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How Long Do You Keep Your Makeup?

Yesterday morning, as I was digging around in my makeup drawer, I came across an ancient Chanel blush compact that I bought in London years ago. I've saved it because it was my first ever high-end makeup purchase, and I loved that sleek, black compact containing the prettiest pink shade that smelled faintly of rosewater... But let's cut this trip down memory lane short. The fact is, this compact is seven years old. Even though I just can't bear to part with it, I'm not going to wear it—it's just too old.

Which brings me to the question: How old is your oldest piece of makeup? Do you secretly hang on to that same, perfect shade of lipstick or bronzer even though it's been in your makeup bag for years? Or are you vigilant about tossing things out when their recommended life span is up?


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puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
I don't buy expensive makeup, and I dont buy more than I need, so I dont have a problem with throwing it away and replacing it.
tmmkitten tmmkitten 9 years
i have highly sensitive skin, and somethings don't even last to their expiration date because i will have a random allergic reaction to the bacteria now in it. i keep shadows longer than i should maybe, but anything liquid usually gets tossed when its time is up.
Tokyosugar Tokyosugar 9 years
Sometimes I feel the expiration date is just to get customers to buy more make up. If it doesn't look funny, smell funny, I use it. I haven't gotten an infection yet. If I found a better formula (ex. blush), then I toss it and use the upgraded version.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
I wish more companies printed expiration dates or production dates on their products.
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 9 years
I throw them away, don't keep anything beyond its expiration date...
Hautie Hautie 9 years
I have tons of eye shadows that are more than a year old. I tend to buy the ones I love in bulk since they are normally discontinued within a year. Then there is that Charles the Ritz custom face powder collection...
diorbaby diorbaby 9 years
I really should go through my makeup drawers ( blushes, looks around and wonders just how long that lipgloss has been in the corner........) I just buy new stuff so often I forget to get rid of the old.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I have some old ... old .... old makeup. I don't wear it enough to throw away an almost new thing of makeup.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
I still have some powders from over 10 years ago, and they are the same as back then. I think powder form holds up over the years! lol
tglynn tglynn 9 years
I usually clean my case out like every couple of months...but there are those few things that I just can't throw away, mainly because of the case/packaging :P
Hannah-123 Hannah-123 9 years
mind never gos bad because it never last to long i use it up!
loveallstar loveallstar 9 years
Im hoping more makeup providers will look to find more long lasting products made with more skin beneficial ingredients.We all love to look beautiful and to use makeup to enhance our natural beauty, hopefully the beauty industry will keep pumping out those new ideas.
loveallstar loveallstar 9 years
It's the chemicals in the makeup that make it bad for your skin to begin with, and that is long before it expires, if you look up the chemicals that they put in makeup none of that should really be on anyone's skin( except for the natural products that are proven to benefit skin, like aloe)I don't wear alot of makeup but I do own makeup, I don't pay alot for it so I wont feel as bad about having to throw it out that often. I throw out ( or tend to lose) mascara when it gets old,( but I only wear dream gleam mascara by mark and I have a clear mascara by jane) and don't have alot of lip glosses, but the ones I do have I keep until they get clumpy, but I do own a mac lip gloss( only one I have left from the days I discovered mac) and I've kept it, I can't imagine it's going to harm my lips anymore than the food I eat, but If anything starts affect my lips I will chuck it in a heartbeat. i do the mineral makeup thing so hopefully I'm getting the right stuff for me.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I didn't want to read this article because I know old makeup isn't healthy for your skin, I am guilty of keeping some products for quite a few years. My sister rags on me about this, especially foundation! I'm getting better on the foundation though, but with makeup colors I have trouble parting with!
cmoore cmoore 9 years
I used to keep EVERYTHING FOREVER. One day I made myself a promise, throw it all out, pour thru Vogue, Harper's et al for new products. Then keep everything in ziploc bags in the crisper bins of my fridge!
isabella531 isabella531 9 years
The only thing I tend to buy and not use up is mascara...i definitely throw it out though bc i'm not willing to risk getting an eye infection. everything else i pretty much use before it expires...although i am guilty of having tons of body lotions and shower gels that ppl give me as gifts and i forget about so this year i'm actively trying to use all these things up or give them away.
AnnieQ AnnieQ 9 years
I buy new mascara every 6 months, but not much else :( Unless it looks gross or it has been a few years I still keep it around.
sweety54992003 sweety54992003 9 years
I throw out my makeup often. I hate clutter so if I dont use it then its toss.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I go through my makeup bag every few months and toss whatever I don't use--usually stuff I bought on impulse, that didn't work out for me. Keeps things a bit more clutter-free.
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I throw out mascara regularly. Foundation, powder, blush, and lipstick usually gets used up by the expiration date anyway. As for eyeshadow, I like buying palettes rather than individual pots because you get a wider variety and the minis are easier to use up before they go bad.
c12h22o11 c12h22o11 9 years
I do major culls every now and then, but I have the bad habit of holding onto things just because I spent money on them and I feel guilty about not using them "enough," even though I know full well that there's usually more product in a container than anyone really uses and that getting my money's worth isn't worth getting infected over. I've thrown out a lot of hangers-on lately after looking at their production dates on the Cosmetics Datecalculator: I had a nearly full container of Vanilla pigment that was almost five years old! Yeegh.
makeupmonkey makeupmonkey 9 years
I tend to become very emotionally attached to all my makeup, and it tends to pile up - i just hate parting with it. But occasionally i realise the error of my hording ways and then go through a major purge of all things old - I did such a purge not long ago; it was necessary as I discovered a remaining stub of lipstick that I had worn in 1998!!
gigill gigill 9 years
I'm scared to say how old some of my make-up is! I can't throw it out for whatever reason, but I definitely throw out mascara every 6 months.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I have one favorite lipstick I've had since 2000- it's just the perfect shade of red for me, and it was discontinued. I can't bear to part with it- I only use it every month or so, but I've never found a good replacement.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Some things like mascara and lipgloss that get gross after their date is up...I throw out... But eyeshadows and bronzers that cost SO much I use until they're used up!
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