Finding Favorite Cosmetics

Every year, countless beauty products are discontinued. Consumer Reports shows us how to track down our favorite cosmetics.

Lipstick, eye shadow, blush and foundation-you go to the store and suddenly you can't find your favorite one.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart's Lisa Lee Freeman says just because a product is off store shelves doesn't mean you're out of luck.

"Many companies offer their discontinued beauty products to consumers. What you need to do is call the customer-service department or visit the company's web site," said Freeman.

For instance, Estee Lauder sells discontinued products for many companies, including Clinique, M.A.C., and Origins.

Looking for an Almay, Revlon, or Ultima II product? Consumer Reports ShopSmart says try cosmeticsandmore.com.

Then, there's beautyencounter.com, which proclaims you can "call off the search party" if you're looking for hard-to-find products, including ones from Max Factor and Neutrogena.

If all else fails, try threecustom.com.

The site has 9,000 different makeup shades, some dating back to the 1930's.

"You can also use the site's custom blending service. Simply send in your old discontinued makeup and they'll reproduce it for you," said Freeman.

ShopSmart says you'll also see loads of discontinued cosmetics on eBay, Amazon, and Overstock.com. But Consumer Reports says because these usually come from a third party, there's no way to know if the product has been stored properly and opened products can go bad.


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