Are there any products you've loved but then stopped working for you?

I’m finding it hard to recall something I was super in love with that then turned on me! I will say that Tom Ford’s Love Lust was one of my all-time favorite blushes but then it was reformulated and far more lackluster (to me) as a shade (quality wasn’t lacking, just the change in finish was enough for me to move away from it).

— Christine
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Any cheek product that gets hardpan to the point where I have to scrape it every other use. I will just give up on it, don’t got patience for that and I’m not washing my brush every day to cater to it. Nars Orgasm, MAC Harmony, Clinique Cheek Pops (sadly).

Kiehls baby lip balm! Used it for twenty years. Reformulated, lost the wheat germ smell I liked and the goofiness…had two tubes of the new formula go rancid on me in three months.

I used to swear by the Urban Decay 24/7 liners. I feel like the formulation must have been tweaked sometime after 2012 (when L’Oréal purchased them) because that is around the time that the liners started really messing with my contacts if I used them in the water line. I never had issues before, but ever since that time they leave a film if I do anything other than use them on my lower lash line. If I use them on my upper lash line or water line within an hour it causes issues 🙁 Another product that was an HG that just doesn’t work anymore on its own is Diorshow mascara. It was all I wore in high school and college, but my lashes grow more straight down now so I need something with more lift. I still use this sometimes after I use a lifting mascara because I do enjoy the volume it can give.

I’d say that as I’ve gotten older I’ve had to switch foundations a couple times. I think that is normal for almost everyone though as skin definitely changes with age.

Maybe that’s why I’m having issues with filmy eyes and contacts! I’ve been using UD liners for years but just recently went back to contracts after years of glasses. I thought maybe it was just my old eyes but I’m gonna try a different liner in my upper waterline and see if that helps. Thanks for the tip!

Your photos on these posts invariably tweak my memory, so thank you. In light of that, I will say Tom Ford lipsticks in general. I truly loved them for many years, but now find the formula feels clunky on my lips. Specifically, I was a big fan of Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, and those were truly ground breaking ‘nudes’ back when nude meant only warmish midtone brown. I still love the colours as they work/worked well with my colouring and aesthetic, but my tubes are well past their best before date and I’m not going to replace them.

I don’t know if it has to do with the foundation I’m using or what but I initially thought I loved the Fenty Pro F’lter powder and the Peach Perfect Mattifying Powder. Maybe I just don’t like loose powder. Idk. Both are so meh!

Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance! Over the years it just slowly stopped working for me. Sometimes I wonder if it’s my face hahaha
I’m at peace with the Nars one currently 🙂

With the Shadow Insurance I don’t know if the product went bad or we just discovered better eyeshadow primers. For me everything was dethroned when I discovered the ABH eyeshadow primer (and they fixed the packaging issue). I try other primers that I used to love and they are ok… but they don’t seem as good as I thought.

I loved Marc Jacobs eyeliners at first, but they dry up WAY faster than any other eyeliner I own, even drugstore brands. Too expensive to dry up so quickly.

Interesting when I hear people complaining about the Marc Jacobs eyeliners. My mom doesn’t wear too much make-up, but she swears on those eyeliners (I always gift her one when I visit her… well… when I could visit Europe). She has ones that she had for 2-3 years and never dried on her; and she’s no careful storage person, she basically keeps them in a jar in the bathroom. 😆

I’ve had the exact same experience – TWICE! They are lovely when they’re new and fresh (aren’t we all) but they dry out so quickly and I am careful in how I stored them. I did manage to revive one somewhat by dripping some Inglot Duraline onto the pencil part and then storing it “tip up” for a few days but that was only a very temporary fix. I won’t buy they any more, though I’ve had much better luck with Marc Jacobs’s skinny liners which I use to tightline my upper lids. But Sephora pencils and those I used to get from GOSH lasted years without becoming unusable, unlike the Highliners.

I had the same experience. They are super long lasting but they dry up super fast. I had two blacquers dry up on me in like a 3 month span. For $26, that’s too expensive that any redeeming quality they have they just simply aren’t worth it. I’ve had MAC, L’Oréal, Rimmel liners that are pretty good, not as budge proof as Marc Jacobs, that last 3 times as long and are more affordable. I will no longer purchase from Marc Jacobs. I don’t like throwing money down the drain!

That I own? Probably Lancome Teint Idole foundation. Not due to its formula, either. Just that I began to notice that the color on my face looked duller compared to the rest of me. Too neutral leaning, I guess.

That I lusted for, bought and got majorly let down by? Tom Ford Honeymoon Quad. This one broke my heart a little (okay, well a lot, but that sounds a little cray!). The one I received after ordering it during a Sephora sale was nowhere near as luscious and creamy feeling as all the ones I had previously swatched! Nor as gorgeous as Christine’s or other’s swatches. Mine was so thin in texture and lackluster that I seriously wanted to cry. I believe it may have just been a bad batch, IDK? Or a formula change? 💔

I’m also convinced they changed the formula for the Honeymoon quad. I purchased my original from Sephora in 2018, but one of the eyeshadow rectangles kept falling out (as in, the entire pan would fall out of the packaging). I felt like almost $90 was too much to pay for a quad with that kind of issue, so I took it back to the store for an exchange for the exact same thing in 2019. The shadows in my new quad are much more dry and thin and not nearly as creamy, melt into the skin compared to my original. I’m incredibly bummed about it.

Nancy, you have to know that it doesn’t sound “cray” to most of us here. And those TF quads are hardly inexpensive, which makes it even more heartbreaking (seriously – one of his quads is the price of a really nice meal out for 2 or a whole lot of other things). Did you return it? Or are you thinking of returning it? Or are you keeping it the way I’ve kept a few things I lusted after and by which I was let down – just as a sort of shame-faced reminder????

Mariella, I did return it after several very disappointing uses. Even used with a wet brush, these were just not worth the money. Broke my heart to return it, but couldn’t get it to work for me no matter what tricks I employed.

I can see the disappointment breaking your heart but didn’t getting your money back for something expensive and lackluster make you feel better? I know when I returned a Marc Jacobs palette that was a real flop for me, I felt a bit elated at now having that “lost” money back to spend on something I’d enjoy.

This got me thinking so I actually went back and looked at my packaging for my quad to compare it to the photos from Temptalia’s review of the quad. Just like with the Tom Ford blushes that have been reformulated, the reformulated quads comes in packaging that has a small little icon on the product sticker (on the blushes, it’s a face icon. for the quads, it’s an eye icon). That’s the easiest way to tell whether your product is the original or reformulated version. Per Temptalia’s photos, you can see that what she has is the original version since her product sticker doesn’t have the eye icon, and my experience of my original quad was on par with her review–my second not so much. I really wish I would’ve thought to check this when I made the exchange.

Interesting question since yesterday I was mentioning I don’t like Gimme Brow anymore apparently. 😅

Nothing specific comes to mind, usually my loves are quite constant. My skin become more dry in the last years, but I still like my matte formulas; I just apply a more hydrating skincare.

I have this issue with brushes, I love the MAC brushes I purchased 4-5 years ago, but something lately change… I miss the old 217 the most. It might be also that I purchased those when I lived in Europe.

I have to agree with you. I loved Love Lust as well and it’s been the only blush I’ve wanted to replenish. I was so disappointed that they reformulated it and is no longer a lustrous finish nor the same color. Tom Ford needs to do better!!

I just hate it when brands reformulate their products and the new one is just not as good….
I went through a stage, many years ago now, of loving Revlon’s lipsticks and then I found that the newer versions just didn’t last long on my lips.

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