How do you cope when your favorite skincare or beauty product is discontinued? If you’ve been using skincare and beauty products for any length of time, I’m sure you have experienced the following scenario:

You start using a product, decide it works well for you and add it to your beauty routine. In this case, let’s say it’s a lipstick. When the lipstick bullet is nearing the end, you repurchase it and your fondness becomes comfortable and reliable, like that ratty old sweatshirt from your teens. You use it for your signature, everyday makeup look and it plays an important role in how you look and feel and how people see you. As years go by you continue to repurchase this beauty staple. The next time you are close to running out of your beloved lipstick, you stop by the cosmetics counter (or click on the website) to buy a replacement only to discover that it’s no longer available!


You desperately ask the sales associate if any other makeup counters in the country, or even the world, have any lipsticks in stock that you could purchase. At home you Google search, eBay stalk, and send out SOS messages on social media. You swatch dozens of lipsticks in search of the color and formulation that you grew to love and have now lost.

Does this sound familiar to you?

I could easily list several skincare and beauty items that I truly adored, which have been permanently discontinued. I found other products to fill the void, but many times they’re not true replacements, as they never properly filled the role of that cherished item.

So, what do you do when your favorite product is discontinued or reformulated?

I find that a reformulated product can sometimes be worse than if it had just been discontinued. No matter how wonderful the new version may be, it does not always satisfy your need for your favorite product, because it’s just not the same. (Please note: This is not always the case! I have quite a few reformulated products that I actually prefer over the original versions!)

I don’t have any revolutionary ideas for what to do when your treasured skincare or beauty product is no longer available. What I can tell you is that this is something nearly everyone has dealt with and for those of us who take our beauty and skincare products and routines seriously, it can come as a real blow. It can be as painful as a canceled TV show or when your boyfriend broke up with you on a Post-It note. Honestly, I think it’s completely normal to be bummed out, but it’s also a part of life.

Being sad that your go-to skincare or beauty product is gone doesn’t mean you need to suffer in silence. You can write a polite email to the company to let them know which product you enjoyed, for how long, and why you deemed it to be the best. Every once in a while a company will bring back a discontinued product. Typically you will receive a response with a recommendation of what you could try instead.

In the event that your favorite product is not returning, you can turn to the brilliant tool called the internet, where fellow skincare and beauty enthusiasts can share what they are using in its place. You may end up discovering an alternative that you really like!

There are so many amazing companies producing outstanding products!

Trust me, sometimes change really is a good thing! You don’t want to be stuck in a rut. It may be time to make an appointment for a skincare consultation or facial and try some new skincare samples or have your beauty routine refreshed and get introduced to some new makeup.

After a while you may realize that shade of lipstick probably wouldn’t suit you anymore or you would have outgrown that skincare product and parted ways at some point, anyway.  Obviously this isn’t always the case, but not every product is as timeless as we believe.

It’s also good to keep in mind that companies are constantly rebranding, reformulating, revamping, releasing new products, and replacing some of the “old,” regardless of whether or not it’s really that old. So, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t be caught off guard when that fateful day arrives!

What is a product you loved that is no longer available? How did you cope with this loss and did you ever find a replacement? If a product was reformulated, did you end up liking the new version as much as the original? Let me know in the comment section below.

I would like to thank Amanda B. for the topic suggestion. If you have a skincare or beauty related topic that you would like me to write about, I would love to hear from you!

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