Un-wishlist: Things I’m Wanting But Not Buying

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Over the past couple weeks I’ve been sifting through all the holiday collection info and wandering around the local beauty counters to see what’s new and awesome. Some would call it shopping, I call it research! I’m trying to be a little more selective with my purchases lately, so there were a bunch of things I thought about but decided against (though my for-real wishlist is still entirely too long).

Lorac Mega Pro 2Lorac Mega Pro 2 ($59) – When the first Mega Pro palette came out last holiday season, I swear people lost their damn minds over it. I popped into Ulta specifically to look at this (and to see if they had the Zoya Naked Manicure polishes, which they did not except the topcoats) but I wasn’t sure if I’d be taking it home or not. I eventually decided against it. The colors are all really nice and the ones I swatched seemed very consistent with the other Lorac shadows I have. I love the regular Pro palettes (I have both) but this one has too many shades that are similar to each other and to other ones I already own. Not saying I’ll never ever buy it, but I won’t be devastated if it sells out before I get around to it.

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick ($50) – I didn’t even realize the Ulta here stocked Lipstick Queen, but there it was, sitting right next to Urban Decay. I’ve heard amazing things about the Silver Screen Formula, and I tend to agree with most of them. The casing is hefty and solid, and the lipstick itself is luxuriously creamy. I was ready to impulse-buy then and there, until I went to try it on. It looks and feels great, but even the little bit on the doe foot applicator had a really strong makeup-y scent. Not the good kind, but the slightly chemical one that I remember from the mid-90’s. Kind of a deal-breaker.

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage EnchanteGuerlain Meteorites Voyage Enchante Compact ($179) – I really, really, really would love to have a Meteorites Voyage compact. I haven’t tried this one (holiday stuff isn’t in at the Guerlain counter here) but I like the other Meteorites powders, and the compact is one of those things that’s really more about the experience of using it than anything functional. But for a white finishing powder? Apparently I do have limits after all. I dunno, maybe I’ll change my mind once I get to actually try it, but I just can’t imagine it being that much better than my Hourglass or Rouge Bunny Rouge powders.

Tweezerman ProMaster Lash CurlerTweezerman ProMaster Lash Curler ($22) – I love lash curlers and this one is an interesting design – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one with that type of construction before. What I’m even more excited about than the curler itself though is the product info. And I quote – “The ProMaster Lash Curler featured here is the ideal design for almond and deep set eyes.” Not ‘universal’ or ‘suitable for all eye shapes’. The back of the package even has a diagram that shows a 38-degree angle! The Tweezerman website also describes it as “the next generation of breakthrough curlers from the Lash Logic Series” which leads me to believe there might be more shape-specific curlers down the road. But even though I’m really impressed with the idea, I’ve now collected enough lash curlers to know it probably won’t work for me. I’m still tempted to get it anyway, just for review/comparison purposes.

Clinique Eyeshadow Quad On SafariClinique All About Shadow; On Safari ($28.50) – I’ve gotten it into my head recently that I neeeeed a nice olive/green eyeshadow palette. It turns out those are really hard to find, for some reason. Hourglass Color Field has too many nudes in it, and YSL Avante Garde is a little more muted than I’m looking for. Even Inglot doesn’t really have a great selection of olive-y shades. I thought On Safari might be The One but the swatches were pretty disappointing. The middle shades were great, but the cream and dark green ones were a bit chalky and patchy. So the search continues.

Are you waffling on things, or do you have your ‘from me to me’ holiday gifts all planned out?


  1. Julie

    October 7, 2015 at 4:45 am

    This is a great idea for a post—I need to start slowing down my purchases and really evaluating whether I need to buy everything that I *want* to buy! It’s hard with all of the holiday releases, though. If you are still searching for an olive palette, there is a Sephora brand one in the sale section of their website. It’s a good value and the reviews I found of it seem good. :)

  2. Kirsten (Geeky Owl)

    October 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    A brilliant idea! Like a sounding board for not buying an item. I wasn’t too impressed with the Lorac palette at all.

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