Know Your Ingredients: Manganese Violet

by Gio

What it is
Manganese Violet is a violent pigment.

What it does
Manganese Violet is used to impart a purple colour to cosmetics.

Side effects
Manganese Violet is generally considered to be safe, even when used around the eyes.




Victoria September 2, 2012 - 12:35 am

There is a purple pigment that causes my eyes to be completely red the next day. Sometimes it’s a purplish/brown, a purple, or a blue/purple eye shadow. The day after I wear it, I wake up with goopy eyes with the whites a complete, not attractive, red.
I’m not sure if it’s violet manganese or not, I haven’t quite pinpointed the culprit, but I do try to steer away from these colors (although sometimes I just can’t resist 🙂 )

beautifulwithbrains September 2, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Victoria, I’m so sorry to hear that, it’s awful! You can try and check out the labels and see if they all contain the same pigment so you know what to avoid. Until then, best to stay away from purple eyeshadows although it can really be hard sometimes.

Janessa September 2, 2012 - 1:53 am

I’ve seen this ingredient quite a few times! Keep up with the ingredients! I LOVE THEM. Also, on Friday, my science teacher said we need 10 minutes of sun exposure (and 20 minutes if you’re wearing long sleeves and pants) to have the vitamin D we need for the day. I told him that was false in front of the class. I hope I am correct haha. I said that you don’t need to get it through the sun. Food is okay too and we get enough sun from just walking around, driving, etc. But he doesn’t believe me!

Haha if I am wrong, oh wells! This is my third year having the same teacher for science. Gio! I am sending you the package this week. I promise I’ll send you OCC skin conceal. It has been out of stock for a few weeks! I was hoping it’d be back in stock soon but I’ve decided I’ll send you what I have for now.
:] I got you a Maybelline color tattoo in the orange color. And I’m not telling you anything more.

beautifulwithbrains September 2, 2012 - 10:05 pm

Janessa, I’m glad you do, and I will! 😉

The debate on whether to get Vitamin D from the sun or not is still on, with some experts recommending sun exposure a few minutes every day and others saying unprotected sun exposure is always bad. Dr. Schult has recently talked about a new study whose results show that it’s best to get our dose from food than the sun: And I agree with him and you too. The sun can be dangerous and if there’s a safe alternative to get the Vitamin D we need, we should take advantage of it. Vitamin D is in a lot more foods than people realise anyway so if you eat a healthy diet you shouldn’t be deficient in it 🙂

Oh thank you hun! You’re spoiling me, but I really appreciate it. And I’m really curious now! Can’t wait to see the contents! 🙂

jo balo November 5, 2016 - 3:32 pm

who is the expert that “considers” this to be safe?

Gio November 14, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Jo, I put my source at the end of the post. Who is the expert who doesn’t, by the way? So far I haven’t seen any scientific proof it’s bad for you.

Yolanda December 13, 2017 - 4:09 am

Could this be the ingredient that affects Victoria? I have the same problem but loooove purple eyeshadows!

I would love to find an all natural one I could use and not have this issue with. Does anyone know of any please??

Gio December 23, 2017 - 7:46 pm

Yolanda, I suppose it can be. Even when an ingredient is safe for most people, there’s always the chance it may bother someone. Allergic reactions to water, for example, are very rare but can occur. Unfortunately, purple is a colour that’s very difficult to achieve.

Jaci February 22, 2020 - 7:51 pm

RMS Beauty has a lovely purple eye polish in the shade called “magnetic” that does not contain manganese. I love this brand and have not had any irritation from it personally. I was wondering about the safety of manganese in beauty products myself and while I know it says that it is safe according to the FDA, I think I’d rather avoid it if I can. I am sure we get adequate amounts via food.


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