Why is it that the things we wish would go away forever (crow’s feet, annoying neighbors, mosquitoes), become chronic curses while things we’d like to hang onto become outdated, outmoded or discontinued?
Your favorite cosmetic item can be unceremoniously discontinued, leaving you pale, parched, or otherwise inconvenienced, to make room for a new product or because it didn’t meet sales expectations. However, all is not lost as you do have some resources.
The first place to go to is to the manufacturers. They often sell discontinued items on their web sites. Estee Lauder, for instance, sells products online that have been discontinued in the last 24 months. You can buy up to 6 pieces of available items. Clinique offers you a “last chance” opportunity online. You can learn what’s going to be discontinued and stock up.
Other companies sell discontinued items until they sell out. But sometimes you need to do some sleuthing to find what you’re looking for. Always start with customer service. This is where you can find out if the product is being marketed with a new name because of an improved formula, or if there is a comparable substitute.
Cosmetics and More specializes in discontinued, hard-to-find, and one-time only cosmetics. They also have retail outlets in several states. Check their web site.
If you still can’t find the eye, face, or lip make-up you’re looking for, go right to Three Custom. Or maybe you’ll just want to start here. It’s the brainchild of three celebrity makeup artists who possess the talent to duplicate any color.
Three Custom works in one of three ways. Check the huge databank of colors they have duplicated for others. Yours just might be there. If it isn’t, they ask that you send a dime-sized sample in a plastic bag, and they copy the exact shade in their unique formulas, suitable for all skin types.
If you really want lipstick and nail polish to match your drapes, just send a swatch of the fabric and Three Custom, will create that too. Your formula remains in their data bank forever for easy re-ordering so you never have to go through this again.
It’s a comfort to know that no color ever goes away.