Covergirl Eyeshadow

By: Morgan Ellerman

What type of ingredients are used?

Some of the more common ingredients are talc, mica, sericite, magnesium sterate, colorants, and preservatives. Talc, mica, and magnesium are all raw materials that come out of the ground. The eyeshadow is made up of a base filter which is most commonly made up of either talc or mica.

How is it made?

There are steps to make the eye shadow. First they create a base. FIlter materials are primary ingredients in most bases such as talc or mica. Filters give formula volume and allows other ingredients to blend well. For eyeshadows that require cream bases, they are made out of waxes, oils, beeswax, silicone, shea butter, castor oil, and jojoba oil. After a base is made the binders are added. The binders are used to give the eye shadow ingredients a way to stick to skin and give lasting coverage. Procter and Gamble (the company that makes it) realizes how their product is impacting the environment and they are trying to change their products to be more environmentally friendly.

What happens after it's thrown away?

Instead of throwing away old eyeshadow containers, you can clean them out and refill them with other things. I think that Covergirl should do something like Mac. Mac accepts returns of its primary packaging through the back to Mac program. If you return six containers, you can receive a free lipstick.

What do people say?

People are saying that companies (including Procter and Gamble) are putting dangerous chemicals in their cosmetics that can cause problems with people and the environment. Procter and Gamble are trying to do things to make their products more environmentally friendly and to make their products last longer.

What is Procter and Gamble doing?

Procter and Gamble claims that they realize how their products are affecting the environment and they say that they are doing things to help reduce the impact. They are partnering with World Wildlife Fund to focus on reducing the environmental impact. They want to use materials like pulp and palm oil. While they are using these, they are also making sure that production does not lead to the loss of natural ecosystems or create other issues.

Things they are doing:

  • conserving resources.
  • manufacture high quality products in a way that use fewer resources.
  • use 100% renewable or recycled materials in all products and packages.
  • starting to use renewable forest product and palm oil.
  • trying to reduce the amount of solid waste.
changing the design to reduce the amount of waste and to conserve resources.


  • They want to have 100% of their paper packaging contain either recycled or third party-certified content by 2020.
  • Want to ensure zero deforestation in their palm oil supply chain.
  • Want to replace to petroleum-derived raw materials with renewable materials as a cost and scale permit.
  • Want to reduce their packaging by 20% per consumer use by the year 2020.

In the news?

There was one article that i found called "Danger of Toxic Chemical in Cosmetics?" This article is about how manufactures are putting a toxic chemical that causes severe birth defects in cosmetics. Government researchers discovered that DBP (dibutyl phthalate) was present in every single person tested for the compound by the CDC. They think that this came from cosmetics and beauty products. They said that they found DBP in many brands including Covergirl in an analysis of more that 100 patents, they said that Procter and Gamble held the most patents, 37.


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