We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Lord & Taylor30% off almost everything + 10% off cosmetics & fragrances with code FRIENDS, ends 12/15.
  • SaksReceive a gift card up to $700 on your purchase of $250+ with code DEC2016, ends 12/09.
  • Tarte30% off with code BESTIES, ends 12/11.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

37 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic. If you have general feedback, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

Nah. I’m pretty much the same way (I guess; I haven’t had a product go bad in years). If I had to throw away any expensive, limited-edition items…Lord help whoever’s holding the trash bag.

I am diligent only with mascaras. I put labels on them so that I know when to buy new mascaras. Everything else is instinctual.

Haha NOPE 🙂 I shall use my mascara for as long as it needs to run out, I don’t follow that 3-month rule lol and i nevet have.

no….I have stuff that I bought since the early ’80s. They are part of my musuem of makeup….alot that I have never even used….I dont keep mascara or face cream that long, but have makeup from Ralph Lauren, Halston, originals of YSL and Chanel when they were first launched…and even Guerlain…Very iconic brands……some that no longer exists.

This is so exciting! I’m a fan of some of the brands you mentioned. And a makeup museum sounds like a very cool idea. Have you ever thought of making a photoblog/tumblr and post pictures of these vintage products? I’d love to see them, and I’m certain I’m not the only one!!!

I do! I put tiny stickers with the date I purchased/opened the product on everything I own. I’m especially neurotic about products with a wand. I know no matter how clean my skin is, when I apply it, the wand will most likely pick up something from touching my skin. A bit weird, I know.

I am actually really good at remembering when (more specifically the exact month) I bought what, so i go from that. With mascaras, I feel like they run out and dry up by 3 months anyway, so I get new ones and powders last a long time…I have sprayed them with 90% alcohol and it just dries up and doesn’t affect the powders (blush, bronzer, face powders, even MAC MSFs) at all!

I never throw anything out unless it runs out or breaks irreparably. My mom even has eyeshadows from the 1970s that still work just fine LOL!

If I did, what would happen to all the lovely limited edition powders, palettes, and other pretty things I own? 😉 I don’t even throw out mascaras every 6 months, I have been using some on and off for the past 2 years and they’re still fine. I throw lipglosses out when they smell funny, and I have thrown a few old eyeshadows out because they faded and went all crumbly, but even those were several years old and very cheap.

same here…the only things I’ve ever had to get rid of because they went bad were 2 Dior lipglosses…they smelled so terribly from a point on that it was plain disgusting…ewwww….!other that that,I never throw away anything when the label says I’m supposed to….

Only mascara s i buy one or maybe two each time. everything else is on how it looks, the smell, the consistency. If its something that i tresure, like my tom ford lipstick bought by my late aunt, then i wouldnt throw it away, regardless of if i cnt wear it anymore. i would just keep it for sentimental value

Nope, with the exception of products with SPF which I know does lose its potency after the expiry date but even with SPF products, I will use them a short while beyond the expiry date since they don’t lose their efficacy all of a sudden on that particular date. With other products, I go by smell, consistency, etc.

No! I go by smell, consistency etc too. I’ve never had a problem doing it this way. And I use all my mascaras until they are finished/dried out. So no 3 month rule there either.

I sort of do what Christine does: check for myself and see if something smells or looks bad. But if it is turning, I will try to use as much as I can before it’s no longer usuable. That way, I feel like I haven’t wasted my money.

I am an organization freak and I keep and maintain an Excel Spreadsheet on which I list the following information:

1. The date I purchase a product.
2. When I introduce into “circulation” into my collection.
3. If the product contains information regarding product expiration, I list along with an approx. date in which the product is “suppose” to expire.
4. The date I remove a product from collection with a note as to why it was removed (i.e. I re-gifted it, tossed it, used the product up, if I will repurchase the product, etc.).
5. Any other pertinent information I deem necessary.

With all that said, I don’t following the expiration dates on products or the general expiration dates for makeup, for I go by commonsense test: smell, consistency and color. I go through my entire makeup collection once month to re-assess my needs, decide if I need to go on a No-Buy and/or Project Pan assignment and to check out the condition of products.

I tend to pay more attention if it’s, say, a moisturizer containing sunscreen. There’s almost always an expiration date on it, and I try to use it up before that date arrives. But that’s because I’m borderline psychotic about protecting my skin from the sun. The only other item I’ll throw out before I finish is mascara. I can never remember when I opened it, though, so I just kinda do my best to guess when it needs replacing.

Subscribe

Join our newsletter and never miss a post!