My grandmother used a particular shade of Maybelline plum lipstick. When Maybelline discontinued it, she ordered a family-wide quest to find any tube that hadn't been sold. There was no internet, so it could have been the Grail and we would have as much luck. She was disconsolate and died soon after.
I, too have been shafted by my preferred makup vendors.
First, Neutrogena had stopped selling this stuff at brick and mortars around me.
I know I can get this eight dollar tube of lip gloss for $22 on Amazon, but that'll just delay the inevitable.
I could spend almost $100 for this mineral powder makeup I have used for years that has also been discontinued.
Clinique also discontinued the eye shadow color I like last year, so they were down to their last chance.
And I know, they don't want me to be a 100 year old lady in 1980s makeup. Fine. It was just that all the makeup ran out in the last three months, and then the last straw came when I found that Philosophy stopped making my foaming face cleanser. The salesgirl had "never even HEARD of it." It was probably discontinued before she was born. Bastards. How does cleanser go out of fashion? Unless it was made of thalidomide or arsenic, there's no reason to discontinue cleanser.
So, I'm saying screw it all, I'm switching to the Noxzema that cleansed me as a teenager. All they changed is the bottle, I hope. If that doesn't work I'll use the Phisoderm.
There has been only one bright spot in my brand loyalty. Before Pantene was the "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" shampoo, it was the anti-squeak shampoo.
Read that. "Your hair's in paaaaaaiiiiiin." I loved that shampoo. I was loyal, but then at some point they went pro-squeak and changed the formula.
Happily, that squeak-free stuff is back. It's sold as a low foam co-wash cleansing conditioner and it's ony hard to find because Pantene sells eight hundred types of shampoo now.
So, I can't find my 21st century makeup, but my mid seventies shampoo is back forty years later. Perhaps I should see if I can find some LipSmackers lip gloss and Sweet Honesty perfume.