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It takes me a year or longer to finish my go-to eyeshadow for filling in my brows! I’ve never finished a blush before, though MAC Margin has the most pan showing, and that was one of the only blushes I owned for years. For lipstick, I would say a year or longer if it’s in regular rotation. Gloss would be a bit less – but I just don’t use anything consistently enough to finish.

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Same! I think the only product I’ve actually completely finished is foundation. I hit pan on my brow powder but I don’t use that particular one any more. I remember the first time I hit pan – I thought I had broken it!! xP

It depends what it is, really. I have many products that I wear a certain way because it reflects my mood or how I’m dressed. I’ve never actually finished a lipstick or a lipgloss before or even an eyeliner, but I have finished 50g tubes of BB cream and I’m on my 3rd Etude House powder. Granted, since I graduated high school (I’m doing uni externally) I’m only leaving the house a few times a week, rather than everyday and a couple nights a week.

I’ve never hit pan on any blushes, bronzers, or highlighters. I have never used up a pigment or an eyeshadow either.

The only items I’ve actully used is the MAC MSF Natural (which usually took me 9 months to finish up). I have also finished up a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua within 6 months.

At least a year. I don’t put on makeup much, but I realise that during periods of time that I keep doing makeup, I am consistent and will keep using the same one.

I can finish my loose powder in months, because that’s something I use to matte my sunscreen. And I am fussy with blush colour, so once I like a shade, I keep reaching for it.

I am horrible at lipstick and lipglosses. I have so many, but I can’t be loyal to one.

Mascara is another fast-gone one because I double coat.

The only things I’ve even hit pan on are my eyeshadow powder and translucent powder (I need to use it before powder blush or it applies weird on me for some reason). I have too many of the other things to finish lol.

I’m happy to help xD. For some reason powder blush always goes on patchy unless I use powder first, if that’s the problem you have then this will most likely help 🙂

I have never finished a makeup item, nor nail polish. Not even basecoat or topcoat. I don’t even finish most non-makeup beauty products – I’ve finished exactly one fragrance that I can remember (Calgon Agua Fresca Very Berry – smelled just like freshly-washed strawberries).

I’ve definitely gone through black eyeliners, pressed powders, concealers, and foundations. I’m at pan on two different bronzers, so after I use them up that’ll be another item to the short list! I have never finished an eyeshadow, but did go through a tube of UDPP in the old packaging. I don’t even finish lip balms before I lose them, so I have never gone through a lipstick!

I’m on my 3rd tube of Clinique Tenderheart lipstick (someone gave it to me as a Christmas gift about 16 years ago – so of it’s a color I use somewhat regularly, it takes about 5 years to use it all).

I never finish a product. Products expire on me faster than I finish them. The only thing that I’ve come close to finishing is MAC’s Refined Deeper Bronze bronzer which I’ve had since freshman year of high school and I’m in college now and it’s just now showing a decent amount of pan.

this is such a thought & guilt provoking question ! lol.. i also dont use anything consistently to finish it. i used to tho, before beauty blogs and you tube channels entered my life. I had very few products with limited beauty application knowledge and i used to purchase new ones when i would need them. now i have a running notepad list going while i look at new launches and watch hauls and tutorials!

I have a question about the “shelf life” of makeup… I read online that your supposed to throw mascara after 3-6 months, pigments at around a year and eyeshadows after 2-3 years…is this true?!? Kind of broke my heart when I read it! I dont want to throw away anything! How long should I expect makeup to last??

Don’t worry too much about the recommended “shelf life” of makeup.

Makeup that is frequently used will have a shorter “shelf life” due to frequent contact with your natural bacteria and vise versa. Discontinue a product when it starts to smell funny, taste funny (lipstick/lipgloss), look funny, etc.

I’ve had eyeshadows for 3 years that are in perfect condition.

Hey G, I think it really depends. On mascara, you should smell it and note when it becomes dry–I have a tube of Lashaccelerator mascara that lasts a year (packaging indicates it and this has seemed about accurate), but I find that Lashblast only lasts about 6 months or so before the texture becomes far too dry to use.

For dry powder eyeshadows, I have had some for longer than 2-3 years and they are perfectly fine. Texture is unchanged. I would expect that after like 10 years, you’d see the plastic start to yellow and such, and I don’t think they’re meant to last that long…but 4-5 I would think is perfectly fine. As long as the powder is kept dry, it should be okay.

A cream or gel eyeshadow is different. Again, the texture can become dry, but also bacteria can get into it if you use it even once…so probably 2 years, depending? I have a gel eyeshadow that lasted about a year, but I have a Bare Escentuals cream eyeshadow (almost used up) that I’ve had for about 3 years and it’s just as good as it was when I got it. I’m not a big foundation user, but I would expect foundation to follow the same pattern.

For lipstick, at least with MAC, I really don’t expect them to surpass about 3 years. At about 2-2 1/2 years, the scent goes away (from my experience at least). If you take care to keep them out of heat, they don’t smell rancid, but do pay attention to the smell. When the vanilla is gone, you should probably use it up soon.

Just as a note, be really careful if you buy a lipstick or lipglass (at least MAC brand) from beautyticket online. I bought a 2009 cremesheen glass and it smelled like plastic (it’s not horrible but it’s definitely not the intended or original scent). I’m trying to use that up, and while the color is wonderful…I don’t enjoy the plastic smell! My guess is that they keep their products in a non-airconditioned warehouse or something.

The only thing that you should think about is how much water is in the product, as water can go ‘off’ (for lack of a better way of saying it.) You wouldn’t drink from a glass if water that had been sitting out overnight. But that’s in its purest form. With cosmetics and all the preservatives and ph buffers in them, the more water in them/the lower the viscosity, the quicker they will go off. Just remember to smell the product when you first open it (baseline reference pt) and then keep smelling periodically. Powders last for years but that’s if you keep the in a cool dark place. Lastly, when the cosmetics giants come up with expiration dates on items, they will have put the product t through EXTREME rigorous testing. Nothing like what we would put it throufg. To save themselves from unwanted litigation, they offer a ‘best before date’ as opposed to a ”use by date”

I use up at least 5 primers and 2 setting powders per year. Foundation is usually 2 per year (if I average out all the different mineral foundations and tinted moisturizers I have as well). I’ve used up one lipstick and that’s it. Not even close to pan on any blushes. I have way too much makeup -_-

I think the last time I hit pan or almost emptied a pigment was when I was 12ish and doing makeovers on my friends every other night! Now things tend to get yucky before they are used up.

Really depends, I go through eyebrow pencils and black eyeliners really fast! So I tend to buy several a year. Pressed powders tend to run out fast too. Foundation primers and liquid foundations run out too but not as often.

I go through foundations and black eyeliners very quickly~6 months. Mascara gets tossed every 4 months whether I use it up or not. My loose and pressed powders are the next to go~1 year and depending on the color I can hit pan on an eyeshadow in 6 months. I have yet to use up any blush, bronzer, lipstick, lipgloss, pigment, and majority of my eyeshadows and I’ve had some for 5+ years.

Ha- makes our concern for the dwindling size of some products seem funny, I suppose 😉 I go through my fav eyeshadow, Mac’s Tempting, in about 15 months. I use an Aveda foundation/powder every 4 months. 2 each of my 2 fav Lipsurgences in a year, and I think its taken me 2 years to finish each aveda blush I’ve bought. I started buying other blushes, though, so now I have 12 or 13 and will probably never finish any of them. I used to use up everything before I started buying more than I needed.

Depends on the product.

Mascara and concealers are my two big blow-out drugs. I usually finish a product off in six months or less.

Eyeshadows depend on the color. If it’s something I use a lot (like purples or neutrals), I can hit pan within a year. Otherwise, I can have them for years before I finally toss them out of safety concerns.

I’ve never actually managed to use up an entire lipstick or gloss before – since lipstick in my cosmetic Achilles heel, I own too many to really wipe one out. Usually it winds up getting tossed first. However, Covergirl’s Lip Perfection in Soulmate is quickly becoming my go-to lipstick, so it might be my first legitimate stock out for a lip product.

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