Discontinued Makeup And Beauty Products

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discontinued makeupSince I started Savvy Skin a few years ago, almost every one of my favorite makeup, skin care, and beauty products has been discontinued or reformulated! I know that’s how the beauty industry works – it’s always coming out with something New or some supposed Breakthrough Miracle Product, but once you finally find your favorite product, it’s horrible when it’s taken from you. I have still not completely gotten over the loss of my favorite moisturizer Clinique Moisture On-line, even though it’s probably for the best that I move on, since it came in jar packaging and it was expensive.

Last week I was at CVS and noticed my favorite foundation Maybelline Pure Makeup was on closeout, and upon further investigation, it appears it’s been discontinued. It’s currently half-price at every drugstore. Why??? Why??? Do you know how many foundations I had to try before I fell in love with this one??

What to do when your favorite beauty product is discontinued:

1) Cry. Mourn. Tell yourself maybe you’ll find something even better, even though you know it’s probably not true.

2) Contact the product’s company to find out if they have a similar product that you may have previously overlooked. When my Clinique moisturizer was discontinued, I emailed Clinique (the contact info is on their website) and asked what they would recommend as a replacement. They were very polite and emailed me some suggestions, but the new products they recommended either cost more, came in jar packaging, or had completely different ingredients, so I didn’t end up buying any of their recommendations. You may even find out your product hasn’t really been discontinued, and that there’s still a way to purchase it (either at a different store, only online, etc.)

3) Head over to MakeupAlley.com and look at the product reviews of your favorite product to see if other people have suggestions for what product they found to be similar to your favorite. Then you can look through reviews of other products in the same category to see what else appears to have great reviews, but this can take hours and hours because there are so many products out there. 

4) If your favorite beauty product has been reformulated, buy the new version and maybe you will still like it. I rarely find this to be the case, but sometimes I am still happy with the new version. Ulta, Sephora, and most drugstores and department stores will let you return used makeup and skin care products you don’t like, and I have no guilt about doing it when my beloved product has been ruined with a new inferior formulation!

5) Stock up! I just bought 5 tubes of the Maybelline Pure Makeup, and I figure it will last me a few years. That will postpone the search for finding the new perfect foundation for quite a while. Hopefully by the time they all run out I’ll have found something even better, and if the makeup goes bad before then, it only cost me a few dollars each, so it was worth the risk. At least I have peace of mind…for now.

6) If you can’t find your favorite product in the store before it’s gone, again contact the product’s company to see if they can help you locate a last few bittersweet bottles of your favorite perfume or precious jars of your moisturizer. Clinique has a service that does this, but I decided against trying to track down any more of the On-line moisturizer because I was just so mad at the time, and I had found a cheaper alternative that was almost as good.

7) Start a Facebook campaign to have your favorite product brought back. Okay this one is pretty far-fetched, but TV shows have been brought back from the dead by people signing online petitions, and Betty White got her SNL hosting job from Facebook supporters. I kind of doubt a tube of lipstick or mascara would garner the same support as a TV show, or Betty White, but you never know…

8) Type in the first several ingredients of your favorite product into Google and see if there’s another product out there that has similar ingredients. The same company may make the same product under a different name, or you may find another company that makes a very similar product. This is a slight long-shot, but it’s worth trying.

9) Check online to see if your favorite product is still available somewhere – on a website that specializes in discontinued beauty products, on Amazon, on eBay, on a store website in another country, etc. Just be cautious because I find it’s not always a good idea to buy beauty products from eBay or random websites, and chances are you can’t return the product if you have a problem with it (it’s a fake, it’s expired, etc.) Amazon is a good place to buy from, though, because they offer refunds.

10) Start saving up some money because in the end you will probably have to start the quest for your new favorite lipstick/moisturizer/shampoo/sunscreen, and it will inevitably cost a lot to find it. The whole kiss a lot of frogs thing is totally true when it comes to beauty products (as well as men of course). Unless I get lucky, I will probably have to try 5-10 new foundations before I find one I like as much as the Maybelline Pure Makeup. I will probably end up returning some future foundations I end up hating, but most people keep their purchases, even when then don’t really like them. Despite reading great reviews about a product online (or on my site), everyone is different, so even though a product may work great for most people, you may not be one of them:(

What’s your favorite beauty product that’s been discontinued? How did you go about finding a replacement that you love just as much? The only silver lining in this whole thing, for me at least, is that I’d run out of things to write about if I never tried new products. And even if you think you’ve found the best beauty product ever, there’s probably something out there that’s even better, but you just don’t know it yet…

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19 Responses to “Discontinued Makeup And Beauty Products”

  1. Francine Says:

    This doesn’t usually happen to me because I get tired of makeup and skincare stuff really fast, so I am usually on to the next best thing when it’s time to repurchase. But I do spend a lot of money trying out new products.

  2. Ellie Says:

    They do this on purpose. It’s part of marketing. If a product starts getting “too popular” they discontinue it so that their customers will in fact go on a spending frenzy trying to find a replacement, and often with the same base company (just a few own almost all the brands available at drugstores). They make more money this way, keep product lines “fresh” and appeal to younger naive audiences with flashy advertisement and keep us all in the dark on what’s what so we spend more – all win for them. Lose for us. Kids should learn from their parents which products are best, not from who has the flashiest ads.
    I vote smaller cottage manufacturers. Although they are more likely to go out of business, if they have been in business a while their product lines are generally more stable it seems as they don’t have the profit-above-all marketing executives making business plans.

  3. Rachel Says:

    Hi Jeni – the Shiseido sun face cream spf 55 was reformulated with titanium dioxide – which I break out from! I loved the original – do you still use the reformulated version, or have you found another zinc oxide sunscreen as good as the Shiseido?

  4. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I was freaking out when I found out the Shiseido SPF 55 Cream changes its formula, but I bought the new one a few weeks ago and I haven’t experienced any breakouts from it, and it seems to be almost the same as the original one. I am going to keep using it to be sure – I sometimes breakout from Titanium Dioxide also. I am also going to try their lotion version because it’s cheaper per ounce. I also use Vanicream, and I’m still planning on trying some other new sunscreens too.

  5. Susan Says:

    A great place to find discontinued/clearanced makeup is Big Lots, if you’re on the search for something

  6. Jessica Says:

    I had always been curious about the Maybelline Pure makeup and recently tried it and fell in love with it’s super light formula with decent matte coverage that works great in the winter and summer. I thought I had found my Holy Grail only to see that it is being discontinued! I haven’t had a regular foundaion for like 5 years! This stinks big time, I wonder if they will come out with something comparable or if there is something comparable already? Hmm….. back to the drawing board I guess. :(

  7. Rosemarie Says:

    Hi Jeni! I just stumbled across your blog in my quest to find a foundation which does not break me out…thank-you for sharing you experiences and what works for you! I have a question (which is posed to anyone and everyone as well:)): have you tried the Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation at all? From a quick glance (and note that I am still inexperienced with your ingredient list!), it appears safe…but I would love to hear others experiences with it?

  8. MARY Says:

    i totally know how you feel. pure makeup was the first brand of foundation i ever used, then to find out it was being discontinued broke my heart! my mom and i used it religiously. even when the price for it was slashed in half, my color was completely gone. i went to target, wal-mart, walgreens but no such luck :( i wish i would have found out sooner so i could have stocked up like you suggested. i finally found a foundation that i actually liked the ‘maybelline mineral power” foundation. i started using that for a while and it just NOW got discontinued also. its bad enough pure makeup was taken from me, now mineral power. i am once again on the search for a good cover-up :(

  9. Dee Says:


    I am looking for Benefit Flamingo Fancy that has been discontinued. Does anyone know where i might get one. searching the internet high and low!!!

    Dee :)

  10. Laura Says:

    I only have a favorite foundation (revlon color stay, oil-free) , mascara (Loreal Voluminous, the w/ Vitamin E version) and face powder (Avon pressed powder, translucent). Luckily they are really popular and have been around for years so hopefully they never stop making them. (They reformulated the foundation once and it was different at first but after I got used to it I still liked it.) Everything else with make-up and skincare…I love to try new things or updated versions!

  11. Linda Says:

    I’ve had the same experience – a fair skinned, light all over freckles, and like a “natural” look, but need medicted makeup (Bonne Bell light was great) for “spot” cover-ups on pimples, etc., a nice light rose frost Coty Blush stick, a pinkish frosted rose lipstick, and clean soap and spicy, but light perfume scents (allergies to strong odors cause migraines -so it is a real pain to shop for the right light fragrance), When you finally find those “right” products it makes you crazy when they get discontinued. Like you, when Estee Lauder was discontinuing my favorite lipstick (even though expensive) I bought up every tube of my color could find. I still cannot find a replacement for the lovely scented frosted rose Coty Blush sticks in a pink plastic tue about one inch diameter… I miss those soooo much!

  12. Julie Says:

    I am on my last tube of maybelline pure makeup and have not been able to find anymore anywhere :( Please let us know if/when you find a replacement for it! It’s been so nice having a foundation that works well, doesn’t cause break outs, and isn’t $25 a bottle!!!

  13. Discontinued Makeup Says:

    One source for discontinued makeup is http://www.MakeupDealOfTheDay.com – they specialize in department store and luxury brands like Urban Decay, Lancome, Benefit, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, and they even carry some MAC.
    They don’t have a huge selection, but if you’re looking for something that’s discontinued you might be able to find it.

  14. Erika Says:

    Im looking for Benefit color stick in hop scotch …. Please help me

  15. Andrea Says:

    m looking for Benefit color stick in hop scotch also …. Please help me too

  16. Elizabeth Petry Says:

    I wanted to let you know that I did see the MAYBELLINE PURE MAKEUP at BIGLOTS!! Good luck!!

  17. Erum Says:

    Hi everyone I’m looking for maybelline great wear liquiud foundation in ivory and can’t fond it anywhere:( Can u plz tell me Sara where can i find this in Lahore , Pakistan????????????????????????? I’m Desperate!!!!!!

  18. Jen Says:

    I also LOVED maybelline pure. Would love to know what you have found that you liked that was similar. Covergirl Trueblend and Loreal Truematch are the closest I have been able to find, but it’s just not the same. I was hoping Maybelline’s FIT would be the same formula, just in a different bottle, but I was very wrong. It is thick and goopy.

  19. Julia Says:

    Hello, long time no comment. Sorry. ^^;

    I was wondering if you have found a replacement for the Maybelline foundation by now? Because it is the only liquid make-up my skin seems to tolerate at the moment. :/

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