Missionista must know…I have a lipgloss I love, but it is very bright, so I don’t wear it every day. This means it has lasted me a long, long time. So long, in fact, that the company has stopped making that variety (Dior’s Diorific Plastic Shine, in case you were wondering.) The gloss is starting to thicken now, and while it can still be used, it would be easier if it were a bit thinner. Is it possible to thin out a thickened lip gloss? Thanks!
The Left Brain replies:
It’s very frustrating when a company discontinues one of your favorite products. But sometimes you just have to let go…
Diluting cosmetics is dangerous
Diluting cosmetics (especially ones used on the lips) is always tricky because you’re also diluting the preservative system. Under-preserved cosmetics are dangerous because they can harbor bacteria and fungi that can make you sick. If the product is oil-based instead of water-based the risk is somewhat lower, but even products that contain no water what so ever can be contaminated if they come in contact with moist fingers, the environment, etc. (I couldn’t find an ingredient list for this product so it’s difficult for me to tell for sure.) Therefore, I recommend finding a replacement product.
Having said all that, Ally in our Forum had a good idea that might just save the day for you. She suggests putting the tube into a cup of hot water and leaving it there for awhile. While this might not permanently thin out the product it certainly could make it flowable enough to apply.
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