Make-up has use by/expiry dates! Do you take any notice?

@CJay77 (4441)
Australia
June 16, 2009 12:38am CST
I didn't know about the expiry dates of make-up until I watched the "Tyra" show and she explained that using expired make-up can cause allergies! I normally keep mine for years because I don't buy or use make-up often. Are you aware of use by/expiry dates of make-up? Or you don't take any notice about it!
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
17 Jun 09
I hear that you shouldn't use make up past the expiry date but most times I don't even have to worry about most of it but stuff like eye shadow or eye liner I have several of them open at the same time and it takes a little bit longer to use. However I have never had any problems with it being expired or even getting allergies. I know some people have this problem but I guess I am a lucky one.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
You are lucky to not have any allergies, I've got an itchy face before whenever I use my old blush-on, but I throw that away since I've known that you'll get an allergy from using expired make-up. I hope you'll be lucky all the time. Thanks, nicole.
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• Canada
17 Jun 09
Yes I sure have been lucky. However Nicole Miller eye liner irrates the heck out of my eyes so I don't and won't use it.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I love eyeliner, but I haven't tried Nicole Miller and I'll probably wont, lol.
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@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
make-up's do have expiries. Did you notice that make-up's that we have kept for more than two years tends to be more pulpy, looses its color and shine, and sometimes darkens. Its the main reason why I do not buy a lot of make-up. I do not use them often so there is a lesser chance of me being able to consume it before it expires.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I also don't use make-up often and that's the reason I don't buy a lot also. But sometimes it's hard throw away some of the make-up specially when you hardly use it and its costly, but being safe is far more important. Thanks, Joie.
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@ethereal1 (218)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I know that you should get rid of make up after a certain amount of time, I don't though. I figure that I paid enough money for it and I am going to keep using it until it runs out (or starts not working properly). I would stop using it if it started irritating my skin or giving me an allergic reaction too, but that hasn't happened yet, and hopefully never will.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I know what you mean, it's not easy to throw some of our make-up specially the costly ones. I also hope that you'll never get an allergy, just be careful on mascara though because if there's a bacteria into it, there's a chance of getting eye infection. Thanks, ethereal1.
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• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Yeah me too i just used my make ups not knowing the expiry date when in fact we should be very carefull about it specially when it comes to lipsticks i believe that they have an expiry date as early as 3 months but i am not aware of it because i uses may lipsticks as much as one year
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Yes, I agree with you, I used to keep mine forever, lol. But not the ones that looks odd already. I've heard that lipstick can lasts for 6 months. Thanks, rona.
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@kryzell (921)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I have been aware of this...since back in college. One reason, why I switched to mineral makeup. Apparently, it has no expiry date. For me, that is an added bonus. Right now... almost all of the cosmetics I put on my face are from minerals... and I never experienced any problems with it...
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Hi! Thanks for letting me know about mineral make-up that has no expiry dates. I might have to switch on that products when I finished what I have. I'm happy to hear that you never had a problem using mineral make-up. Thanks, kryzell.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
16 Jun 09
I did not know this either until I saw it on a tv show and then I started paying attention to my make up bag! I think my main concern is that mascara can cause not just allergies but eye infections due to the bacteria on the wand that comes from the eye. That is why they advise only keeping and using certain make up products for so long, the trouble is with it being so expensive I begrudge throwing something away before I have finished using it all!
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Hi! I've also heard about the bacteria in mascara and I think the eye that gets infected will keep winking and thank God I am now aware of this. I can relate to you of begrudging of throwing some make-up because I feel the same, specially those ones that cost me a lot. I wont buy make-up for a while and will try to finish what I have before buying new one. Thanks for the response, gemini_rose.
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@sharksfin (1098)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
There is really no expiry date. It's more of, you hafta get rid of them when they've been in your kit for some months. If I remember it right, face powders should just be kept for 3-5 months, lipstick about the same length, too, mascara for about 2 months. I think it's safer to use them as soon as you can to full use instead of buying lotsa them then have some just sitting there in your drawer.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Now it make sense why I couldn't find the expiry dates, lol! I guess it's more of being aware of how long we can keep the make-up. I'm not also sure with this, but I think face powders can be kept for a year and 5-6 months for mascara and lipstick. I agree with you to use the make-up as soon we can and I think doing this can save us some money and keep ourselves from allergies. Thanks, sharksfin.
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@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
16 Jun 09
Hi Cjay77! it doesn't good to keep make-up for years, of course it could result bad for us, i think if we are not so often to use it, we can buy the economical packs on the store .. I'm really aware about the products expiry date, when i'm shopping anything on the market, i must be watch the expiry date, and i will look for another latest expiry dates, because the latest expiry date means that the product is new release on the market, i usually avoid the product which expiry date is closer to expired, if i found the latest product i didn't buy the old products Since any product in expiry date could be bad for our health ... especially medicine! Becarefull
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Hi maxilimian! Lol, I didn't know about expiry dates, that's why I keep mine for years, ! I will definitely check the expiry date next time I'll buy make-up and I will also look for small ones, so I don't have to keep them forever, lol. That's nice that you were aware about the use by dates, actually I can't see the expiry dates on the make-up I bought, maybe I'll have to double check the packaging. Thanks.
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• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Yes, I am aware that cosmetic products do have expiration dates, and this is also another thing that must be considered in choosing them. As what I discovered, some lipsticks that are no longer used have molds on it, others have change in colors. We must look into the expiration date before we purchase them so we would know if the product that we're about to purchase is safe or not.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
That's great that you were aware of make-up expiry date, . I've heard about lipstick also and yes, if we see molds onto it or the color itself changed we must throw it. Thanks, galileo.
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@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Yup i do look for the expiry date of every item i bought. Not just in food but as well as make up and other personal things. Yup its true that using expired things can cause bad to you regarding make up its true that it will cause allergy to your face and when you used expired make up it makes your skin irritating. So when you buy particular things whether its food or things check for the expiry dates its really important =) Thanks for open up this discussion, goodluck in all your doings!
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
I do check the expiry dates when buying food, but I have to admit that I don't pay much attention about make-up and it's surprised me to find out about this. And it's true to be more aware of expiration dates of make-up. I have an old blush-on and every time I use it my face gets itchy and I think I have to throw that one. Thanks, kmaram.
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@alokn99 (5718)
• India
16 Jun 09
I had a cousin sister who got a facial allergy by using a cream which had gone way beyond it's expiry date. She could not use make up after that. I think it's important Cjay that the expiry date is followed for any product.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
I agree with you alok, it's important to check the expiry date specially now that you share the experienced your cousin sister and thanks for that. I don't really check expiry dates when I buy make-up and only realized this when I watch the show.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Are you sure it's your Cousin Sister you're talking about here Alok? Be honest now, I won't judge ya! lol.
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@alokn99 (5718)
• India
17 Jun 09
James, You think it's me who used the cream ?? Nope..,else i would have narrated a first hand detailed account, of what, when.....................
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
17 Jun 09
My make up kit constitutes of lipsticks, eye pencils, kajal, gloss. I do have compact and foundation and heavy make up stuffs which I seldom use. So, they could well go beyond expiry! On buying lipsticks I hardly pay attention to the expiry date. But since I am allergic to many things I use only a few brands of cosmetics or else I start getting rashes. I think it's important that we take notice of the expiry dates. Eye pencil could aggravate serious eye problem as it had done to one of my sisters a few years back. Generally, I think, the expiry dates of cosmetic products have a long duration. We tend to use the same stuffs for long time and I think, the big brands keep that in mind. Nice discussion dear.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Hiya mimpz! I just cleaned my make-up kit few days ago and threw some of them because they were too old. I don't have a lot of make-up and I will only buy small size next time. I think most of the cosmetic can lasts for a year and they also say that we will be able to know if we can't use it anymore by the look at it. Thanks, dear.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
17 Jun 09
We must try to buy in small, amounts. Since they are expensive buying in bulk helps. But I think we must be cautious and careful.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I agree,we have to be more cautious when buying make-up.
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@zzyw87 (1260)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
Yes, I am aware of make-up expiry dates. I knew this from magazine articles in Cosmopolitan or Seventeen. Before I knew this, I thought there was no expiry date for make-ups. After I found out, I threw out all my old make-up. Then I just bought the essentials like lip balm, lip gloss, and face powder. The other kinds of make-up which I don't use often, I just buy the smallest size.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I have no idea about expiry dates, that's why I have my make-up with me for years, lol. I also threw out some of my old make-up and I will do same in the future and just buy smallest size. Thanks, zzyw87.
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@reichiru (749)
• Canada
17 Jun 09
I recently noticed that when I had an acne cream that I was using gave me terrible red spots on my face that itched like heck and was very annoying. Also when I was helping my parents clean out some of my mom's old make-up stuff she told me throw a lot of the really old ones out, some of them even looked kind of nasty. So I'll be certain to avoid old make-up in the future.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I've got itchy face as well using my old blush-on and I never thought that i maybe get it from that one, but I throw it already. I will also try be more aware on make-up in the future. Thanks, reichiru.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
i do take notice, because i itch when there was i time i was able to use make that is near itts expiry date and i itched and turned red. grrrr so i do take notice now! lol..and i do not use make up affter 3 months from my ffirst use
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
I have an old blush on that every time I use it my face gets itchy, but I throw that away, lol. Glad to hear that you take noticed now. Thanks, jazel.
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@amanda08 (647)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I ahve to say I never pay attention to the expiration dates either.... I mean i usually keep my make up around forever but I do no know why... I hardly ever use it. However I do keep a close eye on my mascara... since that is all I usually wear I always buy new mascara frequently.... about one every month or month in a half... although I did use some older mascara once and I noticed it did bother my eyes while I had it on. That's why I am very adamant at buying new mascara often. To be honest I usually buy 2 or 3 new ones at once so I don't have to get it as often.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Same here, I also thought that I can keep mine forever, lol. I think it's more important to keep an eye on mascara because there's a chance to get an eye infection. I think mascara can last for 3-6 months. Thanks, amanda08.
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@lulu1220 (1010)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I never noticed that before. I don't think it is a problem for me though since I use it all up in a short amount of time. When I get home I will have to check out my makeup. So how long does it last?
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
Hi lulu! From what I have heard and what they said in the shows is, lipstick, lipgloss, mascara last for 5-6 months. And I think the others can lasts for a year. Thanks for the response.
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@med889 (5958)
16 Jun 09
Everytime I buy my make ups I look at the expiration date to be able to know when I should stop using it. I use make up very little well just to apply some light one before going to the office so I use very little of it and I buy something which will finish very soon as I do not want to use something whih is expired. I also heard of the allergies we might get if we use makeups which are expired so better be very precautious when buying.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
I wasn't aware of make-up expiration dates, I thought I can keep it forever, lol. I will surely check it next time I'll buy make-up and like you I also use little make-up. And I agree with you, to buy something that I know I can finish it very soon to avoid getting allergies and wasting money. Thanks, med889.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
I didn't know this, I will have to take more notice, maybe the ones that made of animal product perhaps I don't know....very interesting...
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
16 Jun 09
It is interesting, I actually went through my make-up and checked the expiry dates, but I can't see the use by dates, lol. But she mentioned that most of the make-up can lasts for a year, except for mascara because it only last for 6 months. Actually she also said that we will see it if we can't use it anymore. Thanks, lilaclady.
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
17 Jun 09
i too only learnt about the expiry dates on make ups and lip sticks a few months back. initially, i also kept my make ups which consists of eye liner, foundation and lipstick for very long. i did check for expiry dates but never seemed to find one. one day, like some said, we can see or feel if there is something wrong with the make up. so did i, so i threw it away and bought a new one and asked the pros regarding the expiry dates. and i was told that yes, make ups do last on average for a year or a year and a half. imagine my surprise when i found out that i had been applying expired make up for so long!
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
17 Jun 09
Hi sminut13! I don't think there's an expiry dates on packaging, because I did check each make-up I have and couldn't find one! I was the same, I've been using some old make-up because I thought I can keep them forever, lol. Thankfully I've only got itchy face and I think that's from my old blush-on! Thanks for the response.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
18 Jun 09
ahh so i'm not the only one who's been checking expiry dates to no avail huh, tht's a relief hehe :P
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
18 Jun 09
No, your the only one, lol. I also thought that I maybe the only one who could not see the expiry date or maybe there's something wrong with my eyes, lol. I guess it all comes of knowing how long can we use certain products.