Know Your Ingredients: Red 6 (CI 15850)

by Gio


What it is
Red 6 (CI 15850) is a colour additive.

What it does
Red 6 (CI 15850) is used to impart a red colour to face and lip products.

Side effects
Red 6 (CI 15850) cannot be used in products formulated for the eye area.


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Zahra June 12, 2018 - 4:14 am

is it cannot be used in eyeshadow?

Gio June 16, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Zahra, no it can’t.

Merita November 19, 2018 - 6:15 am

Except it is used in this eye liner apparently –

Gio November 23, 2018 - 12:23 pm

Merita, I know products that use ingredients that are not recommended for the eyes in eye products. I prefer not to buy them.

Eilis McKay December 2, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Thanks for sharing your knowledge… New to this but wanted to check the ingredient s of Children s lip gloss given to my daughter……. That would be a no then… Seriously, I mean not allowed for eyes but ok for lips????

Gio December 7, 2018 - 12:37 pm

Eilis, it’s weird, isn’t it? But each ingredient has different properties. It’s possible for example that something issue when ingested in small doses but irritating when it gets into the eyes.

Joris December 13, 2019 - 11:23 am

and is the source of this colorant known? Do you know it is synthetic or natural and if it is vegan?


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