Do you keep original packaging? (Like boxes, sleeves, etc.)

It’s super rare! Usually, if it’s still brand new and unused, then it might still be in its original box! My house would have to be wallpapered with original packaging if I kept it all πŸ˜‚

— Christine


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Kira Avatar

Rarely, but I have kept most of the Pat McGrath Mothership boxes. They’re not my style enough to display, so I keep debating what I might use them for. They sit in a box and I should just toss them, but they look like art! I used the packaging from the PMGL Blitz Astral Quad on an altar. I also kept the Colourpop x Raw Beauty Kristi boxes and store the products in them.

In the past I have held onto things like Charlotte Tilbury or NARS packaging and cut shapes from them to use in letter writing or to decorate a package before sending.

Veronica Avatar

No. My makeup products are kept in the original boxes/packaging when I buy them and bring them in, and while they sit unused. But as soon as I open to use them, the box goes in the trash.

krb Avatar

A few LE MAC boxes (Simpsons, Venomous Villains beauty powder) and the Pat McGrath Mothership boxes are all I keep. The PMG ones are too pretty to throw out plus they help me identify which is which. The rest are recycled.

Mariella Avatar

Nope, except for unused products waiting to be used, not at all (unless I think I might be returning something, and that’s pretty rare). As I said yesterday, with regard to “displaying” my makeup, I would no more keep the packaging from a blush or eyeshadow palette than I’d keep the box from a tube of toothpaste or rice. I don’t view any of these items as “art” – they’re consumables.

Deanne Avatar

I have a terrible time throwing out pretty packaging! For a while I kept it all in large FFF boxes, especially since I have a high turnover and will give away or sell lightly used things and like to keep the box. Lately though I’ve been forcing myself to recycle everything. Part of what draws me to make up and the allure is how visually pleasing it is and they do a really good job of making the boxes part of that! So in general I will have boxes to my favorite palettes and the Pat McGrath ones of course, but send strength my way to get rid of the rest!

Alice Avatar

Only if it’s a REALLY unique and pretty design, or a collab I was especially interested in. I like to scrapbook so I have a few boxes flattened and stuck in one. This isn’t unique to makeup tho I have a few really cute clearly handmade etsy packages in there too.

I also have the moon tin that the mini cosmic eye dusts from BMC came in on my vanity, and a Lunatick Cosmetics coffin shipping box that I use to keep odds & ends in my art area.

Tigerlaf Avatar

I keep all my makeup palettes in their original packaging. It keeps makeup cleaner, less dust and prefer particles, plus packaging is a part of the price I paid.

Suzie Q. Miller Avatar

I have recently been trying to limit my stockpiling and instead to recycle or discard packaging for which I have no practical use. The exception would be some of the sturdier eyeshadow or face palette boxes that may provide extra “cushion” in case of transport when I next move. Also, if the package is special, like the MAC collabs (e.g. Wonder Woman, Liberty of London, Marilyn Monroe or other special packaging where there has been an artist/photographer who designed the images on the boxes) I may keep the lipstick boxes although I recently purged most of those with old products that had a crayola smell or were either clearly past date or colors I would never use in a practical sense (seeing as not likely I will be soon invited to a costume party or Cosplay event given pandemic distancing).

I have a hard time throwing away art however, even if it is just a small image on a box. With a few boxes that I considered the artwork special, I cut out the image itself and use if for decoration or just among post cards I save for sentimental reasons or for the art work. A couple of the packages I have repurposed for storage, for example, the containers for pigments are used to store paper clips, pens or other items. Generally though I need to recycle more packaging to make room and reduce clutter and have recently been taking steps to do this.

Debbie Greene Avatar

Yes! Being a paper products junkie I keep everything: Tom Ford, Hermes, Nars, Tiffany, Mac, Clinque etc. displaying the pretty and the functional for extra storage.

Gayle Rusch Avatar

I keep most of my makeup in original packaging; mainly because the makeup is easier to store in my drawer, and I can even stand products on end to save space. (And I don’t need to buy a lot of expensive acrylic organizers to keep things tidy.) I only save the boxes from skin care products that are sensitive to light.

Kitty Avatar

I keep the original boxes of any makeup or skincare items, if those boxes contain an ingredient list. The ingredient list comes in handy if I get an allergic reaction, even one that happens months later from when I started using the product. I’ve learned the hard way that websites don’t always post ingredients or note when ingredients have changed, which is why it’s important to keep the boxes if one has sensitive skin like I do. All the boxes are thrown into a dresser drawer; there’s no reason they need to stay with the actual product.

Z Avatar

I didn’t used to, until picking up some things from PMG. I have a few lipstick boxes up out of the way for decor and I kept a palette box. Beauty “gurus” on youtube hated UD’s GoT release (barely any of them actually watched GoT), but I thought the palette was fricking great. So I kept all of that packaging.

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