Saturday, 5 May 2012

Rubbish beauty/cosmetic packaging

I only thought of doing this post the other night when I was applying the gel I’ve been using for the past 4 months or so for my skin. I’ll go into more detail on that later, but it made me realise how some beauty and cosmetic packaging really is crap! I haven’t come across loads of rubbish packaging, just a few that I’ve collected to show you guys. It really bugs me when packaging for stuff proves so useless and sometimes I really think that companies haven’t put much thought into the way they package products. These are they types of packaging I’ve come across that really does annoy me!

Metal tubes
It’s mainly medicine type products that come in metal tubes, like PanOxyl which I’m using for my skin. I never really thought anything of it when I first got it, I thought it looked and felt really nice. The metal is soft, so it’s easy to squeeze the product out only as I’ve been using it I’ve noticed a problem. I only squeeze it near the top to get the product out, I haven’t bent the tube on purpose, just because it’s soft metal it has become a little bent in places. This wouldn’t bother me if it doesn’t cause the tube to split in places. As you can see from the second image, the tube has quite a big split, which causes it to leak when I squeeze the top of the tube. I've still got quite a lot left, so I wouldn’t normally re-purchase it yet, but I’m going to have to go out and buy another because I’m worried (and kind of annoyed!) that germs and stuff will get into the split and make it go all manky. Urgh! There’s probably a logical reason why they put stuff like this in metal tubes, maybe it’s more sterile, but surely they’re another alternative!

Pump based packaging
I’ve come across two types of pump based packaging that annoys me! Both packaging that you can see the product inside and packaging that you can’t see the product. I’ve been using Vichy Normaderm for a little over a month now and I love the product, but I hate the packaging! It came in a box and I did buy this based on seeing an advert which included the product but at the time I couldn’t remember how the product was packaged (nor did I actually care at the time!). The bottle is really rubbish because it comes with a fixed pump and no way of seeing the product. So at the moment I have no idea how much product I have left. Useless! The foundation that I’m currently using is Maybelline SuperStay 24hr. The foundation uses the same fixed pump, only this time comes in a glass bottle. Yay you can actually see the product! Well kind of. You can actually see the product which is good, only I’m guessing it’s because the foundation is thickish, but as it gets used, it doesn’t seem to fall to the bottom of the bottle. I’ve been using the bottle in the image for the about a month and a half and it still looks like they’re loads left. This is the second bottle that I’ve bought and the first one left me with foundation on my clothes, in my hair and on my bedroom wall after I used to pair of scissors to try and pull the pump off. Ooops. It was only after the pump wouldn’t work (I didn’t know if the pump was dodgy or if I’d run out of foundation) that I decided to try and pull the pump off (which went flying across my room) and I realised I had no foundation left. I always buy more foundation before I run out so I’m not left without any foundation when I run out.

Rant over! Is there any beauty/cosmetic packaging that really annoys you? I’d love to hear what packaging gets on your nerves!
Katie xo


  1. I don't like the Nars sheer glow glass bottle (w/o a pump). It means I end up wasting a lot of product xx

  2. Double Wear foundation is wonderful yet comes in impossible packaging. Add a pump!

  3. I find metal tubes always pop like that. so irritating.x

  4. The Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser pump is the worst for not knowing how much is left. Fortunately they also do it in a tube too which I'll be purchasing when I run out. I agree though that the majority of the time it's as if the companies don't think the packaging through - it's clever really, if we don't know how much we have left then we're more likely to go and buy another one which obviously makes them more money xxx