Oil Free?

Oil free skin and balancing that is a task. So many seek high and low to look for items that specifically say “oil free” 

There’s also the consideration that when some search for oil- free products it’s due to serious health conditions such as acne.  Therefore oil free based products become essential that they are actually oil free. So it’s understandable if you feel a deceived when a brand you have known and loved for years isn’t what it says on the tin. 

We have been looking closely at beauty companies that are not all that honest. The packaging looks good but is it really, what it says it is? We have taken a look further. 

Oil Free? 

Several popular skincare and makeup brands have recently come under question from consumers for allegedly mislabeling their products. In addition to being unethical, mislabeling product ingredients or making false claims about products may also be illegal. These claims may be in violation of consumer protection laws enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


The FTC and FDA are responsible for ensuring companies that make claims about their skincare products are able to back those claims up with evidence. The agencies also prohibit companies from mislabeling ingredients on cosmetics.

Maybelline, e.l.f., CeraVe, Neutrogena and Murad are just some of the most popular beauty brands that have been accused of mislabeling their products as oil-free in recent years.

Filed Lawsuits skincare Oil vs Oil free 

Recently in December 2020 it was discovered that there was oil in Maybelline products despite advertisements that state, their products are oil free. 

According to plaiting Norah Flaherty Maybelline Fit me+ Poreless foundation, Maybelline Fit Me concealer and L’Oreal Paris infallible Pro- Matte foundation products all contain oil. 



Skin type is extremely important when it comes to chosing a foundation almost as important as the colour match. 
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation reportedly contains tocopherol and isododecane. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer similarly contains tocopherol and hydrogenated polysiobutene, according to Flaherty. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte foundation also allegedly contains tocopherol acetate.

Although these ingredients may not immediately stand out as oils, Flaherty contends the ingredients are revealed to be oils based on their chemical structures.

This is where we think there needs to be more layman’s terms on labelling - our next blog will tell you what these scientific words actually mean when buying makeup. 

This whole case highlights how deceptive purchasing makeup can be. If we spend our money on anything we deserve to know what is in it! Always read the label and research. Not all is always what it seems. 

Flaherty seeks to represent a Class of consumers who purchased Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte foundation products within the last four years. She also seeks to represent a subclass of consumers from Illinois who purchased the products within the last 10 years.

On behalf of herself and the proposed Class Members, Flaherty seeks injunctive relief, monetary relief, court costs and attorneys’ fees.