How can Eye Shadow “contaminate” heavy metals? What is the harm to us? Let’s take a look together!

“Every little eye star can’t live without this eye shadow.”

“With this eye shadow, you don’t need to cut your eyelids!”

For girls, eye shadow is simply decaying into a magical existence. This small guy with a small area and a lot of colors can often light up a pair of sleepy dead fish eyes instantly, becoming vividly.

Of course, good eye shadows are not lost in price. For “slum girls”, it is appropriate to prepare more colors, and the flat price replacement is appropriate! But, the quality of the eyes shadow is unreliable? Will there be heavy metal residues?


In order to help everyone find out, in October 2018, “Consumer Report” sent inspections to third -party authoritative testing agencies.

Famous Chuang Youpin, MUJI, Nomi, Watsons, Sephora, Kisshop

Six eyes shadow plates under 100 yuan, detect heavy metal indicators such as lead, mercury, arsenic.

The test results show,

None of the six products were detected. Lead, mercury, and arsenic metals were not detected.

How can Eye Shadow “contaminate” heavy metals?

In the safety of makeup products, heavy metal residues are the most common.

In January 2018, when the Ningbo Municipal Bureau of Quality Supervision, when cosmetics, they found that MINISO (Mingchuang Youpin) Yilian Yizhu Light Band Eye Shadow Pen (bronze color) (20170504 batch number) was excessive.

In September 2012, the Hong Kong Consumer Council also tested 41 eye shadows, and found that all eye shadow detected heavy metal lead, and some samples were detected at the same time trace arsenic and mercury. Among them, the lead content detected by a VOV monochrome eye shadow was as high as 400 ppm, which was 10 times that of the cosmetics (40PPM) specified in the national standard (“Cosmetics Sanitation Specification” (2007 edition)) at that time.


How can a good eye shadow be “stained” on heavy metals? This starts with the raw materials of the eye shadow.

In the natural environment, heavy metals exist everywhere. Eye shadow important raw materials such as talc powder, silica, cloud mother, inorganic pigments made of natural minerals, etc., may bring heavy metals naturally.

Taking lead and arsenic as an example, these toxic substances are generally derived from powder sources, such as titanium pink, talc powder, zinc oxide, kaolin, etc. Generally, enterprises will strengthen impurities of such raw materials, but even if companies follow good production specifications, it is difficult to completely remove them, and they can only reduce their content as much as possible.

In addition to the collection of raw materials, in the process of production, packaging, and transportation, eye shadows may also mix a small amount of heavy metals.

So why are there some eye shadows displaying “not detected” in heavy metal detection? In fact, this “not detected” is not in the absolute sense of no heavy metal, but its content is minimal than its detection limit below the laboratory, so that the instrument cannot be detected.


Is the heavy metal on the eye shadow “stained”?

Heavy metal hazards in cosmetics have already talked about many articles. For example, using an excessive eye shadow, the lead may enter the human body through the skin’s mucosa, and long -term accumulation may damage the nervous system and affect the kidney function.

Nevertheless, we still don’t need to talk about “heavy metal” color changes.

In fact, people breathe the air, drink water, and eat foods every day, can contact heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, etc. to varying degrees. Cosmetics are no exception. However, the main intake of heavy metals is different. The severe metal hazards in the eye shadow are mainly absorbed by the skin.

For example, the main intake of lead is absorbed by the respiratory tract and oral mouth. Its skin absorption rate is only 0.06%; the non -occupational exposure of arsenic is also mainly consumed from food and water. The average skin absorption rate range is dyeing poisoning poisoning. 2.0%~ 6.4%of the dose.

In other words, when ordinary people use regular cosmetics, heavy metals such as lead and arsenic are difficult to enter through the skin, causing harm to the human body.


For example, the “Technical Specifications for Cosmetics Safety” (2015 edition) (hereinafter referred to as “Specifications”) stipulates that the lead content in cosmetics should be less than 10mg/kg. Then, assuming that the lead in the eye shadow is high to the critical value, that is, 10mg/kg. If you use 1mg eye shadow each time, that is, 0.00001mg lead is exposed to the eyes, and only 0.000000006mg of the leader of the leather is absorbed into the body, that is, 0.000006ug. The lead that adults are absorbed by air per day reaches 4UG, which is about 670,000 times using this eye shadow.

Relatively speaking, heavy metal mercury is more dangerous. Generally, it enters the human body through foods such as fish and fish products contaminated. However, elemental mercury and soluble inorganic mercury compounds can be used through human skin, especially the white cream containing inorganic mercury salt, which can cause obvious absorption and accumulation of mercury in the human body.

However, my country’s “Specifications” requires that the mercury content in cosmetics needs to be ≤1mg/kg. Therefore, the use of regular cosmetics generally does not have mercury damage. In the eye shadow products, due to the small area, the potential damage is lower.

However, it is also necessary to remind that mercury has a whitening effect, and some three -free brands may be added. Therefore, people need to be cautious about whitening and freckle products, and try to choose well -known big names.

In recent years, the state’s control over heavy metals in cosmetics has also become stricter and stricter. For example, the limit of lead in cosmetics has dropped from 40ppm to 10ppm today, so consumers can rest assured.

Is this standard difficult to achieve? “Consumer Report” also previously interviewed Zhen Yan, a cosmetic formula. The other party said that there will be some heavy metal impurities in cosmetics, but as long as the raw materials are formal, the cosmetics will basically not exceed the standard for adding heavy metals.

Therefore, basically a formal brand does not have to worry too much about heavy metals. Just as in this evaluation, whether it is 19 and 9 names, and 99 yuan of Sephora, there are no lead mercury arsenic in the eye shadow. However, this magazine reminds that you can still pay more attention to government random inspections or authoritative inspections, and to understand the safety information of the product from time to time.

Eye Shadow Buy TIPS


1. It is best not to be greedy for novices to buy eye shadows. You can grasp a few principles: four -color disk, earth color system (brown color), matte series. This is not easy to make mistakes in this way.

2. You can try on your hand before buying. Look at the color of the eyeshadow, whether the powder is flying, blooming, whether the powder is delicate, and how durability is.