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Ben Nye Cosmetics Creates ‘Minstrel Brown’ Color Makeup

• Nov 4, 2015

*Editor’s note: Ben Nye has removed the Minstrel Brown makeup color, but hasn’t issued a statement.

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Ben Nye Cosmetics is well known for carrying theatre grade cosmetics, a must‐have for those who need sturdy, camera‐friendly cosmetics. However, many beauty bloggers and youtube gurus also swear by using their products for even everyday wear. Ben Nye “Banana Powder,” is  a staple in pretty much every makeup hoarder’s collection.

However, we may want to second‐guess our financial support of this brand given that the name, “Minstrel Brown” has been assigned to the deep brown shade in their collection of creme character bases.

The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American form of entertainment developed in the 19th century of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by white people in blackface or, especially after the U.S. Civil War, by black people…Minstrel shows lampooned black people as dim‐witted,[1] lazy,[1] buffoonish,[1][2] superstitious, happy‐go‐lucky,[1] and musical.

Due to the deeply offensive nature of minstrel shows, we’re surprised the brand would continue to carry this shade with the assigned name.

Have you tried Ben Nye Cosmetics? If so,  will this information have an effect on your future purchases?

About Lisa Jean Francois

I'm a Lipstick-obsessed Journalist and Fashion Blogger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube channel swatching lippies and strutting around in 5-inch heels. I'm a also a brand coach, specializing in video marketing and digital brand development. Find me @lisaalamode.

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We really should stop paying attention to these fools. Stuff like this repeatedly happens because people just loovvveee to see us angry. This is obviously done on purpose and to make us angry. Just don’t buy any of their cosmetics and move on with our lives.

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I agree. There are more brands than ever now who CATER to us that could use the same publicity and promotion that this one gets for catering to white people who want to do blackface.

Gotham
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Gotham

I will never purchase from this brand again. I’m telling the other dancers in my ballet company to discontinue use also.

Neema
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Neema

Never tried any of their stuff and after this stunt don’t think I EVER will. Who were the brilliant people who approved a name like ‘minstrel brown’, only to have the product recalled. That does not make any business sense. It seems it was another deliberate attempt to garner some kind of public reaction. Crass, malicious and extremely dubious. My theory is that the popularity of their Banana powder among black, female beauty vloggers, is not the type of publicity their looking for cos, God forbid, they become associated with being a cosmetic brand for black women. Wasn’t it Ralph… Read more »

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Amber

SERIOUSLY!!! GAWD. I say let them. Please, I want to know if a company doesn’t want me as a customer and I’ll be sure to take my dollars elsewhere and tell everyone I know to do likewise. That’s what this is plain and simple. I have never heard of this company before but now I will be sure to never buy from them.

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I have some f their translucent powders and I love them. I sure if enough people complained about the name they would change it. We can only assume that they may not know about the blackface shows. U would be surprised at how many white people don’t know about our history simple because it’s not their own history.

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I’m sorry but I cannot believe that this name was innocent ignorance. If they knew the word “minstrel” was associated with dark brown, they know about blackface. Another definition for minstrel is just a musical performer, and if that’s what they were referring to they wouldn’t have used the shade blackface performers used. There are people who don’t know things (myself included) and make slip ups regarding sensitivity, but I can’t see how a major company who specializes in performance makeup can be full of people who have never heard of minstrel shows.

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SerenityJ

I was gonna buy some banana powder, I change my mind. I seen better at INGLOT. T__T

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