Beauty Detective: Mislabeled Milani “Talc-Free” Makeup Exposed

by Bionic Beauty on 11.Aug.2009 · 10 comments

One of our Bionic Beauties out there deserves a Private Investigator badge for this little goodie!

To protect our PI, I’m giving her a code name: Alice. Alice headed to her local drugstore recently and picked up a compact of Milani’s new pressed Minerals Makeup Foundation in Creamy Natural.

Milani Pressed Mineral Makeup compact foundation

Alice says:

It works well for me and is very convenient for my needs. On the top of the compact, it reads, “talc-free”. Yet, on the inside of the small peel-off leaflet on the bottom of the product, it reads on the third circle to the right (by “How to use” and “Milani Mineral Facts”), “Contains TALC to reduce the ashiness on skin. If your skin is irritated by TALC, please do not use.”

So she wrote to Milani directly to bust open this beauty faux pas. Is the enclosed leaflet correct or is the label on the front of the compact (sporting “Talc Free”) correct?

Here is the response Alice received direct from Milani:

There was a printing error on the compact component regarding the talc contents of our Creamy Natural Pressed Powder Mineral Foundation, and the error will be corrected during the next production. The leaflet is correct. The lighter shades do not contain talc, but the darker shades, like Creamy Natural, do.

So if you are allergic to talc or try to avoid it for other reasons, be sure you are an educated consumer. While I’m certainly glad that Alice received a personal response, I have to wonder that most gals wouldn’t bother reading the ingredients list after seeing the talc-free sticker.

For further strangeness, I checked out Milani’s website. A footnote on the Mineral Pressed Compact Makeup page mentions “*Deepest shades 108-110 contain talc, as so to reduce potential ashiness on darker skin complexions.” What’s odd about that you ask? Well, Creamy Natural is shade 103, one of their lightest in this formula.



1 Victoria Bouras August 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

Wow, it looks as if Milani’s makeup claims are pretty screwed up!

2 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics August 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

You don’t correct something that blatent on the next printing – especially when you’re a large manufacturer. You reprint the jars ASAP. At the very least, print a darn sticker to place over the error with the correct information! That’s just plain wrong, IMHO. And a sleezy misleading practice.

3 Kelly August 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

It sounds like that sticker should have gone on the front. These kinds of things actually happen all of the time- from ingredients to product names. Benefit’s wildly popular Coralista was supposed to be called Rio, until they realized someone else had trademarked the name AFTER the packaging was already printed. It’s why the top of the box has a sticker.

I would like to think Milani wasn’t intentionally trying to be deceitful. If talc is an issue for someone who purchased this, I would take it back and ask for a refund.

4 Kirsten P. August 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I always read the fine print, before I buy anything!

5 Robin August 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Absolutely horrible, which is why I usually stay away from the cheapie brands…..who reads that fine print usually? If you don’t, guess it’s a good time to start! Talc is toxic!

6 Alice August 12, 2009 at 3:58 am

I doubt gaffes like the Milani one is exclusive to cheap brands. Regardless, all the more reason to read labels, indeed.

7 Alice August 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Hey, it’s PI, Alice here. Thanks, Jami, for spreading the word! I agree that corrective action should be taken sooner than the next production shipment. At least, a sticker on the compact. They post notices in stores when products are recalled, so something similar might be a good idea in this type of instance. As for reading ingredients and other info before buying the item, that’s not always possible. As a consumer, we have the right to know what’s in what we’re buying. It could be a matter of serious proportions if we use something that could cause us an adverse reaction. Unfortunately, as we have seen here, some companies make a big OOPS. And then some aren’t as forthcoming at all with ingredients. Most (if not all) stores will take back cosmetics that cause us problems, as they should.

8 Angels Avenue August 12, 2009 at 5:25 am

It’s important to read the labels but very few of us do. A long list of ingredients usually looks very confusing if you are not familiar with them. Research cosmetic ingredients on the Internet and try to remember the ones you want to avoid. This way you always know what to look out for when you read the packaging.

9 Bionic Beauty August 12, 2009 at 8:24 am

Thanks for everyone’s responses. Yes, it is certainly VERY important to read labels. But it’s just as important to research products and ingredients, and know your skin before you go shopping.

I also want to point out that I still ADORE Milani Cosmetics. 🙂 I just wish they had handled this situation a bit better and were letting people know about it. Will I still buy their eye-shadows? You bet!!! They are better than MAC shadows or any other high-end luxe company, plus I can afford more of them. 😉


10 Alice August 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

I plan on continued use of Milani items as well, despite this “glitch”. They’re super-affordable AND super. At least, the shadows, and mineral compact powder with the infamous talc I’ve tried thus far. 😀

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