We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • b-glowing20% off skincare orders of $60+ with code 20SKINCARE, ends 10/25.
  • Macy's50% off Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette (now $22.50), ends 10/21.
  • Macy's50% off all MAC brushes + free shipping , ends 10/21.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Get Updates by Email

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic.

Please do not ask if/when a review will be posted as we cannot review everything and often change priorities from day-to-day. If you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us. Thank you!

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

I lend very little credence to the suggestion that a particular line works synergistically. As an individual with extremely sensitive skin, I have to mix and match my skin care regimen to accommodate my allergies.

Not always. It depends on what I like and form which brand. I use my Naked palette on most days but I also love MAC eyeshadows. For skincare and face makeup, I use Guerlain because their face products are AMAZING. As for everything else, I use way too many different brands to list!

I think it matters with special effects makeup because of all the liquid and powder mixing. It’s almost like a laboratory. 😀 So my answer is: sometimes. Unless two skin care products cancel out each other’s effects… if that’s possible! I don’t feel like I must own the same series and brand for my skincare. Christine, there are days when I just go on temptalia and go back to all your older posts, look at the same items I’ve seen so many times and cannot have (yet), and today is one of them! FAVORITE blog and blogger ever. :]

On the contrary, mixing different brands in make up can lead into creation of new textures, colors etc.
As for hair care, same here, I don’t think the shampoo, conditionaire, treatment or styling should be of the same brand.
But, exluding make up remover which can be any brand seems better to what we need of a remover, other skin care products should be of the same brand, not only because the might work as a system, but because it’s less possible that a negative chemical reaction would happen among the layers of the products.

I don’t really think so. I have got tons of makeup and skincare products from different brands and mix them on a daily basis. I used the whole Clinique skin care programm once, but imediately switched out a couple of products, since I DIDN’T like how they worked together (I didn’t like their moisturizers at all.

If we’re only talking for aesthetic/mechanical reasons, usually not. I mix high and low end stuff all the time – as long as it’s a decent product, I don’t find much of an issue.

I do think it can be an issue for somebody who’s hyperallergenic and has sensitivity issues with various ingredients. My sister tends to stick to Revlon and Almay, for instance, since she finds a lot of other brands tend to make her break out.

I agree, when it comes to skincare, I’d stick from cleanser, to moisturizer, to toner with just brand, but for makeup, I have favorites from different brands both high ends and drugstore. I do however, have found lately that my tinted moisturizer actually works best forme if it comes together with the brand of skincare that I’m currently using, so ‘ll be sticking with that one from now on and totally skip the foundation. 🙂

I don’t think the brand matters at all. I’ve been mixing brands for years now (both in makeup and skin-care) and don’t notice any ill effects. I disagree with the “skincare system” mindset because oftentimes, I’ll like only certain parts of the system (for instance, I love the Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel) but not the others (I’m not crazy about the cleanser or toner that are part of the 3-step). It’s not about brands, it’s about finding the particular products that work for you. :3

About 10 years ago, I had the experience, that the L’oreal nail polish and a base cote by another company didn’t work. So I prefere to stick to products by the same company when it comes to nail polishes.

For the rest of makeup, I think it doesn’t matter. Maybe there are product who work better together, but I haven’t used them yet.

Sometimes you can’t beat the color coordination in a really good eyeshadow palette, or a set of lip products made to be used together. But that’s not because they’re the same brand – it’s because the company did a great job picking colors/finishes that work together. If you can do that yourself, and I think everyone will benefit from at least trying it, you can come up with really unique combos from your collection.

Hmm, I may have to work up some tutorials on this. 🙂

I think skincare products from the same brand tend to work better together as a system. I like Jan Marini for the best overall system. I do like products from other lines, but when I mix and match, my skin doesn’t stay as clear long term because it seems like I’m missing a component or ingredient. I like to buy a system and then add in a treatment from another line to make sure the products I use are compatible. My skin is fairly sensitive and it is acne-prone, so I have to be careful. When it comes to eyeshadows or blush, I don’t think so. I just don’t shop different brands often. I like to find a brand or two I like and have that be my go to when I want something new. It is just easier that way.

Typically only if I’m talking about shadows from a palette. This does not mean I believe they work poorly if mixed up, but they often work quite well.

Also, the Bumble and Bumble Colorcare Shampoo and Conditioner sets are made to work exclusively together.

As far as, say, one brand’s eyeshadow with another brand’s eyeliner? No, it doesn’t matter.

For skincare, I usually use only one brand for at least moisturizer and serum, cause they’re meant to be together 🙂 But the serum I’m using right now is Visionnaire by Lancome and it works underneath any moisturizer of any brand, and same for my Genefique serum (yeah, I’m trying to improve the texture of my skin! PS: Visionnaire serum works amazing!) and so for daytime moisturizer and eye cream I can chose whatever brand I want! 🙂 For cleanser, makeup remover, exfoliator and mask I’m not following any program so I mix and match !

For makeup, I’m a makeup artist, and kind of a makeup collector, so I use every brand 🙂 I like to mix and to try different things with makeup!

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!