Did Your Bronzer Expire? 5 Signs to Look For Before Applying

How can you tell your bronzer's too old to use? Here's our expert guide. Use fresh bronzer for a luminous look and healthy glow.

Do You Need New Bronzer?

Bronzer lasts up to two years if it is a powder and six months for a liquid. That is the factory standard, and there is no reason to throw out makeup that hasn’t reached the point of expiration, however, to be safer rather than sorry, it’s best to make sure you check out your makeup after a couple of uses.

Makeup expiration dates are not something to be trifled with. It is essential to realize that all make-up does expire and using something after the date passes can cause severe consequences like eye infections, skin infections, and lip infections. These expirations dates may have a little extra caution to them, but how do we know for sure? Check out the tips below, and if your makeup is starting to change the color, smell, or grow stuff on it, it may be time for a change.

Old Bronzer will lose its Color

There are many instances when you blend two items to make a new color, but if you haven’t been playing with shades, beware. If your bronzer appears to have dulled from being in the sun or from age, it is better to steer clear and buy a new bronzer.

If the makeup isn’t close to its expiration date, make sure to check the internet for any recalls or product reviews. It could be that the bronzer expired before its time due to misuse of care instructions.

Oils in your skin can mingle with the powder ingredients and will cause a reaction. For this reason, even those of us with drier skin must change the applicator after every few uses.

Bronzer May Start to Smell Badly

Makeup smells. While there should be nothing sour or sweet to the smell, there will be a particular product smell that your bronzer has. If you find that the bronzer smell no longer smells like it is supposed to check out the cap or under the lid to find the expiration date. If the expiration date is still reasonable, but the smell continues to get worse, the safe bet would be not to use it again—and if your makeup begins to smell before the expiration date is up, make sure to write to the manufacturer to let them know. Not only is that a smart thing to do for yourself, but for others who may have gotten the same batch.

There May Be a “Bloom” in bronzer that's too old to use

While this “bloom” may not affect all bronzer types, if you notice a white film starting to sprout on your powder chances are the bronzer has gone wrong.

Liquid bronzer rarely grows a “bloom,” yet, instead will begin to develop a crusted top that makes the lid hard to twist off. The liquid will also start to separate from the oil in the bronzer. If this has happened, and it is not a “shake before use” kind of makeup, it would be best for your skin not to use the bronzer again.

Bronzer Powder will become Dense and Hard to Blend

Like many other items, makeup can become stale. Once it becomes stale, it will start to get hard and get harder to use. While this scenario isn’t the pick of the town, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t use it; it means that the bronzer will become unusable. Hard powder bronzer will be almost impossible to blend, and blending is part of what bronzer does best.

Liquid bronzer will become Solid, or Solid will become Liquid

Chances are if you buy a liquid bronzer, you expect your bronzer to stay moist (and vice versa). However, if your liquid bronzer begins to solidify, that is a big sign for you not to use it again. Similarly, if you purchase powder, and it begins to develop a moist quality, it is time to throw the powder into the trash.

Protect Your Makeup, Protect Your Face

Make sure to protect your bronzer for the extended expiration date by taking care of it, closing the lid when you are done with it, and changing out your brush every few uses.

The most important thing with makeup is to use it wisely. Women spend a lot on makeup annually. Some of the purchase choices could be because of misnomers about expiration dates and how to take care of your bronzer.

If the bronzer is taken care of properly, there should be no reason why it doesn’t last the until the expiration dates come to pass.

Resources — Allure, Bustle, Bustle, Marie Claire

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