Important November 2017 update: Most of the comments have been from people who have had Shape Tape issues. I have positively ruled that out as the cause of this issue for me. I'm sorry that so many have had issues with the product, but this is NOT a post about Tarte Shape Tape causing issues for me.
It has to do with lashes and lash glue. Trust me on that. I could put Shape Tape on my lid right now and not react (I've tested that theory); it's lashes (not 100% sterilized) and lash glues with latex, formaldehyde, and other nasty ingredients.
Warning: Less than Pleasant Images Ahead
I need your help!
I've developed a sudden allergy to something that has literally cost me multiple days of work and my eyelids peeling. (Ewwww.)
Until the past month, I only once had a makeup allergy. The Tom Ford cream eyeshadows made my eyelids burn, so I immediately removed it and sadly passed it on. I tend to shy away from a lot of cream shadows as a result.
More forward to mid-September, 2016. After playing with some fun new makeup, I woke up with my eyes swollen shut.
These photos were taken on Day #2, after I seriously attacked it with antihistamines, topical creams, etc.
Day #3, the peeling took over.
I'm still not sure what caused it since I was playing with new makeup, but I had a few suspects given the location of the most inflammation:
- Concealer- I don't normally bring it onto my lids (Tarte Shape Tape)
- Eyeshadow Base- I used a new one (NYX Milk Eyeshadow Stick)
- Eyeshadow (but I used that several days prior without issues) (Urban Decay Electric Palette- the greens)
- Eyeliner- I was trying a new one (Revlon ColorStay Gel Eyeliner in Blue)
- False Lash Adhesive- but it was the same one I've been using for close to a year (Duo)
- False Lashes themselves (contact allergy? I dunno) (Ardells)
It took about 5 days to be back to normal.
I swore never to use NYX pencils on my eyes again, banished the eyeliner, and bought a latex-free lash adhesive. I was just starting to feel better about life until this afternoon.
I was playing with the new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics and was loving my look:
Everything was all cool. I was loving the Rebel Eyes trend and was already dreaming of a terracotta look for Monday.
About an hour later, I decided to try to add some lashes to pump it up.
Probably 30 min later, I realized my eyes were burning, so I rapidly removed my eye makeup and discovered this:
It was mostly my right eye but both eyes are impacted (as evidenced by the hurt). The shiny nature is some ointment that I already put on it. I know my brows are all over the place, but that's beyond the point of this.
What the heck?!?!?!?!
Here's the list of products I used:
- Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape
- Eye Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
- Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics- Extra Bitter
- Eyeliner: None
- Lash Adhesive: Revlon Lash Adhesive (latex-free)
- Eyelashes: Andrea #45s
I'm heartbroken. And now I want to know WTF is causing this!
Here are the only commonalities.
1. Urban Decay eyeshadows
Mitigation: I've worn them for years without issues. It was a green look the first time, so it's not a red dye issue. That was a thought of mine.
2. False Lashes
Mitigation: I wore lashes from January-September almost every day
3. Lash Adhesive
It's not Latex. I'm wondering if there's another ingredient that's triggering this.
I don't have any reaction to it anywhere else....
I'm at a loss. I'm also changing jobs soon so I don't want to look like this all the time. So I could really use your help!!!!!!!!
Has anyone else ever run into something like this? If so, what was it? Please shoot me an email- it's quirkybusyandbeautiful (at) gmail (dot) com! Or leave a comment. I'm desperate to figure this out. I don't want to think that I have to give up on makeup. I adored the look I was playing with, but I've ended up with the same reaction.
I'm wondering if it's lash adhesive or the lashes primarily. I ruled out latex, but I wonder if there's something in both Duo and Revlon adhesives that's also in the Tom Ford cream shadows.