Hoarding clothes is one thing but hoarding endless makeup products is just a different kind of craziness. Given that clothes don’t come with a shelf life, it doesn’t really matter if we have them piled up in our wardrobe for years, but the same cannot be said about makeup products. Every makeup product comes with an expiry date, and once the product has expired, it should be tossed right away. Continuing to use an expiry makeup product can have several repercussions, it can make your skin go bad, and if you’re already dealing with some kind of skin issue, then it will make things even worse.
Sometimes, you can simply tell by looking at the product if it has gone bad, and when it comes to lipsticks, it can be a bit hard to tell if the product has expired. If you are unable to determine if your lipstick has passed its shelf life, then you might find some help from this article.
Read on, as we take you through a couple of easy ways to tell if your lipstick has expired.
Your lipstick is more than two years old
Almost every lipstick has a shelf life of two years, any lipstick which is older than two years should be labeled expired. If you own any such lipstick which has been a part of your makeup kit for almost two or more than two years now, then you need to toss it in the dustbin right away. Continuing to use an expired lipstick can leave your lips inflamed and irritated, therefore, you should stop using it.
Your lipstick smells weird
Lipsticks have a delicious smell, most of them smell fruity, but if your lipstick smells funny or weird, then you should stop using it right away. A weird smell is one of the easiest ways to tell if your lipstick has gone bad or rancid. Your expired lipstick will either smell like nasty wax or potato starch. You will be easily able to tell if your lipstick has expired as soon as you open it, and if it smells weird or funny, you shouldn’t use it, or else it will harm your lips and body too on being ingested.
The appearance of moisture beads on its surface
Another easy way to tell if your lipstick has expired is by checking its surface. If your lipstick looks sweaty or you notice tiny moisture beads on its surface, then it is a strong indication that your lipstick has expired. The reason behind the appearance of moisture beads on the surface of your lipstick is the separation of ingredients and formulas in your lipstick. If any of your lipstick looks like it’s sweating, then you should throw it in your dustbin right away.
Do a swatch test
Doing a swatch test not only helps you determine if the color suits your skin but also helps you check if the product has gone bad. If your lipstick fails to glide smoothly on your skin and doesn’t deliver good coverage, then there are high chances that your lipstick has gone bad and needs to be tossed away in a dustbin. Additionally, you can check the texture of your lipstick, if it looks soggy or clumpy, then it is a strong indication that your lipstick has expired.
The appearance of moldy patches on your lipstick
This one’s a no-brainer, if you notice moldy patches on the surface of your lipstick, then it is an obvious indication that your lipstick has expired. Getting rid of the moldy patches won’t be of any help, the appearance of moldy patches on the lipstick makes it unsafe and unusable.