I had a reader email me to ask me this question:
Will cream eyeshadows or cream products dry out or go bad?
The answer is yes, they will… over time and if you don’t close the container tightly or store it well.
Cream products are essentially liquid based and with liquids evaporation is bound to occur over time. Also, cream products can breed bacteria if not properly stored or over time. So, if you own cream products, here are some tips for keeping them fresh and well, creamy for longer.
- Always close the cap of your bottles or cases containing the cream product tightly after use.
- Minimize exposure of the cream product to the air. If you are using a gel eyeliner for example, swipe your brush over the gel then close the bottle tightly before applying your gel liner. Do the same with cream eyeshadows.
- Some people have reported that storing a cream product in the fridge can prolong its lifespan because the cold air in the fridge will not dry it out as quickly. This might be useful if you are keeping spare back ups of cream products. Its not as practical otherwise.
However, do bear in mind that even with the most careful of uses, a cream product will dry out over time. See my picture of Bobbi Brown Gel liners above – purchased at about the same time, 2 of them Cobalt and Hunter have started drying out but Bronze shimmer is still creamy. All were stored in similar conditions i.e. together I cannot explain it.
Also, if not stored properly, cream products can breed bacteria and go bad. The best examples are lipsticks. If you fish out an old lipstick that you haven’t used in a very long time you might find it smells rancid, like how old oil smells – that means its bad and its time to be tossed out.
I have had lipsticks go bad and my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners dry up on me. I’ve realized that if I don’t use a cream item for a while, it does have a tendency to dry out all by itself. This is part of the reason cream products are not my favourite medium to work with.
Have you had cream products dry out on you? How do you prevent this from happening?