Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ask Kaylin: Makeup without Iron Oxides and/or Mica

Iron oxides may be beautiful in nature, but not everyone
wants them on their face. (Photo: Julia Manzerova via Flickr)
I have worked with many clients with allergies to makeup, and some are more severe than others. Many people with allergies have had success switching to gentle mineral cosmetics (particularly, those without bismuth and fillers such as talc). However, some people have trouble with some of the most common ingredients in mineral makeup: mica and iron oxides. When all of the "natural" makeup uses these minerals, where do you turn to for allergy-free solutions?

Kaylin, do you know of any makeup without mica and/or iron oxides?  I'm allergic to them and I'm looking for dark shades of eye makeup, such as eye shadow and eye liner.

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed medical professional or licensed esthetician. Please consult your dermatologist or allergist before following any advice in this post.

I have heard of allergies to one of the other, but both at the same time must be rough. However, don't despair, because there are some options out there for you. I've included products that mica-free, iron oxide-free, and free of both below, so others with similar allergies can find a solution tailored to them as well.

Mica-Free Products:
Iron Oxide-Free Products:
Products free of both Mica and Iron Oxides:
  • An excellent resource for those with allergies is the store Natural Solutions, which calls out items free of mica and iron oxides.
  • If you know of any others cruelty-free products without these ingredients, please list them in the comments.

Disclosure notice: Some products mentioned in this article were sent to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review. Kaylin also works as a paid consultant for Rejuva Minerals. 100% Pure links are affiliate links, and some others are affiliate links. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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  1. Can i please add to this, I am also allergic to both Talc and Mica I bought the It Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes both are talc and mica free. no more tears ! yay

  2. Hi I've discovered I have a nickel allergy but have to avoid iron oxides too, I have had a look at the 100% pure line but it contains raspberry fruit and raspberries naturally contain nickel, do you think this would matter?

    1. I'd recommend doing a patch test first, but it's possible that the raspberry fruit won't bother you if it's in a small enough concentration. I believe 100% Pure offers a generous return policy (you can return open items) but I'd check on their website for the latest information. Good luck! :)


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