It’s almost as bad as a breakup when you find out that your favorite shade of lipstick has been taken off the market. When Rose McGowan found out that her must-have shade of MAC lipstick, Pink Packed, was being discontinued, she was floored. “She always has it with her all the time,” says her makeup artist Jake Bailey, “it’s her favorite!” She even wore it to ShoWest in Las Vegas. Lucky for Rose, she’s got some connections, and MAC has made six tubes of Pink Packed just for her! But those of us with a bit less star power can also buy lifetime supplies of our favorite cosmetics. MAC actually has a Gone But Not Forgotten program that offers discontinued items to be sold to the customer directly — Nars, Chanel and Revlon have similiar programs. Try surfing the web for the many sites that specialize in sold-out cosmetics or turn to Three Custom Color, a N.Y.C. company that specializes in replicating lipsticks and foundations from even the smallest sample or from their existing archive of products. Maybe there really is hope in a jar!
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