Continuing with the story on expiry date of make-up products, here’s what you need to know.
As mentioned in the previous part of the story, your liquid products have an expiry date too. So look for the expiry date while purchasing them. The shelf life of different beauty products is different. There’s a tiny Period After Opening (PAO) symbol on the label – which most people don’t even notice – that tells you for how long you can use your product after you’ve opened it. Look for the symbol to understand how long a product is safe to use after it has been opened. A good trick to do is to set a reminder on your phone about the expiry.
Here’s a quick estimate of how your cosmetics will serve you to the optimum:
Mascara: 3-6 months
Eyeliner, brow pencil and lip liner: 6 months to one year
Lip gloss: 1 year
Foundation: 6 months to two years
Blush, bronzer, eye shadow and powders: 1-2 years
Lipstick and nail polish: 2 years
Perfume: 8-10 years
If the formula in your liquid product has separated, shake it well. If the product blends back together, you’re good to use the product yet. If the formula of the product has given up, you should give it up too.