QOTW: Do You Ever Throw Away Makeup?

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Do you ever throw away makeup?

My answer: only when it has expired. If it’s only something that doesn’t work for me or that I don’t use often, but it is still in good condition, then I’ll give it away to friends or relatives.

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  1. Yes I do, but only if:
    1) I know I will never even want to touch it in my entire life,
    2) Quality is so bad that nobody could possibly like it,
    and/or
    3) Old, expired, smells rotten, thus unusable

    I actually don’t have anyone to give gently used makeup to, so if it’s still relatively in good general condition, I still try to get a use out of it in creative ways (use on body,mix with other mu, use for art & photography) I was brought up very frugally so I hate the idea of “wasting” anything!

    • Julia, that’s great that you find creative ways to use products so they don’t get wasted. I hate wasting anything too. Although some products are just so bad that you have no choice but throw them away.

    • If you’re bored and artistic, you could doodle with them. Just get some heavy stock paper (like the kind in most sketchbooks), and aimlessly draw. It doesn’t have to “be” anything. I’ve also used old lip glosses rubbed out onto paper (so they don’t smear; they get really thin, like being used for blush) to colour in sketches of clothes, or colour concepts for future artwork. I hate getting halfway through colouring a really good drawing before realising my colour combos don’t work as originally visualized. Old makeup can be useful sometimes!
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    • Citrine, it’s kinda sad having to throw products away, isn’t it? We know we have to, yet for some reason we keep putting it off. Isn’t there any chance you could find some creative use for them, like BebeTaian suggested?

    • Makeup Morsels, I like to find a new home for a product too. After all, something I don’t use may be much more loved and appreciated by someone else.

  2. I’m guilty of not throwing stuff away when I should. I probably have lipsticks that are five years old. One of them is used pretty rarely- once every few months. It’s the perfect red, and it’s been long discontinued by Prescriptives. Almost every other red has turned either brown or deep 80s pink on me. Most of my other makeup is powdered, so it seems to last much longer.

    I do have a habit of not wearing any makeup if I think I’m getting sick, or if I know I’m sick, and I clean my brushes nearly every time they’re used. I prefer to wash them *every* time, but sometimes I run short on time to do that. So unless it smells bad or the colour changes, I don’t usually throw things out.
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    • BebeTaian, I hate it when they discontinue your favourite products! Despite the “official” shelf-dates though, I don’t believe it’s always necessary to throw away products if they haven’t changed colour/texture/smell. Especially, when you take such good care of them, not using them when you’re sick and washing your brushes often.

  3. I threw away some cheap and cutsie random makeup items, so now my collection is “serious” and trully a collection. I buy to keep.
    I go periodically through my stuff and get rid of anything “I” consider as expired.
    Liquid foundation I usually do away with at 2-3 years. Pressed powder eyeshadow, on the other hand, I keep for years. My older one is from 2000 or 2001. So imagine how hard I laughed when I first noticed an expiration date of 6 months on the Dior quints, starting a couple of years ago. I mean, liquids have at least a year until expiration and you, dear Dior company, mean to tell me that your eyeshadows last only six months? What are they made of, food?

    • Marianthi, lol! I noticed that on some powder eyeshadows too. That’s crazy, isn’t it? If well-looked after, powders can last for years and years. And that’s great that you check out your collection regularly and throw away what’s gone bad. That ensures that your collection is always in good condition and you may even stumble on some old goodies you forgot you had. I know that happened to me a couple of times!

    • Icaria, I agree. The place for expired or awful makeup products is in the trash can. And enjoy your spring cleaning!

  4. yes I do! just thew away a good lot because it has expired, it didn’t work for me, or if I know that I won’t be touching it again. And I couldn’t think of anyone to give that would suit that shade/ texture/ formula, so into the bin it goes!
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    • Plue, what a shame you didn’t have anyone to give it to. But if you don’t like/use something, there’s no point in keeping it.

  5. I only throw away makeup if it goes bad and I judge that by scent, texture, and appearance. :]
    If it looks fine, I like to keep it in my makeup collection!

    • Janessa, I agree. I prefer to throw something away when I can see/smell that something’s off rather than follow the expiration date on the packaging too. Some products can last a long time if stored properly and there’s no point in throwing them away before they are really unusable.

    • Mylanqolia, that’s a shame! But then again it is so difficult to finish anything when you have too many products!

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