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What to do with barely used, but unwanted, make up products?

(20 Posts)
160A4 Sat 25-Feb-17 11:58:56

I've been sorting my cosmetics out and have loads of unwanted items that have only been used a couple of times at most.

Would charity shops take things like blusher, foundation etc ? I'm guessing eye and lip products will just have to be thrown away which is fine, but it would be a shame to just bin other products. I CBA trying to sell anything.

Destinysdaughter Sat 25-Feb-17 12:03:00

You can give them to DV refuges as women often turn up with nothing. I've sent stuff to them before.

Destinysdaughter Sat 25-Feb-17 12:05:20

Here's one, There may be others closer to you

160A4 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:11:55

That's brilliant, Destinys thank you!
I've just had a quick tot up of the blushers, all of which I've used less than 3 times each. Laura Mercier, MAC and Urban Decay and I reckon they cost me about £250 all together. I was so reluctant to just throw them away.

Destinysdaughter Sat 25-Feb-17 12:20:15

That s great, nice to know they will be going somewhere where they will be really appreciated! smile

EggsEleven Sat 25-Feb-17 14:48:41

My local DV place won't accept anything that's already been opened which is s shame as I have loads of expensive make-up that has only been used once or twice and I'd be loathe to throw away. It's a shame that it's just sitting in drawer gathering dust.

EggsEleven Sat 25-Feb-17 14:51:24

Just saw the link above. There is nothing for NI where I'm based but I'll send to England/Wales. Thanks for posting Destiny.

Destinysdaughter Sat 25-Feb-17 14:53:11

The link above states:

Whilst we accept everything second hand or new (with the exception of lip glosses and mascara), please do not send really old makeup, or lipsticks that are pretty much used up.

So that should be ok? When I sent stuff to the Xmas appeal they were ok with slightly used products.

WhisperedLoudest Sat 25-Feb-17 14:54:44

I used to freecycle it once I got a decent amount together, these days DD has nabbed it before I've even realised it's surplus to my needs

Shallishanti Sat 25-Feb-17 14:55:38

would you really want to use someone else's discarded make up, who you didn't know? I can just about imagine it with nail polish but nothing else. Try giving it to a friend who is in a position to judge your hygiene standards!

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Sat 25-Feb-17 15:10:31

Shallishanti, don't judge what people do.

How do you think the testers in the shops work? How many women have tried that lipstick or eye shadow or moisturiser in the display?

EggsEleven Sat 25-Feb-17 15:16:51

Shalli - I'm talking about blushers, eyeshadows, Chanel loose powder (wrong shade for me so only used once), Wunder brow (used once as looks ridiculous on me).

I wouldn't donate lipgloss, mascara or eyeliner as I'd be squeamish about using those myself if second hand but using the above products second hand barely used wouldn't bother me.

WhisperedLoudest Sat 25-Feb-17 15:26:55

When I gave boxes of opened products away I always stated "suitable for young teens/dressing up" but would get inundated with requests from adult women.

dailystuck71 Sat 25-Feb-17 15:47:21

I'll go against the grain. Sell them on eBay. Minimal use. My stuff has always sold. Not for huge amounts I will add but all sold.

MrsMeeseeks Sat 25-Feb-17 16:02:44

would you really want to use someone else's discarded make up, who you didn't know?


SnipSnipMrBurgess Sun 26-Feb-17 00:30:01

I'll take them off your hands if you want to send them to me in Ireland!!! grin

luckycatclover Sun 26-Feb-17 00:32:34

You could try selling it on Depop. I've sold quite a few slightly used eyeshadow palettes on that app, after I went through a mad phase of thinking I needed every single one I saw. Used makeup surprisingly sells really well on there.

ChishandFips33 Sun 26-Feb-17 09:51:21

Friends/office colleagues/refuge

ChishandFips33 Sun 26-Feb-17 09:53:14

We've done creams/perfumes/blushes etc in the office - it's a good way to try new things without costing a fortune for something that may not work out

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Sun 26-Feb-17 09:55:43

I've posted this sort of stuff for free on local fb pages and been inundated with requests for it.

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