{"id":605065707826,"title":"Il Makiage Review: Why Are Customers Complaining?","created_at":"2023-03-12T18:26:15-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Il Makiage Review: Why Are Customers Complaining?\",\n \"keywords\": \"il makiage, il makiage review, il makiage reviews, il makiage concealer, il makiage cream, is il makiage legit\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in two of Il Makiage's products based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. We explain what many Il Makiage customers are complaining about.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/il-makiage-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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[\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7894303\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/il-makiage-foundation-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7691901\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/3757972\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/1685418\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6335493\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30829206\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19218914\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23449131\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/jlo-beauty-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ny\/new-york\/profile\/cosmetics-sales\/il-makiage-0121-9390\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11896774\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24471735\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"F*ck I'm Flawless\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Power Recharge Cream\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"iron oxides\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"titanium dioxide\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"BHT\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"All Beauty By Sarah\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"phenoxyethanol\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"BBB\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Zoie-Marie\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2023-03-12\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Il_Makiage_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1678659710\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eI\u003c\/span\u003el Makiage is one of the most popular cosmetics brands in the U.S. They sell both makeup and skincare products, and the brand describes its website as “a new way to shop online” with tutorials and influencer partnerships.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut do Il Makiage cosmetics contain ingredients proven to increase skin quality? Do they contain any potentially harmful additive ingredients? Do their products work on darker skin? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Il Makiage?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of Il Makiage’s most popular products: F*ck I’m Flawless (their concealer), and Power Recharge Cream (their anti-aging moisturizer). We’ll give our take on whether these products are likely to improve skin quality or if they’re a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also provide a cost breakdown that shows which retailer has Il Makiage for the best price, and feature real, unsponsored Il Makiage user reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIl Makiage Concealer Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Il Makiage concealer ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Il_Makiage_Concealer_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1678659734\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in F*ck I’m Flawless concealer are shown above. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe good news is that rather than artificial dyes, the brand uses naturally-derived colorants.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eIron oxides\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are non-toxic and actually protect the skin from UV rays, according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7894303\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTitanium dioxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another non-toxic (when used on skin) colorant that can protect skin from UV damage as we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/il-makiage-foundation-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIl Makiage Foundation ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately, there are also a number of questionable filler ingredients in this formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTalc\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may be contaminated with the carcinogenic compound asbestos around 10% of the time in cosmetics, according to a 2020 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7691901\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBHT\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a synthetic preservative that was shown to be toxic to animal cells in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/3757972\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEnvironmental Research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBenzyl alcohol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another synthetic preservative that has been shown to be toxic when ingested (but not necessarily when applied topically) in a 1991 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/1685418\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “All Beauty By Sarah” reviewed this concealer (along with another product), and included a live product demo and an all-day wear test. We’ve timestamped the video below to start where she starts discussing Il Makiage concealer:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/YSRm9GJtJ-4?start=411\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIl Makiage Moisturizer Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Il Makiage moisturizer ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Il_Makiage_Moisturizer_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1678659762\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Power Recharge Cream are shown above. This is the fragrance-free version. We always recommend avoiding fragrance in cosmetics for health reasons.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCoconut alkanes\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are skin-softening, and may have anti-inflammatory and skin-protective effects according to a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6335493\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eApple fruit extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another effective ingredient, having been shown in a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30829206\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to improve skin elasticity and moisture content. The study authors even suggested this ingredient may have an anti-aging effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAloe vera\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has a number of dermatological effects, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and even wound healing according to a 2009 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19218914\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSqualane\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a plant-derived compound shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23449131\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Science\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to not only moisturize the skin but also potentially be an effective acne treatment.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClearly there are a number of effective ingredients in this formulation, and we consider Il Makiage’s moisturizer likely to improve skin moisture content and repair the skin barrier, and potentially effective for reducing wrinkles and providing an anti-aging effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePhenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the only ingredient that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid. As we documented in our \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/jlo-beauty-review\"\u003eJLo Beauty review\u003c\/a\u003e article\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, this ingredient has been shown to be toxic to human cells in at least one clinical trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Stephanie tried this cream and claims that it left a residue (and claims in the comments that she ended up returning it):\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 375px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7160341235851447594\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@sillinessinsouthflorida\/video\/7160341235851447594\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@sillinessinsouthflorida?refer=embed\" title=\"@sillinessinsouthflorida\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@sillinessinsouthflorida\u003c\/a\u003e Going to assume this is what @ilmakiage means by the excess? But still liking the feel and look! 🙌🏻💥 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/noninfluencer?refer=embed\" title=\"noninfluencer\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#noninfluencer\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/reality?refer=embed\" title=\"reality\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#reality\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/puttingmyselfoutthere?refer=embed\" title=\"puttingmyselfoutthere\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#puttingmyselfoutthere\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/doesthiswork?refer=embed\" title=\"doesthiswork\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#doesthiswork\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/ticktock?refer=embed\" title=\"ticktock\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#ticktock\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/notgettinganyyounger?refer=embed\" title=\"notgettinganyyounger\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#notgettinganyyounger\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/thisisme?refer=embed\" title=\"thisisme\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#thisisme\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7160341252863576875?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ original sound - Stephanie\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - Stephanie\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Il Makiage Overcharging Customers?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, there’s a “Current Alert” on the Il Makiage Better Business Bureau (BBB) \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ny\/new-york\/profile\/cosmetics-sales\/il-makiage-0121-9390\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epage\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe alert warns consumers of the many complaints related to Il Makiage’s billing practices: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e“BBB files indicate a Pattern of Complaints regarding the billing policies, technical issues and customer service practices of Il Makiage. Beginning in Jan. 2019, BBB…marked a notable increase in consumer disputes against this firm.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe overall review rating on the BBB site is impressive at 4.63 out of 5 stars, but there have been over 1,000 complaints in the last three years, with the most recent complaint regarding a customer being charged after returning products during the free trial period:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“ordered the trial on 1\/20\/23 and returned the items on 2\/1\/23. No charge should have been applied since the items were returned before the 14 day trial period. On 2\/28 I got charged for the full amount…\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis company is a complete [scam] and as of today 3\/09 the charge has not been refunded $65.05.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo the credit of Il Makiage, the brand has responded to 100% of customer complaints in an effort to resolve them, which is a sign of a high-quality brand. The complaint cited above was resolved.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGiven this warning, and given how proactive Il Makiage is on their BBB page, we would recommend that customers experiencing billing issues submit a complaint on the BBB page, as this may fast-track a resolution.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDo Il Makiage’s Products Work on Darker Skin?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHow well a cosmetic product blends into lighter or darker skin can vary. A beauty influencer named Zoie-Marie reviewed Il Makiage in a video with over 25,000 views, did a live product demo and shared her thoughts on whether the brand is a good choice for people with higher-melanin skin:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Y5B2_vbSlEM\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Skincare Picks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Products_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664754145\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the official brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2174\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eHydraglow\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top moisturizer pick.\u003c\/span\u003e It features \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebakuchiol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24471735\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"clinically proven to have anti-aging effects.\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstyle\u003e\u003c!--\n.katalys-iframe-container {\n position: relative;\n width: auto;\n height: 100%;\n max-height: 420px;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n display: inline-block;\n content: \"\";\n padding-bottom: 58.82%;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container iframe {\n position: absolute;\n width: 100%;\n height: 100%;\n }\n @media (max-width: 660px) {\n .katalys-iframe-container {\n width: 300px;\n height: 600px;\n max-height: 600px;\n margin: 0 auto;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n padding-bottom: 0%;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n }\n--\u003e\u003c\/style\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"margin-bottom: 25px;\" class=\"katalys-iframe-container\"\u003e\u003ciframe style=\"margin: auto; border: none; width: 100%; height: 100%;\" src=\"https:\/\/1o.io\/checkouts\/ffccd0c3-b4bc-4d88-aea3-38e8de7f1296\/#placementId=il-makiage-review\/placementId2=HydraGlow\/placementId3=inline\" allow=\"payment\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBulletproof Collagen Powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOral \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e supplementation was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJournal of Drugs in Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eto improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNone of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Il Makiage\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Il Makiage as a brand in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003ePros:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEffective ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePositive customer review rating\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBacked by beauty influencers\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eReasonable prices\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eCons:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome questionable additive ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany complaints about billing practices from customers\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnly available for purchase on brand website\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not currently recommend either of the Il Makiage products reviewed in this article (concealer and moisturizer).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile both products contained some research-backed ingredients, they also contained at least one questionable additive ingredient. The concealer used iron oxides and titanium dioxide as the main active ingredients which are naturally-derived and safer than artificial colorants.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider the formulation of the moisturizer to be better than the concealer, because the moisturizer only contains one ingredient we deem questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of writing this article, there’s a warning on the BBB website related to the billing practices of Il Makiage, which is somewhat concerning. Apparently, many customers have submitted complaints about the brand's billing practices.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor a brand that positions itself as luxury, the prices for Il Makiage cosmetics are relatively affordable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-03-12T18:37:12-04:00","updated_at":"2024-01-16T12:12:28-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in two of Il Makiage's products based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. We explain what many Il Makiage customers are complaining about.","template_suffix":"","handle":"il-makiage-review","tags":"_related:cosmetics, _related:skincare"}

Il Makiage Review: Why Are Customers Complaining?

Il Makiage Review: Why Are Customers Complaining?


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Il Makiage is one of the most popular cosmetics brands in the U.S. They sell both makeup and skincare products, and the brand describes its website as “a new way to shop online” with tutorials and influencer partnerships.

But do Il Makiage cosmetics contain ingredients proven to increase skin quality? Do they contain any potentially harmful additive ingredients? Do their products work on darker skin? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Il Makiage?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of Il Makiage’s most popular products: F*ck I’m Flawless (their concealer), and Power Recharge Cream (their anti-aging moisturizer). We’ll give our take on whether these products are likely to improve skin quality or if they’re a waste of money.

We’ll also provide a cost breakdown that shows which retailer has Il Makiage for the best price, and feature real, unsponsored Il Makiage user reviews.

Il Makiage Concealer Ingredient Analysis

Il Makiage concealer ingredients

The ingredients in F*ck I’m Flawless concealer are shown above. 

The good news is that rather than artificial dyes, the brand uses naturally-derived colorants.

Iron oxides are non-toxic and actually protect the skin from UV rays, according to a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Titanium dioxide is another non-toxic (when used on skin) colorant that can protect skin from UV damage as we documented in our review of Il Makiage Foundation ingredients.

Unfortunately, there are also a number of questionable filler ingredients in this formulation.

Talc may be contaminated with the carcinogenic compound asbestos around 10% of the time in cosmetics, according to a 2020 clinical trial.

BHT is a synthetic preservative that was shown to be toxic to animal cells in a clinical trial published in the Environmental Research journal.

Benzyl alcohol is another synthetic preservative that has been shown to be toxic when ingested (but not necessarily when applied topically) in a 1991 clinical trial.

A YouTube creator named “All Beauty By Sarah” reviewed this concealer (along with another product), and included a live product demo and an all-day wear test. We’ve timestamped the video below to start where she starts discussing Il Makiage concealer:

Il Makiage Moisturizer Ingredient Analysis

Il Makiage moisturizer ingredients

The ingredients in Power Recharge Cream are shown above. This is the fragrance-free version. We always recommend avoiding fragrance in cosmetics for health reasons.

Coconut alkanes are skin-softening, and may have anti-inflammatory and skin-protective effects according to a 2019 medical review.

Apple fruit extract is another effective ingredient, having been shown in a 2019 clinical trial to improve skin elasticity and moisture content. The study authors even suggested this ingredient may have an anti-aging effect.

Aloe vera has a number of dermatological effects, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and even wound healing according to a 2009 meta-study.

Squalane is a plant-derived compound shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science to not only moisturize the skin but also potentially be an effective acne treatment.

Clearly there are a number of effective ingredients in this formulation, and we consider Il Makiage’s moisturizer likely to improve skin moisture content and repair the skin barrier, and potentially effective for reducing wrinkles and providing an anti-aging effect.

Phenoxyethanol is the only ingredient that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid. As we documented in our JLo Beauty review article, this ingredient has been shown to be toxic to human cells in at least one clinical trial.

A TikTok user named Stephanie tried this cream and claims that it left a residue (and claims in the comments that she ended up returning it):

@sillinessinsouthflorida Going to assume this is what @ilmakiage means by the excess? But still liking the feel and look! 🙌🏻💥 #noninfluencer #reality #puttingmyselfoutthere #doesthiswork #ticktock #notgettinganyyounger #thisisme ♬ original sound - Stephanie

Is Il Makiage Overcharging Customers?

At the time of publishing this article, there’s a “Current Alert” on the Il Makiage Better Business Bureau (BBB) page.

The alert warns consumers of the many complaints related to Il Makiage’s billing practices: “BBB files indicate a Pattern of Complaints regarding the billing policies, technical issues and customer service practices of Il Makiage. Beginning in Jan. 2019, BBB…marked a notable increase in consumer disputes against this firm.”

The overall review rating on the BBB site is impressive at 4.63 out of 5 stars, but there have been over 1,000 complaints in the last three years, with the most recent complaint regarding a customer being charged after returning products during the free trial period:

“ordered the trial on 1/20/23 and returned the items on 2/1/23. No charge should have been applied since the items were returned before the 14 day trial period. On 2/28 I got charged for the full amount…This company is a complete [scam] and as of today 3/09 the charge has not been refunded $65.05.”

To the credit of Il Makiage, the brand has responded to 100% of customer complaints in an effort to resolve them, which is a sign of a high-quality brand. The complaint cited above was resolved.

Given this warning, and given how proactive Il Makiage is on their BBB page, we would recommend that customers experiencing billing issues submit a complaint on the BBB page, as this may fast-track a resolution.

Do Il Makiage’s Products Work on Darker Skin?

How well a cosmetic product blends into lighter or darker skin can vary. A beauty influencer named Zoie-Marie reviewed Il Makiage in a video with over 25,000 views, did a live product demo and shared her thoughts on whether the brand is a good choice for people with higher-melanin skin:

Our Clean Skincare Picks

There are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.

Hydraglow is our top moisturizer pick. It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects."

Interested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:

The only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is Bulletproof Collagen Powder.

Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

None of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.

Pros and Cons of Il Makiage

Here are the pros and cons of Il Makiage as a brand in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective ingredients
  • Positive customer review rating
  • Backed by beauty influencers
  • Reasonable prices

Cons:

  • Some questionable additive ingredients
  • Many complaints about billing practices from customers
  • Only available for purchase on brand website
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Conclusion

We do not currently recommend either of the Il Makiage products reviewed in this article (concealer and moisturizer).

While both products contained some research-backed ingredients, they also contained at least one questionable additive ingredient. The concealer used iron oxides and titanium dioxide as the main active ingredients which are naturally-derived and safer than artificial colorants.

We consider the formulation of the moisturizer to be better than the concealer, because the moisturizer only contains one ingredient we deem questionable from a health perspective.

At the time of writing this article, there’s a warning on the BBB website related to the billing practices of Il Makiage, which is somewhat concerning. Apparently, many customers have submitted complaints about the brand's billing practices.

For a brand that positions itself as luxury, the prices for Il Makiage cosmetics are relatively affordable.