Have you ever discovered a beauty product that instantly became your favorite but once you fell in love with it, it suddenly got discontinued?
Your holy grail…your favorite product ever…gone. Panic sets in. You think, how am I going to survive without this in my life?!
You then scurry to your local store to buy the entire stock of what’s left as backups before it’s too late.
Now you have to restart the whole process of finding the next it product to replace the one you’d just lost. But you know deep down inside that it’ll never really fully be able to replace it. If you’ve ever been in such a situation, I feel your pain as I’ve encountered this so many times over the past few years!
Here are some of my favorite products that I’ve discovered in the past, started loving, and then found out were discontinued. I wish that companies would bring these back because they were awesome products but I’ve accepted that they probably won’t.
1. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
I’m not sure why Revlon decided to discontinue their Lip Butter line but I was so sad when the news broke out. Most of the Lip Butters in the collection were very pigmented for a sheer balm and extremely smooth when applied. My lips are always dry so I religiously need to apply both a chapstick and a moisturizing lipstick if I want to add color to my lips. This was a great in-between product for me and was something that I always grabbed first over other products because it meant I could skip the extra step of chapstick. Strawberry Cupcake was my favorite pink color from the collection and it will forever be missed!
2. e.l.f. Mineral Booster in Corrective Yellow
The e.l.f. Mineral Booster in Corrective Yellow was the best loose powder I have used so far for my skin. The powder always melted into my skin and left a glowy, airbrushed finish when I applied it with my favorite e.l.f. Kabuki brush. It also had awesome oil control properties, which for me is very important because I become quite oily within an hour or two of applying makeup. I was pretty disappointed that e.l.f. discontinued their entire mineral line because it was very affordable for the quality (usually $3 when it was on sale).
3. Neutrogena Gentle Face Cleanser
This was my holy grail cream cleanser for years so I’m very sad that they discontinued it. I’ve always had sensitive skin so this basic gentle, no-frills cream cleanser was perfect for me because it never dried out or irritated my skin. A lot of cleansers make my face feel very tight after washing it but this one always made my skin look and feel more hydrated after using it. (Edit – I’ve found a great replacement this and have been using the Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel for a while now. It’s very similar to the Neutrogena Gentle Face Cleanser in terms of consistency and the feel of it on my skin so I’m super happy!)
4. Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer
The coverage of the Mineral Power Concealer was amazing for covering both acne hyperpigmentation scars and undereye circles. The texture was also surprisingly light for the amazing coverage it gave me, which was one of the reasons why I loved using this. I remember buying multiple tubes as backups and they lasted me about 2 years before I ran out.
5. Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Cream Pencil Eyeliner
The Master Drama Cream Pencil Eyeliner was a pretty good pencil liner that I wished Maybelline hadn’t discontinued. I liked Midnight Master and Bold Brown, which were an intense black and brown color respectively. They didn’t fade or smudge throughout the day so it was perfect for my oily eyelids. Luckily, I found the Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencil soon after, which is a great smudge-free pencil liner that’s super affordable and works just as well.
6. Sephora Mineral Double Compact Foundation SPF 10
I’m so sad that Sephora discontinued this product! It was one of my favorite powder foundations that had great coverage and felt super lightweight without needing to apply more than one or two layers. Most powder foundations that I tried usually felt too heavy on the skin when applied but not this one. This also suited my sensitive skin well and my pores never clogged up, which was very important to me. Sephora has a similar product on the market now that replaced this mineral foundation but it doesn’t work as well in my opinion.
7. Everyday Minerals Blush in Siesta
Nothing can really replace my favorite Everyday Minerals blush in the shade, Siesta. I had originally gotten a sample sized jar of this color (which lasted me for ages), only to find out after I finished it and really started loving it, that it had been discontinued! This was the perfect coral/peach blush that fit my NC15 (winter) to NC30 (summer) skin tone and looked good no matter how tan or pale I was during the year. The closest blush I’ve found so far to replace this is the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso but it’s a baked blush with some shimmer so it’s not quite the same.
8. Balea Glow Sunless Tan Gelee
The Balea Glow Sunless Tan Gelee was only available at Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada and used to be my holy grail sunless tanner. The color that this sunless tanner produced made it look like I’d just gotten a beautiful tan from the beach because there wasn’t a single hint of orange in it due to its greenish-brown base color. It went on silky smooth without leaving streaks all over my body even though the gel went on clear. It was also the best smelling self-tanner I’d ever tried!
9. Clinique Acne Solutions Body Treatment Spray
I really liked using the Clinique Acne Solutions Body Spray to help control my back acne issues back in my late teens. It was very effective in preventing new breakouts as well as banishing existing ones so it was a little sad that Clinique discontinued it. Luckily, there are other back acne treatment sprays on the market that are just as good!
Do you hate finding out that your favorite product has been discontinued and how do you deal with it? Feel free to share!