Have you ever struggled to use something because it was limited edition or discontinued?

Many years ago, probably to some degree here and there, but now? Not really. It’s so rare that I finish anything outside of base/complexion/skincare/etc. type products that I might as well use it before it goes bad, especially for products like lipstick and gloss!

— Christine
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No, I don’t think so. If I like it I use it. Most times I don’t even realize that it’s limited edition or discontinued (as I recently found out when answering a question here, so maybe I may pay more attention purchase wise to buy more if I really use and like something).

Yes; it’s really hard to see all my Decleor products disappearing, one by one. I have so loved them. Everyday I wear the remaining serum, I’m reminded of how much I’m going to miss it.

No — and I don’t understand that mindset. If you’re not using it, you might as well not have it, so … how is not using it any different from being completely out of it?

The one exception I can think of is if you wanted to not use it so that you could send some somewhere to be duplicated, like that (those?) company (companies?) that duplicate lipstick formulas. But if that’s what you’re saving it for, then you’d just do that, not cling to it, pulling it out of the drawer every now and then to sigh wistfully before putting it back.

Yes, I am always disappointed about limited editions, when they are actually high quality, interesting and “need to have” products. Or when amazing products are discontinued, for example NYX blush-previous version. They changed formulation and it is not as good as it was. Remember Taupe blush for contour? I wore PB16 Chocolate Moose to define and warm up my complexion on my wedding day! I still have it but cannot find anything that’s the same colour and blend like a dream….any suggestions?
Also Revlon Butter lipstick. It was such a nice product so moisturising on the lips. Great every day lipstick or for any occasion.
I can continue, but I don’t want to write a whole story….

To be honest, I really used to have that fear of using it up and then not being able to replace it. But what I have come to realize is this takes all the fun and enjoyment out of using those particular items! Some of them were quite pricey, so I might as well use them and enjoy the full experience. If I run out, so be it. Soon enough, there’ll be something similar to it, or by then I may be going in a different direction with my makeup style or needs.

My younger, poorer self would have been more inclined to “save” them for special occasions that rarely happened, but now I use them. I might as well enjoy them before they go bad. At my age, and with my big stash, I’m not going to be using much up, so I might as well wear what I love. Dupes are so much easier to find these days, too.

Yes, there have been a couple of limited edition quads etc that I have purchased in the past (Lancome’s Sparkling Intoxication for example) and I have struggled to use it because of the fall out of the gold shade.
But generally I just use everything, regardless of how LE it is, because there are always dupes coming out for my favourite shades.

With the rate of the new make up releases there will be something else that will be new favorite, so I use everything. I just realized one of my favorite perfumes is no longer made and I’m really upset. I’m going to have to search ebay and see if I might find it there.

My Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in the shade Bitten Fig. It’s a shade most flattering to my complexion, but sadly it was limited edition and I haven’t come across any dupes yet. The same thing had happened to me with Lancome Rouge Absolu 325 Rose Thé twenty years ago. It was discontinued and I kept it for special occasions because it was a very flattering shade, but then it went bad and I had to toss it. I should better use my Bitten Fig up before it goes bad and try to find a dupe in the meantime.

Only the few drops left of my grandmother’s perfume. I held onto the bottle until it turned brown and never found it again (pre-google days). She likely got it in the 70s; it was French and smelled of lemons.

Oh boy, the dreaded ‘this is my favorite shade of lipstick and I’ll die if I can’t find a replacement’ syndrome! I worked in cosmetics many years ago before the internet made it easier to find dupes and regularly had to take someone from counter to counter swatching lipsticks until the back of my hand was completely covered trying to find a dupe for a discontinued color. And not once that I can remember did I ever have someone satisfied with anything that was available.

And I kinda feel like something LE or discontinued tends to get built up as time passes until it becomes more than it really was, simply because it’s no longer available to purchase. Honestly, if we just move on with other products, eventually we’ll end up loving something else just as much.

I don’t think like this anymore. New products are so rapidly released now that if I actually do use something up. there will something similar or better to try out next. Besides, I have enough makeup for at least 20 lifetimes, and I can’t take it with me to the grave.

Not limited edition or discontinued but my favorite lipstick or anything in my younger days I would save it for especial occasions but not anymore. I do still miss one lipstick that was discontinued up to today I think it was an Elizabeth Arden pink one forgot exact name loved that shade! But now I don’t anymore I have so many and is not difficult to find a dupe. I tell my mom often when I die to let everyone in my family know to throw all makeup & highliters in my box. Lol! Except I don’t think I will remain in a box. I will be ashes thrown into nature. 😙

I have definitely felt like this but I don’t anymore, other than a slight pang of oh no! when it runs low. But then I rarely use products if I repurchase them, it’s the oddest thing. I might have loved a lipstick, but when I buy it again, I’m usually liking other colours by that point and the repurchased colour can feel dated. I’m debating if I repurchase MAC Creme in Your Coffee for this very reason.

No. I only buy items that I intend to use. If I get something that is LE that I don’t like, it gets passed on. Discontinued items are just used up and hopefully replaced with something else.

YES! The Vlada highlighter from Smashbox, I don’t want to ruin the perfect rose. I love the color but have only used it twice and am scared to make any further dents in it!

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