Monday, October 24, 2011

The Best Lipstick Ever Made

by Kate Collins

And I mean THE BEST lipstick . . . is no longer in production. Sorry. This item is unavailable/out of stock/retired-and-gone-to-lipstick-heaven, so suck it up, Lady Pale Lips. Oh, and don’t get too attached to that substitute color you just bought, because it’ll be gone a year from now. 

Why is it that my shade is always the one they retire? Why is that ugly orange-purple color still available? Hasn’t that exact same tube been in the make-up display since about 1985?  And this lovely rose hue, this not-so-red-as-to-be-garish but not-so-pink-as-to-be-cutesy one that I have been in raptures over for the past two years, THIS is the one they chose to cancel?

Take out the word lipstick and substitute eye shadow, or eyebrow pencil, and that’s happened to me, too. I found this glorious eyebrow pencil that I loved and used for a year until a sales clerk told me it was going to be phased out. So I bought 6 of them. Same with a crayon eye shadow. For that one, I went to the manufacturer’s website to buy their entire stock – 3 – so I’d have at least half a year of looking good.

The trouble with that plan is that in the back of my mind, I knew I’d run out eventually, so I tried other brands and types and found something I liked just as well, if not more. Then I’d keep using it and the back-up supply would stay backed up, until after a few years I’d come across those 3 crayons or 6 pencils and think, “Huh. I don’t like those so much anymore. I’ve moved on to something more current.”

And that brings me to the point of my rambling blog. I – and by that I mean we – try very hard to hold onto the past even when the past is telling us to let go. Go forth my pale lipped lady and find a new shade. Try that new eyebrow powder. Do not be afraid of letting go of the old to try something new. 

I’ve had to let go of a lot of my past over the course of these last 12 months. I’ve done it reluctantly, kicking and screaming in fact. But new ways aren’t all that bad. In fact, sometimes they’re better. And then sometimes they’re just about even. But life keeps moving forward, brands get discontinued, and colors go out of favor. We have to either keep up or suffer the curse of pale lips. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be colorful and just a little daring. In fact, I recently found THE BEST lip gloss ever. I’m just not going to tell anyone lest I jinx it.
Can you relate?


Katreader said...

I can totally relate. With me they tend to get rid of my perfect foundation. It's hard enough figuring out what shade to get, then you finally find it and poof-they get rid of it. They've gotten me ith eyeliner too-still can't find one as good as the one that got discontinued over 10 years ago. They also get rid of bra styles I like too. Sigh. Yes, I do hold on to all sorts of least I'm more flexible when it comes to lipstick!

FirstOfMay said...

Can I ever relate! It seems like everything I like gets discontinued. Recently, it was my favorite perfume. It was called Deja Vu, but it wasn't THE Deja Vu. This Deja Vu was a brand name and they had different scents that smelled exactly like what the name said (ie. Suntan, Maple Syrup, English Garden, Baby Powder). Well, before I could get through all the scents, the perfume was apparently discontinued. I can't find it anywhere. And the phone # was disconnected, too. One time I placed an order, and one of the scents I had never gotten before. The owner of the company actually called me up and asked me if I had gotten it before. I said no and he was honest and said it was one of their worst smelling scents and he didn't want to send it to me and could he send me something else. No company ever did that for me before.

KeLLy aNN said...

Max Factor had some of the best lipsticks ever!
and I still miss
Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific
and Fostex face soap.
So yes, yes I do relate.

Aurian said...

I've got that problem with favourite food stuffs. My favourite chocolate chip cookies, or potatoe chips. Just gone from the shelves for ever. Or lovely stuff for in the bath tub. My favourite scents, no longer available. Hate it when that happens. And yes, if I see some in a different store, I buy it all.

Anonymous said...

I used to do shopping for my mother-in-law(now deceased). Frequently her favorite makeup, lipstick shades and hair products were no longer available. Trying to find substitute items that she'd like was a challenge. So I understand your frustration.

Maggie Sefton said...

It's my lipstick, too, Kate. Always! And my nail polish! Everytime I choose a favorite, they're cancelled the next year. Infuriating!!

Anonymous said...

Favorite perfumes Ambush by Dana, Scoundrel by Revlon, Charisma by Avon

I miss them.

Shirley in Baltimore

Vickie said...

Yep, this happens all the time to me and other women I know. It can be the best shade of eyeshadow or lipstick or the Paquin's handcream my mom misses so. I miss Phisoderm liquid or bar soap.

Kate Collins said...

Doesn't it make you wonder if you're the ONLY PERSON ON EARTH who liked that shade/color? It does me. Was I the ONLY one? What's wrong with me!!! ;-)