What brands did you love in the past but rarely use now?

I mean, I used to use ALL MAC everything but obviously use a variety of brands now, but I don’t think there are any brands I loved and just dropped over time.

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The first one that comes to mind is Nars. I used Nars for just about everything, and now I only use their concealer. Still like the brand, but have moved away.

Others include Caudelie skin care, Dior eyeshadows, and L’Oreal this and that.

tf, Tarte, though I am back, with the rots l/s, and I got the gingerbread man and ? Berry peach?…from the S bold lip collection…from tf. Won’t be wholly in. Have fallen away from the major French brands, and cost is now a factor. Far less UD, due to age. Too old for the metallic trend, except in small specks.

I don’t really use anything by Maybelline anymore. I used to swear by their mascara (pink tube, green cap) for many, many years, but I stopped using it not too long ago, when I found other drugstore mascara that worked better for me.

I loved NARS Orgasm blush for more than 10 years, but I stopped using recently it for two reasons: I stopped loving the color on me and it’s so expensive. It’s the only NARS product I’ve ever tried.

I’ve never splurged on NARS orgasm blush but have used Milani’s Luminoso blush for years. It’s supposed to be a dupe for orgasm. My current is pretty old but i’m fairly sure they still make it. Just an FYI for you:-)

I have Luminoso, too. I bought it because I heard it was a dupe for Orgasm, but it isn’t in reality.

I have two go-to blushes now: Clinique Blushing Blush in Cupid and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Paaarty, which was part of a birthday gift from Sephora.

Lancôme — they changed their eyeshadow formula and it was hard to blend( this was years ago late 80’s early 90’s) then Bobbi Brown so overpriced.

Oooo, this is a tough one! I may have to say Milani.

I’d bought a ton of their products back-in-the-day: the “Runway Eyes” palettes (these used to be my jam!), the baked blushes, the tinted moisturizers, the [liquid] “Body Bronzer” (oh wow, that brought back techno clubbing memories! 😆). The list goes on and on. I truly was a BIG Milani fan. Over time, I sort of forgot about all the Milani products I had — and I still have many of these somewhere in my stash — and started moving away from drugstore products to discover other makeup brands. I still love Milani, but someone else has taken its place: Guerlain.

I used to use urban Decay and MAC all of the time…Now I’m not even sure I own a MAC product anymore?? I do own a lot of UD palettes and eyeliners but I just don’t reach for them a lot anymore. I’m finding I mostly use Tarte and Too faced with some other brands sprinkled in.

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Revlon and Cover Girl, when I was first starting out with makeup I thought they were really good and they do have a few really good products now, but I rarely if ever buy anything from them anymore.

Too Faced. Between their sub-par if not awful recent releases, I haven’t purchased much of anything new from them in a while, and since I’ve been using singles their palettes have gone neglected.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had a brief love affair with Philosophy and Bare Escentuals. I haven’t bought anything from these lines in years and years. I don’t hate them. I just don’t buy them anymore.

I used to use so so much NARS until recently when they lost their cruelty free status.
I gave away what I could safely give, and tossed all the rest.

I too was 100% sold out to MAC in the ’90s and ’00s. I wanted everything to have the same packaging and look like one collection, and I truly believe there was nothing better. We also didn’t have Sephora close by in Canada (now there’s one 3 minutes down the road from me).

Now I’m still all about the packaging but the MAC spell is definitely broken, and I actually have no intentions to buy anything MAC in the future. I would re-buy Warm Soul blush (my ALL TIME FAVE) but they changed the shade!

I have to agree about MAC. They were my go-to brand but I find their collections got too “cutesy” and the quality went down, along with too many collections on top of each other. I’ll still stop by their counter every now and then and swatch something if it catches my eye but lately I’m not thrilled with them.

I used to only buy drugstore and L’Oreal and Revlon were the only brands I would purchase. I branched out into high end brands in my 30’s due to getting older and wanting better quality. Now I never purchase drugstore makeup.

My one big thought here is Bobbi Brown, they were my first dabbles into HE makeup and I used it for years… nowadays they are not even on my radar, so many brands better on price, quality, innovation… Bobbi for me is just meh… I would have to put Benefit up there as well, i used to be drawn in by cute packaging and trendier/ younger looking stands in shops… not so much anymore!

When I first started getting into makeup, my top brands were MAC, Bobbi Brown and Too Faced. I very rarely buy anything from them anymore, I think for all 3 the quality has decreased and I find better products elsewhere.

Nyx! I *literally* have an enormous amount of Nyx OG Eyeshadow Singles, plus almost all the Caribbean quint palettes and many of their trios, too. Now I hardly ever even remember to use them. Which is crazy, as I’ve got the better part of dresser drawer FILLED with them! I didn’t stop using them because I thought they were “bad”, but larger palettes began to take over, along with my conversion over to MAC and UD singles.

Same here. I have a whole bunch of NYX single eyeshadows and one NYX palette, but I never use them because I always go to my high end palettes and my collection of MAC and UD singles.

But I use NYX’s face and eyeshadow primers just about every day, so I still use the brand a lot.

I used to buy ONLY mac brushes, now I am systematically replacing them with Hakuhodo and Chikuhodo.

I also only used to use drugstore brands, namely E.L.F, wet n wild, milani or Ulta products for the longest time when I was a new graduate and scraping by. I’ve moved onto more high-end brands like Tarte, Stila, Viseart, UD, etc overtime as my career advanced and I have more moola 🙂 .

I’m a former e.l.f. brush user, too. I’ve replaced them all with better brushes except for one, which is still my favorite brush for blush, although it’s not technically a blush brush.

i really do like how soft and luxurious a lot of the ELF brushes feel, but the main issue was that they would fall apart super quickly after 3 washes or so. I think they’re better for people who don’t wash their brushes, but unfortunately I am on the OCD side

I mean I even have a set of their brushes with gold handles in 14 K plated.
Of course the brushes are rough in today’s standard, but still they are beautiful.
YSL makeup was glorious then.

The case, the intensity and color of shadows and lipstick. The richness of foundation.

Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden. When I was in my 20’s, those were “the” brands, along with Ultima II (Charles Revson) and for skincare, also Charles of the Ritz and Germain Monteil (the last 3 have been gone for many a year now).

Oh my gosh, so many. Bobbi Brown, Stila, Clinique, Lancome, Laura Mercier, Chantecaille, and Trish McEvoy were go-tos for me at various times. I lost interest in most after the brands were acquired (mostly by EL). I still buy from those brands occasionally, but now I’m more likely to buy from smaller companies because I find them more creative and their products more suited to my needs (Wander Beauty, Nudestix, ColourPop, and others).

Quite a few brands I use to use, but would never touch now that I have discovered far better makeup – Revlon, L’Oreal and most of Maybelline, Covergirl and the DS brands, Lancome (loved a lot of their 5 pans in the past), Dior eyeshadows, Guerlain (now not worth the money).
For skincare, I have moved to cruelty free niche brands such as Nude by Nature, Swisse, Goodness, Essano etc. These brands are not expensive, locally made and contain less chemicals and are perfume free.

I used a lot of drug store brands in my 30’s after having used a lot of HE in high school and college. Kind of backwards for the way it normally works but I just didn’t see the need to buy HE when I was paying for it myself!! Then I went through a period where I wasn’t really wearing much except mineral powder foundation and lipstick. About 10 years ago I started getting back into makeup and was feeling my way around a lot of different brands both DS and HE. I looked at DS brands that I had used back in the day and really was disappointed overall. So, I don’t buy from Cover Girl (except my mascara), L’Oréal, Maybelline or Revlon. I recently picked up a couple of eye shadows from L’Oréal and didn’t like them and the same with a recent purchase from Revlon. On the HE I don’t purchase from Nars anymore given their loss of Cruelty Free status. I have not purchased from Too Faced or Tarte in a long time. I did pick up the Sephora birthday gift blush from Tarte and have to say that I love it so may have to revisit that brand, I have seen a few tutorials using the Tartlette Toasted palette and would like to see reviews as it looks really pretty. We will see.

Loreal and Lancome. Used to use Loreal foundation, now use MAC though my second choice is Loreal pro matte. And I used to love Lancome eyeshadow, but I don’t like them anymore.

Dior: the quality declined too much and too often for the prices.
MAC: My skin became too dry for their foundations. Plus, the brand experience started annoying me, from the confusing releases to the ear-bleed music in their stores.

I agree 100 %. I still use every brand I always have but added more to my reportaire . I’d say that Revlon is a brand I don’t use as much. They used to have fantastic LE collections but since changing creative directors, those have pretty much gone away. I used to love Max Factor but they no longer sell in the US. And I used to lovvvve Jane. Part of that is nostalgia but they’ve changed hands quite a few times and are nothing like they were in the 90s

I used to use all drugstore brands. Then I moved to a larger city where I had access to department stores where I first used exclusively Elekta and Corrada then Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden came in to my repetoire eventually Sephora came in to being and then all hell broke loose and anything is game now. I’m a sucker for anything shiny and pretty, and any gadget that will help in my skincare.

Urban Decay was my thing for a long time. Then they quite making the loose mineral powder that I fell in love with and I wasn’t impressed with the new stuff. I’m an eyeshadow queen and I discovered indie brands like Colour Pop/Makeup Geek/ Coloured Raine/Concrete Minerals and love the formulas, shades, and price point. You can afford to experiment with them. While it is nice to try things out first, I can buy a Colour Pop palette that will probably have some great shades/formulas for less than a UD single. I always check Temptalia for swatches first 🙂

Benefit also fell off of my counter. I feel like all they make now are brow products and blushes! They used to carry way more lipsticks, eyeliners, and shadows back in the 00’s. I still use Highbeam and Dallas, though. Lol I’m old.

I can’t tecall the last time I biught a Bobbi Brown or Estée Lauder Product. I’ve given up on Benefit , most Clinique and most Lancôme products . The only MAC I buy is a lippie now and again . The only drugstore brand I occasionally buy is L’Oreal. I stil use UD but love love newer brands like Anastasia, Becca and Belif.

Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden. I don’t dislike them but very rarely shop in person at department stores. The cometic fragrance used to be strong too.

Urban Decay, Dior, Lancôme, YSL – still use some of the lip products from the last three (Dior – Lip Tattoo, Lancôme – Matte Shakers, YSL – Lip Tint-in-Oil) and from Lancôme the new mascara (Monsieur Big) + Cils Booster XL, but no other products.
Drugstore: Rimmel, Revlon, L’Oréal. I’ve never used Maybelline or Covergirl.

Also, when I moved to Canada 10 years ago, I stopped using some good European brands that I can’t find here (skincare + makeup). Hopefully, with the CETA new trade agreement between CAN and UE, we will see some of the brands imported here.

Clinique, Perscriptives, Estee Lauder, Origins and Lancome. I just moved on to other things. Lol I don’t think Perscriptives is around anymore. And they sold Calyx at their counter as well…such a strange perfume. I don’t have any Lancome or Origins in my stash for at least a decade easy.

Stila comes to mind first. A few years ago they completely changed their lineup, and I didn’t feel like they were as interesting or as good. They are only recently starting to interest me a little again, but I haven’t bought from them in ages.

BareMinerals: In the days before face and eye primers, and when my skin was a constant oil slick, I used them almost exclusively for face and eyes. I still use them much more than “rarely.” However, with so many indie brands with more interesting eye colors, better foundation shade matches, and lower prices, bareMinerals isn’t so unique or interesting. With the advent of primers, I can wear other brands that I couldn’t before.

CoverGirl: I grew up on them, but as I got older, I gradually got more into DS brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f. Then mid-range brands. I was no longer happy with CG’s quality.

Almay: Mostly I liked that I wasn’t allergic to their mascaras and eye makeup. They used to have beautiful purple, burgundy, blue, and green mascaras. The last few years they’ve moved to more subdued takes on the mascara colors, and got rid of the burgundy, Raisin Quartz, that was my favorite. Makeup is better at being hypoallergenic, so I no longer need their eyeshadows as much. I don’t care for their non-eye makeup. I can get the same or more interesting mascara shades now from Physician’s Formula, Nyx Color Mascara, and Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara.

Almay comes to mind. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I used to buy it. But their products are so subpar and shade ranges seems to stop at light/medium for their skin toned items. Wet n Wild…I used them all the time when I was learning about makeup, then I stopped, and now I’m back!

Too Faced. I just walk right past their section in any store. I dislike the scents in their makeup. I dislike the packaging. I just think I am not their market and I am ok with that.

Definitely MAC and Nars. I love a handful of products from both brands, but I stopped using and buying them because they’re tested on animals, which I’m looking to avoid whenever possible. I’m glad that there are brands out there with dupes for their products!

Honestly MAC for me as well, that was always the my go-to for everything but throughout the years I have gotten rid of most of the mass amounts I had and am way more into a variety of brands like Clinique, Too Faced, Urban, and Marc Jacobs. I will always love MAC brushes and their lipsticks will always have a place in my heart as I’ve always collected them.

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