You’ll Never Guess What Gave Me That Allergic Reaction

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So in an earlier post, I talked about an allergic reaction to something in my routine and how although I only get reactions like that once in a blue moon, I mapped out how I figure out what triggered things. If you haven’t read that post, make sure you check it out so you don’t go into this post confused. There’s also some pretty topnotch info in that post that can help you figure out what might be causing an allergic reaction in your routine.

I was in the process where I take any new items out of my routine bit by bit when I figured out what the cause was.

I was shocked when I realized the culprit.

I had a couple of guesses as laid out in my first post, but I was leaning towards it being my blush brush because the reaction was on my cheeks in the same area where it glides on my cheeks. I was fully prepared to switch to the beautyblender beauty.blusher cheeky when I figured out what actually caused the reaction.

Can you guess what it was?

I don’t know that I would have figured it out until this accident happened.

Ok ready?

It was that Morphe About Last Night Palette that I tested and reviewed about a week or two ago. Funny because prior to testing it, I had written off Morphe shadows based on my thoughts towards their 35 palettes (reviewed here) but it was such a gorgeous, well-arranged palette with beautiful pigmentation and didn’t have that chemical smell I found with the larger palettes.

So how did I know it was that palette causing an allergic reaction ON MY CHEEKS?!?! I mean, I clearly wasn’t using the palette on my cheeks. But I did have one of the more shimmery shades produce some fall out underneath my eyes and within minutes I had the little bumps in that area. And it makes sense that the reaction was initially on my cheeks because I do my eye makeup after I apply foundation and before highlight and contour. Sometimes I go back in and blend certain areas on my eyes. Whatever fallout landed on my cheeks got picked up by my blush brush which then moved the fallout around to a larger area on my cheeks. Crazy, right?!?!

That eyeshadow palette was one of the newer introductions to my routine within the time I had the allergic reaction and since I’ve realized it was the palette and stopped using it, no more breakouts.

Now here’s the thing with allergic reactions: they can be extremely personal. Meaning, just because I had a reaction to it, doesn’t mean you will. There are plenty of other things people are allergic to (for example, some people can’t wear red or purple shadows because they’re allergic to the dye used to color the shadow) that don’t affect me at all. My point in writing this post is a follow-up to the first post and the first post was written to help anyone who might be in a similar situation get closer to figuring things out. (And seriously, if you haven’t read that first post yet, WYD?!?!)

Are you allergic to any makeup or skincare products? How did you figure it out? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

5 Responses to You’ll Never Guess What Gave Me That Allergic Reaction

  1. Chantelle says:

    I’m allergic to just about all lipgloss. It sucks so much. I love lip gloss. I my top lip gets very tight and small minuscule bumps sometimes appear. Lasts for like two weeks ?

  2. Fabiola says:

    Yes, unfortunately. I’m allergic to shea and talc. So it can be a hassle to shop for make-up , especially foundation.

  3. Candace says:

    Omg. I just started using a morphe pallet and am noticing some weird acne. I don’t use it often and I don’t have much other products on my face. I will try your routine for narrowing down the culprit. Thanks!!

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