What brands have you moved on from but still root for?

I haven’t “moved on” in the sense that I’ve stopped purchasing products or paying attention entirely, but these are brands that I’m *personally* lukewarm about presently but would LOVE for them to turn it around and change my mind: Guerlain, Too Faced, Tom Ford (yes! many faves but less thrilled with last year of offerings!), and MAC (I root more for a resurgence to the types of releases I used to fall in love with).

— Christine
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I feel MAC is going down the hill. Highlighters with overspray, who are they fooling? The lipsticks are nice but the rest is so hit or miss that it is turning my head away. TooFaced is looking nice but also a little bit childish lately and repeating its themes but lacks quality. I’m more into Anastasia, Becca and Urban Decay.

I just watched a video from Leesha about something similar, and one brand came up for the same reason: MAC. She mentioned Heatherette – I still have my powder compact from that collection and will depot new MSFs to fit in it because I still love it. Fafi – the first release party I got invited to, and it was just so darned cool. Hello Kitty, Neo Sci Fi, Antiquitease.. they were collections of new products and colors to be excited about, but they weren’t so close that it was inconceivable to recover financially between collections. Now it’s repromotes in special packaging, and it’s just.. disappointing. 🙁

I’d say Wet n Wild. They used to be exciting. And although they come out with really nice curated collections, I find I just don’t reach for them. I fall in love with their collection but I never reach for the product once I have it so we’re on a break. I still root for them though!

Burberry! They’re so underrated and have some amazing core products. (Highlighters, eyeshadow pens, lip products, etc.) Until the recent lip sheer launch, I was worried the line was ending. Chanel does amazing reds, and Burberry does fantastic taupes. I’m rooting for them to make a comeback. Here’s what I’d like to see:

– a greater in store presence, I don’t particularly care where. Sephora seems to be phasing them out, but Nordstrom and Bloomingdales still sell them online and could pick up the slack.

– a wider foundation/concealer range for deeper skin tones

– more eye products in general. I’ve never tried the palettes but the singles are great and I’d love an extension pack, so to speak.

That I’ve completely moved on from: Stila, MUFE, and Guerlain. There are several brands that I’ve cooled way down on, but still buy from occasionally and root for: MAC, e.l.f., Too Faced, Wet n Wild, City Color Cosmetics, and Tarte.

MUFE because they once held a place of high esteem across so many products and it’s hard to watch it slipping. I’d like to have a sure thing go-to for concealers, eyeshadows, blushes like they used to be.

Coloured Raine. I like that they’re small and independent, but they refuse to answer my repeated requests regarding eyeshadow ingredients so I no longer look at their products and have unsubscribed from their emails.

There is no brand I’ve totally moved on from due to quality hiccups, even quite a few hiccups in some cases. Instead, I just root for them to get back on steady footing and will continue to purchase their better offerings while patiently waiting. Brands that immediately come to mind are: MAC (limited edition products), Tom Ford, WnW and UD (eyeshadow palettes). I’m sure there’s a few others, but I cannot think of anything else at the moment.

The brand that jumped readily to mind is Lancome. I use to love Lancome and purchased just about everything they put out and then it started to decline, nothing new or innovative, poor quality, etc. I hoped that when Lisa Eldridge became the creative director that things would turn around. I love Lisa but either she has too many irons in the fire and cannot give Lancome the attention it needs to recoup or upper management doesn’t take her creative direction to heart. In any event, I would love to see them make a comeback.

Chanel. I wouldn’t say I’ve “moved on,” and I’ll never stop buying the Stylo Yeux, my holy grail eyeliner, but it’s just been way too long since they’ve done anything new that enticed me. Many of their products that I loved were limited edition and haven’t been replaced by anything comparable. And yet, Chanel still has all that history, the proven ability to create killer eye quads and lipsticks when they want–and it’s not priced in the extreme stratosphere compared to where many other “luxury brands” have gone–so I root for them to get some new creative inspiration.

Agree 100%. They’ve lost their edge. I want them to get it back, though. In my deepest heart, they’re still my favorite brand and I’m trying really hard to convince myself they’re just going through a phase.

Guerlain, MUFE, NARS, UD I like their lippies but that’s about it. I wish they would just slow down with all the releases and put out some nice quality curated releases.

I’m really hoping Guerlain will make a comeback. I would say Chanel, but I’ve been happy with their new Coco Flash lippies.

I think I’ll always root for MAC even though I approach their new collections and releases with some trepidation (I always wait for your reviews). When they get it right, they get it so right and they still make some of my very favourite products. Too Faced really has become sort of cheap and childish looking as Jolanda said in her comments but I have had some terrific products from them over the years as well. Finally, Bare Minerals!!! Oh my but they’ve been all over the map and here in Canada, many of their really good releases never saw the light of day because only Sephora carries them (at least in my area) and often didn’t get many of the things I really wanted to purchase. Now, so many stand out products have been scrapped and too many new ones introduced for me even to keep up with.

Smash box. Not that I was ever a big purchaser. I bought a few of their liquid lipstick.. very good product used in conjunction with other products. I liked their vlada collection ( if I spelled it right) but haven’t used it much. Love the packaging on their new offerings for spring but know I won’t really use it.

Urban Decay. I used to love them so much but left them behind at some point. I find their shadows kind of dull and flat and dry compared to some of my other, more favorite shadows. The colors of all the palettes have also gone too far in the pinky/orangey direction. Something about the Born to Run palette was a miss for me too. I think I’m just not excited for them or their releases any more. Not since Basquiat.

Stila, MAC and NARS have all gone downhill in my opinion. I used to love Stila but then they disappeared for a while and when they came back they just weren’t the same brand. For starters, they’d discontinued my favourite lippie of theirs, Natalie, and somehow their other products were all ‘meh’ as well. MAC bring out too many collections in rapid succession and, like NARS, they’re no longer cruelty free which for me is a big no-no.

Estee Lauder. At the beginning of my makeup adventure, I was so keen on EL. I was assimilating it with luxury, high-end and so-on, but now I think that it’s boring and old-lady look like.

The one that immediately comes to me nd is Tom Ford. I MHO, there quality has bee erratic and a little boring. Next, MAC I find it very disappointing. They chancmged brushe to synthetic, poor quality. Too many underwhelming shadows and collections .

I was a diehard Mary Kay fan for many years, but I’ve moved on .Their skin care products don’t help my terribly dry skin at all, and there’s just so much other makeup out there that catches my attention. They also discontinued the perfume that I loved ( Acapella), and changed their lipgloss. I still like their makeup but very rarely use it now. Still rooting for them, though.

Silently, MAC, and also Smashbox (really liked their eyeshadows a few years back with the Photo Ops palettes). And Sleek for their palettes, I have a few, and really hoped they’d improve their formula.

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