How Long Does It REALLY Last?!?

Posted March 1, 2017 by Shanna

So there you are, trying to get ready to go out and you want that pop of something extra.  So, you dig around in your makeup stash and come across that eyeshadow you bought for Halloween a few years ago.  Mentally you go back and it still good?

This could play out one of a few ways:

  • It’s still good: you use it and look fabulous
  • It’s not good: you use it and end up with some weird infection
  • It’s still good: you decide to not use it and throw it away
  • It’s not good: you decide to not use it and throw it away

You can either come out on top or not so much.

Today, we are going to break down how long you really can keep that makeup and how to store certain products to help them last longer.

Most experts say a foundation will last 6-12 months.  I have some that I’ve had longer (these tend to be the ones with a pump) and still use, BUT the moment the consistency, texture, or smell changes or I notice it start to separate, then it’s in the trash.  I store my foundation in a drawer, out of direct sunlight, in a cool, dry space.

Don’t ask me why, because I have no clue, but concealer lasts longer than foundation.  This tends to last 12-18 months.  Again, just like foundation, I have a few that are older but the moment it gets dry, watery, or smelly it’s gone.  This gets stored with my foundation because sunlight will shorten the life of this type of product.

Cream Products (blush, contour, highlight, etc.):
These are similar to concealer in that they last about 12-18 months.  I toss these when I notice it drying out or it becomes harder to apply (patchy coverage).

Powder (pressed, loose, eyeshadow, blush, etc.):
This is where I break the rule some because I sanitize my powders. For those that don’t the rule is 24 months for these products.

Eyeliner and Brow Pencils:
Whether it’s a pencil or automatic you’ll typically get about 2 years out of these.  To help them last longer, keep your pencils sharpened (I do mine after each use so it’s ready to go for the next time) or wipe the tip of your automatic pencil off.

These expire the quickest and part of it is our fault.  How many of us have pumped the wand up and down in the tube to get more product?  You’re wasting money when you do this!  That action forces air into the product and will dry it out faster!!  Mascara will last you about 3 months.  I toss mine when it starts to clump more or the coverage isn’t the same and it’s usually at about 3 months.

Lip Liner and Lipstick:
You’ll get about 2 years out of these.  Just like with eyeliners, if you keep your pencils sharpened you will increase how long they last.  I sharpen mine after each use.  Lipsticks can be sanitized to last longer but I find the formula can change over time and they don’t perform as well.  They can dry out and go on patchy.  When that happens it’s time to get rid of them.

Lip Gloss:
This is completely different from lipstick and because of how it’s used it has a far shorter shelf life.  These are good for about a year and just like with mascara, pumping the wand will cost you.  You’re forcing air into the chamber and drying out your product.  When these get thicker, sticky, watery, or start to smell…toss em!

I don’t know about you but I rarely finish a tube of this because I always seem to lose them!  If you’re not like me and can keep one around long enough to actually expire you’ll want to toss it after 12 months.

I threw this in (even though it’s not makeup) because perfume can be expensive!  You’ll be happy to know that when stored properly these will last 8-10 YEARS! The worst thing you can do for your perfume is to store it in sunlight.  The best is to store in a dark, cool drawer or cabinet.  Toss when the color or scent changes.

If you notice any changes in a product it is safer to get rid of it and replace it then chance using it.  Also, if you get any type of eye infection (pink eye, staph, etc.)  toss ANY products you’ve recently used.  It might seem okay to keep them but you chance getting a repeat infection.

As you Spring clean your house this year, add your makeup to the list.  If you have a question about a product, comment below!

Glitter, Glam & All Things Fab,