Rant & Rave: Refillable Lipsticks

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my answer: I know I own a few formulas that are supposed to be refillable, but honestly, I don’t know that I’ve ever purchased a refill for one! I like the concept, and if you’re on a budget, sometimes you can just buy the refill and nothing else – so you can escape some of the packaging costs. I know I’ve done that with Guerlain’s Mythic powder (just the pan, not the pan + compact).

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I have many refillable lipsticks, but they seem to not be of the greatest quality. I think it is a good idea in theory, but when they are made of cardboard or flimsy paper they are at the bottom of my purse getting crushed. Nothing is worse than a crushed smushed lipstick in the bottom of a Dooney or a Louis!!!!!

I’ve never actually seen refillable lipstick, but I don’t think it’s something I’d be interested in. I mainly buy DS lipstick, and often on sale, so I don’t find myself paying for packaging, anyway. Besides, I can’t recallever completely ffinishing any lip product besides balm, so this isn’t a product that would make a difference either way.

I think it’s a gimmick to try and get you to buy the more expensive lipsticks, because they draw people in by having the option of a cheaper refill. If you think about it, it sounds a little ridiculous..refillable lipstick?? What’s next refillable eyeshadow?

…You know, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a refillable lipstick. Or at least, if it was refillable, I totally missed it!

The only refillable thing I own is a YSL powder foundation compact, which I am in total agreement on the refilable-ness of. A staple like foundation I am likely to want to refill and not pay the extra packaging for!

I didn’t know refillable lipsticks were even still around! I remember them from the 80’s – Ultima II, Estee Lauder and many other department store brands had refillables but all the lippies I buy seem to be “use and toss” or “use and B to M” these days.

It feels like a marketing gimmick to get you to pay more. It takes me a long time to go through a whole lipstick, so if I wanted multiple colors I would have to buy multiple packaging tubes. The only one I can think of is Paul and Joe. They have a permanent plastic case and LE cardboard ones so durability isn’t an issue with that. But if you are paying $18 for a refill and $5 for the packaging, it is really just a $23 tube of lipstick that you may or may not refill.

It’s something that sounds good in theory…

I know Inglot does lipstick pans, so if you finished a colour off you could refill your palette, but since I hate lipstick palettes this isn’t something I’ll ever use.

I’ve seen other brands offer a tube refill option, but I can just picture myself ruining the refill trying to insert it. Paul and Joe offer refills and cardboard tubes which always tempt me with their cute designs, but ultimately seem like a disaster waiting to happen. I also think the refill’s going to need fairly heavy weight plastic to protect it before you buy it, so I don’t know if you’re saving much on the packaging front.

The only lipsticks I’ve got that are near to empty are MAC ones, so I’ll just Back 2 MAC eventually.

I’m not sure I even knew that refillable lipsticks were a thing! Which companies make them? I think it would be something that I would consider… if there was one that I absolutely loved and could save some money… sounds like a great idea!

Serge Lutens lipstick @ $75 full, $50, refill, I think. @ Barney’s + Total Beauty.com. It’s so expensive, that it probably gets old, just hangin’ around. Who buys it? Just save a bit more + you can have some of his PERFUME!!! I have been far too intimidated to even swatch it. To me, refillable l/s is a throwback to my mother….who would be 103 this year! Everybody did it in the 50s + early 60s. But then, there were not the infinite choices, and many women wore only one signature color. My mom would %&( the proverbial brick, if she saw my ~ 50, and that’s only the reds! But the Paul + Joe cardboards sure are cute.

To be honest, I didn’t even know such a thing existed! I guess it used to make sense when there was only a limited range of lipstick shades so you’d just buy the same red or pink again, but not nowadays. Especially since lipsticks do last a really long time (the only ones I ever managed to finish were ones passed on to me by my mother that she had frequently used before) and often the plastic packaging actually doesn’t look that nice anymore even before it’s empty so I wouldn’t want to refill it. Metal cases would be ok though, so it would make sense for Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks for example, but they don’t offer refills.

Hourglass and Shu (I think they still do, they used to) make refillable lipsticks and both are nice formulas with really decent cases. I like the idea of everything being refillable and recyclable.

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