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Almay Multi-Benefit Mascara, 503 Black Brown

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Almay Multi-Benefit Mascara, 503 Black Brown product label collected on October 15, 2019 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Almay Multi-Benefit Mascara, 503 Black Brown is 4.

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Data last updated: October 2019

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Robust
CI 77266
Appeared as: BLACK 2 (CI 77266)

• Cancer (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Robust

None
MYRICA PUBESCENS (MYRICA) FRUIT WAX
Appeared as: MYRICA PUBESCENS FRUIT WAX

Limited
BEESWAX
Appeared as: CERA ALBA ( CIRE D'ABEILLE) (BEESWAX)

None

Limited
COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX
Appeared as: CERA CARNAUBA ((COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA)) CIRE DE CARNAUBA) WAX

Limited

None

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair
POLYVINYLPOLYPYRROLIDONE
Appeared as: PVP

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Fair

Fair

Fair
LYSINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Appeared as: LYSINE HCL

Limited

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

None

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

Fair

Limited

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.

PETA: Companies That Do Test on Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, has identified companies that "either test on animals or pay a laboratory to conduct tests on animals."

For more information visit: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

WATER, MYRICA PUBESCENS FRUIT WAX, CERA ALBA ((BEESWAX) CIRE D'ABEILLE), POLYURETHANE-35, CERA CARNAUBA ((COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX) CIRE DE CARNAUBA), POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, STEARETH-21, ISOSTEARETH-200 LINOLEATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, PVP, DIBUTYL ADIPATE, HYDROLYZED KERATIN, PANTHENOL, ALANINE, LEUCINE, LYSINE HCL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PHYTANTRIOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN/PVP CROSSPOLYMER, NYLON-6, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, STEARIC ACID, SIMETHICONE, TRISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN [+/-: BLACK 2 (CI 77266), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)].

Warnings from packaging:

Never use if eye is injured, irritated or infected. Consult an eye doctor immediately in case of injury. Always handle and apply in a careful and sanitary manner. Do not dilute product with any additive or share with others.

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