If a product is limited edition, does it change how often you use it?

Not for me! Many, many years ago, I would buy backups of limited edition products I “loved,” but over the years, I have learned that variety is nice. Though something might be a favorite, something new and a little different can be as lovely and as enjoyable in the future.

No matter how much I’ve loved a product, when it’s gone or I can’t use it any more, I’ve just found that I have moved on… and with little sadness, so I might as well use it thoroughly and enjoy it rather than let it go to waste or turn bad!

— Christine
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No. I want to enjoy my LE stuff, and get use out of it before it goes bad. I buy backups of the very few LE items that I know I’d truly miss if I used them up, lost them, or broke them, as long as it’s affordable to do so. Really, though, most things can be duped, or something better will come along, so I try not to worry too much.

There are not many colour products I finish, truthfully. I used to buy backups and discovered I typically find something which floats my boat even better down the line.

Yes and no haha. If I especially liked a LE product, I would deffo try to ‘save’ it and use it very sparingly. Thing is, those things do expire and if I like something, why would I use it only rarely? So I have slowly taught myself to enjoy and use the LE products that have become my favs. If I like it enough, I try to find a dupe.

Or then if I really really love it, I do buy back ups… Like for the UD×Kristen Leanne Bun Bun lipstick; I used one up and have 3 unopened back ups in my drawer 🙈. I bought the back ups during sales and paid like 50% of their original price. This shade is just pure perfection and I have yet to have found something with the same shade and formula.

That is me with my UD lipsticks. I raided every Sephora in the area and had my friends check in other states to get all of my favorite colors. I only have one left from that fiasco as they are/were my most reached for… and of course the only colors they kept in the lines are ones that don’t really work for me. I keep hoping they’ll come out with an even better formula and bring back a better range of shades again.

Unlike you, Christine, my purchases are for my own use and pleasure rather than for testing (I don’t know how you do it – to this day, I’m amazed). So if something is LE and I love it and can’t easily dupe it, I will be sort of miserly with it. I shouldn’t be – I should just use and enjoy (it’s like all those women who have beautiful china that they “save for good” and perfume that they “save for good” only to have it spoil). I am trying to adopt more of a “just use it and enjoy it” attitude. Even so, there are a few items I’ll be really sad to use up.

No. If anything, I probably use it a bit more often just to get my money’s worth out of it so that I don’t feel so silly for chasing it down! Plus, if I loved it enough to jump through hoops possibly to get it, yeah, I’m going to town on it.

If there is an LE product that is a cream base (mainly lipsticks) I will use it like a maniac until it gets close to the end… then I want to preserve it because I can’t replace it. I’m on the last few uses of on LE lipstick and I just can’t bring myself to use it up! Once it is gone it is gone and this is the last and final backup (I went through 3 so that shows how much I enjoyed it). If an LE product is more of a powder (shadows, highlighters, bronzers, etc) then I will go to town because it takes forever to go through those products and I find they are easier to replace with other products than a perfect lip formula and color combination.

The only irreplaceable products I hoard are perfumes, once I’m down to the last quarter of the bottle. Reformulation is rampant, so I consider most scents as never-to-be-repeated. Since it takes me at least a few years to finish a bottle, often longer, (lots of choice in my collection), by the time the last spray threatens any replacement would inevitably have been changed. For the worse. I’ve learned if it’s a citrus scent though I better just use it up cause it’ll turn. But a well-formulated richer scent, properly stored, can last shockingly well for a very long time, justifying every clingy instinct I have.

Not at all, my makeup philosophy is to use up what I have, than move to the next one or repurchase. And in the end, I always know I will have a dupe if I search the library on this website. If the packaging is what makes the limited edition special, I will just clean it after I use up the product and save it.

I just use it all up.. what is the point of “saving make up”? I mean I don’t “save” my food. I do get a little frustrated when I use up the product but there are always new ones to catch my attention. The most memorable products are from MAC.. I am at pan on the face quad I bought over the holidays.. I am lovesick over the bronzer and the coppery highlighter.. I think about many of their past limited editions.. there was a lipstick I loved called “Rio Babe” and another lip gloss called “Charmed” several other products.. that I think about and all I can hope for is that they release similar items at some point

Generally no – as you’ve said in your comments Christine, it’s much better to have used the LE product and loved it, rather than waste it or let it turn bad. When my beloved Dior’s Bonne Etoile hits pan on the shades I use the most (mint and teal shades) I will be very sad, but then I will turn to the similar shades in my stash to use.
Although there are often new releases coming onto the market every year, sometimes the exact shade you love that were in your LE product aren’t being developed and the duplicates are not quite the same.
This is often true for lipsticks, which can be D/C in a season.
Sometimes brands discontinue single eyeshadow products too quickly too – eg CP’s Snakebite.

I used to almost hoard LE items and use them just for special occasions. Now, forget it I use everything, or else it will go bad! There will always be something new and wonderful to replace whatever it is with. Yes I might be sad to use the last of it but that feeling doesn’t last long when the excitement of the new item takes over.

Not at all. If I love it I use it. Besides, at my age there’s no ponit in saving anything consumable. ❤

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