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Is Il Makiage foundation and concealer non-comedogenic?

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Unfortunately, although they are cruelty-free, Il Makiage’s ‘Woke up like this’ foundation and ‘F**k I’m flawless’ concealer isn’t non-comedogenic. However, the primer is!

If you’re here then I’m guessing you know what non-comedogenic means. For those who don’t, it means beauty products and makeup that don’t contain ingredients that clog pores (increasing the likeness of spots).

I’ve used Il Makiage’s makeup for years (see my foundation review here, my concealer review here, and my primer one here!) and have never had a problem and haven’t noticed the makeup causing or breaking me out in spots.

That being said, it isn’t clear on their website if the products are non-comedogenic. It normally says on the product page but it doesn’t.

Il Makiage Foundation – is it comedogenic?

Il Makiage 'woke up like this' foundation shade 35 - powermatch shade matcher
Il Makiage ‘woke up like this’ foundation

It doesn’t say if it is on the product page so I’ll need to test it myself. Here are the ingredients:

Aqua/water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Talc, Peg-10 dimethicone, Ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, Octocrylene, Alcohol denat, Peg-4, Isononyl isononanoate, Caprylyl dimethicone ethoxy glucoside, Polymethyl methacrylate, Myristyl lactate, Polysorbate 20, Sodium chloride, Disteardimonium hectorite, Cetyl dimethicone, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Benzyl alcohol, Sodium dehydroacetate, Hydrogen dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium aluminum silicate, Tocopheryl acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum hydroxide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disodium edta, Biosaccharide gum-4, Sodium hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / fragrance, Titanium dioxide.

Checking the ingredients on a few of the following websites, I can unfortunately say that no, the foundation isn’t non-comedogenic. It includes talc, myristyl lactate and sodium chloride.

Here are the results:

BIBA de sousa website where I checked the ingredients
BIBA de sousa website where I checked the ingredients – shows 2x ingredients that can clog the skin
Acneclinicnyc said a similar story with a few ingredients that can clog skin
Acneclinicnyc.com said a similar story with a few ingredients that can clog skin – specifically talc and myristyl lactate

So far both sites have found myristyl lactate as an ingredient that causes clogging. Finally, I tested it on a site I use frequently.

Skincarisma.com also found issues with myristyl lactate and talc.

Skincarisma.com also found issues with myristyl lactate and talc.
Skincarisma.com also found issues with myristyl lactate and talc – both bad for oily skin
Skincarisma.com also found issues with myristyl lactate and talc.
Skincarisma.com also found dimethicone which was rated 1 on the comedogenic scale.

I’ve used the Il Makiage foundation for years and never personally had a problem with it making my oily forehead worse, or clogging pores so bringing me out in spots. I’ve suffered from fungal acne (not diagnosed through a doctor just myself) and can confirm wearing this foundation hasn’t made it worse or bought out the acne.

Il Makiage Concealer – is it non-comedogenic?

Il Makiage F*ck I'm Flawless concealer - my honest review
Il Makiage F*ck I’m Flawless concealer

Unfortunately not, no, but only because of one ingredient – talc.

Water (aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, Propylene glycol, Acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, Benzyl alcohol, Sodium chloride, Hydrogen dimethicone, Magnesium sulfate, Sodium dehydroacetate, Aluminum hydroxide, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Disteardimonium hectorite, Potassium sorbate, Dehydroacetic acid, Propylene carbonate, BHT, Tetrasodium edta.

https://acneclinicnyc.com/ – showing Talc as a clogging ingredient in the concealer
https://www.skincarisma.com/ also showing talc as the only ingredient

Similar to the foundation, I’ve never had a problem with the concealer either making my skin more oily or causing acne. I’ve used it for years and will continue to.

Is the Il Makiage Primer non-comedogenic?

Il Makiage Primer
Il Makiage Primer

Yes! It looks like it is! No ingredients have been found on either website that suggest it clogs the skin.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Octyldodecanol, Polysilicone-11, Polygl-yceryl-4 isostearate, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, Dimethiconol.

Il Makiage primer testing on websites to see if it is non comedogenic
Great news! No clogging ingredients found on https://www.skincarisma.com/

Ideas to help acne

As well as looking at ingredients in products, I’d also check these things (full blog coming soon)

  • Make-up brushes and sponges – when did you last clean them?
  • Pillows – when did you last wash them? I’d use a few each week and stock up so you always sleep on a clean side at least
  • Hats – if you work out and wear a hat, have you washed it?

• • •

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