A month ago I had professional make up done at MAC Cosmetics which included glued eyelashes for wedding event. Make up looked great through the whole event and I cleaned off my face and eyes with clear and clear face wash, also taking off fake eyelashes right after the event. On the next day, I noticed that my face was a bit sore. I applied my regular make up myself (foundation from MAC which I never had a problem with, Maybelline mascara, Tarte blush and eyeshadow as well as Stilla eyeliner), after about 5 hours I noticed that the inner corner of my right eye got extremely shot blood red and the left eyelid was extremely swollen to the point that I couldn't get my eye to open. I was rushed to emergency where I was given benadryl, steroids and IV. Swelling on my eyes and face was there for roughly 2 days while taking benadryl and steroids.
about three weeks after the "allergic reaction" or whatever this was, my eyes were stinging, burning, itching and still sore, bit irritated and red. I went to the eye doctor who did not see anything wrong with the eyes but he did prescribe me eye drops with antibiotic as well as cream for eyelids.
Yesterday I went to allergist for allergy patch test (T.R.U.E Test) for 36 chemicals that are found in cosmetics, ointments etc. I will wear the patch test for 3 days until I find out what chemicals I am allergic to.
Have anyone of you experienced allergies to cosmetics? I suspect the inflammation and "allergic reaction" was due to Duo Eyelash Glue used for application of eyelashes by MAC Cosmetics but I am not 100% sure. I removed a lot of old make up from my collection as well as I no longer use any make up that has harsh chemicals. I switched to Mineral Fusion foundation which works well (not too crazy about their shades selection as there are only about 8-10 shades). I also tried Almay mascara which irritated my eyes a little bit, also tried Mineral Fusion mascara which lengthen lashes perfectly but I was not satisfied how it felt on my eyes - it irritated me just a bit, also difficult time to get it off. Once mascara which I found to work effectively without much irritation is 100% Organic Physicians Formula but unfortunately it does not do any magic with getting lashes to a nice curl or length. I eliminated eyeliner completely and I no longer use any eyeshadow.
I am desperately looking into make up cosmetics that do not have any harsh chemical ingredients. Although I am not sure what I am allergic to yet, I want to completely switch over my make up collection to 100% safe cosmetics. Anyone of you recommends any brands other than Mineral Fusion? I am specifically looking for something that does not include allergens such as formaldehyde (also found in eyelash glue) etc.