Money > Injured Customers?

Let’s make one thing clear, guys: there are no glow-in-the-dark or neon/UV reactive cosmetic colorants approved for eye use in the USA.

No, there are not special conditions that make them approved, e.g. the glow pigment being suspended in a liquid solution.

I’m disappointed (and angry) to say I came across that lie last night, among others. Heather of Eyeconic posted a very interesting rant, mentioning some questionable Etsy cosmetic shops. The one that really caught my eye is called Caustic Cadets Cosmetics. I only found glow-in-the-dark eyeliner on Etsy, but then I went looking, and found another online shop and the Facebook page, where I found all kinds of blatant disregard for customer safety.

Glow-in-the-dark eyeliner, against FDA regulations? Check. UV eyeshadows, against FDA regulations? Check. UV eyeshadows, made with soap dyes? Check. Lying about FDA regulations and the safety of the products? Check.

With a little digging, you can easily find proof of the dishonesty. As of April 2010, the US FDA still hadn’t approved luminescent zinc sulfide for eye use. Period. No exceptions. As of December 2009, Yellow #11, a cosmetic-approved fluorescent yellow, still hadn’t been approved for eye use. Period. No exceptions. Neither had Violet #2, the only cosmetic-approved fluorescent violet. Or Yellow #7, another cosmetic-approved fluorescent yellow. The same goes for Orange #5, Red #22, and Red #28. Of course, the FDA makes it easy by saying what’s OK for glow and fluorescent makeup all on one page.

We can out companies like Glittersniffer, but there are more, like Caustic Cadets, ready to take their place. The best thing we can do is educate ourselves and each other.

I encourage everyone to do their research. If you decide to use something around your eyes knowing that it isn’t approved for that, that is your responsibility and your choice. But don’t leave it up to the person or company selling you the makeup, because it’s not worth your eyesight to trust them.


~ by shatteredshards on January 18, 2011.

3 Responses to “Money > Injured Customers?”

  1. Well said.

  2. Well said! If something is against the law, it’s against the freaking law. It doesn’t matter if it’s probably okay… argh, I get so angry when there are such awful companies out there and they get the business of lovely amazing people!

  3. The problem with indy companies is that most people have no formal training in chemistry and have no knowledge on the products they work with. People are in it for the easy money and unfortunately the FDA does not really regulate cosmetics which is why big name companies can get away with so much false advertising while small indy companies can basically get away, until reported, selling products that are harmful to the consumer. Buyer beware.

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