I am in my late twenties and I have been wearing eyeshadow since my teens. I had never had a problem until I bought a Jemma Kidd palette (not from Sephora) and had an allergic reaction to one of the colours. I experienced swelling, itching and burning in the area around my eyes that lasted until the following morning. I cleaned my brushes thoroughly and tried the eyeshadow a second time, and experienced the same reaction. It was a gunmetal grey kind of colour, so it's not likely to be a reaction to the red colouring agents that many people are sensitive to.
Ever since I first tried that eyeshadow, I have been reacting to all of the eyeshadows I had previously been wearing without any trouble. It seems particularly bad if I use eyeliner or apply the shadow underneath my eyes. Because I live in Canada and ingredient lists are not mandatory on makeup, I don't have any idea what it is I'm reacting to or why.
Do you have any idea what this could be, and why it is happening? Will I ever be able to use my regular makeup again?
Also, could you recommend a brand of eyeshadow known to be less irritating and/or hypoallergenic available at Sephora? I wear mostly neutrals and would be interested in a palette since I have to basically not wear any of the colours I already have, however I don't want to spend a whole lot of money.
I'm so sorry to hear you are having trouble finding an eyeshadow that is gentle for your eyes. This can be due to a number of things including ingredients (many client can have reactions to the red dye that is in pink, purple or red toned shadows) or just the glittery or shimmery ingredients. I know my own eyes are very sensitive,and my sister had the exact same issue as you, and only just resolved the issue with some allergy drops and new brands. I suggest that you contact your doctor or dermatologist for some assistance to make sure it is not a specific ingredient that you are allergic to (that may be in eyeshadows, face powder, lipstick, etc.) and I also have a few brands you may want to try that are soft, gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.
Korres Eye Items
About the patch test - I actually took every eyeshadow I have and smeared a line of each on my inner arm, wrapped it in saran wrap, and hung out like that for a few hours. I got a little itchy in the eyeliner area (nearest my elbow-pit) but there wasn't any conclusive results. Is there a better way to do this?
Am I doing something wrong? Is there something specific I might be allergic to? Ever since I tried the Bare Esscentuals makeup my eyes are irritated more or less all the time, but my eye doctor can see nothing wrong. I have these little pin-points along the lashline that are burning and my eyes feel swollen.
Thanks again for all your help!