WARNING: This post may contain traces of gluten.

Due to an allergy I’ve been on a strict gluten free diet for over 2 years, but only just now have I realized that applying gluten on my skin or lips could also give me reactions. Lipstick is an obvious no-brainer, since a small amount always gets in your mouth. But in my research I found that gluten in face products can cause breakouts and other unwanted reactions on the skin, even if the product is not ingested.

I began researching brands and products to try, and came across a number of sites and blogs saying that ELF (Eyes Lips Face) Cosmetics are gluten free. This brand is extremely affordable, with most products priced in the $1-$3 range. So I thought I would give it a go and try out a bunch of their products. The website said the shipping could take up to a month, but it only took 4 days, so that was very impressive to me. When the package arrived I could barely contain my excitement. It was all fun and games until, much to my utter horror,  I read the back of an eyelash primer and it said the words “wheat protein”. Somehow coating my lashes with gluten, my biggest kryptonite, does not sound appealing to me.

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I quickly emailed the company, and this was their response:

We apologize for any confusion regarding our ingredients. We have researched our products to ensure that they are gluten-free. According to our production department the wheat protein found does not actually contain gluten due to the processing.

So they claim it IS gluten free. Though, I don’t see how wheat protein in any shape or form could be 100% free of gluten. Because the product is just an eyelash primer I don’t see the harm in using it. However, if it was a lipstick or face product in question, I would be a lot more reluctant.

Keep an eye out for ELF product reviews!

x B

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4 thoughts on “WARNING: This post may contain traces of gluten.

    • Hey Melanie! Thanks for your comment 🙂 I bought a whole bunch of products (cause they’re so cheap!), matte lipstick pencils, lipstick, blush, brushes, concealer, and much more! And I haven’t quite decided yet which ones I’ll be reviewing, but matte lip pencils, blush, and brushes will definitely be reviewed. Keep an eye out!

      x B

      • They really are such a steal, B! I don’t wear a lot of make-up but absolutely love trying new products out. Can’t wait to read your reviews – especially for the brushes!

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