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Is cute packaging enough?

Who am I kidding? Sometimes, all it takes is cute packaging to trigger my makeup desire mechanism, ha! Matter of fact, there were things in MAC’s Hello Kitty collection that I *almost* bought simply because of the packaging, even though I didn’t really care for the products themselves.


I passed because of the cost, but drugstore beauty products — that’s a different story. When something only costs a couple bucks, sometimes I’ll buy for no better reason than the packaging.

What do you think? Is cute packaging reason enough to buy makeup and beauty products?

Do you ever buy makeup strictly because of the packaging?

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  1. Citrine says:

    Don’t get me started on this…for a long time,I didn’t know that makeup is supposed to look good on the face…All I got was a load of Japanese cosmetics with cute packaging. (which became some major eyesore now I tried to actually wear them.)

    And if there is a decent product and the packaging sucks, I skip it all together: I am quite impressed with some nars eye shadow but I think I will skip them because too much rubber compact looks boring in my stash…

    Citrine´s last blog post..Neko Mania Makeup Bag

    • Karen says:

      Hi Citrine,

      I have been tempted on several occasions to buy Japanese makeup because it looks cute. You aren’t the only one in that boat. 🙂

  2. Kalyn says:

    The packaging makes me look twice at the products. So it often encourages me to buy something, but the price is usually the overall first issue.

  3. lily says:

    I Love NARS’ packaging lol~

    but yes, I do sometimes buy an item because of the packaging. can’t say I don’t regret it though 😛

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lily,

      Me too! It’s so sleek and minimalist. Plus, when ya line up all your stuff together it totally matches. Do you have a favorite Nars product? I have been wearing The Multiple Orgasm (ha! makes me laugh every time I see the words) 24/7.

  4. YadiQ says:

    i am guilty

    i am a sucker for packaging – its the inner designer in me lol !’

    • Karen says:

      Hi YadiQ,

      LOL! 🙂 What was the last thing you bought for the packaging?

      I must confess — sometimes I’ll also buy makeup if I like the name of the product. If it’s clever or makes me laugh then I’m all over it!

  5. cady says:

    did you “create” that pallette in the upper right? i was just about to try and find it online when i realized you made the “blushes” so maybe you made the palette too!! i hope you didn’t and it actually exists… i want it 😉

  6. Meream says:

    The same way I buy books because of the cover. Sometimes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meream,

      I do that with books, too. I still remember the very first book I checked out from the library — I picked it out because I liked the red cover. 🙂

  7. I am such a packaging snob. I do buy things sometimes just for the packaging, but it’s more likely that I WON’T buy things I like because of BAD packaging! For instance, most drug store nail polishes and eye shadows totally turn me off because the packaging looks sooooo 80’s (think Revlon). It’s just ick. I know, I am weird. 🙂

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..China Glaze Kicks for Summer 2009 – Part I

  8. Didi says:

    Total packaging sucker right here

    Didi´s last blog post..Sephora Power Perk Haul

  9. Michelle says:

    Guilty, I bought a Too Faced palette recently because there was u Unicorn on it (thank goodnes I like the colors too) and even a Wet n’ Wild eye shadow palette last summer because there was a flower embossed on it lol. I do use the taupe shade on that palette from time to time. Ooh, and the Too Faced World Domination Tour palette, simply because it looks like a little girls jewelry box complete w/dancing ballerina. Who wouldn’t want that? 🙂

  10. Kimberley says:

    I am so guilty of this… Benefit Cosmetics introduced me to this, and so any makeup I bought after that just didn’t seem as exciting! But pretty colours, bold packaging, fun fonts.. my eyes lit up!

    Kimberley´s last blog post..So You Think You Can… Vote? FAIL.

  11. Marmar says:

    I have to be honest. Sometimes. I’m a sucker for the cute, flashy and happy. But at the same time I’ll also check out the quality and price before picking up the tab. I guess you could say the cute packaging ATTRACTS me. lol

  12. Sarah says:

    I’m a sucker for sparkles, bright colors, and fancy packaging.

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