We’re not going to lie. When we’re perusing in a drugstore, a department store or even the black hole for our wallets (known to everybody else as Sephora), we’re usually just gleefully choosing colours, swatching at the back of our hands and trying to cop a sample or two from the incredibly tightfisted beauty counter girls in Singapore.
If at the occasional chance you’ve flipped your new beauty product over and spotted these labels and just shrugged them off, we’re here to tell you what it means.
The Hat Box Thingie
This symbol usually has 6M, 12M, or 24M stamped on it. This magical little symbol is one you should pay attention to because it tells you how long your product will last upon opening. All eye creams will expire in six months, for example. Pro-tip (for the obsessive): Print the date you cracked your product open on a label maker and paste it on the product, or write on it with a permanent market so you don’t mess up your skin by using expired product.
The Letter ‘E’
The fancy ‘E’ on your beauty product is an indicator that the volume or weight of the product is an average value. Packaging machines in the industry are not completely accurate so there will always be a margin of inaccuracy. The ‘E’ tells you that your product is more or less that amount that they have promised it to be, with a legally accepted margin and average for said-product.
The Book With A Hand
Chances are, you’ve purchased something teeny tiny, like a lipstick, that doesn’t allow for instructions, or information on the product. You can probably find it on an accompanying leaflet, or the packaging itself, perhaps.
The product is flammable. Make sure you don’t have a candle lit while you’re spraying your Adele-esque bouffant.
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