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Bare Escentuals: Get runway eyes, but at what cost

September 4, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments
Fall's runway looks are dominated by smoky, sexy rocker eyes. But when you try to buy a high street palette of gray shadows, you'll find enough irritants to bring on more than a tear. Talc is by far one of the biggest culprits. In many eyeshadows it is the dominant ingredient. Beware: Senator Edward Kennedy and a bunch of cancer organizations are vigorously campaigning to have talc banned.

So it was a relief to find Bare Escentuals Tutorial Rocker Eye. It doesn't come cheap at $61 for a palette of three shades and a double-ended brush. However, it does come with detailed instructions and tips and you too could look like the lead singer of The Pretenders in her hey day. However, when I looked closely at Rocker Eye, I was disappointed to find that there are one or two ingredients that could cause your mascara to run.

Bismuth oxychloride is used to bulk up or bind products and it is a known skin irritant that should be avoided by sensitive/rosacea types. Ferric ferrocyanide is a pigment and the FDA considers it safe. The EPA, on the other hand, says it is toxic if it ends up in the water system. The problem is that it does not dissolve easily and it is a cyanide. It might be OK on your skin, but it is hard to manufacture a product with ferric without it getting into the eco-system as harmful waste.

Ingredients in Bare Escentuals Tutorial Rocker Eye

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide.

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