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Bad packaging!

In your opinions, what products come with the worst packaging? I hate when I spend good money on a product that is hard to get out of it's container. I'm thinking of Boscia Restorative Night Treatment. No matter how I hold the pump bottle, when I depress the top, a huge squirt shoots out, often missing my hand completely and squirting on the sink, mirror, floor, you name it! To add insult to injury, the amount that comes out is way more than I'd need for my face, so on top of missing my hand, I am wasting a bunch by having too much come out. Doesn't matter if I only half or quarter depress the top, it still does this.Smiley Mad

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Prettyinpa, it sounds like I have the same problem with Lorac's Oil Free Neutralizer.  That stuff squirts everywhere.  The pump is hard to control the amount so I tend to get more product than I wanted.  Lots of times where it got on my clothes, countertops, mirrors, etc.  Might have even accidentally hit the dog with it once.


Certain shampoo bottles, especially when the product is about to run out (for at home use).  Do get sick of trying to turn the bottle upside down and hoping it will stay balanced out.  I usually hear them falling over at any random time of the day or night.  Either design them with equal distribution so they can be upright or upside down or design them to have the cap down (example the John Frieda retail shampoos).

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Had you asked this a month ago  I definitely would have said Urban Decay Primer Potion....but now that that one has been solved I guess it cant make this list.


I hate the Benefit Stay Dont Stray pump. It took me many many MANY tries until I kind of learned how to get just a little bit of product out. Somebody should tell Benefit that its an eye primer.....not a face primer....there is no reason to have that much product come out in one pump. Just sayin.

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Oh how appropriate! Just yesterday I got the new KeratinPerfect hair oil and it was not cheap---but it had leaked everywhere and everytime I use it it leaks everywhere and is sooo messy. Not worth $40 at all--plus it does not do amazing things for my hair--Couture Color oil is so much better!! That stuff is amazing--lightweight(but effective),smells great,wonderful product,and cheaper than the KeratinPerfect.

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The full size LAVANILA Body Butters.  Apparently some of the caps fall right off and will not screw back on properly. This happened to my full sized bottle when it was close to being out.  I was trying to get the product out by squeezing through the hole but the cap decided it did not want to stay in place anymore. 


I've seen quite a few of the try me bottles at Sephora rigged with scotch tape.  The cap will still fall off.   


By the way, if anyone knows what type of plastic those bottles are, please let me know.  I would like to recycle the bottle (since it is 100% as it claims) but there is no label of what type.  Probably going to see if LAVANILA can answer it too.  (:

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I agree with Pinky & Panda, Stay Don't Stray eyelid primer squirts out way too much primer!  I've tried all the other recommended ones and I will stick with my favorite, but it would be nice for them to see these complaints and do something about it!

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i havent hadany problems with my products but i have seen some samples in the sephora store that have been in some way repaired. Probably have been over used and sre in need of replacement. o well!

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I'm going to totally agree with eyeryone about the UD eyeshadow primer potion, I went through a couple of tubes that I was sure should have had more in them - and then someone let me in on a little trick for screw tubes.  I'm sure this is on YouTube or something somewhere, but just fyi I guess, if you unscrew the lid of the tube and take the applicator out, look at the top of the screw part of the tube itself.  Usually, you can see a different colored strip at the very top, and a seam.  It's usually about 2 mm wide.  

This is the top of the attachment that goes in the tube to take off excess product when you pull the applicator out.  If you take some scissors or a similar tool, open them, and set the edge around the seam that you see, and carefully apply pressure and movement, almost every time you can get this attachment out.  I've done it with expired mascaras of 5 different brands, 3 liquid eyeliners, lip glosses, and a bunch of other items with similar packaging, just to test the idea.  


You can transfer the product to something better, like a small pot or tube, so you can use a brush more easily.  I also found that in most cases, you can still screw the applicator end back in and use it as before, and the applicator then reaches the bottom.  Be advised, though - with the attachment gone, the product will collect on the stick part as well.  I have not had any leaks yet, but if anyone feels like trying this out, have at it.  It gave me an extra month on my favorite lip gloss!

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I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it, but samples can be a pain to use. I had a sample of MUFE's 

HD Microperfecting Primer, in a glass jar with a pump. I couldn't get to all of the product because the top didn't unscrew, so a lot of primer is still sitting at the bottom of the bottle, sad.



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I agree! Sometimes I get samples of pretty pricey creams and serums and they come in that peel off little plastic thing, and usually there are quite a few uses in it but I can only use it once because once its opened the air and microbes and germs and whatnot will alter and damage the product so I have to trash it. And I dont have any mini jars where I can squeeze the product into. >_<

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Agreed on the Urban Decay Primer Potion....I love that they finally changed the package!


The worst one for me has been the Tarte lip glosses with the wand inside.  After two or three uses, the top part that scrapes the extra off of the wand comes off and gets stuck in the lid, so the wand comes out with gobs and gobs of gloss on it.  You can slowly scrape the wand on the rim of the tube to get the gloss down to a manageable enough portion to apply, but it is messy and takes forever.  I wound up just throwing them all away, which is a shame because I loved the gloss!


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Please share the secret on how to only get a little bit of Benefit Stay Don't Stray! I HATE how it comes out so fast!

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You need to hold the pump upside down and gently push the pump on the back of your hand to get out just the right amount you need. Pumping it upright  always spills too much Stay Don't Stray out.


Hope this helps.

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Hands down, Caudalie Vinoperfect Revealing Mask. I was very interested in getting this product but when I went to the store to check it out, it comes in this stupid plastic tube with a brush applicator. I couldnt get any of the product to squeeze out and neither could a couple of the sephora sales people ( and they were men with much stronger hands than me!). If you're lucky to get any of the product out, the brush eats most of it up so you're wasting a lot. And for $50, its a rip off.


I also hate anything that comes in a pump bottle because I can never use up every last bit, and I cant cut them open either, which wastes product and money.

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I hate the tube that Smashbox Photo Finish Pore and Line Primer comes in. The opening is way too small. I've thought about cutting part of the tip off for a bigger opening.


One minor packaging gripe is that the Rosebud Lip Balm tin is hard to open if you put on hand cream or lotion before trying to open it.

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I agree about the Rosebud tin.  Every night I hand it over to my husband to open - he struggles for about 2 minutes with it.


I love Ojon Rub-out Dry Cleanser, but the stupid aerosol can cloggs after about 2 uses.  The bottle is almost all the way full and you can't use it.  I've tried all kinds of things to unclog it, but no luck.  Thinking I had a defective bottle I took it back and got another - same problem.    

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I love Perfekt's Eye Perfection Gel, but I can't stand the tube! I don't know what it is about it -- whether it gets stuck or what -- but the second you apply pressure, even slightly, it squirts out at lightning speed in an unpredictable direction. It ends up (with luck) on the mirror -- or my shirt, skirt, coat lapels, etc. I love the product, but even when I'm really careful with it -- eek.


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Years ago I used Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Clarifying Gel, it came in a glass jar with a small pump. It was hard to push down on because it was so tiny and then it would spray everywhere. Plus it didn't work that well for me and was pricey. 


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*cracks knuckles* where do I begin??!!

1) Benefit: Benetint -- Sorry but the glass bottle has broken on me once and cracked on the second time and I was NOWHERE near finished with it. I have yet to repurchase due to my misfortune with the delicate packaging.

2) Urban Decay Primer Potion:-- I'm sure all of you know the issues with the packaging, (not being able to get the product out when there's tons left) but now they sometimes do that squeezy tube so that's better

3)Cover FX water based foundation and concealer: For some reason this formula separates and gets runny VERY quickly and I just think that it would be better if if came in a bottle that you can actually shake and with a pump.

4)NARS packaging: No  real technical problems but that rubber surface just gets so dirty and unsightly so easily.

5) LA Colors loose eyeshadow pigment -- the one that comes with that horrible brush that fits into the slot. It's agood product but you have to depot it to get the product out there is no other way. I know it's cheap but still. Packaging boggles my mind, it's like someone lost a bet.

6) Body Shop foundation and Make UP Forever HD mincrofinish blush: Both have the same problem, too much product comes out in one pump.

7) NARS translucent loose powder: I have this in the shade "Mountain" and while it is a great product that comes with a great poof applicator, it annoys me that I can't close the puff inside the container (it won't close). I also think it could close A LOT tighter since the product is so very finely milled. A lot spills out even with that flimsy sifter they give you.


That's it so far...

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Wow islandqt, I agree with you on every product that you mentioned which I own (the NARS, UD primer potion and Benetint)! They all need to do something about the packaging, because they are great otherwise!

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So glad this thread was started!! I love Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser however you have to twist off the cap while your hands are wet and I'm towards the end of the bottle and it's hard to use every bit of it.  It sounds really high maintenance but it's just super inconvenient when your hand are wet and fumbling around in your bathroom!

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