How do you know when it’s time to throw out your old foundation? You don’t want to dump it too early or too late, so read on to learn more.
Yes, foundation does expire. However, it all has to do with when you first opened the product. Your product should carry a PAO sign, also known as ‘Period After Opening’, to let you know how long you can use the product after opening.
Formula also comes into play when deciding whether to throw out your beloved foundation or not.
Types of Foundation
Your foundation is the base of your makeup. All the products in your makeup drawer depend on your foundation to make everything shine. Since you can accurately predict the expiry date of your foundation based on the type, here are some of the most popular types of foundations:
- Liquid foundation: provides a smooth, flawless finish for all skin types
- Mousse or whipped foundation: whipped with air to provide a lightweight feel and beautiful coverage. This type of foundation also works for all skin types
- Foundation powder: gives a matte finish, and is most suitable for oily skin types
- Stick foundation: thick in consistency, stick foundations work both as foundation and concealer for those who want to minimize the mess that often comes with makeup application
- BB cream: blemish balm or BB cream moisturizes and evens out skin tone
- CC cream: also called color correcting cream, this type of foundation provides a seamless, natural finish
- Tinted moisturizer foundation: provides a light, dewy coverage for people who don’t have to cover a lot of blemishes
- Mineral powder foundation: typically comes in loose powder form and is excellent for lovers of organic skincare products
How Do You Know If Foundation Has Expired?
According to Marie Claire, the lifespan of your foundation will depend on the base ingredient. For example, oil-based foundations and water-based foundations will not go bad at the same time. If you are a little uncertain about the base, the ingredient list on the container should provide this information.
This article breaks down the differences between the various foundation bases as follows:
- Water-based foundations are typically light, dewy, and not too hard on the pores. It is the top choice for oily skin types.
- Oil-based foundations are heavier than the water-based ones. The consistency tends to be a little thicker, too. Oil-based foundations provide a smooth base for dry skin.
- Silicone-based foundations are mattifying. Some foundations with silicone at the base also work as primers. People who use this type of foundation also love it because it tends to be waterproof and almost impossible to sweat off.
Now that you know what your product is made of, here’s how to tell if it has gone bad.
When to Throw it Away
Water-based foundations will typically go bad after 12 months.
Oil-based foundations last longer than water-based foundations. Usually, you should get a new one after 18 months of use.
All silicone-based makeup products typically expire after 12 months.
How to Spot an Expired Foundation
Sometimes people forget when they started using their products, so it can be hard to figure out the right time to throw it away. If this is the case, then it is important to look out for the physical signs.
Your foundation should be thrown out when:
- The oil or water rises to the top
- The consistency becomes thicker
- The foundation changes color dramatically (but oxidation is often normal if the bottle has been left open)
- It is tougher to apply, or it provides an uneven, lumpy finish
Ditching your foundation can be hard, especially when there’s still a good-sized potion still left in the container. However, your skin will thank you for getting rid of it on time. If you’re holding on to it because of the cost, then you should consider the fact that it will even cost more (in skin care) to fix the damage caused from the expired product.