Expensive Beauty Product Exposed

I was recently visiting my Mom and Dad in beautiful North Carolina. Mom was really excited about Trish McEvoy’s Flawless Lip Primer. (The quest for the best beauty products runs in the family.)

Trish McEvoy lip primer

She said that it helped her lipstick stay on all day and best of all it kept her lips from getting chapped.

Of course I tried it and I have to say that I loved it.

Unfortunately Mom had long ago thrown out the box it came in, so there was no ingredient list to read.

Honestly, with such a high end product line it never entered my mind that there would be such toxic ingredients, especially in a product you put on your lips. That was until my sister, who works in the skin care industry, told me she thought there were toxic ingredients in the product.


She was right, the very first ingredient listed is toxic
Cyclopentasiloxane, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, paraffin, olybutene, ozokerite, disteardimonium hectorite, tocopherol (vitamin e), aloe barbadensis leaf extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil unsaponifiables, petrolatum, ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin c palmitate), prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, mica. 
Ingredients are subject to change at the manufacturer’s discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, refer to the product packaging.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone fluid commonly used in cosmetics such as deodorants, sunblocks, hair sprays and skin care products to lubricate, waterproof and provide shine.

The problem is that it is a suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. It is harmful to fish and other wildlife. Worst of all, if you use it consistently it can stay in your body tissue for over 5 years.


Clinical studies found that, when Cyclopentasiloxane was tested on animals it produced:
Endocrine disruption
Neurotoxicity (damage to the brain)
Organ toxicity
Skin Irritation.

Trish McEvoy’s Flawless Lip Primer also has petrolatum, a cheap but toxic ingredient that is a by product of petroleum production.

I have to say, this is just so aggravating. Why can’t all products be safe and non-toxic?
Does Trish McEvoy put her bottom line above safety? For a product that cost $27, I would say yes.

Just so you know, you will find information online that says that this ingredient is not so bad.


But who wants to put anything on their lips that has been shown to be so harmful to animals?

I certainly don’t!

Really Trish McEvoy you can do better.


I am now on a mission to find a non-toxic lip primer. I’ll report back when I find one. If you know of one, please let me know in the comments section.