Foundation: Up to 2 years
Lipstick & Lipgloss: 2 years
Mascara: 3 months
Eyeshadow: 12 months – 2 years
Blush and Face Powder: 2 years
Nail Polish: 1 year
Anti-aging or Acne treatments: 3 months to a year
Natural beauty products: Up to 6 months
Shampoo & Conditioner: About 3 years
Body Lotion: 2 to 3 years
Sunscreen: 2 to 3 years
Deodorant: Up to 2 years
Perfume: About 3 years
Look for this symbol below marked on the back of (almost all) beauty products to let you know how long it lasts after being opened. This will be your indicator for your beauty product expiration dates.
I won’t lie, I definitely break the rules when it comes to most of these products, especially for eyeshadow. If they get gross I will toss them but I feel like a year just goes by way too quickly to just toss everything out. I don’t share my makeup and I clean my makeup brushes frequently so there is that. Also, I know I don’t go with the 1 year on nail polish. That is just bonkers to me! The rest I feel like I follow simply because I use them up faster than their expiration dates. So what say you? Are you a rule breaker too? Sometimes they are just meant to be broken right?
How to tell when good products have gone bad!
The 3 biggest warning signs are that the scent changes, the color changes, and/or the formula separates.
If your product suddenly has a bad smell or doesn’t smell the way it initially did (bc some products just have bad smells, IMO) then it’s time to throw that bad boy out. Keeping your products away from sunlight, heat sources, and moisture will make them last the longest.
Getting some yellow or browning on your product? It doesn’t mean that your product is completely ruined but it could have made it more potent or weakened the formula. If it was me, I would be grossed out and want to toss that out for sure. The best way to prevent this from happening is making sure all your products are closed tightly.
Lastly, if your formula seems to be separating your product is losing its effectiveness. The exception to this rule is nail polish. Nail polish will naturally separate the longer it sits. Roll the bottle in your hands to remix. Don’t shake your bottle to mix it unless you don’t plan to apply it right away, this causes air bubbles. If your nail polish doesn’t remix or is stringy and thick it’s time to toss it too.
The good news… as long as you take care of your brushes, properly clean and store them, they can last for many many years. I actually own a blush brush that is well over 10 years old and still in perfect shape.