Good Makeup Gone Bad – How to Tell if your Beauty Products have Expired
A good friend of mine recently invited me to a beauty product swap event last week. My first thought was, “How cool, what a great idea,” until I started to go through the bins and draws full of makeup and beauty products that I bought and never used.
We all have that perfect (in the store) lipstick that just wasn’t the same when you got it home and put it on in normal lighting or the latest nail polish that went out of trend ten minutes after you found space for the five bottles you bought.
Being in an industry where you’re constantly bombarded with real size samples and swag bag goodies, you tend to accumulate quite the collection.
Wanting to swap or simply unload these perfectly good beauty products off to others, I had to make sure they were still perfectly good.
I did a little research to find out what are some of the tried and true ways of telling if your beauty products are fit enough to be traded to the major league or benched for life in the recycle bin.
When it comes to any type of face makeup, according to Good Housekeeping magazine, the shelf life is generally six months for liquids and two years for powders. Liquid face makeup will show obvious signs of being bad. When the oils have floated to the top and the application proves to be streaky and uneven, it’s bad.
Mascara is generally good for three months because it’s liquid, a great breeding ground for bacteria, making this expiration date one to be taken seriously. The obvious signs here would be that your mascara is chalky, dry, and the thick product goes on clumpy.
Eye shadows and liners fare pretty well for at least two years, but they can dry out. Similar to mascara, if you add liquid to your liner, it becomes prone to contamination and will need to be tossed in six months.
And finally lipsticks and lip liners – pencil liners can last two or more years, but lipstick ,on the other hand, usually has a shelf life of two years. Signs you should toss it? Dry, dry, dry and trust me, it’s not hard to tell if your lipstick is dead – it simply won’t perform.
So remember, if you’ve brought it home and opened it, you’ve started its life expectancy clock; however, if it’s a product you haven’t opened, the life span tends to be slightly longer than the usual.
Happy (safe) swapping!