Are you actively seeking new products to purchase or waiting to be impressed?

As some questions often are, this one is more designed for readers, so I look forward to seeing how readers feel! As I routinely cover new products, I’m definitely keeping both eyes wide open for new releases.

— Christine


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Taylor Avatar

I feel like the only time I am actively seeking out new products, it’s only from brands that I love. (ex, Natasha Denona). Other than that, I tend to just see whatever catches my eye, but I never actively search for things anymore.
On a side note though, I’m going to Europe for a few weeks next month and since I want to bring as small as an amount as possible, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a eye and face palette (one that’s available in Canada!), preferably not the CT ones, lol. So I guess this is something I am actively seeking out LOL.

Deborah S. Avatar

From my own experience of spending 5 weeks in Europe this time last year, my daughter and I traveled with only carry on. We have quite different skin tones and undertones. I am Norwegian/Irish/English/French and she is all of my ethnicity plus her father’s which is Cherokee and African American. We couldn’t simplify to any one base product given those difference. We did use the same skin care with each of us adding a more specific product to address our needs. When it came to e/s and blush/highlight/bronzer/contour we took one palette for each. So we shared the UD Born To Run palette for e/s and the Benefit Face palette for the coloured skin products. We brought one Twig and Whirl lipstick to share and then our own preferences for the rest. I took way too many lipsticks and since my plan was to purchase a lipstick from each country I ended up bringing home even more than I took. The UD BTR palette worked for us because there was a matte brow bone shade for us, a couple of shadows that could be used in transition for both of us and pops of colour. We didn’t need anything else. It is a good idea to think about how often you are likely going to wear a full face of makeup, what sort of things you will be doing while traveling and how much space you can devote to makeup and skin care. For me, I found that I ran out of skin care and particularly the products we shared pretty quickly. I didn’t wear a full face of makeup except on 2 days of the 5 weeks and those were both dinner nights where we went somewhere special. I mostly went sans makeup and my sunscreen was a tinted sunscreen so that helped to just give me a little coverage and protection. I also had a CC cream with me and used that on some days where my skin didn’t look amazing!! I think it is important to find an e/s palette that has a good brow bone shade, some sparkle/shimmer shades, a good transition and a good deep shade for the outer V but in shades that compliment your skin tone. I know my daughter has traveled only using the KVD Shade and Light palette and nothing else and was fine with that. If I had the trip to do again I would have brought less of everything, fewer clothes, makeup, shoes and more skin care. I would have been good with a one and done e/s, one blush that worked with my clothing selections, one powder, no contour or bronzer and 3 lipsticks (one neutral, one pink and one red), brow products and a mascara.

Taylor Avatar

Thank you Deborah! I actually had the Born to Run palette in mind! I was considering buying an all-in-one palette, but ultimately I’ve decided against it. I can’t justify it for just one trip when I have SO much unused makeup already. I’ve put the BTR palette in my everyday makeup bag to use for the next week or so to see if it’s one that I want to bring with me! It definitely has all of the fall tones I would want, and for the most part I can see myself just doing mascara and a nice fall lip colour anyways!

Nell Avatar

Great question Christine!
I have everything I need to do my everyday looks, as well as special events. I don’t “need” any makeup at all. But I am always on the search for a better color, formula, application or staying power than I currently own, as well as tools. And yes, I am very picky about it all. When prices are extremely high, I will not purchase unless I have done enough research to be certain the product is exceptional and meet my criteria.
So perhaps my answer is both! I am waiting for something to impress me in the extreme, and I am on the look out for amazing products.
Temptalia is my first stop in this journey!

Mariella Avatar

I’m actively trying to AVOID finding new things to purchase. My recent ordering of the new Natasha Denona mini palette is so against the grain for me (I hate having no option but to order online and I really do not need another eyeshadow EVER in a dozen years, at least). So in order to enjoy what I already own and get more use from it, I’m trying really hard NOT to be impressed by much. For the most part (with a few stumbles along the way), I’m trying just to replace items (skin care or colour cosmetics) that I use up.

AJ Avatar

Waiting to be impressed — I don’t really NEED anything right now. I might switch my foundation soon because my current bottle appears to be near the end of its lifespan and a few new formulas have launched that might serve me better. But when it comes to eye and lip products, I’m really set. Mostly what I look for these days is dupes to replace lipsticks I liked that have expired. If I can find a similar color in a formula I like better, or if it was a LE color and I can find a dupe currently being produced by another brand, then I am happy.

Nancy T Avatar

Not actively, but more purposefully in the sense that I’m waiting to nab one of those Sephora $100 Rouge gift cards to use towards a major palette investment during their own 20% Rouge sale in November. In fact, I’m going to try to hold off on buying much during October in order to make the most out of the sale. Things on my radar currently: PMG Subversive Mothership vs. the new Northern Lights, ND Gold palette, Melt’s Honey Thief blush and a GA lipstick in Acajou.

Annie Avatar

A bit of both. I’m constantly on the look out for new launches, obviously, just to be aware of them, but I very rarely feel compelled to buy. Something has to be really impressive/unique colors/innovative formula/practical for me to want it.

Ana Maria Avatar

Yes, but not for the thrill of getting something new specifically. I’m seeking new products because I’m waiting to be impressed by companies improving the quality. For example, I’m looking for new foundations and concealers to find `the ideal shade`, to see if newer formulas have better skincare benefits, or better performance. I’m seeking for a new brow gel to see if the `new` wand works better for me. I’m seeking for a new mascara to see if I can get a better formula, that doesn’t smudge on my runny eyes, gives me volume and length, but no spidery lashes or clumps.

That’s my issue with brand nowadays… they just put out new products just for releasing something new. New releases should bring innovation and creativity to the table. It annoys me how some brand instead of improving old staple products, keep recycling ideas again and again just for releasing something each month / holiday. There’s tons of research that can be done, formulas and components to be improved… not just fancy marketing.

Samantha Avatar

For makeup, I wait to be impressed whereas I tend to seek new skincare products that work best for me. I’ve noticed that most makeup companies follow the same trends and we see lots of similar product releases like the plethora of rainbow eyeshadow palettes, dewy skin foundations, clear glosses with glitters. I’m more at ease knowing that if a makeup brand releases something I want, then there’s a strong likelihood that another company will release something similar but better.

Deborah S. Avatar

I have been actively researching and looking to purchase a skin care product for hyperpigmentation. I would also like to find a good pore blurring primer. All of the ones that I have tried have not been particularly effective and I have tried products from many HE and drugstore brands. Otherwise, it is whatever catches my eye.

Gilad Avatar

Hi Deborah! I’ve had good luck w/ Aveeno’s Positively Radiant line (green packaging) for hyperpigmentation. Also HSN carries Dr. Jeanette Graf – I think they still make their retinol hand cream which I found amazing for hand/arms, and ended up using on face/decollete too. Haven’t used it in some years but it may still be great. I saw huge differences w/in a week or two. Good luck!

Genevieve Avatar

A little bit of both actually – I always like to see what turns up on your radar Christine, so I can be impressed (like with Sultry and SG’s singles). But at the same time I do actively seek out shades that I don’t have in my stash.
For example, I am currently after a few bronzey gold shades and a few others, so I have really looked at the dupe list for shades that I can access here in Aus. to purchase what I want and make sure that I don’t have them already lurking somehwere in my large stash.
Even when you haven’t had time to review a palette, but have the swatches up, I still find this really handy to judge them myself (Pixi Reflex light palette) as by reading this blog for a long time now, I am getting better at judging the quality of a product by looking at the swatches.
The lipstick dupe list really helps me to pick out budget options for more expensive lippies, bearing in mind that they are much more expensive here where I live.

Georgina Avatar

I wouldn’t say that I need anything, but there are a few eyeshadow colors that I’m either searching for or waiting for a good deal on. I like to see new releases (to an extent) to get color-combination/look ideas and keep up with what’s happening, but I no longer feel as strong of an urge to buy things immediately.

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