Sunday, July 3, 2011

You Must Be Joking: Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow Ingredients

I have never used a baked product and have been scouring the web looking for one that isn't pickled in Parabens.  Still looking, but I made an interesting discovery. The popular Laura Geller brand baked products have more dangerous ingredients than a the cheapest Wet 'N Wild product you can conjure. A jaw-dropping experience for me. Highlights:  Talc, Mineral Oil,  Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, BHT.  SERIOUSLY?

I compared the ingredients list of Geller to a cheap knock-off.  A Geller Baked Shadow ($23) to an Essence Baked Shadow ($2.99). 

Please do NOT use either of these products.  I wanted to show readers that some expensive brand names use ingredients just was dangerous - and worthless - as dime store brands. 

NOTE:  I sorted these alphabetically so I could match them up.  

Laura Geller Solid Baked Eyeshadow Essence Baked Eyeshadow
Butylparaben Butylparaben
C13-14 Isoparaffin C13-14 Isoparaffin
Carmine (CI 75470) Ci 75470 (Carmine)
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Dimethicone Dimethicone
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
Ethylparaben Ethylparaben
Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate
Imidazolidinyl Urea Imidazolidinyl Urea
Iron Oxide (CI 77491) Ci 77491
Isopropyl Myristate Isopropyl Myristate
Laureth-7 Laureth 7
Lauroyl Lysine  
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Manganese Violet (CI 77742)  
Methylparaben Methylparaben
Mica Mica
Mineral Oil Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil)
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate
Phenoxyethanol Phenoxyethanol
Polyacrylamide Polyacrylamide
Polysorbate 20 Polysorbate 20
Sodium Dehydroacetate Sodium Dehydroacetate
Sorbitan Stearate Sorbitan Stearate
Talc Talc
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopheryl Acetate
Ultramarines (CI 77007) Ci 77007 (Ultramarines)
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
  Ci 77492
  Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)
  Synthetic Fluorphlogopite


  1. Unfortunately and sadly, but we have to realize that big and expensive names are not the synonym of quality at all. They are selling just the name, because of the marketing that is misleading the customer to believe in images/illusion.

  2. I think that is a universal problem with these products. 98% of them are garbage with huge marketing budgets.

  3. ugh. That is disappointing. I knew Gellar wasn't as natural as say, BE, but I was starting to like her products.

    Guess that's off the table!

    Thanks for this!

  4. hi there :) i'm currently in the process of re-vamping my skincare products/makeup drawer to contain only products with natural ingredients. It's been interesting! I really appreciate your blog and all your reviews & comments :)

  5. Hi and have a good range of more natural cosmetics and other greener/cleaner lifestyle products.
    Also do a range of baked blush and powders with no nasty ingredients!

  6. Wow, I just emailed her company asking how many chemicals//carcinogens are in her products AND, if they test on animals. I assumed they were NOT clean but then I happened onto your site..Blessings of the Universe to you for your info. Ladies just google and there are sites which list all the crappy companies with chemicals/CARCINOGENS and "animal testing"...also there are some great all chemicals/no animal testing companies such as 100% Pure, and others. Just check on-line...let's give our business to natural products - we are the CANCER CAPITAL of the WORLD because this country is killing us with chemicals everywhere .... Geller won't get my money that disgusting money hungry @%@% !!

  7. I so nearly bought this! I was totally sold on the idea of a cream baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles by Italian artisans. I presumed that if you'd go to so much trouble in making the damn thing, you'd also prioritise the quality of the ingredients and keep out the nasties. Phew, close shave - I'm so glad I found your site, thanks!

    1. Wow, glad I found this! I was so close to hitting purchase! A local news station just did a spot on dangerous makeup,it sent me searching@

  8. I have to say, probably why Jillian, Laura Geller's spokesman got breast cancer... All Laura Geller products are toxic and have too many chemicals.. Just my thought.

    1. Laura Geller is a breast cancer survivor.

  9. Thank you for the information, I was at Marshall and I saw the product that it was half price. I decided to Google to see if there have any chemical that can give you cancer. I left the place with empty hand. Please let me know what natural product I can buy, I love makeup.

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  11. That's cause they are made in China I just found out. If mine ever gets here I will gladly return it. They say 3-5 days. I won't use anything from China