Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cosmeticus Interruptus: Favorite Discontinued Products



Some of my blogger sisters are cruel vixens, teasing us with their weekly or monthly articles, which showcase the beautiful products we can't have because those products were either limited edition or have been discontinued.

We've all been there. Raise your hand if you've loved a product—even repurchased it—and then the rug was pulled out from under you when the powers that be decided that product wasn't worth keeping on the shelves. One of the worst feelings was showing up at the counter to buy a refill of something and find out it was gone. Such a trip to the counter was how I discovered Prescriptives was about to be dropped as a brand, and I made a mad search for the last remaining Mushroom and Rose Powder eyeshadows.

You certainly heard (or felt) my wail of agony reverberate around the globe, when I discovered that Laura Mercier had not only discontinued my favorite red lipstick—ever—but that it had been pulled off the shelves and was gone, truly gone, from all department stores. As is, not even on eBay or strawberrynet.com or ACW or at any of the other usual suspects. That's just mean!

Therefore, I thought I would pay tribute to the dearly departed, not to tease you, but to honor those items that so bravely went before the current lineups ... and, perhaps, send good juju vibes out into the universe, hoping these items miraculously make it back into the brands' regular lineup, if only by the sheer force of my will.
  • Prescriptives Lavish Lipstick, Rosemarine—discontinued years before Px pulled out retail stores, this color is the most gorgeous blue-based semi-matte rose with subtle brown undertones. I have been wearing this color since 1989, and I love it so much I had it duplicated at 3CC. I know Prescriptives will never bring it back; they haven't introduced a new color since they removed their physical presence from department stores, a stupid move, in my opinion.
  • Chantecaille Lasting Eye Shade, Agate—medium-toned, smoky, dusty-grey lavender.
  • Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour, Margaux—silky grey-plum goodness with a smidgen of brown undertone, but not enough to make me look diseased. Such a gorgeous, basic shade; why take it away, Laura, when your permanent line has so few neutral colors for we cool-toned women.
  • Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour, Orchid—a beautiful, glowy purple that applies bright but settles into skin to look like the prettiest shadows from your face, lending a vulnerable Edwardian appeal.
  • Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour, Sparkling Dew—the satin version of Morning Dew. This color seems to come out only in collections. I am not sure why LM removed it from the permanent  line, but I would rather have my eye wash colors in a satin finish instead of matte.
  • Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour, Sweet Cherry—as mentioned above, too pretty for words. Sheer, juicy blue red. THE perfect red to wear during the day, even hot summer days outside in full sun. I have now reached a point where I am digging the last bits out of the tube with a lip brush.
  • Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss, Allure—pigmented-but-sheer cool raspberry, which feels more like liquid lipstick than gloss. This color can still be found, but not at chantecaille.com, which tells me it will meet the same fate as their aquablush.
  • Chanel Glossimer, Venus 124—sheer, hot pink with shimmers that brings out my inner Barbie, not that I have one. Really. It's more a preppy pink, and I do have those roots.

There are, no doubt, others I miss, but the above items are the colors/formulas I miss the most.

And there's something else I miss, so please indulge me in a mini rant. I doubt any of us could take issue with the improvements made to the texture of makeup over the last decade. Lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, and eye/lip pencil formulas have made leaps and bounds over some of the stiff, hard, dry, draggy stuff I bought in the 80s, but I find myself missing the days when I could count on my favorite brands carrying basic colors season after season. Obviously they had to phase out poor sellers while they rotated new colors in, but I doubt individual items sold so poorly when there were fewer options all around—from within their own brand and across brands (much less competition before the mid 90s). Moreover, those brands did not introduce the collection-of-the-month the way they do today—purposely not manufacturing enough in order to drive sales into a fevered pitch and/or sell out as quickly as possible—and then yanking the rug out from under our feet. B O R I N G. 

I don't know about the rest of you, but I often find the assault of new collections to be rather tiresome. Why the frantic pace, oh You Big Brands? Isn't the free advertising you get from beauty bloggers helping to push your sales into the stratosphere? I adore my makeup but sometimes too many choices can feel overwhelming.


What are your favorite discontinued products?

Meanwhile, I shall leave you with a pretty picture from a couple weeks ago, which is definitely something you can't have, as the "leaf peeping" season has passed where I love. Hurricane Sandy rudely and violently sucked the last of the leaves off the trees, anyway. 






Al photos taken by me

24 comments:

  1. Estee Lauder discontinued my perfect lipstick shade, Rosewood. I bought my first tube in 2009, but when I went a few months ago to by a new tube and found out it was discontinued, you would have thought I was asking for a color from 1975. The closest thing I've found is Clinique's Rose Aglow. Sigh.

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    1. 1975, hee! I know exactly how you feel, though.

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  2. Dior Aurora Bronzer definitely. It's my favourite all time product and it's gone. Sure, everybody keeps telling me the one that came out this year is the same, but it's not. I've tried it and it just doesn't look the same on me. Luckily, one of my fellow beauty bloggers sent me theirs because they didn't use it(gasp!) so I have a backup.
    I agree. I am getting tired of the assault as you call it. The holiday collections all look the same to me and and how many goldy bronzey eyeshadows and red lipsticks do we need? I haven't actually bought a beauty product in over a month and the last thing was a nude lipliner so not like it was a big deal. I've grown out of my makeup addiction!

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    1. Congratulations on beating the beast! Teh holiday collections don't appeal to me at all. I had a momentary flutter of Shiseido's new Camellia compact, but it's just another pretty blush/highlighter, and I already have all I need. I'm not even that big a blush fan.

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  3. Beautiful photos of the landscape! I was dismayed recently to find that Trish McEvoy discontinued my holy grail nude lip pencil (Bare). They have similar colors but nothing quite measures up :/ I agree about the increasing number of new collection launches -- they are definitely overkill. After all, how many new products can one person realistically use? I admit I am guilty of buying a few "must haves" when my favorite brands launch a new collection but inevitably much of it languishes unused, taking up space.

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    1. Trish McEvoy also discontinued her Navy eyeliner pan, which I used all the time for its unique cream-to-powder finish and lovely dark-bright color. How dim is that? NAVY! Such a basic color, but she replaced it with some sparkly blue-black type thing that I won't use.

      I can't remember my last impulse buy ... probably because when I get into a new brand I tend to get one of each thing in the lineup, so I suppose it was Rouge Bunny Rouge. It's an amazing brand with the highest quality formulas, but I am not into the unicorn-wee-fairy-tale foofoo behind the brand (I'm not 14, after all), and, unfortunately, 95% of the colors are all too warm or too dark or too metallic for what I am looking for right now.

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  4. What a beautiful landscape! Does anyone remember L'Oreal's Translucide gels? They were tiny tubes of pale completely natural color to put on cheeks or all over; there was one in I think Natural which was a great quick super-light foundation, adding just enough color to give almost anyone's face a little polish. I first read about it in Allure, I think, as a 'works great for everyone' make-up artist's trick. They were fantastic but alas have been gone for 10 years or so.

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    1. I can't say; I used to stay away from L'Oreal because the scented lipsticks used to make me gag. I did love their nail polish,which I preferred in the old-style kidney-shaped bottles.

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  5. Couldn't agree with you more Zuzu! I don't understand the discontinuation of a basic color - like Navy. And your use of assault in regards to makeup releases couldn't be more apt!

    Add me to the list of missing a favorite(s) - Bobbi Brown's Sheer Lipstick in Plum is the first one that springs to mind. I have enough to possibly send to 3CC but I have plenty of other colors to use up first! I'm sure there are others that I'm missing but I've gone w/o them for so long they've slipped my mind!

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    1. Oh I loved the Bobbi Brown sheer lipsticks! They were so great and stayed on forever! Now I'm sad..

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  6. Couldn't agree with you more Zuzu! I don't understand the discontinuation of a basic color - like Navy. And your use of assault in regards to makeup releases couldn't be more apt!

    Add me to the list of missing a favorite(s) - Bobbi Brown's Sheer Lipstick in Plum is the first one that springs to mind. I have enough to possibly send to 3CC but I have plenty of other colors to use up first! I'm sure there are others that I'm missing but I've gone w/o them for so long they've slipped my mind!

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  7. I totally agree, Zuzu. I try not to buy LE (Chanel Troublant is the exception) as I hate the unsuccessful hunt to find the d/c item when it isn't stocked in stores. I miss stila's lipsticks!

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    1. I don't remember Stila's lipsticks (though they had a nice lip glaze in a clicky pen), but I really miss the original eyeshadow formula. I don't know what they did when they reformulated it, but it's terrible now. Stiff and nasty.

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  8. Stila "Puck" shadow. A perfect basic taupe. Not exciting or sparkly - no reddish tones, very slight negligible shimmer that was somehow just perfect, and sort of a lavender undertone. My go to daily shade. I would have stocked up had I known it was going to be killed off. Bought as many pans as I could find on ebay, but its gone there as well. I have one small pan left.

    I agree about them killing the basic items, colors, off - only to replace them with odd sparkly things. One would think they wold do the math and realize that daily wear items get used up and purchased more than glitter special products.

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    1. I remember when I couldn't get Stila Rain for a long time. When it came back out in their new packaging (e.g., they actually gave you a compact) I jumped for joy, but I was so disappointed. I felt like i needed to scratch my fingernails across the surface to lift any pigment off the pan.

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  9. I tried on Chantecaille Allure and absolutely loved it, but it had already been discontinued, and none of the Mecca Cosmetica stores in Sydney had any left in stock.

    Also love some of the discontinued Shu Uemura lipsticks - RD198, RD178M, and WN270, all beautifully pigmented, darker shades, the type that Shu seems to have washed their hands of these days.

    Khol Me Brown, a warm, shimmery neutral dark brown pencil which was my favourite everyday liner. They've replaced it with Khol Me Ebony, which is more black, and doesn't have the shimmer, so it's more high impact.

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    1. Right, Chantecaille Allure seems to have fallen off the face of the planet, including eBay. Too bad, it's such a gorgeous color. I guess their buyers want the light, sheer stuff. Sheer, yes, but still pigmented, YES.

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  10. I noticed that the Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour is for sale on her website under the "Au Revoir" section.

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    1. Thank you, I did see that and ordered two. That should hold me until my ficklessness takes over or something prettier comes along.

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  11. Just found this blog and you are speaking my language here. By this time sooo many of my well loved favorites have been killed off. (I'm quite old) I dearly loved a Bobbi Brown gloss in Chocolate, and as a teen I felt the same way about Taxi Slicker-a perfect glossy tint. An Elizabeth Arden eye line in Bronze is also long gone. Why don't they warn us that if we love it, it will not hang around. And does anyone else think that Lancome mascara has changed their formula too many times for the worse? I have been faithful to Lancome mascara since the mid-seventies. Oh it used to be perfect! Bah humbug.

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    1. Some brands do let us know! Laura Mercier has an Au Revoir page on her web site, and I could swear BB had one, but I couldn't find it just now. Doesn't MAC have one, too? Of course, I am sort of over MAC, but I'd be happy to be notified about LM, BB, Chantecaille, Chanel, and ... well, I would have said Prescriptives, but that brand is just a shell now.

      I somehow managed to avoid Lancome when I first started shopping for makeup, way back when you could only buy makeup in stores and there were only a few brands—not like today with more counters crammed in and even wee "kiosks" in the aisles, as if these stores were trying to be more like Sephora. Anyway, back on point, I wasn't drawn to Lancome (too dramatic and Wintry for pale old me?), so I missed out on the excellent Defincils mascara until just a year or so ago. I like it a lot, but I haven't got much to compare it to.

      I kind of miss makeup shopping in the old days. It was more exciting because it was different.

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  12. I don't miss any department store makeup particularly, although Chanel used to have a lip pencil, Tawny, that was fantastic. I didn't just line with it, I lined and filled and then wore lipstick or gloss on top. I went through about six of them before I used my last one up. Their Nude shade is much more mauve/dead looking.

    Chanel's website has a separate section for discontinued items ... Black Pearl nail polish is going bye bye even as we speak.

    What I really miss is certain drugstore makeup items. The Oil of Olay makeup line stands out in particular. They had this fantastic powder foundation; great blushes; superb lipsticks.

    I also have two last tubes of Maybelline's Wet Diamonds lipstick in Drippin' Honey. It's a deep, sheer brown, like Clinique's black honey, but with more color payoff and some shimmer. It goes on a gorgeous rose/plummy/brown shade that looks great on everyone. Oh, well.

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  14. The Sephora Collection used to carry this amazing green toned face primer which rivalled in quality with my fave- Smashbox. Evened out my red blotches, make my oily skin appear more matte, and evened out the texture of my skin! Just wonderful. I miss it terribly, but have been playing around with Lise Watier and Makeup Forever.

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