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Shelf Life of Cosmetics

How long can mascara, eye liner, blush, and lipstick be kept?

By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH


Shelf Life of Cosmetics

The dates vary on articles, but check here:


  • mascara= 3-6 months
  • eye liner= 2 years
  • blush= powder blush (two years); cream blush (12-18 months)
  • lipstick= 2 years

It depends on a lot of factors: what product you use (natural type or not), conditions kept in (warm climate, purse in a hot car, etc). I have read many times that mascara is the worst culprit and should be changed every 3-6 months and not to pump the container and of course not to put water or anything in to "get the last bit out" and no sharing cosmetics or brushes/applicators. (02/25/2010)

By Kaelle

Shelf Life of Cosmetics

When you pump mascara it pumps air into the tube which will make it go bad faster and also will dry it out.

Check here for more: (02/27/2010)

By Kaelle

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