s just lazy IMO.

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Kelly, I’m like you on the childishly class-less sex names. For crying out loud, most women spending a lot of money on higher end cosmetics like Nars (and they’re not the only ones, as we know too well) are way past the age where giggling over “dirty words” is part of their lives. I’m looking for more sophistication than that! BUT – what I find so refreshing about the Lorac eyeshadow palettes is the fact that they DO use names like “Light Brown”, “Cool Grey”, “Beige”. I love names that actually TELL me what the colour is, rather than names like Papillio or Samael…what the heck shades are THOSE???

I agree Kelly and maybe it is an age thing but I don’ appreciate the immature, and frankly sexually overloaded names either. There’s no need, I just thought I was alone in this.

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Totally agree on the lewd names. I realize sex sells and that they’re [hopefully] tongue in cheek, but I resent feeling like a marketer’s “mark” when I see sexy color names.

Also, my 14 y.o. daughter plays with my makeup and I find it embarrassing when she sees my Nars blush and UD palette names. I’m sure she hears worse at school, but I’m her mother! She doesn’t want to know I know those words!

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Agreed. Smutty/slang names are a turn off. I’ve stayed away from a few other brands altogether because I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing my nieces’ cheesy makeup with names like DGAF or DTF or Thrust or Smashed or Netflix and Chill or whatever. I have all of UD’s Naked palettes because I’m a sucker for neutrals and palettes, but some of the names are a huge eyeroll.

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It only carries any weight with as far as the company’s reputation for producing high quality products. But never as some kind of status symbol or whatever. We all come on here to learn more about a said product or brand, and we get to witness first-hand how many times a Dior or even a Tom Ford product doesn’t always cut it and may do quite poorly. Conversely, an out of the blue, brand new budget brand ala Colourpop can come along and give the higher end brands some heavy competition because they can churn out mostly great products for under $8 a pop! A great product is a great product. Period.

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Oops!!! I really read that question all wrong!😳 Sorry!!!I mistook it for a “brand name” instead of a “product” name, my bad!😳

Yes a PRODUCT name can definitely sway me, but typically it’s that if I find the name either too offensive because of it’s being overtly sexual, demonic, drug-related, or ridiculously juvenile, I will pass it up. If it’s a name that I’d be embarrassed to tell someone if they asked “I love your lipstick/ blush/eyeshadow, may I ask what it is called?” , then there may be a problem if I have to say “F-Bomb”, for instance.
Although this is FAR more difficult when it is say, a few eyeshadows in a large palette! Because yes, one of my favorite e/s palettes ever has a few with questionable names. But ONLY a few.😉

I really don’t pay attention to the name of a product. It’s the color that matters to me. If I want to repurchase the item, then I look at the name. But I grew up in an old fashioned household, went to Catholic School and sex wasn’t a normal topic to talk about. L. With my two kids, my daughter will be 25 years old and my son will be 23 years old in April and May, I didn’t raise them as strict as my sister and I were raised. I wasn’t overly lenient either! Being newly 46 years old, back in my day..Madonna was really putting the sex out there. L. (Lol. Back in my day!). I think someone or something, as we are really talking about, can keep it classy and elegant sexy without over doing it. Imho. Sex sells, just look at some of these TV commercials. A name of a product isn’t a big deal for me, but some of these commercials are! 🙂

Honestly, UD’s product names were one of the reasons I decided I was outgrowing the brand. A lot of their products are drug references of the sort made by my dumb brothers when they were even dumber teenagers. Even rolling with the whole Naked thing, it gets pretty cringe-worthy. I’m an adult woman who doesn’t need to chuckle over the notion of a “Walk of Shame.”

I wonder how many teen ColourPop fans are aware of where The Rabbit got its name…

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I agree with this. I will buy something with a trashy name if there is not a similar product out there, but I will avoid it if at all possible. I am a grown woman. I am not going to purchase something with porn/drug names. It is just icky to me…as the grown woman just says icky!

Since companies are always trying use some sexy or controversial name, I’m rarely offended by the name to skip the product, but I sometimes think companies have gone overboard with names that seem to be some version of nude, naked, sex, sex acts, curse words, trendy words, etc. I swear companies must be pouring through the thesaurus, trying to find a thousand synonyms for “nude”. And Kat Von D generated a lot of controversy with her lipsticks in Underage Red and Lolita. I get it, sex and controversy sells, but sometimes it feels like too much. But I have to admit, I did get a really good laugh out of Tarte’s Manbun lippie, and that name does stick in my mind amid hundreds of new lippies, so maybe Tarte’s strategy is working on me.

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Sometimes I don’t like the names of products, but it’s not really important to me. I’m more interested in how good the product is. The exception would be something really offensive, like a derogatory racial term or something. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a product name that was so offensive I wouldn’t buy it.

On the other hand, a name I love makes me even more likely to buy. But usually a great name on its own usually won’t be enough to make me buy a subpar product.

I usually don’t care, but if a name is really gross or embarrassing it might influence my decision to not get a product. examples that come to mind are the tarte lip paints (the lavender is pretty but do I want a lipstick called yaasss?), kat von d’s underage red (I know she says it’s about going to concerts when she was underage but in a line that also has a lipstick called lolita … yikes), and tom ford lips and boys (I just think it’s weird). I own colourpop feminist and it’s a very pretty shade but brands trading on female empowerment stuff while also basically selling you products to improve your appearance always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. and recently I was looking at some of the jeffree star lipsticks and he has a lipstick called abused which is really not cool.
if I really like the name of a lipstick, it might make me want to buy it more, but only if I like the color too. I own the yaoi lip tar mostly because the name cracked me up.
hmm I didn’t realize I had so many opinions on product names until just now

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I’m very attracted to makeup products that are named Fig and Chestnut… If I’m considering buying a product, and a shade bears one of these two names, I’m very likely to pick it. It’s a weird obsession, I know…

On the other hand, I don’t think I’ve ever been put off by a product name so much that I changed my mind about purchasing it. There was the MAC x Rodarte collection debacle a few years ago, and I would have boycotted it if it had been released with such product names, but I can’t think of any other time when I thought a name was really unacceptable.
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If I review it, I will post on the blog! I don’t know whether the shade I purchased is a match yet, sorry! I have only worn it a handful of times and not for testing yet.

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I’m not the type of person that refuses to buy a product because of a name. I am more likely to be drawn to something because of a name, but I still wont blindly buy it simply because of a name, it’s just more appealing and I need to actually like the product itself too!

NARS Orgasm, Deep Throat, Marc Jacobs Lolita, etc…. I know these are some top offenders but none of these offend me, I have yet to be offended by a product’s name. I do however, love the name from Estee Lauder “Bronze Goddess” because I would love to be one 🙂

I guess the product’s name is not that important.

It’s a plus, it gives more charm and “personality”, but it’s not because a product has my name or a name that I really like that I’ll buy it.
Same about the packaging.
It’s definitely a marketing strategy to sell more.

The quality of the product is definitely the most important.

I tend to look good in a lot of different colors though I do keep gravitating towards the same types. If I find a color or shade that has a cute name or a name I find significant to me, I’ll buy it just for the name, especially if I know it’s a good formula. For example, aside from the fact that it’s nearly a perfect nude palette for me, I mostly bought the UD Gwen Stefani palette because I’m a big fan of her and No Doubt

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Well, maybe it was a factor when I was younger. I recall purchasing NARS Orgasm blush and hoping that my mum wouldn’t see it. 😜

Now I would say that I haven’t come across any names that have put me off buying something. However, if I love the name of a product then I sometimes find myself trying to talk myself into getting it! The last time I did that was a while back but it was Dior Rouge Dior Nude lipstick in Swan. I just thought the name was cute and even though I swatched it and thought it would be too light for my lips I bought it anyway…

…luckily for me it turned out to be gorgeous on and it’s now one of my favourite nude lipsticks! It could so easily have gone the other way though. I have an aversion to someone else applying lip products on me so I almost never try lipsticks on in store. Mostly just seeing it on the back of my hand I can judge pretty well whether or not it would suit me.

So yeah, names aren’t really a factor for me but I have the odd moment where I may want to buy something that I love the name of! How embarrassing. 😂

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It’s usually not a big deal for me, though I definitely think that poor choices are made by cosmetic companies sometimes. One that comes to mind for me (that I own) is UD’s “Backdoor” from the Smoked palette. Especially because of the color. It’s just… icky.

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Backdoor is in my Vice LTD palette! Worse still, it makes for a great dark brown smokey eye when I use it with Chase, Last Sin and *ahem* Deeper! EEEWWW!😳
When asked, I just say “Oh, just a bunch of browns from and UD palette.” and leave it there.😉

The thing is though, edgy is Urban Decay’s image so names like “Backdoor” is pretty fitting for their image.

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No one would argue that UD is edgy (Beauty with an Edge, no less!) and I own plenty of their products. Cheeky, risqué or sexy names don’t bother me, in fact I find them very amusing. But when you name a *brown* eyeshadow after that particular sex act, it’s not edgy, it’s just kind of weird.

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it’s not important but it’s more convenient than a number that you might forget. it’s marketing , sometimes when nail polish have good name and the color pleased me, i want to buy it . But in general even if the name is so so it doesn’t matter … except for instant deep throat by Nars … it’s .. not possible at all !

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Not very! Although there are a few products with names that make them awkward to use in conversation to anyone other than a makeup fanatic who’s already familiar with some of the questionable names. I can imagine clients who might not want to have to say that they’re wearing a certain name!

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I do not have any kids and as a former rider (notoriously potty mouth’d peeps who like to pepper their speech with the F-bomb) and now farmer, there are days when my mouth could challenge a drunken sailor. Hairball can be quite the pro as well and has unknowingly startled senior citizens into forming that perfectly horrified O with their mouths while jokingly dropping his characteristic vitriol to me passing in the aisle of the grocery shopping. I can still picture the moment, the lady’s face.. with Harald laughingly oblivious… Seriously though, I’m far more offended by people’s poor behaviour to one another than I am by bad suggestive puns and crude sexual innuendo. Bring it on. I might even get a groan laugh out of it.

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Ah yes, we senior citizens can come out with a few ourselves at times, but for the majority of us we were raised in a kinder, gentler world where swearing wasn’t accepted.

As for names of products, I couldn’t care less : )

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