Claire’s Recalls Metallic Hot Pink Glitter and Other Makeup Over Asbestos Concerns

Claire’s, a one-stop shop for tween cosmetics,
free-with-purchase ear-piercings, and scrunchies covered in
what looks to be human hair but is in fact “faux,” recalled
some of its makeup products after reports found samples
contained asbestos, exposure to which can cause cancer.

WPRI first
the story—which wasn’t picked up by national news
outlets until Thursday—on December 22. The recall was
reportedly prompted by a test issued by Rhode Island resident
Kristiana Warner, who both works at a law firm that specializes
in asbestos litigation, and has a six-year-old daughter who
enjoys playing dress-up with Claire’s makeup kits.

Warner decided to have her daughter’s makeup examined and,
according to a report from the Scientific Analytical Institute
in Greensboro, North Carolina, which Warner showed to WPRI, her
daughter’s glitter makeup kit tested positive for asbestos.

“I remember literally sinking to the ground just being like,
‘oh my gosh!’” Warner told WPRI.

After that breakthrough, 17 samples of makeup sold at Claire’s
locations in nine states were tested for asbestos, and all of
them, according to a letter from the Scientific Analytical
Institute “tested positive at alarming rates.” These included
samples from eye shadows, blushes, and compact powders.

WPRI in a statement on Friday:

“We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are
tested and assessed in line with the relevant country
regulations and guidelines.

As a result of today’s inquiry from WPRI-TV, we have taken
the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question
from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation
into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and
have the results of the investigation we will take the
necessary action.”

Claire’s posted its most up-to-date
of products pulled for safety concerns—including a
“Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set,” “Bedazzled
Rainbow Heart Makeup Set,” “Rainbow Bedazzled Star Makeup Set”
(basically you’ll definitely be needing an alternate
bedazzled-pink-makeup-thing purveyor if you were once loyal to
Claire’s)—on Wednesday.

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