Have you ever gotten rid of a product and regretted it?

I don’t think so; I think at most I might have ended up purchasing it again later on but it was less of a regret feeling – more like “Hm, I want to try this again” but I didn’t get upset about the fact that I got rid of it. I was happy to have it gone for that period of time, really, since it meant less clutter!

— Christine
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No. If I think twice, I keep it. Only if it’s severely damaged or VERY old would I throw away something I liked a lot.

This is always my fear when I declutter, but I don’t think I ever have. I usually am giving away things that I have better versions of or don’t quite work for me. I give to friends or donate to a shelter, so the item gets appreciated, loved, and used.

I ruined my Too Face Natural Face by trying to depot it, so I got rid of it. I liked the shades in it and wish I hadn’t tried to do that!

Yes, in a frenzy to declutter and reduce my stash, I got rid of way too many MAC items, some of them LE and not finable anymore. I didn’t regret some of them, such as purple eye shadows and blush that didn’t look good on me, but some were deeply missed, so much so that I went on ebay and everywhere I could to replace some of them.

I now declutter very sparingly, and making sure I won’t miss the item.

Nothing in recent memory. But I once had to get rid of ALL my eye makeup, as well as anything that may have been used near my eyes. This was due to having gone through an entire month suffering from severe conjunctivitis and iritis caused by what I was told was viremia. I remember how months later I’d be looking for a favorite eyeshadow only to realize that I had tossed it after being so sick.

Nope. The only things I’ve got rid of are products that are spoiled. Other than that, I’m still way too materialistic when it comes to my makeup. If I need to “declutter”, I’ll pack things away in a box and put them in a drawer in one of the spare bedrooms to get them out of the way for a while. But I can’t bear to part with my makeup.

No – I haven’t regretted any toss outs. I am pretty careful about what to toss and it has to be old, relatively unused because it doesn’t work on me and not up to par.

Certainly! A lot of MAC products I either assumed wouldn’t work for me or I tried once and wasn’t crazy about in a rush. So much skincare and backup makeup products I liked but thought would go bad + I felt a need to share them. Ramones records I believed I had too many of when I now realize one can never have too much Ramones anything.

yes! the abh moonchild glow kit was my first big makeup purchase and i didn’t really know how to use highlighter when i got it and i didn’t realize that it was SUPPOSED to be glittery so i ended up giving it away to a friend. and then i got into “stronger” highlighters and i love those pastel colors and i would have loved to try those colors as highlighters except…i gave it away lol. realistically i wouldn’t use it THAT much though but i still get tempted every time i see one untouched in tjmaxx.

I don’t usually get rid of anything unless it goes bad or I no longer enjoy using the product. The only things I can think of that I have ever wanted after they were gone were some Milani blushes. I decided I no longer liked the sparkle on my cheeks so out they went. Some time after that I was watching a video where the blushes were used as comparison shades. I would have liked to have had them on hand to follow along, just for play.

Yes but I don’t sweat it because usually by the time I regret it the original item probably would be too old. Like a few years ago I regretted that I got rid of all my tarte cheek stains when I realized my skin can only deal with cream cheek products (my skin hates powder). But then I found other cheek products and I’m not over here pining for some makeup I got rid of because it wasn’t my jam but now might be. Also I’ve been decluttering and selling a lot of my makeup and I already regret a lot but I need the cash more than I need the makeup right now so when I’m in a better place I’ll buy it again someday.

Not exactly regret, but I had a bunch of Clinique Butter Shine lipsticks I got rid of because they had gone
“off” in some way — smell or texture. I have had other softer lipsticks that have gone off in similar ways, so I think it’s just a problem for that lipstick type. I loved them and I wish I could buy them over again but alas, they’ve been discontinued and I’m too afraid to buy that type of softer lipstick on Ebay now because I’m convinced they’ll all be old and weird.

I did have some strong blush and lipstick colors that I got rid of (NARS Gilda comes to mind) because I didn’t understand how to diffuse the color when I applied them, and I now regret it a little bit because I have more experience using fan brushes and the like. However, I have good duplicates so it’s not a very serious regret.

Yes. I gave away a full-sized moisturizer by Ren Skincare after only using it a couple times. Wish I had given it a proper chance.

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