Friday, November 13, 2009

Mice in eyeshadow?

MAC Eye Shadow:
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Eye Shadows may contain:
Silica, Mice, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Blue 1 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yello 5 Lake


I finally found an ingredient list for MAC makeup online. I had emailed MAC asking which products were vegan a few weeks ago, and they answered with "please ask for specific products as we do not have a list" or something along those lines. I tried finding a list of MAC ingredients online, but all I could get was people with the same problem as mine. Today I found a website with them listed. yay!

Like most makeup, the only animal derived ingredients are things like carmine (ground up beetles), lecithen (egg yolks or soy beans), beeswax, tallow (animal fat), and things like collagen and elastin (connective tissues) which are more in skin products like moisturizers. So, vegan makeup is quite easy to just sucks that my favourite colours tend to have carmine in them! I am worried about buying vegan mascara though...uh oh.

But MICE? WHY!!!??? Now I have to email them and ask which eyeshadow contain mice, and I am throwing them out. That is just gross. I can semi-deal with the ground up beetles I am rubbing on my face, but mice? Sad. Not to mention, what the fuck are mice doing in makeup? What purpose can they possible have? Horrible.

BTW, carmine isn't in all makeup. Generally it is in reds, purples (sometimes blues), and things like that. Even Urban Decay, which has a large list of vegan makeup, doesn't have vegan purple colours. I can safely say that ALL my purple eyeshadows have carmine. Hopefully in two years+ when I need to replace my non-vegan eyeshadows there are vegan colours. Otherwise I can't wear my favourite colour, purple! Urban Decay did say there were working on making all of their products vegan though, yay!

And yes, I still use all my makeup even though most of it isn't vegan. Why throw it out? I've already bought it all. If my old wool jacket still fit me, I would have kept that too. My two belts are still leather, when I get some extra money for a nice belt I will be buying non vegan ones. Even my moisturizer isn't vegan, but when my non-vegan items run out I will be replacing them with vegan items. Save myself some moola.

I've also been asked if I would ever buy used wool/leather/etc items. No, I wouldn't. Sure, it's already been made and used or whatever, but somebody not concerned with animal products could go into a thrift store looking for a leather jacket, which I had purchased, they couldn't find it so they go and buy a brand new one. Therefore, I indirectly caused the purchase of an animal product. So, I won't be buying used animal clothing either.

Oh, here is the list of MAC ingredients I found (if interested).


  1. MICE! holy, thats so random, and weird. thats probably why they charge 20 bucks for a eye shadow!they have to kill animals for it! Im going to read the ingredients on my stuff and see what i find! lol

  2. I know there are lots of gross animal products in makeup, but mice just seems too weird. Especially since most animal products are renamed something less offensive sounding (like how carmine isn't called crushed beetle). Maybe a typo for mica? That's a common ingredient in cosmetics...

  3. Umm... Yeah.... It's not "mice", it's "mica". It's a typo.