Are you a collector?

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 18 - 2010

I appreciate a beautifully kept semi-pristine makeup collection.  I understand that cosmetics are completely functional objects with shelf lives and shades that fall in and out of fashion over time, but hell… when you look at something like this:

Surely… that’s not meant to ACTUALLY be used…  At least… on some level, you know what I’m trying to say right?

I’ve only ever ‘collected’ a couple of pieces of makeup and when I have … I’ve bought two.  One for using and one for collecting.  I’d never buy something just to collect it I don’t think, I mean… I would have to want to wear it enough to want to collect it in the first place.

So, quick poll!

Do you collect makeup?

  • NO! Makeup is meant to be used not looked at! (62%, 103 Votes)
  • YES! I appreciate some products for the little masterpieces they are! (32%, 54 Votes)
  • Other... I'll tell you in the comments... (6%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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I want to know about some of the pieces you’ve collected and if you think collecting makeup is an absurdity, tell me why – my bank balance will thank you later.

16 Responses to “Are you a collector?”

  1. Charlie says:

    I think some things are meant to be just looked at and I would love to have them but I don’t!

  2. edenblue says:

    Thats beautiful, but surely there’s only two shades in that palette? Why four pans? Anyway, make-up is to be used. I appreciate pretty packaging, but in the end I’m all about the product and if I can’t use something because its too pretty, I won’t buy it.

  3. liloo says:

    Not really but it looks like I am collecting all the sleek makeup palettes but somehow not fussed about storm, chaos, circus, and original and won’t be getting them. Like @edenblue, if it’s too pretty i wont buy it cos i know i wont use it and feel already guilty enough not to use all my makeup.
    Also recently, I wanted to re buy my perfectly functional blanc diaphane from bourjois which I’ve had for years, simply cos the lid is totally broken /busted up and it looks all tatty to buy the vintage pot but NO. I can’t do that. The shadow looks an embarrassement though. aa dilemna dilemna

  4. Laura says:

    There is only a couple things I have bought and kept. First is from the MAC & Hello Kitty collection. I love HK and this was my first collection after discovering MAC, that I really wanted something. Everything is still in boxes etc.

    And second was my MAC GaGa lipstick. Bought 2, one to keep and one to wear.

    Other than that, the rest of my make up is defo for wearing =)

  5. baby in a corner says:

    Make up palettes are nice things to collect if you’ve lots of money but if you’ve a tight budget its probably wasteful. I use everything i buy or try to anyway. packaging and cuteness would encourage me to buy and i would get a kick out of looking at the product when i’m using it.

  6. I am a collector of Mac palettes :o)

  7. Sheila says:

    I’m such a collector! I buy the Dior LE star product from every season, which is a really bad habit as often they’re not really useful and they’re expensive, but they’re just SO PRETTY!

  8. julia says:

    Totally understand the urge to collect when you see molded pressed shades that are so pretty, I felt the same way about my Lancome Sparkling Cherub illuminating powder at first, didn’t want to ruin the angel. There is no no intention to judge anyone here, but personally, for myself, I wouldn’t be able to get over the fact that the extra money spent on something I wouldn’t use could have helped somebody or that someone in a different situation would have needed it. I think though that someone like you, a relatively renowned blogger, would have more than enough to store for yourself and you are so blessed in that way! I’m sure you get a lot of product gratis which saves you a lot already, kudos to your scribed passion for beauty ^v^

  9. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never bought a “collectors’ item” like this, but I do admire them. I’d rather let others admire it and buy makeup for myself to use! That’s why I voted OTHER. 😀

  10. MM Curator says:

    Makeup absolutely can be collected! I don’t think it’s a waste at all, certain pieces can truly be works of art. :) I display them on shelves!

  11. JO ELLIS says:

    I DO collect yes….in the sense that if i like a particular product i want it in all colours available lol. I Have never been 1 for collecting something and not touching it (kind of a waste….?) But I do occasionally get tempted lol.

  12. muamontreal says:

    The precious !

    Caro xxx

  13. Ugh, yes I’m a bit of a collector. It’s just so hard to ‘ruin’ pretty imprints and stuff. I always say I’ll use the stuff I buy but then I think I should use up stuff to “deserve” it more and then they sit.

  14. Sarah (LBR) says:

    I have a collection of old-style Urban Decay face case palettes. I use them all though – just, kind of, very carefully!

  15. Anitacska says:

    I never got around to replying to this before… Anyway, I collect make up. I have lots of it. I even have stuff I bought with the intention of never using (usually have a back up that I do use though). I have the above eyeshadow palette (and the matching blush) and I admit I haven’t used them yet. I will, but I need time. Guerlain always makes such gorgeous limited edition eyeshadows, but I always use them in the end, just try to save as much of the pretty pattern as possible. :) Make up has really become art, not just in applying, but presenting it, there have been so many gorgeous powders and palettes around lately, I just have to buy them all. :) I do use most of my make up though, so that makes me feel better about buying.

  16. Some really interesting views, thanks for the taking the time ladies!

    I have a couple of pieces that I collect.. and I am endlessly tempted by the Guerlain. Anitacska, you are my collecting hero – I drool when I look at your collection, just beautiful. Long may you enjoy it.

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