It’s Saturday afternoon, we’re running errands, working our way down the long list. Time to replace our favorite lipstick or foundation or whatever that always seems to run out at the most inopportune time. We go to find that must-have product or ask for it at the counter of our favorite store. It’s out. We find someone or ask the helpful consultant when it will be back in stock. I’m never prepared for hearing the most dreaded word in all of beautyland….”I’m sorry, that (color, product, fill in the blank) has been “DISCONTINUED.”
Just hearing that evil word discontinued ratchets up my anxiety almost as much as going to the dentist. I can see the salesperson’s mouth moving but no additional sound is penetrating because the word “discontinued” is reverberating in my brain. If it’s a product I love and suddenly, without warning, the “D” word is on the table – I can melt down faster than my foundation on a 90 degree day. Today, it really is about what’s NOT in my beauty bag!
It’s happened to all of us, right? Years ago, for me, it was a Clinique lipstick. I caught that D early and asked Macy’s to order every one they could locate. I wound up with an embarrassing number of tubes. Hubby wasn’t happy with THAT bill, but a freezer full of pretty silver tubes kept me calm and happy for a long time. Then it was the “Fresh Lash” mascara by Maybelline that I couldn’t live without – after driving to no less than 20 stores in three states, I finally faced the cold, hard fact that I had to try another kind. Well, only because Mr. Smarty-pants flatly refused to go on any more Fresh Lash hunts and finally insisted I get a mascara grip.
When faced with the dreaded “D” word, I admit to becoming both unreasonable and relentless.
My recent tale of discontinued woe has been over the absolutely perfect shade and texture lipstick color for me– Laura Mercier’s Crème in Hydrangea. I received that proverbial sock in the lips last summer, right before I was leaving for my son’s destination wedding. Blissfully, innocently, and happily buying my way through the mall in preparation for the trip, my final stop was to pick up a few tubes of lipstick the weekend before we were set to leave. You do not want to tell a stressed-out Mom days before her baby boy is getting married that her favorite lipstick – and the perfect color to compliment her dress – is no longer available. Tip: trying to remold and whittle a new lipstick from a bunch of old ones is not the best thing to focus on during a turbulent flight.
Of course, I’ve learned a trick or two. Never throw away a lipstick. Dig every last molecule of color out of that tube. Check Amazon. Check Ebay. Check everywhere. Fortunately, I have 10 tubes of Hydrangea stashed with varying amounts left. I’m great at digging out the remains into a little plastic container. Though I still haven’t quite mastered the art of using a lip brush at a red light.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I recently discovered a company online called Three Custom Color Specialists that can custom blend a color or recreate any discontinued shade by sending them a sample. I’m hopeful…and will definitely share my experience once I try this.
This doesn’t even sound possible, but after giving up on locating my beloved Hydrangea lipstick ever again, I found a couple of tubes on Amazon just today. Can it really, truly be? I’m seriously considering camping out at the curb for the UPS truck.
Now…I just need to figure out how to recreate Ralph Lauren’s discontinued perfume, Glamorous. I wonder if Mr. Smarty-pants would notice a little lab in the closet?
What do you do when a favorite beauty product is discontinued? Share, share, share, please! Please tell me I’m not alone in my dread of discontinued – and it’s totally fine to humor me. (smile)