How to Read MAC Cosmetics Batch Codes
As much as I love collecting label, I also make sure that I get rid of all the expired products in my stash from time to time. It is not easy to part with the products that you may have used so lovingly…and with expensive products it is all the more difficult. But as I always say that your skin is more precious than any expensive product in the world. So a few months back I was talking to someone at MAC and she taught me a very important thing about labels on MAC products. All your MAC products have codes embossed on them. On lipsticks, it’s at the bottom, on pencils, the codes are on the sides. Something like A39, CA2 etc..
How do you read them?
Here’s how you read the labels on MAC Cosmetics:
First Letter : Batch
- A : Batch 1
- B : Batch 2
- C : Batch 3
Second Letter Month
- January -1
- February -2
- March -3
- April -4
Third Letter: last digit of year of production.
Now let’s see the code on my two MAC Smolder Eye Kohls.
BA0 -2nd Batch of October 2010
A89 : First Batch of August 2009
Try to pick up the latest manufactured products from the store. These products are exported so sometimes you’d notice the dates of 2012 etc..which is fine but don’t buy products manufactured in early 2012, late 2011 or before. Also eye pencils need to be discarded after 6-8 month of use. That is the reason I prefer to use the eye pencils that could be sharpened. Every time you sharp a pencil, you get a fresh- clean tip to work with. Whereas in case of twist up pencils, you’d always be using the same tip. If you use the twist up pencils, clean the tip with a tissue before every use.
Here are is a post on when you should discard your makeup products: https://makeupandbeauty.com/when-to-discard-your-makeup/
Hope this helped. 🙂