Talc’s everywhere in the press lately. In 2017 and 2019, Claire’s recalled several talc-based makeups marketed to kids and teens that tested positive for asbestos — a known carcinogen. While not every makeup product sold today contains talc, many powder-based ones do. In fact, talc is usually the number-one ingredient in eyeshadows! And it’s difficult to find talc-free makeup brands that don’t use it in a single product they sell. So if you’re looking to clean up your makeup routine, look no further. (I mean, who wants to apply a known carcinogen on their face every day?) Just use our handy list below to find a new brand you’re sure to love!
Our Top 10 Talc-Free Makeup Brands & Product Picks
These 10 brands carry the most talc-free makeup products (and several avoid using other controversial ingredients). Of course, always check the label when you buy or visit their website to double-check if you’re unsure.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #1: Smashbox
Most Smashbox eyeshadow trios are talc-free (but check the ingredients on their palettes just in case). They run about $22 each and come in many different colors. Plus, Smashbox’s website lists their ingredients for each product on the individual item’s page. In bold at the top of their ingredients list it reads, “Formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance & talc.” Their O-Glow blush is also talc-free and goes on in a silky clear gel form that flatters nearly every skin tone.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #2: Honest Beauty
Jessica Alba’s cult beauty products are the purest ones we’ve found — thanks to the company’s Honest Standard transparency. They even explain that they don’t use talc due to its link to asbestos. “Regardless of the fact that we could technically source pure talc, evidence of the safety of talc (even asbestos-free) is fuzzy.” We recommend their luminizing glow powder as well as their eyeshadow palette, priced at just $19.99.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #3: IT Cosmetics
It’s almost impossible to find an eyeshadow palette that doesn’t include talc — unless you’re shopping at IT Cosmetics. The description on most palette packaging reads, “each talc-free shadow glides on beautifully.” But it’s not just their eyeshadows that are talc-free. IT Cosmetics uses talc-free makeup for all its powder-based products — including blush, setting powder and foundation. We love the Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette and their Bye Bye Pores Bronzer.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #4: Bare Minerals
Bare Minerals is one of those rare beauty companies that lists all their product’s ingredients. Their Original Foundation boasts simplicity, is a bargain and contains just five all-natural ingredients. It also comes in 30 (30?!) shades, and includes SPF15 to help prevent sun damage. We’re not biased when we say this product is safe and provides great coverage, yet still looks natural. Oh, and it’s completely free of asbestos — so we’re pretty into that, too.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #5: Josie Maran Cosmetics
Known for her Argan oil-based beauty line, Josie Maran Cosmetics also offers a great talc-free makeup line. Most items are oil-based, but they do have some talc-free makeup that’s powder-based, too. Their Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation is a best-seller, and great for summer-tanned skin. But Maran has taken it a step farther: She now sells gluten-free products! If you have Celiac disease, rejoice: Nearly all Josie Maran products are gluten-free to prevent inflammation. Just look for the ingredients list right below each product’s description.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #6: Omiana
Omiana is an up-and-coming brand that only sells talc-free makeup. “What goes on the face certainly can get absorbed through the skin,” their site reads. Plus, most of their products don’t contain mica or titanium dioxide. You can even shop by omitting certain minerals that most “natural” makeups use. We recommend their Mineral Veil Finishing Powder or Long-Lasting Healthy Glow Pressed Mineral Blush, since both work on all skin types. They also offer free shipping on refunds and exchanges, so you can try any product risk-free!
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #7: Afterglow Cosmetics
Afterglow has certified organic-free ingredients, and describe what their products do (and don’t have). Their no-go list in particular is a favorite of ours. It details a list of harmful ingredients found in most traditional makeups (like talc!). They explain each forbidden ingredient, why they don’t use it, and where it’s typically used (hint: most makeup). They also offer a great organic vegan makeup line. It’s certified cruelty, gluten, and talc-free! We recommend their Infused Glow Bronzer and Infused Eco Eyeshadow. They guarantee their products are talc-free, and thanks to their no-go list, we’re sold.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #8: Juice Beauty
Juice Beauty is an all organic, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup line. Their ingredients are certified organic, and their unacceptable ingredients list is encouraging for those seeking safer makeup options. (Bonus: Talc is on it!) They say, “Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, we take every precaution necessary to reduce the risk that toxins from pesticides might contaminate our bodies, our children’s bodies, and ocean habitats.” Our favorite product is their Blemish Clearing Powder, which is talc-free and clears skin as it conceals.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #9: Pacifica
Pacifica is a great option for people seeking budget-friendly, talc-free products. However, they don’t guarantee that every product is talc-free, so check the ingredients! Their eyeshadow palettes are a steal and contain coconut water and mineral colors. We also love their Neutralizing Mattifier powder as a budget, talc-free option.
Talc-Free Makeup Brand #10: Makeup Geek
Makeup Geek makes highly pigmented, yet talc-free products. Dozens of highly pigmented eye shadows and this Kathleen Lights highlighter palette show the kind of talc-free options they have. Plus, all their products are also cruelty-free. (And very affordable!)
Find Talc-Free Makeup Brands On-the-Go: Download the Think Dirty App
Do you have a favorite makeup product or line, but aren’t sure if it’s talc-free? If so, download the Think Dirty app (currently available for iPhones only). Think Dirty lets you quickly scan any makeup product without an ingredients list while you’re right there in the store. It then shows you what’s actually in each product — so you can make a more informed purchase.
How to Qualify for Compensation Due to Talc Injuries
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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.