Read the Ingredients
Bismuth Oxychloride might sound familiar to you; most likely because you have encountered mineral make up. This chemical is what gives the make up it's sheen & also allows it to stick to the skin. When I read some negative reviews on certain mineral make up brands I quickly found out that Bismuth Oxychloride seemed to be the culprit. The crystalline powder has reportedly caused acne, chemical burns, itching, pustules & reddening of the skin. After reading a few horror stories I decided that mineral make up was a "no" for me and quickly forgot about the ingredient. Fast forward a year and I am at my local Sephora store, browsing one of my favorite brands: NARS. I wound up purchasing a blush/bronzer duo in Orgasm & Laguna. When I got home I decided to write a review about the product because I was quite happy with it. After a quick google search to find a stock photo I stumbled upon an ingredients list of it and I was quite surprised to see Bismuth Oxychloride! I had thought that this chemical was used only in mineral make up but I was quite wrong. I did some research on my other make up and was shocked at how many things contain B.O. So why is it that this chemical has been around in make up for so long but only now with mineral make up people started to realize its harmful effects? More research leads me to believe that mineral make up uses a LOT more of Bismuth Oxychloride than traditional make up. Mineral make up does not have as many fillers as our regular foundations & concealers [ex: Parabens, Talc, Petroleum, Phthalates, Lanolin] so they add more of this chemical instead. After all this research I have come to this conclusion: it is VERY important to read EVERY ingredient on the label. If the product does not have a list, request one! Lots of companies will have the information online or will have a number you can call. Save yourself from having to buy more make up to cover the scars your *other make up* has caused! If you do decide to use a product with an ingredient you are unsure about make sure you try out a small test patch first.