For some reason, this topic has come up a few times recently. I suppose because I’ve been putting makeup on others, and thinking through my product usages. But it’s a good topic. In my MAC Neo Orange pigment review, one of my biggest irritations was the fact that MAC isn’t particularly transparent about their pigment safety. Many shades are not safe for eyes, or not safe for lips, and not only is it not marked on the package(Unless you really know batch numbers), but the Sales Associate didn’t even know she was encouraging me to use the pigment in a non-approved usage! Not all manufacturers DO mark it on the container, though the information is usually online. Even searching “eye safe pigment” popped up a ton of searches from people who discovered months after the fact that they had been using a pigment wrong, and that their favorite bloggers/goru’s had been doing the same!
It lead me to think about the question—-What does it mean if a manufacturer mean a product is not safe for a particular usage? I don’t improperly use products on other people, since I have NO baseline as to their sensitivities and put their health above any aesthetic reasoning, but I have never experienced an adverse reaction from using a red or pink not approved for eyes as a cream eyeshadow base on myself, or any other improvisations. I want the information to be available so people CAN make that choice, rather than finding out later they didn’t know what they were doing.
The best answer I’ve found is that it means some of the ingredients MAY cause irritation or not be graded as safe for the area, but the manufacturer hasn’t tested it to claim one way or the other. It probably won’t kill you, but the manufacturer also doesn’t claim responsibility for any adverse reactions.
Obviously, the end choice of how seriously you would like to take the usage warning is yours. But there’s always things you can do to stay somewhat safe if you DO decide to break that rule.
Bear in mind—all the common sense measures in the world may not prevent you from having a bad reaction. Be EXTRA aware when using products outside manufacturer specified uses.
How many times have we heard DIY beauty tips, like “Use Monistat Chafing Gel for facial primer” or “Hemorrhoid cream to shrink under-eye bags” or “Black eyeliner on the lips, instead of black lipstick-it wears longer”. Even the most careful of us will probably be tempted at some point to use a workaround that isn’t strictly sanctioned by the product in question.