What’s the Oldest Piece of Makeup in Your Collection?

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MAC Eyeshadows in Brule (left) and Print (right) in packaging from 1998!

While rifling through my makeup collection yesterday, I found two ancient relics of my cosmetics world, these pans of MAC Eyeshadow in Brule and Print.


I’ve kept a handful of products like these around for the sake of nostalgia, but I don’t really use most of them anymore, like the two shadows at the top, which are from 1998! One of these days I may toss ’em out, probably during a future feng shui fit, but for now I plan to hold on for one more day (yes, I just quoted Wilson Phillips).

What’s the oldest piece of makeup in your beauty collection, and (if you remember it) what’s the story behind it?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Terri says:

    I just got rid of some Origins eyeshadows that I bought 7 years ago (at least!).

  2. Brule was actually the first MAC eyeshadow I purchased! Granted, it wasn’t in 1998 and more like just last year.. but still πŸ˜€

    I just started my collection a short while ago, and anything that was first purchased I’ve used and repurchased.. So I’m not too sure what my answer would be πŸ™‚

  3. Emily says:

    I definitely have MAC from @1997- far more then your two relics I’m embarrassed to say! I am now confessing to saving two lippies and two np from the Kate Earnshaw for Max Factor re: Titanic collection. Yeah I’m one of those girls. It was a great period of my life so I have these small souvenirs.

  4. karo says:

    CLINIQUE – Pressed Powder Bronzer 04 “Sunswept” that I bought 5 years ago.
    it was summer and I was sooooo dark that I only use this Bronzer πŸ˜‰
    I still like them!
    karo recently posted … AMU MAC-CHANEL PASSION PLUM

  5. Jenna says:

    I have some Chanel makeup from 2004 which my mother purchased for me for my high school prom. I may have some older makeup though somewhere, I haven’t been through all of it in quite a while =)

  6. Vijaya says:

    I have some old glosses I must’ve bought as a kid. I think I may have tossed them, though, as they don’t seem to be making an appearance.
    Vijaya recently posted … Adventures in Orange Eyeshadow- Foxy Lady

  7. Bellyrockin says:

    I still have the very first eyeshadow I bought for myself back in the mid 70s (my early teens). It’s a beautiful lilac shadow and I think it’s by Outdoor Girl. Certainly the palette my parents bought me, which I still have (of a very similar vintage) is by Outdoor Girl. It’s called Colouring Box, and it’s all dark colours – purples, blues, greens and brown. I used to create quite realistic false bruises on myself with it LOL

  8. Heidi says:

    I have a MAC lipstick in Mocha (not the same mocha that’s in the Surf Baby collection) and the tube is with the flat top (old packaging) — so, however long ago that was!

  9. Stevie Raye says:

    I have lip smackers lip gloss from probably close to 1999. Still smells like yummy strawberries!

  10. Kamila says:

    I’m still holding on to my Revlon Streetwear nail varnish collection from the mid-90s!
    They were such amazing and original colours, and I develop a strange nostalgia for my high-school days when I rifle through them!

    Though they are too old to wear, I keep them for reference and franken identical shades from varnishes by other brands!

    I really wish Revlon would revive this range… πŸ™

  11. I have a Dior quint in Mist from the 1980’s, back when they put matte shadows in their palettes πŸ™‚ It was my mom’s, and the packaging looks so nice and vintage-y.

  12. sharon says:

    Definitely my Caboodles lip palette from 2003 or the beginning of 2004. I used to buy all these things from the scholastic book orders from school and these pretty things would always temp me.

  13. sarah says:

    I only recently got into makeup 3 years ago. Id have to say the oldest makeup I have is a clinique blush in patchwork peach that my friend gave me.

  14. Megan says:

    Ooo…my oldest piece is not makeup, but a brush. I have a MAC angled eyeshadow brush from (I believe) my freshman year of high school…so that would be 1997-1998.

    I keep it clean, beautiful, and it has never, ever let me down for eyebrow filling. πŸ™‚

  15. Jenny says:

    Revlon Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Quad Violet Haze from 8-9 years ago. I bought it just as I was starting makeup and thought it was a nice beginner’s palette with some pretty purples. I’ve only kept it because the gray-purples will be nice for a vampire face I’m planning for Halloween.

  16. Nikolas says:

    I have a bunch of MAC eyeshadows in pot form from the early 2000’s and they’re all really bright colors that I used to wear back then like Freshwater, Bitter and Hepcat πŸ™‚ Lol that was back in my early teens when I would only wear one color of eyeshadow at a time hahaha

  17. Jessi says:

    I have a MAC Nymphette Lipglass from about 9 years ago. It is still mostly full as I have never liked the way Nymphette looks on me! It was my first high end makeup purchase when I was 15. And it only took me about 7 more years to make another MAC purchase, haha.
    Jessi recently posted … Week 8- Shopping my Stash for Untried Polish- NYX Girls Collection Noir

  18. Chris25 says:

    I have a Jane eyeshadow that I wore to my 8th grade graduation back in 1998. It’s from the original line, when they had nail polishes.

  19. Ithfifi says:

    Thats incredible! I never saw mac package like that, It was nice to go a little retro and see that! My oldest items are… Sushi flower, Moon’s reflection and electric eel eyeshadows. I still have them… they have some senitment but I have a hard time throwing away makeup! I no longer use any of these old shadows.. I just keep them… I’m so bad at throwing things away :s

  20. Caroline says:

    This lipstick from Revlon, I think, the label rubbed off the bottom that I took from my mom when I was in high school. It’s from the 70’s, brick red and has that old makeup smell. I don’t use it, just like pulling it out once in awhile to admire the pretty gold case it came in. It brings back a lot of memories. One product I purchased that is about 10 years old is this Chanel lipstick and matching liner in Nude. There is hardly any lipstick left on it but if I just dab on my finger I can a little color. I need to get a new one.

  21. Emily says:

    My oldest pieces of makeup are a Mary-Kate and Ashley bronzer I bought 4 years ago ( I was 7) and a Claire’s eye palette about the same age. Lol, I feel so young compared to all these people who have makeup from the 80’s and 90’s. I wasn’t even born until 1999!

  22. kalcedon says:

    I have a Maybelline lipstick which I got with a teen mag about 8 years ago… sometimes I even use it today, it’s more of a wearable color for me now than back then… and fortunately, my skin didn’t break out or anything.

  23. elle says:

    Some chapsticks/”lipsticks” from
    when I was <5!

  24. Alicia says:

    Lol! I have a pot of Mac Brule eyeshadow from 2000. It was my first purchase from Mac and I bought it when I was pregnant with my first baby…can’t believe he’s almost 11.

  25. Jennifer says:

    I have Espresso and Print in the old screw top because it was my first two eyeshadows ever! Also, I have two lip liners from when it was in the silver packaging( Jennifer Lopez days maybe..). Also, I have four eyeshadows from the Salsabelle collection(not sure if that was the name:/) But that is about it!

    Question: How many eyeshadows from Mac do you own?

    Just your curious beauty junkie πŸ˜‰
    Have a good day!

  26. Radhika says:

    Loreal lipsticks …and a TBS eyeshadow trio – about 3 years old..
    Radhika recently posted … Manga Pulisseri Mango cooked In Yogurt Sauce

  27. snoopysteph says:

    Chanel’s Vamp nail polish from 1995!

  28. Leona says:

    I have a small collection of lipbalms that are ~10 years old. That sounds really gross now that I think about it, but it’s not like they’ve gone all yuck. If they had, I would chuck them out! I also have some nail polishes that are probably from the mid 1990s. Brands like Avon and Maybelline and CoverGirl. I’m guessing they were my mums. They’re still fine!
    Leona recently posted … 28 May- And now for something completely different

  29. Rita says:

    I think I still have somewere mascaras form early ’80s. I used to buy every shade available, and I have kept them just to see the different colors I had. I also have some Dior palettes form ´80s, but I think I tossed some of them already a couple of years ago.

  30. Nadia A. says:

    The oldest makeup product I think I have is my Mac Coygirl blush, which I think I repurchased in 2008 (I think).

    • Nadia A. says:

      Oops, I forgot to include my story. I first purchased Mac Coygirl blush before I got married in 2002. During my wedding makeup test run, the Mac makeup artist, who did my wedding makeup, told me that she was planning to use Mac Coygirl blush. Therefore, I told her that I would go ahead and purchase it so that she could apply it on me on my wedding day. I loved the color so much that I used it a lot after my wedding day. I then moved on to some other Mac blush colors. However, in 2008, I decided to repurchase the blush again.

  31. Edel says:

    I have mac concealer in the old screw top lid. I think my first mac shadow was print in the old packaging too but it has since gone b2m along with alot of other stuff but I held onto the concealer for sentimental value… I don’t use it tho

  32. Lulle says:

    My oldest product is an eyeshadow duo by Clarins, pink and grey, given to me by my aunt when I was a teenager, so that was… more than 15 years ago!! I don’t use it, but I can’t throw it away : it’s a gift!
    Lulle recently posted … Petons parfum lavande avec Durance

  33. Lillian says:

    My oldest make up is my Wet/Dry powder light-medium color from Avon. I have this since 2000 as a gift. The reason why I cannot just get rid of this make is for sentimental value…
    Lillian recently posted … Acne Vulgaris Treatment – Curing it from Within

  34. mill says:

    i have some VERY OLD

    • mill says:

      sorry- very old LIPSMACKERS was what i was meaning to say. the old packaging, the original strawberry kiwi and vanilla flavours- i keep them for sentimental value!

  35. Nikkiteen says:

    I have some chanel shadow and blush from 10 years ago, and even though I never used it much, I just love the chanel logo, and can’t get rid of em. I also have this hard candy shadow in glittery red that was my very fave for quite awhile, and looked great around my eyes. I know make up has a shelf life but i find some stuff you can let slide.

  36. Nina says:

    i only started wearing makeup in 2009 …. so i dont really have any old stuff!

  37. Ondina says:

    I have an unopened Maybelline Mosaic blush/bronzer and a Wear n’ go lipstick in Go toasted rose. Both from late ’90’s. I hold onto the lippie to find a dupe.

  38. Shannon says:

    I have a few pans of Jane Iredale makeup that my grandmother got for me when she took my sister and I to the dermatologist for the first time (probably circa 2005 or 2006?). I still have a bronzer and 3 pans of eyeshadow (which I still use…. don’t tell the makeup police). I also got a blush then that I’m dying to repurchase… Jane Iredale’s Whisper is such a GORGEOUS, natural-flush sort of pink with golden flecks. love!

  39. TrishaL says:

    I do a clean sweep every few years, so I don’t really have much of anything exciting… I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts though πŸ™‚

  40. Daniella says:

    The oldest makeup item i have is the first lipgloss i ever bought with my own money, its from loreal and has a doe foot aplicator that looks pink now because i always used to wear it on top of clinique’s honeygloss lipstick which got trapped and killed my my nephews about 2 years ago. Anyway, the thing with this lipgloss is it was the very favorite of my whole group of friends because it smelled nice and felt like silk on your lips so we all used to wear it when going out to a party and stuff, i know it doesn’t sound very sanitary but all of my friends still remember that tube with a smile on their faces and it even has its own picture on facebook! I bought the lipgloss when i was 12, now i’m 24.. gosh i feel old!!

  41. Liz says:

    Funny you should ask. πŸ™‚

    About a year ago I unearthed a box of makeup that had gone missing through several moves. Some of the items in it dated backl to the early 1980’s! I started blogging swatches and product photos of it last fall, though I’ve been pretty lax about it lately. What I did so far is up at vintagebeauty.org .

    The oldest item isn’t up yet – it’s a Merle Norman eyeshadow in taupe that was probably purchased in 1981 or 1982. I also have a light blue Maybellineeyeliner pencil from about the same era.

    If you look at any of it, I’d love to hear your opinion!
    Liz recently posted … Insanely huge giveaway at Beauty Crazed

  42. lily says:

    my benefit showoffs! I bought it when I was in middle school. It was a light blue color and at the time, i thought it was a great idea but now i realized it looks AWFUL against my skin tone. I still have it thought because it doesn’t really go bad and i never know when i’ll need an icy blue shimmery powder :]

  43. JenJ says:

    I think a Mary Kay bronzer that still looks brand new lol! I didn’t “get” bronzer back then. Hmmmm may pull it out and play with it this week.

  44. angie says:

    an estee lauder wet/dry eyeshadow duo in spring bouquet- a pretty pink shimmer/matte purple combo from when i was 12-that would be 1998! i don’t want to throw it out because it was my first high end makeup my mom bought for me!

  45. Julia says:

    A small chunk of Oriflame eyeliner from 2000. It was my very first piece of makeup and I still hold onto it for memories. The other one would be an Estee lauder lipstick from 2006… It was my first high end purchase and I believe that color was discontinued. Vanilla Truffle I guess…

  46. kiwikiwidragon says:

    My oldest piece of makeup, is truly vintage. It was from my grandmothers salon and is easily 30 years old. I don’t use it, but it is a beautiful loose iridescent purple pigment type. I had a brown color as well but I do believe that one is long gone. I swatched them years ago and they were truly beautiful and pigmented. other than those, I have some joe blasco from my days, in the mid-nineties, when i worked for glamor shots!

  47. Felicia says:

    I have a Fashion Fair makeup palette that my aunt gave me bought 18 years ago. It is big and bulky and larger than a piece of letter sized paper. There are about 12 eyeshadow colors, 4 blushes and 4 lipsticks. I was really new to makeup then and it was so beautiful to have such a variety. It was my favorite for such a long time. I havent used it in years, of course, and have tried to throw it away so many times but it too hard to do so.

  48. Dani says:

    I have a Clinique blush in “Sugarplum” from 2002… Its my favorite blush – I still use it, but I’m in conservation mode now and have yet to find an exact match.

  49. Dea says:

    The first and oldest piece of make up I bought myself was a turquoise pencil eyeliner from a drugstore brand I don’t remember (I even think it doesn’t exist any more). I still own it, must be somewhere in my bathroom. Bought it about 12 years ago I guess…

  50. meibaola says:

    I have a hot pink blush that I believe has been depotted from a palette I received for Christmas in 1987, and a retractable powder brush got on the same occasion, which btw is also still in perfect shape. Don’t ask what brand though, at that time I didn’t care. By coincidence, I am wearing said “vintage” blush today ^^ Maybe it is gross, buit it has never given me any problem. Some of you guys had yet to be born, when I first applied a rectangular stripe of hot pink across my cheeks… that was long before I was introduced to the wonders of blending! Haaa, the 80s… πŸ˜‰

  51. Anitacska says:

    I have some Guerlain Meteorites that are pre-2000, although I didn’t buy them then, I got them from eBay 1-2 years ago. I do have some lipglosses and lipsticks that are probably 7-8 years old and some eyeshadows of similar age. I have recently given away a lot of my older drugstore make up, so don’t have that many left from my youth, lol.
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