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    which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I have heard that there are pigments that you cant use on your eyes. I was upset to hear that chocolate brown was one. Can someone clear this up since I havent recieved my shipment from mac yet.

    I also ordered these pigments

    vanilla
    pink bronze
    rushmetal
    copper sparkle
    tan
    off the radar
    gold mode

    are any of these pigments not safe for the eye area?

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    You should check out either MACcosmetics.com or macpro.com and on the pages where you see pigments, there's a link for recommended usage. Chocolate Brown is fine, its not on any restriction list. All of yours that you've listed are fine for multipurpose use, can use it on eyes, lips, etc.

    From MACpro:

    Recommended for Eye Area only
    Black Black
    Chartreuse
    Clear Sky Blue
    Cornflower *
    Deep Brown
    Emerald Green
    French Violet
    Golden Olive *
    Landscape Green
    Marine Ultra
    Naval Blue
    Polished Ivory
    Primary Yellow
    Pure White
    Rich Purple
    Steel Blue
    Teal
    True Chartreuse
    Violet *

    Recommended for Lip Area only
    Acid Orange
    Bright Fuchsia
    Electric Coral
    Ruby Red

    Not Recommended for Eye or Lip Area

    Basic Red
    Burnt Burgundy
    Cool Pink
    Dusty Coral
    Genuine Orange
    Grape
    Nocturnal Plum
    Pink Vivid
    *Denotes a non-PRO shade.
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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I have a sample of Grape pigment, i didn't know it was on the not safe for eyes list and I used it the other day! Didn't suffer any obvious ill effects, but what exactly are the reasons for not using it? should i stop using it? I'm sure i've seen some FOTDs here where people have used Grape pigment around the eye area...

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I hear you, a lot of people use colours that MAC has deemed not safe (ie glitters around eye) and some of those pigment colours. I assume MAC is covering their butt by saying these are not safe for X (not lip safe I assume because there is an ingredient that probably shouldn't be ingested, not eye safe because there may be an ingredient that could have the potential to harm your eye or enter the mucus membrane into your body).

    So I don't know EXACTLY what it contains that makes it not safe, they're covering themselves if something bad should happen.
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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    I have heard that there are pigments that you cant use on your eyes. I was upset to hear that chocolate brown was one. Can someone clear this up since I havent recieved my shipment from mac yet.

    I also ordered these pigments

    vanilla
    pink bronze
    rushmetal
    copper sparkle
    tan
    off the radar
    gold mode

    are any of these pigments not safe for the eye area?


    Any of the pigments sold on the MAC site, at current, are eye safe. That includes: Vanilla, Pink Bronze, Copper Sparkle and Tan.

    All of the LE pigments that MAC has sold from the regular line within the last year or so are all eye safe. That includes: Rushmetal, Off the Radar and Gold Mode.

    They have made a move to only sell eye safe pigments on the regular (not pro) site.

    Note: MAC used to sell pigments which weren't eye safe on the regular site, so there is the possiblity that you may receive one of the older batches which was considered not eye safe. Which isn't to say that it isn't eye safe, they just hadn't tested it and therefore couldn't label it as eye safe.

    I would imagine that receiving a pigment from a non eye safe batch at this point would be pretty unlikely though, as they have all been eye safe on the regular (not pro) site for some time now.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    Any one know if Maroon pigment (I know, it's very old, lol) is eye safe?

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    Any one know if Maroon pigment (I know, it's very old, lol) is eye safe?

    Don't know for sure but I have used it as an e/s and haven't had any problems.
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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    Any one know if Maroon pigment (I know, it's very old, lol) is eye safe?

    based on the color, i'm gonna say it's not considered eye safe.

    some products are also considered not safe for certain areas because they haven't been tested for that area. it used to be that the only eye pencil safe for the waterline was fascinating. they hadn't gotten around to testing the other eye kohl colors. they have since been tested and all eye kohls, technakohls and kohl powers are waterline safe.

    i use all pigments/glitters on my eyes without problems. try it at your own risk.
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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    I have heard that there are pigments that you cant use on your eyes. I was upset to hear that chocolate brown was one. Can someone clear this up since I havent recieved my shipment from mac yet.


    I use chocolate brown on my eye's a few times a week. And ive never actually had any problems. So im not sure. I know many Pro's are not safe for the eye's but you might want to check up on that.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I'm very curious about this as well. I purchased "Grape" before I became aware that it is supposedly not eye safe. I'm also interested in Teal.

    I wonder how many people out there have actually had problems with these non-eye-safe pigments. Anyone heard any stories?

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    i have a pretty old one called Copper, which is super finely milled. it's not safe for your eyes. i think it has to do with texture. some of them are so glittery and they can slice tiny cuts if they get in your eyes. as beautiful as tea time is, i dont consider that one eye-safe. the glitters fly everywhere and CAN get in your eyes and irritate the crap out of them. this has happened to me lol.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    I'm very curious about this as well. I purchased "Grape" before I became aware that it is supposedly not eye safe. I'm also interested in Teal.

    I wonder how many people out there have actually had problems with these non-eye-safe pigments. Anyone heard any stories?

    Teal is 100% eye safe, unless it's batch A64. You can browse within the list here on Specktra to get more info... Here is the link MAC Comprehensive Precautions: List

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I have all of the ones you listed and have no problems with them (love, love, love Pink Bronze), although my eyelids do sting when I use Naked & Fairylite wet with water based mixing medium.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    Anyone know if Bell Bottom Blue and Viz-A-Violet is eye-safe or not? Couldnt find it in the precautons list at all. :/

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    Anyone know if Bell Bottom Blue and Viz-A-Violet is eye-safe or not? Couldnt find it in the precautons list at all. :/

    As far as i know, they are both eye safe

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

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    As far as i know, they are both eye safe

    Aww, thanks. They are both really nice colors. Now i can order them.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    No problem! BunnyBunnyBunny has posted an updated list here http://www.specktra.net/forum/showthread.php?t=126258
    Go check if you need!

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    Is 'Naked' safe to use on the eye area?

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I have the new antique gold glitter pigment that I use all over my lid. Is that supposed to be bad? I can't really imagine glitter cutting your eye? That would be so awful and funny at the same time-big bandage over one eye..."yeah, let me tell you, don't wear glitter eyeshadow."

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I have been using Maroon pigment for my eyes. I can definitely tell you it's safe for eye.

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    I've heard horror stories about people who use the reflects colors on their eyes and ended up with corneal scratches from the glitter.

    Are the reflects colors meant of use on the eyes? Where else would I want to use the pigments?

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    Re: which pigments are not safe for eyes?

    i'm confused by that whole "lip safe" "eye safe" stuff...

    everytime i heard of things not being safe for some part of the body, i just steered away cuz i got too scared

    like should i take something like that serious in the sense that "if i use it, i could potentially go blind" or something?
    ..or should i take it as "this item might give me some harmless allergic reaction"?
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    Hi Ladies!

    As a HUGE fan of MAC and as a formulator of organic mineral makeup I felt I had to comment. The FDA controls what colors and color additives are safe for specific cosmetic products. In Europe this is not an issue, which is why you see European brands with eye and lip colors not found in brands in the U.S. Some colors/pigments can be deemed unsafe for the eye area because of the dye used to color the pigment, and equally applied to anything used for lip products. While we see it everywhere in cosmetics, technically the FDA does NOT allow glitter particles to be used in eye cosmetics, This is in part due to the size(microns) of glitter particles, as they can, and have, caused injury to the eye. However there are lots of cool, FDA approved color additives that give glitter like appearance and are used very often in cosmetics!

    While I was sad to see some really amazing pigments I could use for lips and not eyes and vise versa, I was even sadder to see that plenty of people are willing to sell you pigments that are unsafe without even warning you. These are brands that aren't well known, respected and dearly loved as our MAC, these are usually no name brands you find on Ebay and unfortunately have invaded one of my fave sites, Etsy. Although people do use them for unapproved uses, I personally would feel horrible selling someone a product I know could cause them sickness, injury or both! Make up is supposed to be fun and awesome! Not "AHHH I"M BLIND!" or "GET ME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM QUICK!!!" We suffer enough for the love of beauty(bikini waxes,freezing cold water hair rinsing, ect), Being a makeup Michaelangelo should never be added to that list!

    Love,
    A Make-up Addict : )

    For more information, check this out!

    http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm137241.htm

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    I used shades of dark blue, and black and after 30 minutes, thats all it took, I had to take off the make up as my eyes swelled up and became very itchy for the next 4 hours..
    other make up does not do this to me.
    Only Mac..something in the colouring in the dark colors are very allergic to my eyes.

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