7 Best Talc Free Eyeshadow Palettes

Just like most beauty products out there, eyeshadows can come with ingredients that I would rather avoid. I am rounding up my top picks for the Best Talc Free Eyeshadows. With these in your makeup bag, you will be able to go from everyday looks to glam looks without any toxic ingredients!

Discover your new go-to talc free eyeshadow palettes in our carefully curated selection.  From everyday minimalism to dazzling glam, these palettes deliver top-notch performance without compromising on clean ingredients.

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What To Look For When Choosing An Eyeshadow Palette

eyeshadow palette
Just like other beauty products, eyeshadows can have some sneaky ingredients in them.


Obviously, based on the title of this blog post, you probably know that talc is a heavy hitter when it comes to what to avoid in your eyeshadow palette. 

Talc is used in cosmetics, personal care products, and even in food products as an anti-caking agent. Talc is a soft mineral that absorbs moisture and provides a smooth texture.

Unfortunately, it can become contaminated with asbestos through the mining process or manufacturing processes. 

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says talc contaminated with asbestos is “carcinogenic to humans.” (source)

And on top of that, when used in aerosol-based products or products that can easily be inhaled, the risk of using a product with talc is definitely worse.

It’s also important to note that even asbestos-free talc can irritate skin and if accidentally inhaled, can lead to breathing problems.

Asbestos-free talc can also be carcinogenic when used on the perineum according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). 

So ultimately it’s an ingredient I try to avoid in my personal care products!

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Other Ingredients To Avoid

But talc isn’t the only ingredient you need to be on the lookout for in your eyeshadows. Here are a few that can be commonly found:

  • PTFE– Yes, this is the same ingredient I avoid in my cookware and some brands are putting it in makeup products. Check out my Non Toxic Cookware post for all the details on this ingredient.
  • Phenoxyethanol– There are clean sources of this ingredient, you just need to check with the brand if you see it listed in a product. It has the potential to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.
  • Parabens (-methyl, -butyl, -propyl, etc)
  • Aluminum Powder
  • PEG’s
  • Petrolatum
woman wearing earth pigment eyeshadow on one eye compared to eyeshadow with artificial colors and dyes on the other eye
You can still achieve a great look without artificial dyes and colors in your eyeshadows!

Artificial dyes and colorants are also a big topic when it comes to makeup that is used to create bold colors. While I don’t love seeing these in products, and often I will choose to avoid products with these ingredients,  it’s hard for companies to be able to create certain products without them. 

Colorants or dyes such as FD&C Blue or Yellow-5 are derived from petroleum and contain irritating compounds such as benzidine, a known carcinogen. (source)  

But, you need to keep in mind that artificial dyes are often a very small percentage of the actual ingredients overall in the product.  

Do I still wear lipsticks with artificial dyes in them- absolutely!  Is it all the time- no. It is something that each consumer needs to decide what they are comfortable with.

How To Best Apply Eyeshadow 

Knowing how to apply your eyeshadow plus using the right tools can be the key to getting the most out of your products.

Eyeshadow Tutorial

Check out my step by step tutorial for eyeshadow application! You can also watch my full video tutorial here.

My final eye look with liner and mascara!

Tools Needed

My favorite makeup tools make eyeshadow application so much easier!

For a nice eyeshadow application, I like to have a few tools to make the whole process a little easier. Here are my faves:

  • All Over Eyeshadow Brush- I like to have a larger eye shadow brush that I use for lighter colors on my entire lid.  Check this one out.
  • Smaller Lid Defining Brush- This is great for getting the shadow into the crease and defining the eyes. Check this one out.
  • Crease Brush- This helps to blend the lighter and darker shadows together from crease to brow bone. Check this one out.
  • Liner Brush- This is great for when you want to use a powdered shadow for a liner. Check this one out.

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Conclusion: Is it bad to have talc in your eyeshadow?

Yes, I do believe talc is an ingredient to avoid in your eyeshadow along with your other beauty products. Even if it has been tested for asbestos contamination, talc on its own can bring its own side effects. And, with all these talc free eyeshadow options, there is no need to choose eyeshadows with talc!

What’s your favorite talc free eyeshadow? Share below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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