Do you double dip?

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 23 - 2014

I can’t wait to see the kind of traffic that title brings in… some of you are going to be sorely disappointed (and somewhat frustrated) when you realise that I’m talking about multi-use products!

After posting this morning’s review of the new Clarins Cream Blush, I read a tweet from another blogger (and Clarins skincare specialist) who, quite rightly, reminded me that they could not only be used on the cheeks but also double-up as a lip product.  Now, this isn’t an unusual feat for cream products… Many offer this multi-function, but for me…. I just can’t deal with that kind of cross-contamination!


I know this makes me sound majorly OCD about my cosmetics.  I’m not.  Hell, I was also simultaneously tweeting about my mascara graveyard that I can’t seem to put to bed, despite the knowledge that I might get syphilis in my eyes (or err, something) by being so lax about my cosmetic hygiene.  But when it comes to cream multi-use products, it just feels sorta dirty… in a double-dipped kinda way.

Remember when you were a kid and you had two flannels.  One for faces and one for bums?

I need two cream compacts.  One for cheeks and one for lips.  It’s not that I might confuse my face for a bum, it’s just that… it’s just… I don’t want a sneaky speck of lip-gunk on my cheeks, and I don’t want skin sebum all over my lips (mmm, tasty).  For someone who only has one face (and one bum), buying two compacts seems rather excessive, so I… err, don’t.

Surely, I’m not alone in this mild makeup OCD-ness?  Am I?!

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9 Responses to “Do you double dip?”

  1. Sydney says:

    I hear you completely!

    I don’t really want to use the same product in two places, I mean I COULD use shower gel on my face.. but am I going to? No.

    I support you on this, I even have various multiples of certain items so that one can be for cheeks and one can be for lips. (Or eyes and cheeks etc etc).

  2. Siri says:

    I often try using my cream blushes as liptints, but they always appear and feel dry, so I wind up putting on some lipstick instead.

  3. Lois says:

    Oh god I’d never thought of it like that! You’ve definitely just grossed me out! Haha!! x

  4. India says:

    Hahahaha love this! I’ve never used something on my lips and cheeks, not because of this but the post made me laugh! Xx

  5. sophie says:

    I LOVE the face flannel/bum flannel comparison. I am cackling at my laptop.

    I can’t say I ever really use my cream products as lip products but not because I have any particular aversion to it (or at least I didn’t before this post!).

  6. Abby says:

    I will use cream blush as lipstick. Keep in mind I don’t have sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin and I don’t use cream blush on my lips regularly.

    However I can’t imagine using shower gel as face wash or shower gel as shampoo or even shampoo as shower gel.

  7. Tete-a-tete says:

    Well, instead of buying two, you could dedicate half of the product to one side. E.g. Left half for cheeks and right half for lips. :p

    If you prefer, you could even use a sharp knife to draw a line down the centre so the left side never crosses over to the right side.

    Or another option, depot part of the cream product in a separate container and use it for a dedicated purpose. :)

  8. lyn says:

    I don’t mind eye/cheek crossover but not cheek/lip. However, I don’t really have many cream blushes to use on lips too so this conundrum does not bother me :-)

  9. Lydia says:

    I agree totally! Mac and armani both have done these multi use products and the way I deal with it is getting a pointed cotton bud, and I draw a line down the centre, then I apply the lip side with a brush/cotton bud and the cheek side with a brush/fingers. Otherwise i’d freak, as I do actually have germ based OCD and to me, thats a total nightmare!

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