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Having a name that’s unique/represents something I like will definitely make me like a product more…or make me feel more disappointed if it’s a bad product.

It normally doesn’t matter to me, especially since where I grew up make-up shades tend to have numbers instead of names. (or be referred to by the number even though it may have name) ^^;

Lou Lou has been my signature scent since I was about 14 or 15, but what drew me to even try it was the fact I’ve been a fan of Louise Brooks for as long as I can remember. I also picked up NARS Pandora duo for the same reason, although I had no need for *another* matte black & shimmery white eyeshadow. I also had to pick up NARS Nico, unswatched, as I’m a big Velvet Underground fan, but it has proven to be my HG everyday highlighter.

While names can draw me to look at a product, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll buy it; it still must be of quality, and something I’ll actually use. NARS Debbie Harry palette is a perfect example of that…

I’m also not put off by a name. I have plenty of products that have the most annoying punny names (primarily nail polish), but if I like the color, I’ll look past it. There was a time I wouldn’t bother with a product like that, as it just seemed marketed to tweens, so I (wrongly) presumed it wouldn’t be a quality product.

Overall, I really prefer simple, straightforward names, that describe the actual color.

Most of the makeup in my collection comes from birthday or Christmas presents that I’ve carefully picked out and put on a wishlist.

Many times I find myself wanting NARS products, but I don’t feel comfortable asking my ultra-conservative family for some of their naughtily named products (think “Orgasm,” “Deep Throat,” etc…). Thus they have lost sales due to their naming scheme. Yes, I do eventually get around to buying a select few things that I *really* wanted to try, but there are far fewer purchases when most NARS purchases are being made on my scanty student budget as compared to being able to put them on wish lists.

Hopefully that doesn’t sound too shallow…

I think you’re totally right! I was embarrassed to buy Nars “O” blush. Call me a prude! Plus, I don’t like the blush anyway .. too sparkly for me .. lol.


I think they may make me more interested in the product, if the name has some funny meaning to me. I did get Zoya Gia because that’s my cats name, but I also liked the color and knew I’d wear it (and had a coupon for a free polish – I don’t think I’d have purchased it). The one time I ALMOST purchased stuff for the name was during that mac feline collection with names like the soft meow and prrr I came to my senses before shelling out $15+ for a cute name. Funny that both examples have to do with my cat, haha hmm…

I’m glad someone else wanted to buy out the entire Feline collection because of the cat theme. I have 2 cats and was seriously considering buying some products just for the name, but my friend slapped some sense into me.

The names of shades can be cute and naughty which does give them more appeal, but sometimes I feel like companies give their products.. well, unappealing names. Like for instance, the OCC lip tar in the color “Grandma”… who the heck wants to wear makeup that reminds them of grandmas???? I ended up returning it anyway, it was much too garish for me!

I love that “garish” shade and the name. I think Grandmas are pretty awesome and that cosmetic styles in my grandmothers day were far more attractive then the mainstream modern ones. I love the unapologetic lip color that a Grandma might fearlessly wear. Before they were grandmothers they were vibrant women sassily applying lipstick from a metal Coty tube.

It’s not the most important factor, but a fun name does make me love a product more. It certainly captures my attention during the research phase.

I was going to say I wouldn’t be put off by a name, but I actually have been. I decided not to buy sephora OPI “leaf him at the altar” because the name made the romantic in me sad.

I need to feel enthusiastic about makeup in order to spend money on it. It’s a luxury, not a necessity.

I actually bought ‘Leaf him at the Altar’ because I loved the name, though the green color was great too. It’s now my all time favorite nail polish.

If it’s a really unique shade I will totally buy it. If it’s plain, nah… I probably have a dupe or two at home. I’m honestly never swayed by names, except when it comes to indie brands. Geek Chic cosmetics has a Doctor Who collection that I am currently coveting because it’s all Who references. There is also an eyeshadow from Shiro Cosmetics called “Nic Cage Raking Leaves On A Brisk October Afternoon. I think that it’s a really average brown with gold shimmer, but I would honestly buy it for the name because… well… reasons.

I couldn’t care less. If I loved a shade that happened to be called “turd brown” or something, so be it. Actually I’d find that really amusing.

So far names have only made a shade more appealing to me- though I have never bought something on name alone

This summer I very nearly didn’t buy mac’s Heroine (I am a huge fan of purple lips, but heroine is very pink!) but in the end, the name helped me out and I have been happy with the purchase ever since.

Yeaaahhh you asked my question! I only wondered what everyone else thought as I once bought an
Eyeshadow that was called “Rapunzel had Extensions” simply because it cracked me up! Sometimes the name hints at the product, Dark as Night, Carbon etc and I think that helps with the overall togetherness of a product and makes it easier to identify xxx

Rapunzel is a Fyrinnae color, non? I refuse to buy $OPI Iris I was Thinner because WTF kind of message is that? No Thanks.

I really like products that have cool or weird names. I’ve been drawn to Illamasqua’s Bacterium nail polish over and over, not because of the colour, but because of the name. Names that tie a collection together are also good (it makes me feel like they’ve really thought about the collection as a whole). I don’t find pun-based names all that funny, especially since some of them are far too long (OPI, get your act together!). Overall, it doesn’t necessarily influence whether I buy the product, but it might draw my attention. I buy all my own makeup (my family/friends know I’m far too fussy!) so the name won’t be a barrier in that sense, either.

Foundation is the only thing I think should have numbers. It’s far easier to remember you’re a 4 than a ‘warm beige’ especially when there’s also ‘cool beige’, ‘tan beige’ and ‘nude beige’. If the names are confusing, it’s a big turn off.

It does have an impact as I love words and words in context even better ! ” Frivole ” ” Rosy Glow ” or ” Vertigo ” means something to me and I think every woman or beauty addict has her owns memories, background and dreams. That’s why every collection has a name, just to make us dream and make us buy of course ! From ” Glitter and Ice ” to ” Cherie Bow ” or ” Strength ” it’s a question of business too !

A name might grab my interest but I doubt I would ever purchase a product for the name alone, unless (maybe) something had the name of my daughter, my late mom or of some person or place near and dear to my heart. I started making a particular dessert because it has the same name as my mother-in-law, whom I absolutely adore. And I bought Saint Germain lipstick for my daughter because she loves all things French and, especially, Parisian. It also happens to be a colour that looks lovely on her, otherwise I doubt I’d have bought it even with the name!

I wouldn’t say names have a big impact on my purchasing products. However, I much prefer straightforward names that help you have an idea about what something looks like (i.e. Revlon’s Really Red). When a shade’s name isn’t helpful, it can be annoying (i.e. UD’s Hustle). Certain brands are notorious for unhelpful names like Nars, UD, and Essie to name a few. Also Nars and UD have been known to include racy names in their line (i.e. Nars Orgasm and UD Backdoor). I don’t find racy names amusing.

The shade name or product name is not the deciding factor. I did bought Candy Yum Yum because of the the name but I the deciding factor was if the color would look good on me. I am a “red” color lipstick person. The brand name is a the deciding factor also….will not buy from NYX or Wet N Wild…..or any makeup made in China….Didnt buy it 30 years ago when none where from China and I am not going to change now.

I never purchase a product based on a name; it doesn’t matter to me whether a shade has a name or not, as most things are numbered at my home country. Nars Orgasm and Deep Throat are called 4013 and 4016 respectively, and I have no problem with that : )

The only name that has ever put me off is Urban Decay’s dark brown eyeshadow called Back Door. I’m fine with edgy, but that crosses the line into disgusting and it put me off from buying the Smoked palette.

The first thing that came to my mind was, literally, a back door, like the ones in a dive bar. I have some old haunts that have dark brown, heavy doors in the back, and that’s what I thought of. At any rate, it’s a *gorgeous* shade, and I have no regrets buying the palette (although, I already had 5 of the shadows & Back Door is a near enough dupe for MUFE 139).

Same thing with Illamasqua’s TAINT (and they have some other terrible name/color combinations too… Taint is an “Urban Dictionary” word (in Google you can type “define taint” and see what I’m talking about… and the color is brown – that is just GROSS. I refuse to own those polishes with terrible names just for that reason… Poor judgment if you ask me… How do you explain what that is to a teen-aged girl? Just avoid it all together – sale lost!

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