Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.12: ​​Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

Question of the week

Do you regularly toss expired makeup?
BISC Vol.12 Authors

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

I don’t. The only product that I more or less respect the expiry date of is mascara, but that’s it. Apart from that I just trust my senses. If something starts to smell funny, starts to look different or changes in texture I’ll toss it out. NO MERCY! ?

MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe

No, I hang on to them forever! Just kidding, but I do keep them for longer than the suggested toss-by date. That is, except for mascaras and cream-type makeup that tend to change in consistency, scent, and quality much faster than other makeup mediums. (In this tropical, bacteria-friendly heat, three months brings about congealing and cracking!) Powders survive the longest in my stash, while lipsticks are constantly moved by my using them up or giving them away. Most of the time, I’ll play by ear. If it starts to smell and feel funky, then to the trash it goes.

SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves

Sadly, I don’t. I’m really terrible at keeping track of when makeup expires, and 99.9% of the time, I just go by the product’s texture/scent when deciding whether to keep or throw.

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog

I routinely throw out mascaras and liquid eyeliners, but not really anything else! I am more careful with my eyes, especially when it comes to products that cannot be cleaned/sanitized. For other types of liquids/creams, I’d only throw out when they don’t look/smell right anymore (separating, drying out, and so on). Most powder products seem like they can be kept for quite some time, so I haven’t really had to get rid of a lot of those.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I do, but only with liquid eyeliners and mascaras. Everything else I keep until I notice a change in texture and/or scent. I try to be proactive about keeping my makeup clean where I can. For example, I make sure my hands and vanity are clean before I start putting on makeup. I rarely ever share my makeup with anyone. I dab cream and liquid products on the back of my hand and apply with a separate applicator to prevent possible contamination. I also keep my makeup only in a dry area away from sunlight and humidity.

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  • I’m the same, only liquid liners and mascara. If something smells off or is separated and will not go back together I’ll toss it too. Sadly, I think my Becca SSP in pearl may be meeting that fate. I forgot it was in the window on a 100+-degree day. We have 0 storage in our bathroom so I put my brushes in the window. I just forgot it there when doing a glowly evening look and the next day it was cooked.

    • Oh no!! I’m sorry to hear that, Erin! How did you know it was cooked? Did it smell funny? Or did the texture separate? I’m just super curious. ^_^

      • It’s separated! Now that it’s cooler, I’m going to try gently warming it in water and then shaking the poo out of it and throwing it in the fridge.

    • I know right? I guess some people don’t pay enough attention when they should! I almost yelled at my friend when she grabbed an eyeliner tester and was about to apply it straight on her eye! Yep, I told her all the scary stories and she’s never swatched a tester product anywhere else besides on the back of her hand since. LOL. I also make sure she knows to clean the back of her hand with alcohol as soon as she’s done, too!

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