Claire’s Makeup Controversy


Claire’s cosmetics came under fire after FDA tests found that three of their products contained asbestos.

Claire’s eye shadow, compact powder, and contour palette tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a chemical that has been linked to cancer and lung damage when inhaled.

Claire’s has since pulled all three products and any other talc based products from their shelves, and the FDA has asked that consumers who have the products at home to stop using them.

However, the company has been outspoken against the test results saying that the “FDA test reports have mischaracterized fibers in the products as asbestos, in direct contradiction to established EPA and USP criterion for classifying asbestos fibers. Despite our efforts to discuss these issues with the FDA, they insisted on moving forward with their release.”

And this isn’t the first time Claire’s has been in the news. In March of last year the company filed for bankruptcy after having a debt that totaled 2.1 billion after 2017; but were able to emerge from it this October.

Currently there are no laws that require companies to test their cosmetics and the FDA doesn’t have the same authority to make sure the cosmetics are safe before they are on the market as they do with drugs. However the FDA has said that they are trying to work with companies to assure that the products are safe.

With the controversy the need for a safer process on cosmetics is brought to the consumers attention.