Monday, November 8, 2010

Expired makeup

Sometimes I open my makeup drawer and think to myself that some cosmetics have been in there for years….its heartbreaking to toss them away, especially if they are like new….
BUT, a couple of days when I was ready to apply a YSL concealer I was shoched to discover that it was out of date. Its smell was awkward and I threw it right away. Since then I have been going through each one of my cosmetics and throw those that look, feel or smell differently than they used to.
In the packaging of your cosmetics you will find their expiring dates. It is good to have them in mind, but in my opinion the most important thing is to try out the cosmetics in question. If they are cakey, do not apply well, smell funny or do not have a good consistency then avoid wearing them.
On the other hand, you spend all these money on some cosmetics for a quantity that is often too large to consume before the product is expired. For example you buy a red lipstick, will you finish it in one year? The chances are that you wont! Unless you wear it everyday, all day! So, try to prolong the life of your cosmetics by storing them in a dark and dry place!

  • Switch mascara every two to three months.
  • Bacteria growing on the brush can cause redness and itchiness, or even conjunctivitis.
  • Out of date mascaras will have a distinct gasoline-like smell

  • Switch foundation every 6 to 12 months
  • Bacteria love water-based foundations
  • Keep foundations out of moist environments (such as your bathroom) and away from heat
  • An off smell or a change in color tells you the formula is expired.

  • Concealers in powder and stick form can last for up to two years
  • Liquid concealers should be tossed after one year
  • Old concealers will cause breakouts not cover them
  • When it has gone bad its color will start to shift

  • Powders are the toughest cosmetics, can last up to two years
  • Once it is bad it will not apply well

  • Same applies for powder blushes
  • Cream blushes on the other hand should be replaced after a yearOnce it has gone bad its texture will become too hard


  •  Bad news! Eye shadows can transfer bacteria to the product and then back to the face’s most sensitive area, the eyes.
  • If you use your fingers to apply, wash them thoroughly before use. Same stands for the brushes.
  • Should be replaced about every three months. (Ldue to growth of bacteria)
  • Pencils last longer than liquid due to regular sharpening, plus liquid eyeliners tend to dry out.


  •  Last longer because they contain no water
  •  Once it has gone wrong it will start to smell like stale cooking oil over time
  •  Pay attention to texture, if there are changes throw it away.
  •  Out of date lipstick get hard and lose their pigmentation.
  •  Out of date lip gloss will feel streaky and globby.


  1. good to know... i seriously need to do a makeup drawer clean out!

  2. I am always confused with expiration dates concerning make up. That was such a useful post, i am absolutely following your amazing blog, it is full of useful tips!

  3. very interesting and useful, great post! x