When purchasing a new lipstick, the only worst-case scenario expected is usually an unfavorable shade match (which can be devastating enough, believe me), but for one woman, things ended much worse than with just an unflattering color. After buying a new lipstick from the CoverGirl Queen Collection for a night out on her husband’s birthday, Florida resident Lily Cleopatra Maurice claims her bottom lip swelled to such a degree that she began choking and was unable to breathe, forcing her to rush to the emergency room. The allergic reaction was such a shock that Maurice quickly took to Facebook to share her experience, urging others to take extra caution when using new cosmetics:
While some lipsticks are naturally meant to give your lips a little boost in the plumping department, this one had clearly crossed the line into something horribly reminiscent of all those #KylieJennerLipChallenge images. After doing a little digging, Refinery29 found that this reaction is actually a condition called angioedema, which is a swelling similar to hives that occurs beneath the skin’s surface. “It’s accompanied by severe lower-lip swelling and often, by difficulty breathing and swallowing,” NYC dermatologist Jeanette Graf, M.D. ,told Refinery29. “It is difficult to pin down without a work-up by a physician. However, if or when this type of reaction happens, it is essential to go to an emergency room to treat the immediate problem of swelling.”
Considering CoverGirl is a major brand that refrains from using any known allergy-inducing ingredients, this seems to be an isolated case brought on by exposure to an ingredient that Maurice had naturally already been sensitive to. When prompted, CoverGirl was swift to respond to the incident, ensuring that Lily was indeed recovering from her condition in a statement given to R29: “As soon as we learned of this women’s experience, which would certainly not be expected from lipstick use, we reached out to her to learn more about what happened and see how we could help,” Laura Brinker of CoverGirl Communications said. “We are glad to hear she is OK and are awaiting her response. At CoverGirl, the safety of people who use our brand is our top priority. We conduct extensive testing on all of our products to ensure they’re safe and effective.”
This isn’t the first time a lip product has been to blame for a severe allergic reaction, EOS lip balm had its own legal troubles after women were finding that their lips were painfully cracking and blistering after using the cult-favorite product. Whether or not you feel like you’re at risk for a reaction like this, it’s always best to conduct a patch test on a small section of skin before fully applying elsewhere. Better safe than sorry! For more information, read the full report on R29.
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