“Ökotest” has tested black liquid eyeliners. The result is surprisingly positive: half of the products score “very good.” But three beauty products fail completely because they contain problematic substances.
Whether classic eyeliner, sexy cat-eye or experimental eye makeup: liquid eyeliner can be used in a variety of ways, making it a very popular beauty product. The magazine "Ökotest" has now put 18 of these eyeliners under the microscope, including products from Catrice, Manhattan, L’Oréal and Maybelline. The liquid, black cosmetic products were tested for harmful substances, problematic PEG compounds and environmentally harmful plastics.
The good news: Nine eyeliners performed very well in the "Ökotest" test
Recently, there have been an increasing number of reports about harmful ingredients in cosmetics: For example, "Ökotest" found highly toxic arsenic in mascara only at the beginning of the year, and a recently published US study also indicates that there are now signs of problematic substances in every second cosmetic product. This makes the results of the latest eyeliner test, in which liquid eyeliners from Catrice, Manhattan, L’Oréal, Maybelline, Nyx, Essence and Max Factor were tested, all the more gratifying. Of 18 products, half scored "very good". The price did not play a role. The test winners included both inexpensive and expensive products.
A total of seven products contain problematic substances
In addition to the nine harmless products, however, there were also some problematic candidates. For example, eight eyeliners contained plastic compounds such as synthetic polymers and silicones. The problem is that these substances end up in wastewater when the makeup is removed, and thus in nature, where they are very difficult to break down again. "Ökotest" therefore classifies them as critical.
PEG compounds have also been found in some eyeliners. They are criticized because they make the skin more permeable to foreign substances. Propylparaben was also found in one of the products tested. This controversial preservative can affect the hormone system. The nine products that scored "very good" show that it is possible to do without all these substances.
Three eyeliners failed completely – including one natural cosmetics product
From three Eyelinern rät "Ökotest" completely off. The crass thing about it: One of the "defective" products is even certified natural cosmetics! In the tested Flüssigkajal was formaldehyde and its breakup products detected. This is a substance that is strictly prohibited in certified natural cosmetics. It is considered a contact allergen, even small amounts can irritate the mucous membranes.
Want to know more about harmful ingredients? Tikbow has compiled everything you need to know about formaldehyde, silicones and the like.