Cosmetics aren’t meant to last forever, but some products might seem like it because they’re sold in bulk or in giant packages. And if you like to buy makeup in bulk and/or try out new products on a regular basis like me, then your cosmetics collection really starts to build up. Eventually, you could have an entire drawer full of makeup and items that you either don’t use, or that you’re keeping from high school because they bring you a sense of nostalgia. But even if you like collecting makeup, there is definitely a time to throw it away, and each piece has its own expiration date.
The most common ways to tell if a makeup item has worn out its welcome is by smelling for foul scents, feeling for dry textures, or if you simply can’t remember how long you’ve had it. If you’re holding on to makeup from 4 or 5 years ago, the odds are not in your favor, and you should introduce it to the trash can! That being said, here is a thorough guide to help you decide which makeup items can stay, and which ones have to go.
Blush – This keeps for about 18 months, but if your blush is still holding strong, and not drying out or becoming hard, it’s safe to use for a little while longer.
Concealer – Concealer is used to hide all of the discolored problem areas on your face, neck or chest, and is essential for most women. Fortunately, you may not have to worry about it becoming hard, dried-out, gooey or runny. But just in case you’ve had your concealer for a long time, you should know that its average shelf life is between a year and 18 months.
Cream Blush – This adds a subtle glow to your cheeks, and in some cases, can be used for more than one purpose. Be careful after about 12-18 months of using this product because it may become difficult to use, and/or develop an unpleasant smell!
Powder – Powder is used for keeping oil at bay, and for setting liquid concealer and foundation; but it can also be used as a foundation itself. With a shelf life of 2 years, powders are some of the longest-lasting cosmetic products a woman has, and they certainly give you more than your money’s worth!
Gel and Cream Cleansers – These won’t be wasted, I’m sure. Gel cleansers are meant for oily, normal or combination skin types, and cream cleansers work best for dry skin since they leave skin feeling hydrated after you rinse the cleanser off. If you’ve been experimenting with cleansers, you’ll be glad to know that they’re good for about 12 months.
Pencil Eyeliner – If you’ve been keeping pencil eyeliner for what seems like eternity, it should be sharpened on a regular basis. Assuming you’re keeping it sharpened and keeping your sharpener clean as well, your pencil eyeliner should last an amazing 3 years maximum; that is if you haven’t used it all up by then.