Makeup Expiration Dates You May Not Know

Hi Beauties! Welcome to 2018! I am so excited for this year and everything that it has in store. I had only one New Year’s resolution for 2018 but, I set several goals to complete within this year. With a new year here typically people like to reinvent themselves and shed dead weight. Towards the end of 2017 (December) I really focused on decluttering EVERYTHING! Like seriously I felt as if I had too many of everything imaginable.

I donated clothes and sold a few items to my local Plato’s Closet. Bath and Body Works is one of my favorite stores and they always have sales-damn emails get me every time. I have tons of unused lotions, body creams, and scrubs. I gave a lot away to my mom and sister simply because I was not using them. Lastly, I reluctantly went through my makeup collection and rid myself of a few things.

I bought makeup all of 2017! I was buying makeup faster than I actually using the products. So many things launched and I felt as if I needed everything-some things I even bought backups of- and I realize maybe that wasn’t the smartest thing. I say that because I do not wear makeup that often. Typically on a good week I can manage to wear makeup twice. While some weeks I end up not wearing any makeup at all. I’ve never hit pan on anything and I can only remember emptying out of a few complexion products. Usually when I throw a product out it’s because it has expired.

All good things must come to an end and this definitely includes your makeup. During my decluttering series I sat down and did a little research to find out exactly how long different products last. Yes, makeup does indeed expire and to my surprise some things don’t last as long as I thought. With that being said I have decided to share the knowledge I gained on cosmetic expiration dates also, tips and tricks to preserve some products.

Eyeliner: lasts 6 months- 1 year

Pencil eyeliner can last a bit longer because you are constantly shedding bacteria upon sharpening.

Mascara: 3-6 months

Constant pumping of mascara not only dries out the mascara but, creates breeding grounds for bacteria.

Blush, Eye Shadow, and Powder Products: 1- 2 years

Powder products last longer than cream/wet products. Personally I’ve had some eyeshadow palettes for a few years that I see no reason to throw out. They still perform like the day I bought them and I’ve had no bad skin reactions. This also goes for all of my powder based products.

Foundation: 6 months- 2 years

Because this goes all over your face I’d recommend that you stop use after it has expired. Using a stale foundation will definitely cause breakouts and clear skin is always our goal.

Concealer: 1 year

Concealers are something I tend to rack up on and I am constantly buying new ones to test. I don’t think I’ve ever completely used a concealer up either. Since this is another skin product like foundation i’d suggest you throw them out once it’s expired.

Brow Pencil: 2 years

Lip Liner: 1 year

This is a rule I do not abide by. I’ve had some lip liners for a couple years now and they still work just as good as before. I sharpen them regularly with use. I just have so many I just don’t see myself running out anytime soon.

Lipstick: 2 years

I definitely do not abide by this rule. lipsticks are my favorite cosmetic product ever! I have lipsticks from many different limited edition MAC collections that I haven’t let go. Sanitizing lipsticks with alcohol can assist with the longevity.

A red flag to any makeup product would be a change in color, texture, or an odor. If any of these things occur throw the product away immediately. Many makeup items have an PAO (period after opening) expiration date listed on them. For instance, my Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 25H Makeup foundation states on the box that it lasts for 12 months. To remember when I purchased an item I think of a season and go from there. So if I bought a new foundation for my summer tan; I’ll know to replace it before the end of the following summer. Or you can buy label and write in the date you opened it.

Please store your makeup in cool environments to keep your products intact. Also, opt to keep fewer foundations, mascaras, and eyeliners so you can fully enjoy the product before it’s expired. I hope this information has helped you! Please feel free to comment below if you have any makeup expiration date tips. I know my eyes have been opened with this knowledge and I plan to keep fewer products in my arsenal. Thank you so much for reading!

XoXo, B


2 Comments Add yours

  1. This post is so useful! Thanks for sharing. 😊

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    1. Brittanie says:

      Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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