MAC Makeup Expiration

Hey Guys and Dolls!
I get a lot of people asking me how long a certain product is good for, and while it would be impossible to answer you all individually, I can give you the knowledge of how to figure it out yourself. I’m basically going to be giving you information that is only relevant to Estee Lauder Brands,Ā  however, some general guidelines for all makeup is available here.
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So, on every product made by Estee Lauder Brands such as MAC and Clinique, there is a “batch code”. This is a code that will help you figure out when your product was made. It will have 3 -4 characters (depending on the month), a letter, and two numbers. The first character is a letter that represents the batch, so the letter “A” would mean the first batch, “B” would be the second, so on and so fourth. the second character represents the month, so 1 would represent January, 2 would represent Febuary, and so on. The last character represents the year, so 7 stands for 2007, 8 would be 2008, etc… 

So, A17 would mean it was the first batch of January 2007; M38 would be the 13th batch of March 2008. Get it? Got it? Good. Now here’s a few pictures as examples. They use different methods and colors, some are white, some black, some stamped, and there are different fonts:

Now that you know when your products was made, you need to find out how long it’s good for. On the box or packaging the product came in, there will be a little picture of a open jar with a number next to a M. The M represents months. So something that says 12M that means that the product is good for 12 after it has been opened; 24M= 24 months and so on and so on. This “logo” is on the backs of all kinds of products from all different companies. Even my shampoo has it.Ā  Here’s an example of what that looks like,

MAC Makeup expiration5

All of this taken into consideration, theĀ  product SHOULD say good until you open it, and expose it to light and air.Ā  Things you should never EVER use past the expiration dates are Eyeliner, Mascara, Skin Care, and Foundation. Most e/s and blushes are good for a LONG time, especially if you sanitize your makeup regularly, but that’s another blog entry…. ^_^

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