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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Beauty Discussion - Suckered in By Packaging

Suckered in By Packaging

I am a complete and utter beauty junkie, I love and I mean love nothing more than perusing the make-up aisles anywhere, and again I mean anywhere. I am as happy in the Supermarket as I am in the likes of Space.NK - give me a make-up, haircare or skin care stand and watch my face light up. I enjoy all brands and don't consider myself to truly be a beauty snob. I am however suckered in by packaging.

I've lost count to how many times a new and shiny launch has landed and before I have brushed up on reviews, swatches or as much as had a feel for the product, I have clicked purchase. Why? Pretty packaging - pure and simple. I'm sure there is a more recent example of my frivolous spending than the MAC Cinderella collection but my memory has conveniently gone blank. I know the cornflower blue style of the plastic casing wasn't for everyone but it was all I could think about, despite the fact that all the reviews said the products really weren't worth the hassle of sourcing online. Try telling that to me and over a thousand other customers.

While we are on the topic of MAC I have even purchased a lipstick that I not only already own and is permanent because it came styled in a beautiful limited edition case. One word ridiculous. MAC are truly King of special edition packaging and shades aren't they? The more I think about it, it does seem to be higher end brands that roll out more stylised packaging over perhaps more budget friendly options. Not that this is a negative aspect, I'd rather a company scrimped on packaging than the actual product - wouldn't you? Then again that does go against everything I have just said above...

Basically if you want me to part with money without question, pop your brand's lipstick or eyeshadow within highly collectable packaging and watch me hand over my bank card.

So over to you, are you a sucker for limited edition packaging or not - if not please teach me your ways ha! If you fall into the easily swayed category do tell me what was the last item or collection in terms of packaging that made you go weak at the knees.

BRB the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection is calling my name...





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27 comments:

  1. Oh I agree, even seeing intricate embossed patterns on the surface of a product itself gets me every single time. Then I end up not wanting to touch the product, so as not to ruin the pattern lol.

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  2. I have the blush in the above photo! I am a sucker for pretty packaging or find myself buying products that look gorgeous but then don't want to use them because they look too pretty x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  3. I'm absolutely a sucker for some pretty packaging too. It's ridiculous how much it sways us!!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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  4. I'm such a sucker for limited edition packaging! I desperately want something from the new Charlotte Tilbury collection but it's so pricy :(

    Makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

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  5. Remember MAC's Venomous Villains? Some of the lipsticks were very middle of the road, but I bought every last one. xP I don't remember if I blogged about them, but I was young and liked every single last one at the time!

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  6. I don't know if this is weird, but I can be quite drawn in by the names of products as well as the packaging. This is particularly true of nail polishes, since I only really wear shades of orange or red, but still own a entire spectrum of colours, glitters and special edition ones with fun names. I was so sucked in by those Barry M aquarium edition polishes, because of the glitzy gold scallopped lids and colour names like "Mermaid" and "Treasure Chest". The same applies for perfume, since I sometimes wonder whether my signature scent is still sitting on the shelf, waiting to be discovered (just because it didn't have a cute bottle or name!)

    ♡ Emily from www.trendpill.co.uk x

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  7. Yeah I must admit packaging does draw me to a product i think the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow really had me plus the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks, luckily they are both really good products too! xx

    franklyflawless.com

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  8. I'm absolutely the same, wherever they have a makeup stand I'm there. It must do my boyfriends head in, we can't even go and do food shopping with me dragging him down the beauty isle! Oops! I'm definitely suckered in by packaging, but I try to restrain myself and read some reviews on the item itself before buying! x
    ELEANORMAES

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  9. I think it was the Wash and Dry collection (MAC), the highlighter (never touched it) but yes, i'm a sucker for it too. Really want to buy something from the Guo Pei collection as well, these are really pretty!

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  10. I think I'm definitely a sucker for packaging too! If it catches my eye then I want it, it's only natural ;)

    Lovely Witches

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  11. I love pretty packaging but I think I'm more sucked in by the fact that a product is limited edition. I panic when I see a pretty product with pretty packaging and the words "limited edition" hanging over it and it leads me to make stupid decisions! x

    hollyolivia12.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I am a complete sucker for packaging as well, but it's great that the products are lovely on their own!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  13. Yes! Absolutely! I'm such a sucker for packaging. If it's in a shiny case, I need it ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  14. Packaging is such a huge part of what draws me into a product!

    Kat ♥ www.pastelwhimsy.com

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  15. Yes! Wave something new and shiny in front of me and I have to have it!
    The Beauty Bloss

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  16. I am almost always a sucker for the packaging lol :)
    Beauty Wanderer

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  17. I am a complete sucker for packaging when it comes to make up. Benefit and MAC limited edition packaging always get me, especially the Cinderella collection by MAC. If the packaging of the products are nice I feel like my make up drawer looks nicer.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  18. lovely packaging :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I am the same way! I don't care if I'm at my local pharmacy perusing the makeup aisle, or at Sephora. I'm happy in either. Just the smell of makeup brings me glee, haha. I also am a sucker for pretty packaging-- I think Benefit's packaging is what speaks to me most!
    xx
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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  20. I really love that packaging!

    lxdia.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Im truly a sucker for packaging lol great post.
    Lx
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  22. Everything you just said and more! But how about products with not-so-sleek packaging? My favourite cleanser by Pure Chimp comes with a giant ugly monkey logo on the lid which I peel off every time because I just can't fair to look at it! I would honestly redesign it for free, that is just how much good packaging means to me, free bloody labour...

    http://baresome.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. MAC is definitely king of LE packaging. I can't say that I've bought something without liking it for the makeup itself, though. Beautiful packaging just persuades me :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  24. One that recently got me was the MAC Wash and dry collection. I wasn't particularly keen on any of the shades but was desperate to buy something purely based on the packaging. I wasn't that well off at the time so luckily I managed to stop myself buying anything. I'm not sure pretty packaging is enough if I'm not actually going to end up using the product x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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