I purchased Clinique redness solutions instant relief mineral powder a few months ago because i am looking for a mineral powder for my sensitive skin. It is a nice powder, feels nice on the skin, looks quite yellow in the container but doesnt look yellow on, and it toned down the redness on my cheeks. I no longer use it, i threw it out when i read the ingredients on the package after it started to make my skin itchy and i broke out in hives, and my skin started to flake and peel after continued use. It contains bismuth. Most cosmetic companies stopped putting it in their products because of the dangers.
Clinique's marketing is aimed at people with sensitive skin, so why do they have bismuth in their products?
Bismuth is a by-product of lead.
It is used in the manufacturing of shotguns.
It is a metal, and is used in the manufacturing of low melting solders and fusible alloys.
Causes kidney and liver damage.
Applied frequently can be fatal, and can cause poisoning.
Causes skin reactions, and serious exodermatitis, dermatitis, gingivitis, anemia, respiratory problems etc....
If you havent read my review on cosmetics counters exposed check it out, always read the ingredient lists of drugstore and highend cosmetics before purchasing. Some websites to check out: cosmeticsdatabase.com, skindeepcosmetics.com, and safecosmetics.org for more info on cosmetics ingredients, you can also google the ingredients for more info.
Update On Feb 27, 2010: Today i went shopping for a new mineral foundation powder and discovered Loreal mineral foundation powder also contains bismuth, physicians formula does not, nyc minerals also did not contain bismuth, and Revlon did not list any ingredients on their packaging, im leaning toward the physicians formula organic, or Almays organic line, Almay's ingredients claim to be 97% natural/organic, i would love to try Sally Hansen Carmindy line of natural makeup, but cant find it in my city, i will have to purchase online for now.