Do you have a product that you dislike but keep because of the packaging?

I don’t think so! I’m at the point where there are products I might keep even if they’re not ones I’d use but not for packaging rather because I think they might be needed for future blogging-related purposes. Anything really bad I tend to pass along, though.

— Christine
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Besame Red Velvet lipstick — I find the shape of the bullet is a pain to apply so I never wear it, but the packaging is so pretty I have no plans to throw it out.

I’ve finally got rid off of the Sweet Peach palette last week. I don’t hate it but I never reached for it – I’ve felt that the colors didn’t suit me. Quality of some of the shades wasn’t stellar either. However, whenever I held it in my hand I always went “aaawwwwww”. I like the packaging and even the smell! It’s in better, more appreciative hands now though.

Is that the Alluring Aquatics Collection? I absolutely loved that packaging because it is SO easy to find in the sea of black compacts and containers in my makeup drawers. And unlike a lot of MAC’s LE packaging (Venomous Villains comes to mind), it didn’t strike me as chintzy or silly-looking. I think it’s probably one of my all time favourite MAC LE packaging styles.

Just one I can think of — Smashbox Ablaze eyeshadow palette quality is just ok, but I keep it because size is perfect for travel and it’s good enough.

Aesthetics in packaging doesn’t matter to me but functionality does. I’ve tossed products that are ok or half-used because the packaging doesn’t work for me or breaks.

I used to do this with a lot of products (hourglass products, a lot of different palettes, high end products). Now, I much prefer to keep products that I absolutely know I’ll use. This makes more room for products that I actually like, rather than just packaging. I recently finished purging a BUNCH of products that I was keeping for this reason.

The only product I think I’m currently keeping just for packaging is the Too Faced Sweethearts blush in Candy Glow. The packaging is just too cute. It’s also nostalgic for me since that was the first high end blush I ever purchased. I don’t hate the product, but I find it a little too bright for me and kind of chalky.

Tata Harper restorative eye cream. I like the product, but the cheap gold plating on the lid has me frequently wearing these super lightweight gold particles on my face which are almost impossible to get off without my trusty pair of ultra pointy tweezermans. I’ve stopped using the product as a result.

Liquid foundation without a pump. Buying a pump for same annoys me.

Lipsticks with skinny bullets

I wanted to say no but then thought of the Lip Smackers latte balm sitting on my desk. Adorable packaging but the scent is meh and the formula isn’t even worth a meh. I’ll probably toss it now that I’ve mentioned it.

Not anymore! I purge my collection a few times a year and if the product itself is bad, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the packaging is. Now, if the packaging is so lovely I can’t bear to part with it, I may repurpose the package but I haven’t had to do that yet.

Thankfully, the items I love are already housed in pretty packages and I use them as much as I can.

NARS Andy Warhol/Debbie Harry eye & cheek palette. Unfortunately the outer box was one of the casualties of the move, so I no longer have it displayed.

If a product is utter trash or doesn’t suit me, it goes back! I don’t care how “cute”, unique or stunning the packaging is. I DO care about what’s inside, though. So, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. Simple as that.

For a while it was the Guerlain meteorites. The little balls are just such a cute and great concept. Then it got too old and I never saw a need for it in the first place I just tossed it.

No, I’m not all that into packaging. I do like it when a product has a nice feel or design to it, but it’s not that big of a factor in whether or not to buy or keep it.

I’ve kept pressed powder compacts because of the packaging. If it is sturdy enough to survive my handbag, big enough mirror, etc. I will keep it even if I don’t love the powder.

Still on the hunt for the ideal handbag compact.

Nope – packaging means very little to me. On the other hand, I do have products I like a lot but which I’ve been tempted to get rid of because of crummy, inconvenient packaging!

I used to have some cute packaging laying around but now I try to be as minimalist as I can in my makeup area.

I would to know if there is an opposite situation! Do you have any good product that you just don’t use because the packaging is bad/difficult to work with?

I was about to write ‘no’ but I do technically have a small powder compact that my mother bought me years ago with a swarovski fox curled up on the lid of, but that was technically only bought for the fox so it’s not quite meet the qualifications. I’m sure the powder was fine as a translucent powder; it’s Estee Lauder but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried it. I barely remember if I’ve even opened it honestly.

I am really into beautiful packaging/presentation. I love to display my pretty things. I have been known to purchase makeup solely for the packaging. I like substantial, weighty packaging. No cheap packaging for me, if I can help it.

No, just the opposite! I have some facial skin care products in jars. I usually stay away from any product in a jar and stick to pump bottles. I find them to be more sanitary, especially dealing with my face. However there are a few HG products that will make me relent.

I have hardest time throwing away makeup products that I don’t use or think are horrible and or just look awful on me. I feel like a makeup hoarder. Lol . I don’t keep them for the packaging but I always think there may be a future use. I try to pass them along but they’ll sit for quite a while before I actually do. I’ve been trying to declutter but products that really can’t be sold or used by someone else I’ve been trying really hard to just toss, but it’s soooo hard for me a makeup addict.

Nothing that I can think of off the top of my head. If I do, it would be a cheap drugstore item with Disney packaging or something. I don’t tend to buy or keep really crappy stuff, regardless of price, unless it’s really cheap and something I’m really passionate about collecting.

Not at the present and doubt I ever have. If I don’t like something I return it right away although I hate return especially beauty items since it adds to useless trash. I would hold on to something if is given by my family orcespecial friend since it special to me. I do hold on to those especial things that touch my heart. ❤️ .

Not that I don’t like, but I have a related issue…some packaging is so pretty, especially perfume bottles, that I have a hard time getting rid of it after I have used up the product.


TokyoMilk mini collectors set – they give me a headache but the bottles are cute, keep them on my bathroom shelf – will never use ’em.

Buxom’s White Russian on the Rocks palette has my fave packaging ever. I only use one shade from it.

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light – more for the pan than the packaging – it’s so beautiful, just can’t declutter yet :-/

Yes! Two Too Faced La Crème lipsticks. The gold packaging is very pretty and they are on display on one of my shelves, I barely used them because the colors are not what I wanted – I asked a friend some years ago to buy two specific colors because I don’t have a Sephora near me but she picked up the wrong colors and when I got them in the mail I couldn’t do anything but keep them.

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