How do you feel about refillable lipsticks?

I love the concept, though sometimes the pricing on refills doesn’t seem to reflect the cost of packaging–like the refill seems too expensive on its own. I’m not someone who routinely finishes a lipstick, though, so I don’t think I’ve purchased a refill to actually refill because I ran out, LOL. I have purchased refills and only one in-packaging to save some money, though.

— Christine
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The concept seems fun but tbh, I have so many lipsticks that I’m less likely to do this and then I’m so picky. I think the Guerlain refillable lipsticks are hideous lol.

I think it’s a great concept if you are into the super luxe cases, but as a matter of practicality, I find same ..can’t even get through a lipstick.

I love the idea, but I need a properly quality tube that I would *want* to keep using. And then I need a shade that is my perfect basic nude that I’d wear most every day. So far only Guerlain, Hourglass, and Charlotte Tilbury have refillable lipsticks in packaging I like (like, not love. I honestly can’t think of a favorite). However Guerlain’s shade range is horrendous for my skintone and preferences. Charlotte’s are quite pink (even the brownie ones), and Hourglass is so absurdly priced I don’t know if I’ll ever splurge on it.

I’m with you, price them accordingly!

I’m fine with refillable lipstick. In fact, I prefer all cosmetics be refillable, in an effort to reduce at least SOME of the waste we send to landfills. Just some, I know refillable doesn’t mean wholly recyclable, but it’s an effort.

I have one of those nice Guerlain refillable lipsticks in a chic pink case, and there’s something very luxurious about using it. I feel like I’m living in the 40’s when I take it out of my bag, and I mean that in a good way. And after my declutter, I only keep items I see myself using, so I can justify the cost of buying the case plus any subsequent refills.

I really love the concept – reduces waste and you can have nicer packaging. I’ve used several refillable lipsticks, mostly from Guerlain. Now using refillable blush from MUFE and looking to transition to refillable powder compacts when I find the right powder (I love Guerlain pressed powder, but the kind I like isn’t refillable, so the hunt continues).

I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a refillable lipstick because like you said I never will need to refill a lipstick! Seems like a waste of extra packaging rather than saving packaging.

Seems awesome in theory, but I haven’t tried it out in practice. It would be amazing if you could swap shades in and out (before they are finished, not just after) without damaging the lipstick… but knowing me that’d probably never happen!

Not a bad idea as long as:
1.) The outside casing is Lux or special in some way.
2.) The refill is not at some exorbitant price.
3.) The shade itself is an HG one for me. That’s the most important reason, actually.

I like the idea of a refill as a way to reduce waste and packaging, even if not considering the lower price.
The issue is how to do it long term; finishing a lipstick takes time; maybe some people are tossing a lipstick 1-2 years after opening or when it goes really bad. Brands nowadays are always changing products, making something new, and refillable lipstick only make sense when you keep that product unchanged for years and make the main component sturdy enough to be used again and again for years.

And sustainability wise refills are not that great if brands still use tons of other materials when they ship the refill.

Think green! I’m a fan of recycling and using refills so a pretty, well-designed case that can accommodate refills is very appealing to me. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a lipstick so I hate to think I’m wasting money on elaborate packaging that will get tossed out in a year. And, since I keep my makeup in drawers, I don’t worry about the esthetics of the refill so long as it can be sealed to prevent contamination and drying out. For my Guerlain Rouge G, I have one case for when I’m on the go. Otherwise, my Rouge G’s are in my lip product drawer with their caps firmly in place. Ditto for my Clé de Peau lipsticks. In fact, CdP markets a lot of their cosmetics as refills. I wish more high end brands would follow suit.

It’s a good idea but I’ve never had one. All the refillable lipsticks I’m aware of are high-end or luxury, and my price range is low-end to mid-range.

No, no and no – I just don’t think they would be too hygienic and getting a new lipstick to fit into an old case would be troublesome. In practice, I just don’t think it would work.

I can’t remember the last time I actually finished a lipstick so a refillable one is kind of a moot point for me. It’s a good idea for people who maybe have a ride or die color they always wear, for example. The only thing that bugs me is that there seem to be few options when it comes to which brands have refillable products as an option. So many cosmetics have components that can be used for much longer than however long the product lasts, it’s a shame more companies don’t take advantage of that opportunity.

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