People buy discontinued and out of season make up for all kinds of reasons. It could be that you:
a. Want a specific product that has been discontinued by a manufacturer/brand.
b. Want a specific shade that has been discontinued by a manufacturer/brand.
c. Want to try a range that has been completely discontinued
…and so on…
When it comes to Limited Edition and seasonal products, there are some huge savings to be had from ranges like Lancome and YSL (Chanel and Dior don’t appear very much in comparison) if you are willing to wait a season or two after the original launch date (so for example, at the current time of writing, July 2010, you’ll be able to find last year’s Christmas releases with a 70% discount or so).
So for example….
I recently bought the Lancome’s Maharani Jewels Elephant Bronzer. That was from Fall/Autumn 2008 and I wanted it as a collectors item. I also bought YSL Red Muse lipstick (repromoted as part of the Winter 2009 collection) and the Shimmering Lip Glosses.
Change of packaging, new ranges
This is a very common reason for selling make up at a discount – ranges are being repackaged all the time and items are discontinued to make way for a newer version of a product (for example with foundations).
If you have a formula that’s been discontinued, it’s definitely worth looking online to see if you can find it at a discount.
You will also find that certain brands sell off their overstock and less popular colours to wholesalers, who in turn sell on eBay.
An great example is YSL’s Rouge Volupte – the reds and browns from the range can easily be found on eBay for around £10 (the retail is £21) no doubt because these are far less popular than the nudes, peaches and pinks (which you’re not going to find for £10 brand new in their boxes!). *
*I do find the fact that you can easily buy some of these colours for half the price online weird, since YSL haven’t actually discontinued these colours – they are still on sale at my local department stores for full price!
There are also make up ranges that disappear altogether – for example, Pout. When Pout went bust their range was heavily discounted and sold on discount outlets and eBay.
Calvin Klein Make Up (which I recently hauled – review coming up!) was relaunched in 2009 then discontinued not long after. Their make up is now starting to appear on eBay also heavily discounted.
Obviously, there are some important points to be made here!
1. Buy from a reputable seller
Fakes of all kinds of make up exist but I have had far more good experiences than negative ones. One good way to check is to buy from a seller with at least 1000 feedback, at least 95% positive. Most of the sellers I buy make up from on eBay are POWERSELLERS and easily have 10,000 feedback or more.
2. Check how old the collection is online
Obviously make up expires and you want to make sure you’re not buying anything too old. I tend to stick to powder products anyway which have a better shelf life and a lot of products are factory sealed.
Don’t buy opened make up – buy brand new, boxed items if possible (although it doesn’t NEED to be boxed!) – BNIB or BN items.
Hope that’s useful if you are a bona fide bargain hunter like me, and don’t mind looking for beauty products that are a season or two old, or has been discontinued!
Do you buy make up that’s from older collections? Or do you only go for new releases?