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The oldest product I own… The tube remnants of a nude/peach lipstick that was my mother’s in the 80s. Of course, I wouldn’t dare use it after all these years. But I hope to find a color match one day. I used that color all during high school, but the tube is so old now you can no longer tell what brand it is. The tube is flat on both ends, silver, with a black strip around the middle. I figured it’s probably Cover Girl, Revlon, or Maybelline.

I own two Urban Decay eyeshadows (Shattered and Last Call) that are about 5 years old now! They were my first high end cosmetic purchase.

Everything I own is under two years old. I actually went through my mother’s and my collection several months ago and basically tossed anything that either looked old or appeared expired…which was a pretty significant amount of what my mother owned, haha. Most of what she uses now is stuff she pilfered off of me in secret when I moved. 😛

I think it’s Gash nail polish ( back to 10 years at least, probably 12 ) and then a mono eyeshadow from Lancôme at the time where Aaron de Mey was not artistic Director of the brand. It’s sad to see how much UD was full of creativity then, as for Lancôme well this is a highly pigmented eyeshadow ( indigo ) with a normal and typical Lancôme packaging already.

Clinique powder blusher…dont remember the color…but it has .40 oz. Can you believe that? Almost .5 oz. Nowadays, you are lucky if you get .20 oz. Then I have another Clinique blusher duo which is .32 oz. I have more of this stuff in my stash that are over 30 years old. I keep them because it reminds me how brands start out with a big amount of product and over the years slower decrease the amount and increase the price…just like potato chips. Also, I own my ole lady’s powder compact…called Boac….replaceable powder…probably 50 years old….barely touched.

I have an iridescent Max Factor quad from ’87/’88 (grade 9). It’s 4 shades of white with different colours of iridescence: blue, pink, green, and gold. Back in the day, I wore them on my lips as well as on my lids. In all my years, I’ve never seen anything quite like this again.

The second oldest is almost as old. It’s an Ultima II lip pencil personally sold to me by Kevyn Aucoin in the era of browns. Kevyn’s gone and so is the cat who left her bite marks on it as a kitten. Great sentimental value:)

I have that same quad, LOL. It was from a collection called White Lies, and there were also coordinating lipsticks, of which I have 3 (I’m not sure if there was a fourth, though). I bought a Smashbox quad a few years ago called Eye Illusion (it’s now sold as a trio) that has the same colors, although not quite as frosty. NARS Himaalayas & Iceland duos are quite similar, as well.

White Lies sounds right! That’s a great name.

I had the pink lipstick. I think the collection had an ingredient that was subsequently restricted to specialty makeup.

Pastels and frosts were on their way out and browns and neutrals were coming in. I liked the pale iridescent lid with a warm brown liner.

It was briefly fashionable to wear dark obvious cheek contour with an iridescent highlighter but I was too young for that look.

perfume definitely, I have one Chanel no 5 my aunt gave me in 1998. Other than that I have a Dior eye pencil from my very first print model job and that was in 1996. no dont use either, I cant stand the perfume and the eye pencil just keeping it around for sentiment.

Me too!! Same color and approximate age, I think. Mine was in the mint green tube with a silver band. I tossed it about 3 months ago with some other scarily old cosmetics, and replaced it with one in the new packaging. The old one seemed like a more muted color though, more of a pink than a berry than this new one. It could just be my memory that is faded though, lol!

Extra large Bonne Bell Orange Crush Smacker that had a string to carry around your neck. I think I got it around 8 years old. Which means it’s at least 30 years old. I’m not sure why I have held on to it but I don’t plan on throwing it out. Funny thing, it still smells of fake orange after all these years. Perfume bottles from the late 70’s and through the current years, LE MAC at least 18 years old – 20 years old, and some polishes that are probably 15 years old.

I have much more but these items I have bought as antique and vintage cosmetics. I have many Elgin America cosmetic sets/’purses’ and Stratton compacts that have never been used. That makes me wonder … When I die, how much of my make-up will have never been touched??!

Maybelline Silver Lilac Express Finish nail polish! I got it when I was around 15 or so…which makes the nail polish itself about that age. It’s still fine, too, haha.

Max Factor’s powder eye shadows purchased during 1978-1979. I still use them on rare occasions, and have never had any problem with them.

It’s probably the Guerlain Meteorites in the old packaging which date back to literally last century (pre-2000). They are absolutely fine to use. I also have some lipsticks I bought early 2000-ish that were unused as I bought them as back ups, so they’re fine too. I don’t use them though as the coliurs are very dated.

I still have an eyeshadow palette that my parents bought me back in the early to mid 70s! It’s by Outdoor Girl, and has mostly dark colours, which as a child I became great at using to make fake bruises on myself LOL. I swatched it recently, and all of the colours still apply beautifully with great colour payoff. I’m not risking applying them to my eyes after all this time, though.

I think I do still have a single lilac eyeshadow from that time, also by Outdoor Girl, which I bought myself with my pocket money – I love lilac. I know for certain I’ve never thrown it away.

With both, the foam applicators have long since perished

Well.. I was going to say that I have a MAC pigment in Grape & the Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box (the one with 5 bright shadows, a black and 3 neutral shadows) that are almost 4 years old (my husband bought them for me in February 2009 when I started really getting into makeup) but then I realized that those being the oldest cosmetics I own isn’t true. I actually have a couple eyeliners that are 5 years old -I can’t say that I use them anymore though.

Actually I lied. I have a couple NYC nail polishes in my makeup hoard (pretty sure that’s what my husband refers to my collection as, lol) that are running on 10 years old (bought in either super late 2002 or super early 2003), as well as a few my mom gave me from her stash years ago (which are about the same age of around 10 years old). 😐

My oldest is a Chi Chi lipstick I remember my mother buying when I was about 8 (I’m now 23). I wouldn’t use it because of the age- plus it’s metallic almost black purple (I have no idea why my mother wanted such a color) (also, it has the packaging (silver with a black strip) the commenter below described, but Chi Chi is an Australian brand). I have some powder eyeshadows that would be nearing ten years old, I mainly keep them out of nostalgia, but they seem fine anyway.

I definitely have some nail polishes that are about 16 yrs old 😀 I’m actually proud of that bc I still use them and they still work great. Obv, I don’t keep the stuff that isn’t usable. There is one vintage Hard Candy from the 90’s that’s driving me nuts bc I can’t open the bottle but the polish inside is still flowing nicely & the bearings are still rattling freely…rawr!

Try soaking the bottle in hot water for a few minutes. It’ll soften the polish remnants on the neck of the bottle. HTH

thanks I’ll try that. I’ve tried running it under hot water, but not soaking. And the pliers are taking off chunks of the brush handle when I try to open it that way…oy. I’ll try anything!

Soak it in acetone.
it works wonders!
Put it upside down in a sall cup with acetone, leave it for half an hour if less, and ta daa it’ll open!

thanks, I’ll try that if the hot water doesn’t work! Love you guys for suggesting this stuff. My pretty purple polish will soon be free 😀 xoxo

The oldest products I own are a nail polish by Artistry, it is 10-12 years old and still works fine, and a highlighter powder by Artistry that’s probably 8 years old.

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