When it comes to buying beauty, I'm quite content purchasing products from a brands' permanent line. I love cult beauty and knowing that I can restock on those beloved products whenever I'm out. Once upon a time when I first got into beauty blogging and YouTube, I loved keeping up with all the MAC collections, though these days, I've found my feet with makeup and have an "established" collection of products I love and work for me. Having said that, there are a few limited edition items within my stash that I just had to get my hands on, and others that for reasons unbeknownst to me, were sadly discontinued. In today's post, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and share with you those treasured products of mine that are unfortunately, no longer available. I thought this blog post idea was something a little different, so while it may be completely useless to you all, I hope you still find it interesting!
MAC are constantly releasing new collections and as they were the first high end brand I really got into, I seem to have acquired the most limited edition items from them over the past few years. Their 6 Smoke and Mirrors Eye Shadows palette was released way back in 2009 with the Magic, Mirth & Mischief Collection and from a barely there soft nude eye to a smokey eye, there's a lot of versatility within these six shades. I'm not entirely sure how long eyeshadows are meant to keep, but I'm not really bothered by expiry dates with powder products.
The Powder Blush in Notable is one I love whipping out during the colder months. The darkest blush I own, Notable came out with the Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection also in 2009 and is a muted brick-rose that gives the most beautiful winter flush to the cheeks. You know, the whole 'I've just been outside in the cold' rosy cheeks look. This is definitely one for more medium to dark skin tones and although we're in spring now in Australia, I'm still getting a little more use of it while the weather hasn't completely warmed up yet! When it does, however, I'll be reaching for another limited edition MAC product, the Mineralise Skinfinish in Stereo Rose. This much-sought after product has been re-promoted quite a few times now since its initial launch in 2009, and I managed to snap it up myself in 2013 with the Apres Chic Collection. In 2014, they reformulated the product, and having seen comparison swatches of the two, there's definitely a visible difference. I'm grateful that I managed to get my hands on the original! A "coral with golden bronze shimmering nuances", the description is just as beautiful as the actual product itself. It gives the most stunning warmth and glow to the cheeks and you can even skip the highlighter with this one. We can only hope MAC will rerelease Stereo Rose again soon!
I remember MAC's Lipstick in The Faerie Glen being a spontaneous purchase. Working in a department store, I can't tell you how many lunch breaks I've spent wandering around the beauty counters! A part of the 2010 A Tartan Tale Collection, The Faerie Glen is a subtle nude and is the perfect 'my lips, but better' shade. I know it's quite old now, but don't worry, it still smells fine and I am working on using it up! With the comeback of the nude lip look, have no fear because MAC's Lipstick in Jubilee is pretty much an exact dupe too. I definitely don't need both and this is why I don't buy things on a whim anymore!
I'm pretty much your average beauty blogger who likes white interiors, copper, marble, candles and neutral eyeshadows. Every so often, however, I'm not afraid of rocking a bit of colour. When I came across the Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Bonne Étoile, I thought it was absolutely to die for and every time I wear it, I always end up asking myself why I don't wear colourful eyeshadows more often. This stunning palette came out in the Mystic Metallics Autumn 2013 Collection and is a quint consisting of the most rich and vibrant silvery green, blue and bronze hues. It pairs perfectly with my dark brown eyes and is definitely a palette for an all-out smokey eye look. It's one of the more "out there" pieces of makeup I own and I always use these eyeshadows so carefully as to not ruin the embossing! I've thought about doing a blog post on how I wear colourful eyeshadow, but since this is the only non-neutral palette I own, I've been hesitant. If you're interested, it can still definitely be a thing that happens though!
With limited edition products, you know what's coming, but when a brand decides to discontinue something, well, that just feels like a slap across the face. In recent years, the beauty community had gone nuts for the NARS Blush in Douceur, so last year, the brand did the perfectly logical thing by discontinuing the beloved nude-pink blush. I managed to snap it up just in time during my trip to Hong Kong last year, but for you less fortunate people, there's still the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed that's similar or even MAC's Powder Blushes in Blushbaby and Cubic are worth checking out. Topshop's Highlighter in Crescent Moon is another sadly discontinued product. Apart from their nail polishes, I've never been the biggest fan of Topshop makeup (I find their lipsticks quite drying), but Crescent Moon is one of the most dreamy, velvety smooth highlighters I've ever come across and feels very high end. Given my highlighter stash and how little of the product is actually used for the face, thankfully, I won't be running out of it any time soon, but if you didn't give into the hype of this one back in 2012, I sure do pity you!
What limited edition and discontinued products do you still love?