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Monday, December 15, 2008

Coastal Scents Silicone Powder VS. MUFE HD Powder LE Set

Coastal Scents Silicone Powder is only $4 for 1oz. or 28.35 grams (MORE than enough) You can buy one of their sifter 30 jars for $.85. Total Cost? About $5. Currently showing as OUT OF STOCK on the website grrrrrr

Sephora Limited Edition MUFE HD Powder & Kabuki Brush Set $49. (A $69 value)The brush can be purchased by itself for $39. UGH the set is def the better value btwn the two, but I am not 100% convinced it is worth it to spend so much when the Coastal Scents deal is so much more affordable!
A Sistah Can Dream, Can't She? LOL

The debate rages on. Some are saying that the Coastal Scents Silicone Powder is the same as the MUFE HD powder. I think the MUFE HD Powder has some other benefits like antioxidants or something like that. Still, I have to wonder....$50 vs $5. STICKER SHOCK? I could totally justify the LE purchase from Sephora b/c of the brush. (quivery lip) LOL

EDIT! I just reconsidered my purchase of this item due to controversy surrounding using the CS silica spheres in it's raw form alone. The cs website says that it is an ingredient. I have a close friend who uses this product regularly & associated her upper respritory irritation to the use of this product. :O(
Coastal Scents Silica Shperes Powder IS NOT Equal to Make Up For Ever HD Powder!!!

***ADDITIONAL INFO: After silica particles are inhaled, the smallest particles work their way to the lower respiratory tract. Once in the lungs the particles cause acute toxicity damage to the lung cells. Scientists believe that the surface and sharp structure of the silica particle are to blame for the extreme danger and toxic nature of the dust. As support for this theory, it has been observed that freshly crushed silica particles cause more inflammation and kill more cells than silica that has aged in the air.

The silica particles are quickly attacked and ingested by the body's defense releasing enzymes and radicals. This release of these by products can result in death of the lung and white blood cells cell which causes inflammation which can result in acute silicosis. However the process usually produces a condition called alveolitis which is often the first stage of chronic silicosis.

As scar tissue is created it will form lesions in the later stages of the disease.

As the body develops chronic inflammation dark areas become visible in X-ray chest film. The silicotic nodules are dense spherical structures which collect together and become visible on chest X-rays usually in the upper lung fields.

As silicosis develops, the lungs become increasingly susceptible to infections with tuberculosis, fungi, and bacteria of many kinds, which accelerates the disease process.
What is being sold is to be used in formulations. Meaning only added to other ingredients not to be used undiluted. Is often done so in presumtive accordance with appropriate manufacturing regulations (i.e. amount, concentration, method of application). This does not speak to its safety if applied directly or undiluted. For example, pure pigments(the coloring) that are used in formulating eyeshadows, can cause irritation, allergic reaction or dermatitis if applied directly to the skin. In this case, through continued use, you may be risking something more serious: Silicosis

Silicosis (also known as Grinder's disease and Potter's rot) is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, and is marked by inflammation and scarring in forms of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs.

This is especially concerning to me because in every other industry where the product is micronized and becomes airborne, the potential for it to cause cancer is classified as "strong evidence".

In California, Silica fall under the list of of carcinogens on Proposition 65.

What's important to note about this product in particular is that it's being sold as an ingredient, and not as a finished product. If you read the recommendations on the page it's all geared towards being part of a larger formulation (ex: "This can be used for slip in small amounts , oil control formulations of mineral makeup."). They aren't recommending that it be applied directly as a face powder.

Check out the website and see for yourself:

And please always research an ingredient before using it!!!


****About 3/4 of the way down the page the makeup artist named David Klasfeld writes this information out for us! Thanfully! :D

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