Tell Us: Have You Had a Bad Reaction to Makeup?

Many of you know that conventional products don’t come with expiry dates. We’ve always found that a little troubling since—much like food—these products go on and in our bodies by way of our skin. Given the weird things that can happen to chemicals and ingredients when they sit endlessly on a shelf, not to mention the germs and bacteria that can form over time, using really old makeup (whether it’s clean or not) is really a bad idea. But we’ve all done it.

Our internet pal Melissa Dahl is researching an article for Today.com about some of the dangers lurking in dirty, and old, cosmetics bag. So we’re crowd sourcing for her here, because we have the best readers—with the best stories! So tell us (and Melissa): Have you ever had a nasty reaction to your makeup? An eye infection? A rash? A mysterious growth, maybe?

We’re happy to report that many clean companies feature voluntary expiry dates. The industry loves to say that naturals aren’t safe because they don’t have all the nasty preservatives to keep them stable until the next millennium. To us that’s like arguing that marshmellows are better for you than tomatoes because they don’t go bad, or that this happy meal is healthier than food that rots when it’s supposed to. In other words, it’s total BS—an argument that only holds if you believe that cosmetics and food should last forever by design. We certainly don’t. What do you think?

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55 Responses to “Tell Us: Have You Had a Bad Reaction to Makeup?”
  1. Wendy Gergen says:

    I used Mary K lip gloss and my lips are like pealing on the edges, my lips are red with nothing on them and they tingel.

  2. Laura says:

    Almay eyeshadow.. but only certain colors caused a red painful flaky rash on my eyelids in the exact shape of how the color was applied!! Wet N Wild lip liner… but only on the top lip line… looked like a bad botox injection. Physicians formula eyeliner made eyes swell and itch. Avon shimmer liner made eyes water until it was practically all gone. Seriously!? These are SUPPOSED hypoallergenic!

  3. Fee says:

    I’m having one now and its driving me INSANE. I’m 90% sure its the Maybelline Age Rewind foundation and concealer that started it all. Its the only thing that has changed in my makeup. I stopped using it but now my eyes feel swollen and under pressure as if they are going to burst and my eyes get bloodshot. Looks like whatever was in the Maybelline cross-contaminated the rest of my makeup and all my brushes. I really don’t want to throw away all my brushes and makeup…so much money down the drain. I’ve never had any type of reaction to any makeup before but apparently this is happening a TON with the Age rewind products. I review page for the foundation and concealer at makeupalley.com is overflowing with people complaining about the same thing…swollen eyeballs, tons of pressure, bloodshot eyes. My eyes feel like I haven’t slept in weeks.

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