Bare Minerals Eye Shadow

I was at the mall today when I passed by the Bare Minerals store, so I stopped in since I had a question about their mineral eye shadows. I’ve been looking for ingredient information online and can’t find anything specific, and nothing relevant is printed on the bottom of the jars, either, which I find very off-putting.

I found a saleswoman and asked her if she knew the ingredients in the eye shadows, adding, “Are they straight mica?” She responded with “No, definitely not straight mica! Um… there’s… Bismuth in them. There isn’t any titanium dioxide. And oh, yeah, I guess there is some mica in there! That’s why they’re all shimmery! But they’re all a mix of all kinds of different minerals. Iron oxide and tin oxide and stuff.” I thanked her and left.

Guess I’m still not going to try Bare Minerals eye shadow.

Have you tried it? Do you have any idea what’s in it?

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9 thoughts on “Bare Minerals Eye Shadow

  1. Jade says:

    That’s kinda funny, and also kinda scary O.o

    Most mainstream ‘mineral makeup’ companies do use Bismuth and some naturally-derived dyes.

    I found this:,default,pd.html?start=52&cgid=BM_EYES which does sort of tell you what’s in that particular shadow. I agree, though, their websites are terribly uninformative. I’d stick to online companies who seem to be a lot more forthcoming and smart with their ingredients.

    • Yeah, I’m really surprised it’s even legal to be so incredibly obscure with regards to ingredients, considering so many people are allergic. Seems really irresponsible to me. =/

  2. Kara says:

    I own the “Wild Spirit” 5 piece color collection and the ingredients are in teeny tiny print on the side of the box – 2 of the shadows have the following listed: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (clearly the sales girl was well-informed), Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide.

    Whew. And yeah, they’re only listed on the box that contains the kit and instructions, not on the shadows themselves, so I wonder how one would find out if you only owned the individual shadows. Personally I could skip the Carmine 😦

  3. Sheri Johnson says:

    I have tried many of them and to be honest with you, I never thought to question what was in them.

  4. Sheri Johnson says:

    I have been using bare minerals makeup for about 4 yrs with a good success, but like I mentioned, I never questioned what was in the products because it was my understanding that it was all natural and that it was made of minerals. None of the colors have been irritating. Only once did I have to take a foundation back as something wasn’t right with the color. I have some other colors I got from another company and some of them irritate the skin obviously because of what is in them and I believe they were 100% mineral. Initially found them at Whole Foods Market but got sample sizes direct from the makeup co. website. One shade gets used in my “best eye color combination” regularly though.

  5. songunsung says:

    i’ve never been crazy about it. (well, not $30 a pop crazy about it at least)

    They don’t know much when I go in there either. I mean they know LOADS about ‘omg your skintype would look great with this $185 set!” but as far as straightforward answers go…no such luck.

  6. Mikaela says:

    i was having the same problem! i found the only place they list their ingredients for eyeshadow is in their boxed kits( like the eyeliner kit, or ‘foiled eye kit’, etc, but that is not specific to the shade that you are looking for! i don’t see how this is legal to not have it available anywhere.

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