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July 23, 2011

When does makeup expire?

How long do you have until you have to throw away your old makeup?

So, makeup expires. I know. It’s sad that those lovely (and often expensive) products can’t stay with us until the last drop.

When does makeup expire exactly?

-The dates according to

  • Foundation: 12-18 months
  • Concealer: 12 months
  • Powder: 2 years
  • Eyeshadow: 3 years
  • Pencil eyeliner: 3 years
  • Lipstick: This is in debate but some sites say 1-2 years
  • Mascara: 4 months (ouch)

I definitely do not want to throw away my mascaras every 4 months but it has to be done… Goodbye Revlon Growluscious, I will buy you again soon. I promise.

Are you guilty of keeping products passed the expiation date? I know I am! I’m trying now to curb the habit.


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  • Erikabby

    this was a very helpful post. Thanks for sharing =]

    July 25, 2011 at 4:15 am Reply
  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    @Erikabby – Glad to help!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm Reply
  • Unknown

    omg mascara 4 months what the heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm Reply
  • justeenee

    hi rebecca, i have read in a site (which i forgot the name) that mascaras can live up to 5months:) instead of the claim that they should be dispose after3months(well this is the traditional way). i also read that to minimize the growth of bacteria inside the tube, you should regularly soak the mascara wand in a hot water to kill the bacteria and place it back into the tube for additional killing :) and also minimize pumping the mascara as to not allow excess air be on the tube when applying so('coz air can harbor bacteria inside the tube) well hope this help too!:)

    July 30, 2011 at 12:33 am Reply
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