Pure Ingredients and Makeup Safety

From time to time we get questions about ratings in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which rates the safety of cosmetics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although we support EWG which is responsible for the Skin Deep site, we also have serious issues with it. The methods it has for assessing products is done without any discussion with the manufacturer and, therefore, leads to inaccurate information.  For example, it has assumed that we use nano technology in our sunscreens which is not true. We have tried to enter into a discussion with them about this but they are unresponsive and have not replied to phone calls or e-mails. They also pay no attention to quantities used in a product.  For example, they rate everything the same whether it’s 50% of the formula or .005%. This is hugely important since ingredients are toxic at different levels. Homeopathy, for example, says that there is no such thing as a toxic ingredient, just toxic amounts.

EWG gives us a toxic rating on our 24 karat food-grade gold because they rate it as colloidal gold which it isn’t. They rate the lakes we use toxic because commonly lakes and FD&C dyes are made from petroleum – ours aren’t. The lakes we use are natural dyes bonded to a calcium substrate.  We do everything we can to make our products as clean as possible.

If you have an issue with a particular ingredient, please don’t hesitate to ask us about it.  We will explain why we use it and how it is derived. Contact us at info@janeiredale.com.

101 Comments
  1. Is this product tested on animals? What do you consider “natural?” Would you consider this a vegan would use? I absolutely love the look and feel of this product but not at the expense of harming another such as animals or myself with the toxins. Thank you…

  2. Hi Annette,    Thanks for your great question. We know there is a lot of information and mis-information out there, and it can be hard to sort through.         Our products are never tested on animals – only human subjects – and we have earned PETA’s “Cruelty-Free” designation. You will also find us listed on the following website, http://www.caringconsumer.com.         Many of our products are vegan, but some contain beeswax and carmine. Those colors are listed on our web site http://www.janeiredale.com/vegans.html.    Even our brushes are cruelty free! All of the hair used in the manufacture of our brushes comes from after-market suppliers. The hair is obtained either through the grooming processes, shedding and collection, etc. No animals are harmed in any way.         Our products are non-irritating, non-comedegenic and non-toxic. We do not use fillers. In addition to the information above, we proudly display our ingredients on our Web site (janeiredale.com). This allows you to research each ingredient. We also provide a glossary on our Web site to explain the ingredients and their purpose http://janeiredale.com/tips_glossary.html.        Again, thank you for your concern and keep researching!

  3. I have looked at many of the ingredients of your products and a lot seem to be vegan or vegetarian. However, many seem to contain stearic acid or derivatives and glycerin or glycerin derivatives. These can be derived from plant or animal sources. Are any of your ingredients derived from animal sources? If so, which ingredients are?

  4. Hi Amy,    Sorry, I didn’t see your post there! The best way to clean the Magic Mitt is with plain (gentle) hand soap. Just rinse well! It couldn’t be easier. P.S. I was on a trip recently and forgot my Magic Mitt. I couldn’t believe how much dirt and makeup regular face cleanser left behind!

  5. Hi Becky, here is our “information for vegans:”    All LipColours and LipSheres contain beeswax.             Carmine is an ingredient in:    So-Bronze 1, So-Bronze 2         PurePressed Blush: Barely Rose, Cotton Candy, Dubonnet, Flushed, Golden Apricot, Parfait, Sheer Honey, Whisper         PurePressed Eye Shadow – (Single): Antique Rose, Peach Sherbet, Pink Smoke, Supernova, Wine & Roses (Duos): Oyster/Supernova (Triples): Pink Bliss, Triple Cognac, Cloud Nine (darkest shade)         PurePressed Eye Shadow Kits: Bling, Nighttime         Eye Gloss: Wine Silk         Cream to Powder Eyeliner: Jewel Box, Plum Plus (dark plum tin)         PureMoist LipColour: Daisy, Jane, Kelly, Kirsten, Melisa, Renee, Rose, Sabrina, Sarah         PureGloss for Lips: Iced Mocha, Pink Candy, Sugar Plum, Tourmaline         Just Kissed: Milan, NYC, Sydney         Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara: Dark Auburn, Ripe Plum         Eye Highlighter Pencil         Lip Definer: Berry, Crimson, Peach, Plum, Rose, Sienna, Spice, Terra-Cotta    Posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2010 10:48 AM

  6. Hi        I would like to try the Jane Iredale range but am concerned about one ingredient. Please can you tell me which of the Purepressed base foundations contain Chromium Oxide Greens and which don’t? I have read about this ingredient being a known teratogen and carcinogen and wish to avoid it.        Also, what is the concentration of Chromium Oxide Greens in the Active light under eye concealer in shade number 3?        Do you have any information on how you manufacture Chromium Oxide Greens to make it a safe ingredient to use in your products?        I look forward to hearing from you.    Posted @ Friday, May 21, 2010 4:49 AM

  7. hi jane, i love your product. i have every single item for face. your make up is very expensive so i was wondering is your makeup ever expire? how long i can yse after i perchased? there is no expire date on make up so is it safe for the skin? my skin is sensitive.your make up is good and last long.please reply soon and keep my email adress confedential

  8. HI Gemma,     Sorry, it took me awhile to get back to you!         We use Chromium Oxide Greens at very, very small percentages, as it is just a coating on a Mica used for coloring.     Active Light #3 does not contain it, only in #6, where it is in a tiny amount as a coating on another ingredient.        For more information on Chromium oxide Green and which products contain it, please see our Website http://janeiredale.com/tips_glossary.html#C     I hope this helps!    Posted @ Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:06 PM

  9. HI Sweeta,    Some of our products have a “best used by” date printed on them. Others have a “Period After Opening” date which means there is no expiration date, but once opened, the products will stay freshest within that time period (usually 12-18 months). All of this information can be found on the packaging.    However, in my experience, they last a lot longer than that! If your skin is sensitive, and you are worried a product has expired, do a little patch test to see if it irritates your skin.    Good luck!

  10. I love your lip color ( lip moist formula I think) in Diana, but I cannot find it anymore. Why not? Do you have a color tha is very similar to it?

  11. Hello. I am writing regarding the expiration date. I bought three Jane Iredale products: (1) Liquid Minerals with the stampt on its bottom “10037-Ree”, (2) Brush-me Matte with the stamp on its bottom “150708-07N” and (3) PureGloss with the stamp “10F30N”. Are the first and the third products expired?        Thanks.

  12. Hi Assiya,    I checked with our production team and those products are not expired, they are recent batches. Why did you think so?

  13. Hi Sue,  Sorry it took so long to get back to you about Diana, I had to track this one down. Please try our Just Kissed Lip Plumper in NYC as a substitute. I feel your pain, I hate it when one of my favorite shades gets discontinued. I hope this helps.

  14. Hi,         You have the PETA cruelty free symbol on your website, but your statement about animal testing just says that your products are not tested on animals (it doesn’t mention ingredients).         Can you tell me whether your ingredient are tested on animals?        Thanks, Helen.

  15. Hi Helen,    I am not ignoring you, I wanted to be sure to follow up very carefully on your question so I am still doing that and will let you know as soon as I have a definitve answer.        Thanks!

  16. Hi Helen,    Sorry it took me so long to get your answer. I am proud to say that neither our ingredients nor our products are tested on animals.

  17. HI Malene,  Great question! No, we do not use nano technology or nano particles in any of our products.    Cheers!

  18. Hi,    I have just started using Jane Iredale’s products and so far, I am rather pleased with it. However, I am a little concerned with some of the ingredients used, such as silica and Silicone Powder in Absence. Are the amount of it used in the product truly safe and beneficial to our skin?

  19. Hi Jody,        My name is Joanna and I work at jane iredale. This is a fantastic question, thanks for asking! These silicones are derived from sand to assist with absorption of oil and add to the texture of the product. We test all of our products to be sure that they are safe and beneficial to your skin.

  20. Hi,    I’ve recently bought Jane Iredale Absence oil control primer and there is no expiry date on it. PAO is 12 months (stated on the bottom)and marking 1D33 also on the jar bottom. Is it fresh or not? How can I decipher manufacture date using these markings without disturbing JI staff?

  21. Hi,    I’ve recently bought Jane Iredale Absence oil control primer and there is no expiry date on it. PAO is 12 months (stated on the bottom)and marking 1D33 also on the jar bottom. Is it fresh or not? How can I decipher manufacture date using these markings without disturbing JI staff?

  22. Hi Elena,    First off you are never disturbing us, we love to answer any questions you have! The PAO of 12 months means that we recommend you use the product within 12 months of opening it. Often times product will last long beyond this time. It does not become bad for you, you just may notice a change in texture or smell. If that happens you may choose to replace the product.

  23. Hi,        I’ve recently bought a pure pressed mineral powder from Jane Iredale. The stamp on its bottom is “150910-35Ner”. Does this mean that it expired September 15th 2010? Thanks in advance for your help!

  24. Hi Lina,    Those numbers are for batch tracking purposes. Somewhere on your PurePressed Base there should be a little open jar symbol with the number 24 written inside. This symbol will be on all of our products, although the number inside may vary. In the case of PurePressed base, it means that we recommend you use our product within 24 months of opening it, until then it has not expired.    I hope this helps!

  25. Thanks for writing this article and answering all the questions. I’ve used your product for years and just recently realized I should start paying attention to harmful chemicals in everything. I thought I was going to need to switch products but after your explanations you kept me as a customer. Just wanted to say thanks.

  26. Hi,    I have had the JI cream to powder eyeliner for over a year now. Do you know if it can be expired by now or harvest bacteria because of it’s creamy texture?   Also, I have been recently diagnosed with Nickel and Potassium Dichromate allergies and I am trying to figure out if any of you products contain these 2 metals.     Thank you.

  27. Hi Erika,    I checked with Christine who is in charge of product training here at jane iredale and she confirmed that the Cream to Powder Eyeliner has an expiration of 12 months after opening it. We notice that after this time the product begins to get a little dry. However, there shouldn’t be a reason to stop using it post 12 months if you are not having a problem with it.    Our ingredients never contain any heavy metals, but for a complete list of ingredients please visit the glossary on our website http://janeiredale.com/tips_glossary.html.    Best,  Joanna

  28. Hi Joanna,    Thank you for your reply. I checked the ingredients list on the cream to powder eyeliner and it lists chromium oxide green as a possible ingredient. I checked with my MD and he said that chromium oxide is just another form of potassium dichromate, which I am allergic to. Can you please check with Christine about the use of this ingredient in this product and your eye shadows? I have developed a severe allergy to some type of my makeup and I need to figure out what causes it. I have several JI products which I have loved so far and would not want to give them up if I don’t have to.    Thanks.

  29. Hi Erika,    I’m sorry I have not gotten back to you yet. I am still checking on this for you and will be sure to get back to you as soon as I have an answer.    Joanna

  30. Hi Erika,    In addition to the green quarter of Jewel Box Cream to Powder Eyeliner, the following Eye Shadows also contain Chromium Oxide Greens:  Champagne, Crushed Ice, Glimmer Gold, Emerald, Taupe, Walnut, Azure, Khaki Kraze, Seafoam, Sweet Spot, and Triple Cognac. If your doctor has advised that you discontinue use of all Chromium Oxide these are the products you will want to avoid.    I hope you feel better and thank you for your patience!    Joanna  Posted @ Wednesday, April 04, 2012 3:25 PM

  31. Good day,  I was recently given a Jane Iredale PureMatte Finish powder with the code 150708-10N stamped at the the bottom.  When was the production date of this powder and when will this expire? Thank you :))

  32. Hi there,    Our PureMatte expires 24 months after opening it. It has no expiration on its shelf life :).

  33. Reading this makes me feel much more confident about trying jane iredale products. I’m trying to use only natural products in general but especially on my skin. There are lots of big words in some of your products and while I appreciate the glossary you offer it doesn’t always explain what things are as much as how they’re used. Also the glossary is enormous and I’ve come to realize that one is typically safest with products that have a very short list of ingredients, so the huge glossary does sort of put me off.     Some of the ingredients I’m concerned about are the dimethicone and stearic acid, how are these items derived? Is it a chemical process? How can you be confident there are no residual chemicals from that?     Also the beyond matte powder lists acrylates crosspolymer as an ingredient and I don’t see that in your glossary, what is it?     And lastly, I’m not currently looking into any products that use it but I saw that jane iredale uses a few different oils that have been hydrogenated. My understanding is that hydrogenated oils aren’t good for our bodies, and if our bodies can’t process them if we eat them shouldn’t it stand to reason that it’s probably not good to put them on our skin too?    I appreciate your help with these questions, I’d really like to find a makeup that I feel comfortable using and I appreciate JI’s commiment to its customers as well as its openess regarding ingredients and manufacturing and such!

  34. Hi Jessica,    Thank you so much for your questions. I am checking into them and will get back to you as soon as I am able to provide you with the answers :). Thank you for your patience!    Joanna

  35. Hi there, you state that your makeup is micronized but does not contain nanoparticles. I have been doing some research and many sources suggest that micronized particles are in fact nanoparticles. Could you please explain this & can you provide any certification that you are free of nanoparticles? Also, I have read that bismuth oxychloride is a skin irritant – can you comment on this? Thank you.

    1. Hi Mia,

      Our minerals are micronized but not nano. Micronized minerals are minerals that are finely milled to a small size. Our micronization process results in minerals that are sheer and smooth and provide natural coverage. However, micronized should not be confused with nano sized which is considerably smaller. At jane iredale we have chosen not to use nanoparticles in our makeup and all of our makeup, including our sunscreen products, are nano-free. We also no longer use bismuth oxychloride in our powders as we want to avoid any chance of it causing irritation. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  36. I love this makeup but it seems that everytime I use it for a week, I break out in the same spot on my right cheek–does not bother my left cheek plus I get a few bumps under the skin on my chin and forehead. The bump on my cheek looks like a whelp and bump together–what could it be? I love the makeup and use the BB cream with the brightener and the powder (loose) and then I have also used the liquid beads makeup and it does the same thing also. Have you ever heard of this and do you know what could be causing this break out? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sandra,

      We are so sorry this keeps happening to you! We test all of our makeup and use the highest quality ingredients to ensure that they won’t make you break out. However, every individual’s skin is unique and there may be something that your skin does not like about a specific ingredient, as good as it may be. We would recommend talking to your dermatologist as they may know what it is that is causing the bumps and please keep us posted on this! Have you tried any of our powder foundations?

  37. Hello, I love your longest lash mascara and I am wondering how long it will last after opening. I have had mine for a number of months and it still works well. Thank you.

    1. Hi there, our mascaras usually last about 6 months, but this can vary depending on how often and how much you use. We recommend replacing the tube 12 months after opening it.

      We hope this helps!

      1. Hi! Thank you for responding. I was just wondering if you knew if the grapefruit extract contained other chemicals or preservatives. Also, I see some of the products contain silicones. I read somewhere that they are from coconut alkanes. Are they all or just certain ones. Thank you!!

        1. Hi Meredith,
          Thank you for your patience, we’re so sorry your other question never came through! Silicone is a substance derived from silica – a mineral found naturally in sandstone, clay, granite or sand. Cyclopentasiloxane , found in Glow Time and Smooth Affair, is a silicone emollient that provides a silky feel and forms a mild water repellent protective barrier on the skin. Coconut Alkanes and Polysilicone 11 is a vegetable sourced silicone elastomer. It is also Ecocert certified which means that after its diligent review, Ecocert deems it safe for us and the environment.

          All of the silicones we use are safe and non-toxic and were carefully chosen to work together to retain the skin’s natural moisture, absorb excess facial oil and provide the smooth, soft focus appearance of a premium quality primer and BB Cream. The information available about Cyclopentasiloxane points to this ingredient as being safe and effective.

          Both Smooth Affair and Glow Time are full of potent plant and mineral based antioxidants and botanical extracts – all working towards conditioning, brightening and nourishing the skin. Grapefruit seed extract is a plant extract that provides antioxidant benefits and bacterial protection. It is among the best natural ingredients available. We only use ingredients that are safe and clean and sourced in a sustainable and ethical manner. We never use fillers, talc, parabens or other harmful ingredients.

          I hope this is a helpful answer! Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  38. Hi! Love your products and they saved my skin! Used to be all red ans spots everywhere, but after I switched to JI my skin looks and feels great! I was wondering if purepressed powder (light beige) and liquid minerals (bisque), contains anyvmetal? Im asking because I am having an mri scan and they say its fine to wear skin makeup as long as it does not contain any metals. So are theese products safe to wear?

    1. Hi Julie,

      We have conducted heavy metal tests on all of our makeup. There is no measurable amount of heavy metals in any product including lead and nickel. A couple of the gals here have also had MRI’s while wearing jane iredale and have not had any problems. We hope this is helpful!

  39. I absolutely love your products. I love that they are cruelty-free, that I can pronounce most of the ingredients and yet the quality of the make-up is amazing. I know that there has been controversy about the use of titanium dioxide in loose powder and the EWA review of your amazing base reflects this. This is one of my favourite products. Is this a case of the EWA lumping all forms of an ingredient into one? Is there any concerns that consumers should be aware of when using this procuct? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jan,

      Thank you for your sweet comments and that is a great question! The EWG has taken the position that loose mineral sunscreen powders should not be recommended because it believes that the active ingredients, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, contain nano-sized particles and are potentially unsafe when in loose powder due to the possibility of inhalation. Thus, it has down-graded our Amazing Base. It did this without any discussion with us. This is unfortunate because jane iredale loose powders do not contain any nano-sized particles and therefore do not contain the same risks as other loose powders. We have chosen ingredients for our products and formulated them in such a way that they not only provide superior protection but are also at the highest level of safety. Please let us know if you have any other questions :).

  40. Hi. I was wondering if the pegs you use in some of your products such as the peg10 dimethicone in the bb cream was safe as their are some contamination concerns associated with it. Thanks.

    1. Hi Meredith,

      This is a great question! Dimethicone/ PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer is a silicone with emollient and skin conditioning properties. Generally, the silicone ingredients we use are chosen for their ability to improve the feel and appearance of the skin. All of the silicones we use are safe and non-toxic and were carefully chosen to work together to retain the skin’s natural moisture, absorb excess facial oil and provide the smooth, soft focus appearance of a premium quality primer and BB Cream. As always we formulate products that are clean and effective and good for your skin. Smooth Affair and Glow Time are no exception.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

      1. Thank you for responding. But I want to make sure that it is not contaminated with ethylene oxide or 1.4 dioxane as that is the concern with polyethylene glycol with are carcinogenic. Thanks.

  41. Thank you for responding. But I want to make sure that it is not contaminated with ethylene oxide or 1.4 dioxane as that is the concern with polyethylene glycol which are carcinogenic. Thanks.

    1. Hi again Meredith! We had a conversation with our product ingredient expert and we have more information for you: Our products are free of ethylene oxide and 1.4 dioxane. We only use ingredients that are safe and clean and sourced in a sustainable and ethical manner, purchased from reputable and trusted suppliers. We store and properly monitor our ingredients – testing them to ensure that they are free of contaminants and meet our exacting safety and efficacy standards. We hope this answers your question!

  42. Hi, I have been reading a lot about anatase titanium dioxide and nano particles in cosmetics and I have some concerns about the potential to cause harm. Can you please confirm if Jane Iredale use nanoparticles in any form in any of their products? I love the product but am dubious about safety in any cosmetic. Thanks 🙂

  43. I am hoping to get your thoughts on this comment that was left for me.
    Someone wrote to me with the following…
    “Not what I found when I looked at the ingredients of Jane Ireland. I would not say silicone vinyl (plastic) is a natural ingredient. It was in the very first product i looked at and their website doesn’t mention anywhere it is an all natural product. 5 ingredients in the foundation are silicone copolimers. I would not classify them as natural.”

    I would love to get your input before I respond.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Tegan,

      Thanks for the question. As you can see from the other comments this is a common one, so we appreciate you checking with us! Silicone is a substance derived from silica – a mineral found naturally in sandstone, clay, granite or sand. It’s possible the product that this individual saw “silicone” listed on was either our Glow Time BB Cream or Smooth Affair Facial Primer. Cyclopentasiloxane, found in Glow Time and Smooth Affair, is a silicone emollient that provides a silky feel and forms a mild water repellent protective barrier on the skin. Coconut Alkanes and Polysilicone 11 is a vegetable sourced silicone elastomer. It is also Ecocert certified which means that after its diligent review, Ecocert deems it safe for us and the environment.

      All of the silicones we use are safe and non-toxic and were carefully chosen to work together to retain the skin’s natural moisture, absorb excess facial oil and provide the smooth, soft focus appearance of a premium quality primer and BB Cream. The information available about Cyclopentasiloxane points to this ingredient as being safe and effective. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Ann, we’re sorry, but the exact percentage of titanium dioxide in Liquid Minerals is proprietary information that we are unable to share. We’re so glad you are enjoying Liquid Minerals!

  44. Hi!!! I am have been doing a ton if research and really like what I’m seeing about your products!!!! Just wondering if you could answer this question??

    Anonymous on July 7, 2012 at 11:30 am said:
    Reading this makes me feel much more confident about trying jane iredale products. I’m trying to use only natural products in general but especially on my skin. There are lots of big words in some of your products and while I appreciate the glossary you offer it doesn’t always explain what things are as much as how they’re used. Also the glossary is enormous and I’ve come to realize that one is typically safest with products that have a very short list of ingredients, so the huge glossary does sort of put me off. Some of the ingredients I’m concerned about are the dimethicone and stearic acid, how are these items derived? Is it a chemical process? How can you be confident there are no residual chemicals from that? Also the beyond matte powder lists acrylates crosspolymer as an ingredient and I don’t see that in your glossary, what is it? And lastly, I’m not currently looking into any products that use it but I saw that jane iredale uses a few different oils that have been hydrogenated. My understanding is that hydrogenated oils aren’t good for our bodies, and if our bodies can’t process them if we eat them shouldn’t it stand to reason that it’s probably not good to put them on our skin too? I appreciate your help with these questions, I’d really like to find a makeup that I feel comfortable using and I appreciate JI’s commiment to its customers as well as its openess regarding ingredients and manufacturing and such!

    Reply ↓

    1. Hi Anika,

      Thank you for your comment! There is now a full explaination for the use and source of Dimethicone in our glossary, here https://janeiredale.com/us/en/ingredient-glossary.htm#49-dimethicone. Stearic acid is widely used in the cosmetics and personal care industries and is completely safe. Stearic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid. The stearic acid that we use is sourced from cocoa butter. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, which reviews cosmetics for their safety, this ingredient is considered “low hazard,” scoring a 1 (on a 0-10 scale from low to high hazard). Acrylates Crosspolymer helps to control oil in products such as Beyond Matte. Hydrogenated oil has hydrogen added to it so that it takes a semi-solid or solid form in room temperature conditions. While hydrogenated oils in food may be a health concern, hydrogenated oils applied topically in cosmetic use are safe and effective. They are also a great alternative to petroleum based oils. Moringa Oil and Hydrogenated Moringa Oil are excellent skin conditioners and powerful antioxidants. They soothe the skin and contain calming properties.

      We hope this helps answer your questions!

  45. Hello! I am wondering why the EWG gives your lipsticks a rating of 3? Could it be the D&C RED 30 CALCIUM LAKE, which they give a score of 5? I spoke with a product specialist at your company and they have assured me you don’t use any heavy metals. I know the lip plumper has a better score than 3, so just wondering why the higher score for the lipstick. Thank you in advance for your help!

    1. Hi Shirley,

      The lipsticks listed on the EWG’s Skin Deep database are an old formula that is no longer made. In the fall of 2013 when we launched the new formula, we also changed the name from PureMoist Lip Colour to PureMoist Lipstick. The new lipsticks may not be listed, but you may find their full ingredient list on our website. That ingredient, Red 30, was scored incorrectly on the old formula, you can see it scored correctly, as a 2, under PureGloss Lip Gloss on the Skin Deep database here. The new PureGloss Lip Gloss is a similar formula to the new PureMoist Lipstick.

  46. Hi again! I would like to begin using your Liquid Minerals foundation, but I notice that you use iron oxides. I know you don’t use heavy metals in your products, so what is iron oxides?

  47. Hello…I posted two questions and see only one … so here I go again!!! Why are your lipsticks given a total score of 3 on the EWG safe cosmetics site? CI 73360 is listed as an ingredient and given a rating of 5 and flavor a rating of 4. I assume that flavor is an assortment of ingredients that aren’t listed. This is a concern because most of your products received a score of 1 or 2. I really am looking for a very safe lipstick.

  48. Hello: I am interested in knowing if the pressed powder in the blue packaging has an expiration date? I’m seeing a reputable facility that has some of this older packaging. Is it okay to purchase. They said it was fine, but I’m just wondering because they marked it 50% off. Thanks for your quick response.
    Cari

    1. Hi Cari,

      Our foundations have an infinite shelf life. We recommend that once open you sed the pressed powder within 24 months. While the packaging is out of date the product is still good.

      We hope this helps!

  49. I am very happy that you do not use nano particles. However, I am still concerned about the usage of micronized particles. I have read a lot of articles that these particles could still be harmful. Can you disclose the particle size? I know there is a range of sizes that are safe.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Shannon,

      We don’t share particle size of our raw ingredients. This varies considerably from product to product and is greatly affected by the overall formulation of a product due to the agglomeration of particles in formula, which results in clusters of particles that are much larger in size than the size of each individual particle.

      Best wishes!

  50. Hi,

    I just purchased the amazing base in radiant. I am wondering two things. First, how is your dimethicone made and sourced?
    And secondly, and most importantly, i am concerned about breathing in fine particles of some of your ingredients…the titanium dioxide, the zinc stearate, and to a minor degree, the mica. Now i am aware you do not use nanoparticles particles, but what about micronization? What is the particle size of your titanuim dioxide, and other ingredients in the amazing base powder? From what i understand, it doesnt have to be “nano” sized to pose a risk.
    I see you stated above that you do not share particle size, but other companies are sharing that information. The above answer to a similar question seemed somewhat obtuse.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Brigid,
      Micronized minerals refer to particles whose size is measured in microns, and are quite a bit larger than nono-sized particles, which are generally classified as less than 100 nanometers. Our products do not contain nano-sizeed particles and are safe. Furthermore, our loose powders have undergone toxicological review to assess any potential inhalation and risk associated with these products and none exist based on generally accepted and conservative measures. Finally, our dimethicone is derived from silica and synthetically processed for different molecular weights depending on the desired effect and use.
      We hope that helps!

  51. My daughter was recently diagnosed with potassium dichromate allergy. I noticed the Iron Oxide ingredient. Do you know if this is the same or related to potassium dichromate?

    1. Hi Donna, we’re so sorry we missed your questions earlier. Iron Oxides do not contain Potassium Dichromate, but Chromium Oxide Greens may. As always, the decision to use any product when an allergy may be an issue is one that must be made by the user. Due to the potential severity of allergies, we advise consulting with a physician and patch testing before purchase and use of any product. You may contact our personal shoppers at personalshoppers@janeiredale.com, they would be happy to help you find a location near by to sample any products before purchase. We hope this helps!

  52. Hi,

    This is helpful and I agree with you about EWG. They are still, however, one of the best sources of information for consumers so I still use their site extensively (although more for research than ratings).

    Since you mention nanoparticles, could you share with us what is the average size of the mineral particles in your foundation? The term “micronized” has been used to describe minerals that are nano sized, so if you could provide further information about your product it would be great.

    Just as a side-comment, I am unable to wear a lot of your products because they all contain dimethicone which causes major breakouts for me (I have tested your products, for example, your BB cream and ended up with huge zits the next day, and I don’t have acne prone skin). I wish you could come up with at least a few formulas that do not have it.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jeanine,

      The exact size of our particles is proprietary but we can assure you that we do not use any nano sized particles.

      You may like our Liquid Minerals Foundation it does not contain dimethicone.

      We hope that helps!

  53. Hi,
    i’m allergic to nickel and i would like to know if your products are nickel free / tested?
    Or which of them are safe for nickel allergy sufferers

    1. Hi Sab,

      There is no measurable amount of heavy metals in any of our product including lead and mercury. However, we do not do specific nickel testing. While our products are dermatologist tested, non-irritating, allergy tested, and hypoallergenic if you have an allergy or sensitivity we always advise consulting with a physician and patch testing before applying the product. We hope that helps!

  54. Hello, I have used the PurePressed powder for 16 years (!). I am somewhere between Ivory and Light Beige (fair pink skin with blue undertones), but I wear Ivory the most because Light Beige can turn a bit dark. I have always wanted to try the Liquid Minerals Foundation, and I have read reviews that claim that the same-named colors are not actually the same between the powder and liquid. Is there a rule of thumb for choosing Liquid Minerals Foundation when there is no nearly salon for me to test the color myself?
    Thank you, Querty

    1. Hi Querty,

      Generally speaking the PurePressed Base and Liquid Minerals foundations of the same shade name should provide very similar color results, if not the same. If there isn’t a retail partner near you, our personal shoppers can assist you in finding your best match. Send them a headshot via email at personalshoppers@janeiredale.com, and they should be able to help you out.

      Best wishes!

  55. Hi!
    I have recently started using your makeup products. I have a range of them including the circle/delete under-eye concealer. As I lost the packaging of this concealer, I do not know if it has an expiration date. I wonder if I can still start using it as it has not been opened so far. Also, what’s the PAO od this concealer?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Veroniq,

      Our products do not have an expiration date, so your Circle/Delete Concealer should be safe to use. The PAO is 12 months on that particular product.

      Best wishes!

  56. Hi, I know that a question was raised about whether your makeup is safe for those with nickel allergy. Nickel allergy is the most common contact alleged worldwide. There are european brands that do test for nickel. It would be so great if you could take the added step to test your products for nickel. If they were nickel-free, it would be a huge selling point to many sensitive skin/contact allergy sufferers. I hope that you will consider it! Thank you!

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