Asbestos Found in Claire’s Make-Up Investigation

Rhode Island mom Kristie Warner was concerned about the glittery children’s make-up her six-year-old daughter was using. The make-up was from Claire’s, a popular mall store which targets young girls and teens. She sent some of it to a laboratory, which reported back that the sample contained tremolite.

What is tremolite? It’s one of six recognized forms of asbestos. It is toxic to human beings, and “inhaling the fibers can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma is “an aggressive and deadly form of cancer” that develops in the tissues lining your lungs, abdomen, or heart. The American Cancer Society says that the main risk for mesothelioma is “exposure to asbestos” and that “[t]he link between asbestos and mesothelioma is now well known”.

They also say, “People exposed at an early age, for a long time, and at higher levels are more likely to develop this cancer.” While symptoms can take twenty to fifty years to appear, there is no known cure, and life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is poor.

Warner was shocked to find asbestos in products targeting children, saying, “You just assume that a children’s product would be safe.”

Warner works at a law office and had sent the sample to the Scientific Analytical Institute, an independent laboratory used by her firm. She and her boss, an attorney, then bought seventeen different Claire’s products from nine different states, including glittery pink and blue make-up sets and compacts, and had them tested as well. All tested positive for asbestos.

Because of these reports, Claire’s has stopped selling nine products as what it calls “a precautionary measure”:

  • Ultimate Mega Make Up Set (code 71844)
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set (code 76094)
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact (code 26556)
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set (code 11767)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set  (code 20926)
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set (code 97275)
  • Mint Glitter Make Up Set (code 74769)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set (code 21044)
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss (code 97276)

It is ready to offer full refunds to customers for these products, and also plans to have them independently tested.

This is not the first time that asbestos has been found in teen cosmetics. The same lab found it in products from the youth-oriented company Justice. Justice temporarily pulled the products but put them back on the shelves after its own independent lab testing found no asbestos.

Clearly, a thorough investigation is needed.

Have you bought make-up products from Claire’s in the recent past? Do you still have a good amount left for testing? If you have, fill out the form on this page and let us know.

Article Type: Investigation
Topic: Consumer
No case events.
Tags: Consumer, Hazardous or Toxic Materials