Do you display any beauty products or packaging?

I have some press kits on display–ones that catch my eye–and I’ll usually display them for a few months and then dispose of them as a new press kit catches my eye. I don’t tend to keep packaging of regular products, though, and all I keep on top of my storage dresses tends to be perfume and some brushes – more because that’s a good place to have them vs. actively wanting to see them for any aesthetic purposes. Oh! Okay, I do display all my Tom Ford fragrances on purpose 😉

— Christine


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Kirsten Avatar

I bought a Chantecaille kit that had a gorgeous outer wrapping that I’ve kept and will display someday. I also kept my Pat McGrath outer wrapping from my Divine Rose palette– not so much for display, but because it’s pretty.

Mariella Avatar

No. It’s makeup, not art. I guess I’m old enough to have grown up in the time when you kept your toiletries and other personal grooming items more or less out of sight. I’d no more think of “displaying” my makeup than I would my toothbrush or hair dryer. Now, having said that, I do keep old perfume bottles from Chanel and a few other companies to use for little clusters of lily of the valley from my garden because they’re just the perfect size and “repurposing” them like that makes sense to me.

Tine Avatar

I have a collection of Meteorites of which I rotate 3 products at a time on a cute cake stand. The rest of the collection is in the drawer of my makeup table.
I also keep my lip liners and brushes in cups and candle holders for easy access.

Sarah Avatar

Of course I do. I don’t see anything wrong with displaying beautiful packaging. Makeup is one of my passions, and I decorate with my passions in mind.

That being said, I love to display primarily LE pieces, most being from MAC. I have some (empty) lipstick tubes from MAC’s Proenza Schouler collaboration on proud display (the collection and the packaging was beautiful, I love PS). I also have a few things I bought on markdown TO display, rather than to ever use. When MAC released those narrow eyeshadow/highlight palettes, I waited specifically until the “Basic B*tch” palette went on markdown and I bought it to put on a shelf. Because I adore it. I’ve never opened it, and I never plan to use it, but the packaging meant I had to display it.

I also have every piece, every box, every packing slip that came with Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction collection, and I’m waiting to find just the right place to display those. Possibly next to my art prints of Mrs. Mia Wallace…

kjh Avatar

Could not say ‘displayed,’ exactly, bec it’s not feng shui in the least. Too encroached on by non-‘displayed’ but the Hachiko, YOTRat brushes and the Nars Man Ray lipstick coffret with Kiki de Montparnasse and a ?Brancusi under the flattened dome lid. For all you true crime buffs, Man Ray’s BFF was George Hodel, the leading suspect in the Black Dahlia classic unsolved 1947 murder case.

Lune Avatar

Not really. Everything makeup stays tucked away in a Caboodles case, everything nails stays in a zipper bag, and brushes stay in their cup. Makeup packaging is beautiful, but mine reads more like clutter if left out.

Mary Avatar

Funny you should ask! I am a ceramic artist by trade so I am used to keeping things out and organized—-I just got a new desk/vanity and a Hollywood style mirror…and just got done doing all of this! I use baskets, vintage crates and planters and interesting cups and glass vessels for similar brushes, lip products, etc. Like things go together. Nicer palettes on a shelf above so they are in my visual space (visual person) therefore they will get used! L to R on that shelf is a basket for foundation, another for bronzer and blush then the setting sprays. All in order of how they’ll get used. Top shelf- some farmhouse style decor, art objects and my nail stuff. My hundreds of indie polishes are on racks in the washroom, arranged by brand, alphabetically. Extras and palettes I don’t super love are in a new dresser that is on the side of the new desk. Very pleased with it but not looking forward to the dusting. 🙂

Brenda Avatar

Yes, I do. I keep all of my Pat McGrath Mothership palettes and quads in their packaging. Not only is the artwork beautiful but its the only way to visually tell them apart. I also kept the outer packaging of my kaleidos palettes so they will store nicely. On my makeup vanity I display all of my LE lipstick bullets because of their beauty and I display the box my red bottle of Chanel No 5 came in. That red bottle is GORGEOUS I need to display the box and the bottle 😍

Jen Avatar

The only things I have deliberately displayed are my skincare, which are on a glass cake stand beside the sink, my perfume bottles on my nightstand and my nail polish which I keep on a wall display. I have other things out, such as my mugs of eye or lip liners, and my makeup brushes, but that’s as much the result of needing to keep them organized and a lack of space for alternatives than a intentional décor choice. Although, given more space they’d probably stay out, just displayed with more aesthetics in mind and not just practicality. Except for certain perfume bottles, I don’t display packaging. I’ve worked a lot of years as a retail merchandiser where product displays are one of the main job elements and doing that in my home now feels too commercial.

Emily Avatar

I don’t display on purpose. I don’t have any fancy storage or a vanity, so my makeup is in a cart/tubs/drawers. The closest thing I have to what would be considered “display” would be my favorite shade of lipsticks. But that too is in a tub and for easy reach lol
I don’t feel the need to show off my makeup or other beauty items, personally. To me, if you want to display, go ahead! It’s just not for me 🙂

brendacr1 Avatar

I worked too hard to organize everything and put it all neatly away, if something is out it needs to be put away or I can’t relax. I’m definitely not a neat freak but if something is under my control it’s where I put it. (my husband has things all over the house, it drives me a little batty but I’m slowly nudging him to organized chaos).

Donna Avatar

All my perfume is kept in their boxes, as light is not the friend of perfume, but they are on my dressers.

I do keep the outer boxes of palettes, but they are stored away and not on display.

Shannon Avatar

I display some of my Kaleidos products – the highlighters Moon Cruiser and Comet Catcher, and the eyeshadow palette Futurism VI: Lunar Lavender. Their packaging is truly unique and fun, so why not? Unfortunately I don’t have enough room to display their Club Nebula palette too.

Mariele Avatar

Yes, I display all of my nicely packaging beauty products. They make me happy! Life is too short is live by someone else’s rules… especially when it comes to what you keep in your own home.

Jill Avatar

I used to display pretty things but we’re downsizing our life so I’ve been really selective about what I put out on display. Makeup/perfume/jewelry/fashion didn’t make the cut, so all that stuff is put away. It may be in drawers or it may be in nice (non-see through) containers. We’ve been enjoying having less visual noise around us. I do have one perfume bottle on my dresser because I’m currently trying to use it up as a room spray, most of my perfumes are pretty old and since I’m permanently working from home I haven’t been wearing perfume so I’m trying to use them up along with my way too big stash of candles and wax melts. Life’s problems, am I right?

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