Illamasqua, the cool cult, UK brand favored by Sienna Miller, is now inviting Americans to channel their inner night vixen. Rightly coveted for the amazing range of color ways, from pure pigment to the truly original palette of eyeshadows and lipsticks that defy you to fail to find THE shade for you, Illamasqua has launched at Sephora.
Although they are just what every party girl needs, Illamasqua's true colors show up in the ingredients. There's nothing to like about Illamasque's ingredients, but that's OK - after all, they aren't positioned as green or makeup that's good for you. It is strictly war paint and the question is whether there is anything in this brand's products that you should avoid.
Looking at the lipsticks ($20), I have seen worse. Those with sensitive skins may react to the mineral oil, carmine or polyethelene. The only truly bad ingredient is calcium aluminum borosilicate, a bulking agent that could be potentially carcinogenic.
The eyeshadows present more of an issue (or two). First up is talc, a potential carcinogen that cancer organizations want to see banned from cosmetics. Amongst the colors, there is chromium hydroxide green, which the FDA has only approved for products not intended for the lips. Mineral oil is a potential irritant and there is carmine again. Apart from that it is down to the parabens, which are irritants and xenoestrogens that are associated with cancer.
All in all a mixed makeup bag.
Ingredients in lipstick
Octyldodecanol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Oleyl Alcohol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oxidized Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Red 7 Ci 15850, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Red 21 Lake Ci 45380, Carmine Ci 75470, Red 36 Ci 12085, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Copper/Bronze Powder Ci 77400, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Mica] (Eu Exclusive Shades May Contain: Ci 77007, Ci 77000). May contain Carmine as a colour additive.
Ingredients in eyeshadow
Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica
, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate
, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate
, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-150, Phenoxyethanol, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Silica, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Ethylparaben, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Propylparaben, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289] (Eu Exclusive Shades May Contain: Ci 12085, Ci 15850, Ci 45380, Ci 15985, Ci 73015, Ci 45410, Ci 77266). May contain Carmine as a colour additive.