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Your Guide to Non toxic Drugstore Foundations




When I started using only green, clean makeup, some of the first products I tossed were my foundations. I thought foundation was likely the worst offender of all makeup since it covers the entire face. I imagined foundation strangling my skin, suffocating the pores creating an uneven texture and cystic acne along with premature aging. Talk about worst case scenario!

Toxic ingredients could really wreck havoc on my skin, I thought. And while that may be true, foundations from the drugstore may not be as toxic as I first assumed. 

I took some time to compile a list of drugstore/affordable foundations that are relatively low- a 3 or lower– from Skin Deep. While these foundations are made up of lots of chemicals, not all chemicals are toxic. Not all foundations are bad. Not all of them will seep into your skin and immediately cause cancer and disrupt your endocrine system.

While I personally love using clean, green foundations and everything else, it might be okay to relax a little and use these from time to time. Or all the time. It’s whatever is best for you.

Here is my list of non toxic drugstore foundations:

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Smooth Souffle Makeup: The dirty ingredient in this is cyclomethicone, a silicon-based cyclic compound; may be associated with environmental toxicity.

Maybelline Fit Me! Pressed Powder: Contains talc which can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic.

Physicians Formula 100% Mineral FaceBrightener: contains somewhat dirty ingredient, Chromium oxide which  is a mineral pigment,  used as a colorant in a variety of products. Also contains Zinc Oxide, Silver Chloride, Iron Oxides.

Almay Clear Complexion Clear Complexion Pressed PowderPhenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.

Boots No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder: Tocopheryl acetate is a chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). Also contains Talc and Dimethicone.

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup: Contains octinoxate, a common sunscreen ingredient is shown to have hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. This chemical is found in humans, including mothers’ milk samples.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish: You will find Phenoxyethanol, a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care product, in this product.

Maybelline Fit Me! Shine Free Foundation: Tocopheryl acetate, Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane).

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Perfector Powder: contains Talc

Physicians Formula Bamboo Wear Powder: Dimethicone, Talc, Tocopheryl acetate

Physicians Formula Mineral 3-in-1 Corrector & Primer & Powder: Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Aluminum Distearate (an aluminum salt of stearic acid) and Phenoxyethanol.

Revlon PhotoReady Makeup: Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound.

Wet ‘n Wild Natural Blend Pressed Powder: Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occuring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative.

Do you use any of these? Does your favorite foundation come from the drugstore?







3 thoughts on “Your Guide to Non toxic Drugstore Foundations

  1. I’m confused. You say these foundations/powders are non-toxic, yet you go on to list the toxic ingredients contained within them. It’s quite the confusing article – esp. because I did a search for talc-free drugstore foundations and this came up.

  2. Michelle, these are the drugstore foundations that are way less toxic than many others. The toxicity rating according to SkinDeep is lower than most. Not all chemicals or synthetic ingredients are toxic. As I mentioned in the article, these have a low “hazard” rating. I highly recommend checking out SkinDeep for toxic/non toxic ingredients.

  3. Thank you. I visit quite often. I was just confused by the title and from this article coming up when I searched for ‘non-toxic’ drugstore foundations. I appreciate the clarification. I am happily surprised to see Wet ‘n Wild among the foundations.

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