Friday, May 27th, 2011

Choose or Lose

Do you read ingredient lists for your makeup?

  • Nah! (42%, 885 Votes)
  • Sometimes... (38%, 808 Votes)
  • Yes! (20%, 421 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,115

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Thanks to Meme for today’s poll!

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17 thoughts on “Do you read ingredient lists for your makeup?

  1. Skincare yes. Makeup, not always. With indie you sort of have to, especially with a newer brand you don’t really trust.

  2. As a consumer you need to be proactive about understanding cosmetic ingredients. There are ingredients in makeup that are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Europe has banned over 450 ingredients from their formulations and we haven’t. If you haven’t gone to GO! You can search products and ingredients and look and see exactly how toxic they are. This is really really important. Be smart about what you are putting on your face and goes directly in your bloodstream..and the government is NOT regulating cosmetic safety. XOXO

  3. Christina

    Yup! I’ve got to say, I read them so much I know what they mean and are; natural, synthetic, chemical–I know them all

  4. Faerie

    I read them because of allergies and also I wanna avoid some ingredients I don’t consider safe. I think it’s great you’ve started to add ingredient lists to your Mac reviews, Christine!

  5. No, I dont, and this is because my skin is not sensitive at all. I never have any problems with lotions containing alcohol, creams with ingredients with strange names etc. I would say though that unconsiously I prefer scincare with herbal ingredients more than chemicals.

  6. yes, i read the lists, but dont know what i’m reading

  7. Boone

    As far as makeup goes, I really only check powders. I’m one of the lucky people who get crazy itchy from bismuth.

  8. For skincare, always, as I have very sensitive skin (and this goes for foundations, too!). For hair products, sometimes (avoid silicones, sulfates, parabens, etc.). Everything else, it depends. Some things can be challenging to find ingredients for, sadly. :/

  9. John

    For me, as long as there’s nothing harmful in makeup products like alcohol, I’m okay with it. Since I get most, if not all of my antioxidants, peptides, emulsifiers, emollients, sun protection, etc.. from my skincare, those that exist in makeup are only added benefits. In addition, because most people including myself, layer our makeup products on top of moisturizers and primers, any beneficial ingredients in a foundation for example, won’t be as effective because they have to penetrate layers of other products before they can reach the skin. For this reason, I always tell people to not depend on the sunscreen in their makeup as their sole source of protection, especially with organic sunscreens, like avobenzone and octinoaxate, because organic sunscreens have to be in contact with the skin in order to bind with it and form a “sunscreen.” Physical sunblocks on the other hand, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in makeup, can be depended on, to a certain extent, because physical sunblocks don’t have to be in contact with the skin. However, physical sunblocks in makeup have their cons as well, which is that sunscreens/sunblocks have to be applied liberally and evenly, and most people don’t want to do that with foundations because they may then appear very thick and cakey.

    If this was too long of a post to read through… haha, just take away one lesson: Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen BEFORE putting on makeup, regardless if your makeup products include sunscreen ingredients.

    Gah, I feel like there’s so much more to say about skincare… but I’ll stop boring you all!

  10. Diane

    I have to read the ingredients. I am highly allergic to lanolin and its derivatives, so I must scan every product I buy to make sure that ingredient is not in there.

  11. Jfer

    I look to make sure the products aren’t tested on animals :)