- Lily Cleopatra Maurice of Orlando, Florida, recently picked up a lipstick at Walmart from the CoverGirl Queen Collection
- The morning after applying the lipstick, Lily claims she woke up ‘choking with huge swollen lips’ and had to go to the ER for treatment
- After being rushed to the emergency room, Lily shared her story and photos of her shocking condition on Facebook
- A spokesperson for CoverGirl said that the brand has reached out to Lily, while experts agree the ingredients in the lipstick are safe
A woman who suffered shocking swelling of the lips after using a CoverGirl lipstick has taken to social media to warn others about possible allergic reactions.
Lily Cleopatra Maurice of Orlando, Florida, recently went to Walmart and picked up a lipstick from the CoverGirl Queen Collection. But after applying it one day and later going to sleep, Lily woke up the next morning in incredible discomfort.
‘Please be aware of the queen collection CoverGirl lipstick,’ Lily later wrote on Facebook. ‘Purchased [lipstick] this week woke up choking with huge swollen lips. I had to be rushed to the ER! Could’ve died in my sleep.’
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A new look: Lily Cleopatra Maurice of Orlando, Florida, claims that lipstick she bought from the CoverGirl Queen collection caused her lower lip to swell so large that she work up choking
Painful: Lily claims in her post that her doctors informed her that the reaction ‘could’ve been fatal’
Along with her panicked post, Lily included a series of photos showing herself looking into the camera distressed in a hospital bed and showing off a terribly swollen bottom lip.
Looking at the images it seems that it was only Lily’s bottom lip that was largely affected, and she also posed in one image alongside the offending lipstick she claims caused her lip to swell.
‘Pls be careful with the harmful products in lipsticks, [sic]’ she added in her post, replying to one user in the comments that the doctor told her ‘it could’ve been fatal’ if she had been a heavier sleeper.
Since being posted on Saturday, Lily’s post and photos has been shared more than 56,000 times.
Sending a message: After her ordeal, Lily took to Facebook to warn others about the importance of researching cosmetic products
Far and wide: Since posting her story online on Saturday, Lily’s words and images have been shared more than 56,000 times
Clearing it up: In light of the incident, CoverGirl responded saying that they ‘conduct extensive testing on all our products to ensure they’re safe and effective’
Woman credits MAJOR allergic reaction to Covergirl lipstick
While it’s not clear exactly how or if the lipstick definitely caused her situation, the company that produced the lipstick have stood by their product.
‘As soon as we learned of this woman’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,’ said CoverGirl Communications’ Laura Brinker said.
‘We are glad to hear she is okay 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 our products to ensure they’re safe and effective.’
Experts appear to agree that, based on their ingredients, the lipsticks should, in fact, be safe.
Another opinion: Cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller told Refinery29 that nothing in the list of ingredients in the lipstick stood out as out of the ordinary
Kind words: In a message to her supporters, Lily wrote that the swelling has since gone down, but encourages others to watch out for harmful ingredients in products
‘There is nothing in the ingredient list that jumps out as an unusual ingredient for a lipstick.’ cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller told Refinery29. ‘CoverGirl is a major brand and I’m sure they vet all their raw materials appropriately.’
However, he does note that some fragrances in products can be an allergen for a very small number of people, but added that this is likely not to be the case with most customers.
After experiencing a huge influx of comments on her story and people reaching out in support of her predicament, Lily posted on Facebook thanking people ‘for caring enough about us women and sharing this awful experience of mine so no one else has to endure what I had to’.
She added: ‘The swelling has gotten down slightly and I have been resting from the steroids. I sincerely appreciate all your kind words of encouragements. Will keep you guys posted. Just please research your products before using them.’