What is the shelf life of your favourite makeup products

March 1, 2016
Makeup Shelf Life

Make-up lasts a long time, but not forever… have you every wondered about the shelf life of your pile of make-up?

We are all guilty of having piles of make-up in our drawers or cosmetic bags that we sometimes use, can’t remember buying, but keep just in case! 

Here is a quick guide on the shelf life of our much loved cosmetics. It may actually surprise you!

Blush (Powder) 2 years

Blush (Cream) 12 to 18 months

Bronzer up to 2 years

Concealer up to 12 months

Eye Liner (Pencil) up to 3 years

Eye Liner (Liquid) up to 6 months

Eyeshadow (Cream) 12 to 18 months

Eyeshadow (Powder) 2 years

Foundation (Water-based) 12 months

Foundation (Oil-based) up to 18 months

Foundation (Compact) up to 18 months

Lip Gloss up to 2 years

Lip Liner up to 3 years

Lipstick 2 to 4 years

Mascara throw out after 3 months

Nail Polish up to 3 years

Perfume 2 years after opening

Powder 2 years

Brushes: Your make up brushes will last years. Wash every 1 – 2 weeks in a mild detergent and let them air dry. If you take care of them you’ll never have to throw them out!

Make up Sponges: Wash weekly and discard monthly


Extra tips: 

Sharpen your eye pencils regularly.

If you store lipsticks in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 years longer.

With your favourite nail polishes once the drying agent has separated from the colour toss it out! No amount of shaking will resurrect it.


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