(Closed) How often do you throw out your make up?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How often do you toss old make up?
    0-2 months : (0 votes)
    2-4 months : (1 votes)
    2 %
    4-6 months : (2 votes)
    4 %
    1 + years : (8 votes)
    15 %
    Till it crumbles : (44 votes)
    80 %
  • Post # 3
    5785 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The only thing I’m religious about throwing away is mascara after 3-4 months. Its usually starting to dry out at that point anyway. I would be bankrupt if I tossed everything out every 4-6 months.

    Post # 4
    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t throw things away unless they start smelling bad or falling apart (such as eyeshadow that is crumbling). I don’t wear much makeup, so I couldn’t afford to keep buying new things every couple of months. 

    Post # 5
    1002 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Mascara I throw away after about 4 months, everything else usually ends up piling up and piling up until I have way too much and I need to start tossing some.

    Post # 6
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yeah, I very rarely throw makeup away, with the exception of mascara or anything that is looking crusty lol

    Post # 7
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    I toss it when I run out. Honestly I am a frequent mascara user, so I probably toss it within 2-4 month range, but unless I write a date on it, I don’t know how long I have had it.

    Post # 8
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @LGenz: Me too! Mascara starts to make my eyes itchy if I hold onto it too long. Everything else I keep until it runs out or starts getting gross (which typically doesn’t happen). 

    Does anyone else think there’s really no reason to throw out powder-based makeup? I almost feel like someone made that up one time or something, lol. 

    Post # 9
    1231 posts
    Bumble bee

    @jo.lee: agreed. I toss it when its empty or looks gross! lol

    Post # 12
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    Since I wear makeup everyday I dont need to throw it out except when its stops working well. I use it up.

    Foundation doesnt last, mascara stops working well as does liquid eyeliner at about 3 months.

    Eyeshadow gets thrown out when it breaks same with bronzer and blush

    My loose powder lasta a long time, but it has a lid with holes so the pad never touches the powder reserve so it lasts forever

    Lipsticks, I see no reason to throw out until its used up. I generally only use one anyway.

    Post # 13
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The makeup I use on an everyday basis (concealer, eyeliner, mascara, etc.) run out within a few months, but things like eyeshadow, bronzer, and powder blush last me for years.  I never throw anything away unless it’s crumbly.  It’s too wasteful & expensive for me to throw away perfectly good makeup!

    I do wash my brushes regularly, though.  For me, that’s more important than throwing away makeup that’s only a few months old!

    Post # 14
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I throw away mascara quite frequently. I use up all my lipsticks or just toss them when I’m sick of them. As for eyeshadows, I find it hard to throw away the expensive ones: MAC, Urban Decay frequently. I don’t think its necessary to toss them every few months. I clean my brushes a couple of times a week anways. 

    Post # 15
    2548 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Oh gosh, I use it until its done pretty much. I don’t wear that much makeup though, so foundation and concealer can last me about a year, and mascara about 6 months. I go thorugh lip balm and blush more than anything, but even then its very few an far between. I did just go drop 130 bucks on makeup, but my excuse is it is for the wedding, and I only want new stuff on my face, so I feel as fresh as possible! I figure, I’m doing it yself, plus my own hair so it really isn’t a waste of money!!

    Post # 16
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It really depends on what kind of makeup.. mascara gets thrown out every 3 months, and when I used to use liquide liner, the same. Now that I only use gel eyeliners, I keep them longer and ALWAYS clean my brush before I use it. 

    Generally everything that has an applicator I can’t clean is a bit gross to me.. and I’m always careful when I use anything gel/liquid and it doesn’t have a pump. 

    Powder products are much easier to handle 😀 I’ll use them ’til their gone, even if it takes a year or two. Powder in general can’t really harbour much bacteria, people that experience break out or irritation after using a powder are mostly reacting to an ingredient or the brush. 

    Like @mrscheetos said, I can’t even think about throwing out my MAC or Urban Decay every couple of months.. let alone afford it. I just keep the brushes clean 🙂

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