When is it time to throw out your lipstick or lipgloss?

by Paris B on · 21 comments

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I did a spot of spring cleaning over the weekend, clearing out my cosmetics stash and destashing, basically. One of the areas I concentrated on was lipsticks or lip products in general.

When you mess around with different lipsticks all the time, its easy to forget lipsticks you once had or used. So, I spent a couple of hours checking to see if my lipsticks and lip products were still alright and in the process, sent some of them into the bin.

Here’s when you should toss out your lipstick or lipgloss:-

  • When your lipstick smells funny – lipsticks have a lot of preservatives in them, but it all has to go some time and when your lipstick smells different from how it should, that’s when you know its going into the bin.
  • When your lipstick smells waxy – Take a healthy sniff of your lipstick and if it smells of wax and not lovely scented wax at that, but just pure wax, toss it.
  • When its too old - Sometimes, its hard to let go of that favourite colour but if you’ve opened it and used it and had that lipstick or gloss for a long time, its time to let it go. This is especially true of glosses.
  • When the colour has changed - If you have some old lipsticks lying around, take a look at the colour. You might notice that the part that is used might have a different colour to the rest of the lipstick. Sometimes, its a sign its going bad. Toss it.

So if you have some time, run through what you have. Different brands of lipsticks and lip glosses deteriorate at different levels. Sometimes, something new might go off faster than something you might have had for a while so there’s no hard and fast rule about it. Also, look through your backup stash – I know some people keep backups of favourite colours. They can go off too even while sealed.

You may not have much or you may have a lot but either way, decluttering is good for the soul icon smile When is it time to throw out your lipstick or lipgloss? Any more tips on how to spot a lipstick or lipgloss that’s going off?

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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lemon November 10, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hi,

I feel very “sayang” to throw away old lipsticks, esp when they are barely used! I think the cosmetic companies should come up with mini, or smaller tube of lipsticks, lipgloss, so we can have more varieties and less wastage.

cheers,
lemon ;-D

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ParisB November 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Hey Lemon

You know what? I agree with you 100%! Some Japanese brands do have smaller sized lippies but I think they have to make it the size they do to justify the prices ;)

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Hanz November 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for sharing this..it reminds me to have a look over my ‘old’ lipstick since i got hooked with mineral lipgloss..

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ParisB November 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hey Hanz

You’re welcome! Time to spring clean that lippie stash! :)

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germaine November 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm

how if the lipstick appears to have a layer of oil around it? is it time to throw it out too?

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ParisB November 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hi Germaine

If it doesn’t smell funky its usually ok – sometimes if its kept in a hot place the oils rise to the surface. But if its oily and funky and/or old I’d say bin it :)

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Tine November 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

This is a good reminder for me to go through my stash of lippies. I’m sure there’s one or two in there which is a tad manky now *yikes*

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ParisB November 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Hiya Tine

I know! I was so disappointed when I realised some faves had gone bad

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eliza November 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm

i don’t have much lippies since my lips are quite pigmented
and was afraid if bought too much, i would have to painfully throw them away later.

do you recycle the lippy containers? each time i throw away a cosmetic product i was like “hmmm i should recycle them” but didn’t do it =p

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

Hi Eliza

Unfortunately no I don’t recycle the containers – I just bin them all

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winnie November 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm

what if the lipstick is cover with something in green colour? is it fungus?

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 9:59 am

Hey Winnie

My bets would be yes thats mould – chuck it!

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Nikki November 10, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I do the same, i check if they smell funny and check if the quality is still the same :) Thanks for the reminder, need to declutter too!

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 10:06 am

Hey Nikki

It felt good – then you get to repopulate ;)

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aretha November 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm

not sure if you have tried NARS lipglosses? but mine smell funny even after a few months..im not sure if that its ‘bad’ because i think alot of ppl have complaint about NARS glosses smelling/tasting like plasticine

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hi Aretha

I’d heard of Nars glosses’ smell. I guess whatever smells off i.e. not the usual scent will be an indication that the products’ gone off

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gio November 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for the reminder, I need to declutter my stash soon too :)

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

Hey Gio

Good luck decluttering!

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cc November 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

hi ParisB,
is it the same with lip balms for chapped lips?

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ParisB November 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

Hi CC

I’d say yes. I’ve had lip balms go off on me too where they smell funky.

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Reba August 10, 2012 at 2:53 am

I just bought some lipgloss this am and it has, I guess it is, a waxy smell. I didn’t notice it until I already used it. :( Do you think they will take them back?

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