Do you find yourself more drawn to old favorites or whatever you have that is new?

I definitely gravitate toward what is new. I’d even say it’s more about accessibility, and new products are often spilled all over my vanity, while older favorites are tucked away… hence reaching for new more often. (This is my answer in spite of testing new products on the regular; if I revisit anything, it is still more likely to be new-ish than super old.)

— Christine


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Z Avatar

Depends. If I just purchased something new then I’ll obsess over it for a few days or a week, then move on to something else. But I will say that this whole last year I’ve been reaching for all my oldies. It feels like a tour of the popular hits. I’ve got a lot of nice things and taking time to reacquaint myself with them has been fun. I know a lot of women feel like they *need* to wear makeup and don’t apply it while staying home during the pandemic. But I’m a lover of makeup and do something every single day – minimally brows and spot concealing – and really enjoy reaching for and playing in eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks that didn’t receive enough love when life was more hectic. It’s my chill out zen time that I treat myself to every morning like a little ritual of calm; and something about reaching for a golden oldie really sells that time as a special, relaxed treat.

Susan Avatar

I’m echoing Z a bit here, but I tend to use whatever is “new” until the newness wears off πŸ™‚ I have cut back on purchases though, so I when I do buy something new, it always gets incorporated into looks with products from my stash. Even during the height of the pandemic, I put on makeup pretty much every day, because I would do this anyway even if staying home. I look at it this way – some people like to paint/draw, I like to “paint” my face!

Carla Avatar

I tend to go on product “kicks,” wherein I become fixated on a certain type of product.
Most recently it’s been eyeshadow sticks/crayons, which seem to be “a thing” lately.
I do tend to gravitate toward tried-and-true-for-me shades, but the type of product varies; I’m now tending to buy brown or taupe crayons instead of brown or taupe pressed powder shadows.

Ana Maria Avatar

Yes, nowadays I prefer to re-purchase the same product over and over again. My only issue is when brands discontinue products. I like predictable performance, I’m not that keen anymore to test lots of products. I might be interested in trying new shades for a better match (e.g. MAC recently expanded the shade selection on their brow products, so I’ll re-purchase the same things I own right now, just I’ll try one of the new shades that I believe would be an even better match).

Andrea Avatar

I’ve been using Studio Fix for over 15 years now and I’ve been using Bobbi Brown’s concealer and corrector for about 10 years-ish.
The BB ones drives me crazy because they keep getting more and more expensive and I hate having to pay for sth I don’t use much (namely the powder) but I keep coming back! These I’m “reluctantly loyal to” i.e. the day sth better comes along I’ll the first one out the door! I’m constantly trying new ones because I “need” sth better and I know there must be something better out there but I just haven’t found it yet.
Every couple of years I’ll try a new foundation because I get bored but then the itch goes away (or it literally arrives: NARS foundation crawl into a hole and hide, I see you) and I’m happy with Studio Fix again.
These are the only two things I carry with me no matter where I go. Everything else I can replace and live without, and my loyal lies in whatever’s *shiny* & *new*: eyeshadows, lipstick, blush, most skincare, it all falls into this category.

Mariella Avatar

Old favourites are just that – old FAVOURITES – for a reason. They’re products I can always rely on and, of course, the more I rely on them, the better and more comfortable I am about using them so I rely on them more – it’s a happy vicious circle. I love all my new goodies – no question (just ask me about Charlotte Tilbury Rebel or the new-ish Dior 5-pans I bought) – I really do love them and they delight me but I do go back time and time again to old favourites (UD’s original Naked and Naked2, Chanel Tisse Rivoli and Empreinte du Desert are just a few examples).

Beatriz Avatar

I have a bunch of PML palettes including both Divine Rose, and I thought that was enough it this one is really pretty and there are plenty of Neutrals and pinks to be able to use it everyday. Definitely don’t need it but I kind of want it.

Nikki Avatar

A bit of both. The pandemic led to my downloading the Tiny Decisions app and starting to randomize several makeup categories, so I never quite know how many older or how many newer products I’ll end up wearing on a given day.

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