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I used to do it occasionally, but I am, in general, over it! There are still exceptions, of course, but I have tended to make it for products that are discontinued and get one backup–assuming it’s a product I use often. The last time I went crazy was when Burberry discontinued Trench eyeshadow, which is just a boring beige but was the perfect beige for my brow bone highlight. I bought four backups, and I’ve used two of them and will most certainly finish the rest!

— Christine

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Origins Ginzing moisturizer. I also parted ways with a Tatcha Pore perfecting Sunscreen, because it made my skin scaly (I don’t think it was hydrating enough) and no foundation worked well over it. I also had to say goodbye to Drunk Elephant’s Urban Defense since I could never get rid of the white cast it gave me!

— Christine

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Maybe a few… Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque (discontinued), Tom Ford Love Lust Blush (old formula), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (discontinued), Guerlain Gems Rouge G (discontinued), Chanel Jersey Blush (still around!), Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (available!), and Tom Ford Oud Wood.

— Christine

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There are actually so many that one doesn’t NEED to have tons of variations of. First and foremost, any type of product that isn’t something I’d reach for in every other look can get redundant. I also think that owning a few shades that cover a spectrum of finishes, undertones, and light-to-dark can then be layered and mixed to get all of the shades in-between. Here are a few that came to mind, for me: most body/hair products (I just work through whatever I’m using), lip balm, mascara, and eyeshadow primer. I think highlighters can often be an area where even noticeable differences can get lost once applied to the skin, especially if you tend to layer over a blush or bronzer, though I can’t resist a good highlighter…

— Christine

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Years ago, they subtly influenced me – perhaps I’d wear less of that in front of them if they did not like it, or I’d reevaluate whether xyz color was flattering on me (not always someone saying, “Wow, that’s not flattering on you!” as it could have been a color I did not like on me that someone else did). In the last two or three years, I’d say that I rarely take them into account and just enjoy what I’ve decided to put on at a given moment.

— Christine

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