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What's on Your Face? Ten Most Toxic Cosmetics

By Courtney Dentch - 2011-12-02T19:43:15Z

Photograph by Evan Sung/Bloomberg; art direction by Brent Murray

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Triple Dose Eye Shadow

Avon Beyond Color Radiant Lifting Eyeshadow

In addition to polishing off a look, another triple whammy -- retinyl palmitate, parabens and "lake" dyes -- in this shadow adds an additional layer of the potentially dangerous ingredients to users' skins. The eye shadow also contains ingredients that increase absorption into the skin, multiplying the potential health risk.

While Avon discontinued the shadow, according to Avon spokeswoman Claudia Shaum, it can still be found at some online retailers. Avon has phased out several other formulations in recent years in favor of less-harmful compounds, according to the SkinDeep database.