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I did a blog post on this recently, I actually will go to great lengths to use up 100% of even the cheapest product if it’s something I really like!

Use all of it; I usually cut it open or hack it open to get at the last bits, no matter what I paid for it.

Same here! It just seems such a waste to leave it there. Amazing the amount of product you still have but can’t reach it.

I find the shelf life, doens’t justify keeping a product forever,or until the end.By then it’s not good anymore,because of oxidation, and bacteria.I throw products out,long before the end.

I agree that if the product is expensive, I will cut it open. Its amazing how many products have ill designed delivery systems, so when you think you are out, if you were to look inside the container, you find tons more, like UD primer potion, or Caudalies Vino Sorbet cream.

I would save it until I can go back to the store for another one but if it’s LE, I wouldn’t touch it so much after the halfway mark.

Awesome question.Well when it comes to MAC products I actually just scrape it out and throw away the leftover product, and keep the packaging so I can B2M, but that’s only if the product is unusable, if the product dries up or something of the sort.In regards to other brands, what I will do is try to use it up and just trash it.

I’ll shake it, squeeze it and cut it open until all of the product is gone. Waste not, want not!

Hmm. I haven’t really gotten to the bottom of many products, yet, but I do know that even when they’re not almost-empty/-gone, I feel bad about wasting them. So, I’d say yes.

Regardless of how much I paid for the item I’ll cut the packaging open or dig out the remaining contents. There’s always so much more left in there than you expect!

I would try to use all the product, if I can I would cut it open. If I can’t than I feel there really is no other choice but to toss it! Might even shed a tear….

If it was a drugstore item, i probably would throw it away, but if its a premium makeup item, i do actually save it until its completley gone, i have the last few grains of my mac trace blush in the old mac sample pots. i refuse to buy another one until ive completely used it up,

It depends, like always. If the product I’m going to finish soon is a liquid one, I put the leftover in my new bottle or a smaller one, which I can take to the siwmming pool with me.

With powder products I often trow the leftover away before completely finishing it.

I hate waste, whether the product is pricey or economical. With tubes, I will cut the “crimped” end open and reseal it with a “butterfly clip” (those metal things meant for holding papers together). With my night time eye cream, in an “airless” pump, there is still a LOT of product left (anyone who thinks those jars with the bottom that pushes up give you ever last bit of product is WRONG), I get DH to remove the top with some vice or something. There’s usually about 2 weeks of product left and just setting the pump and lid on top keeps it fine. Tall bottles where the pump no longer dispenses the very bottom – I use a chopstick to get it out.

I cut it open too. Or my Maybelline foundation that comes in a glass bottle I used a small brush to clean it out with, it still had 10+ uses left in it, but the pump didn’t bring any more out.

It mostly depends on how much I like the product, how expensive it is, and how hard it is to get a replacement. =)

Yep, I definitely slice and dice so I can get access to all of the product. I’m seriously OCD when it comes to this!

I have no idea, have never gotten to the end of anything! Recently hit pan for the first time!

I use it all to the last drop. I also either buy a backup so I can have one ready when it finishes or use a backgup product when it finishes until I repurchase.

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