Claire’s voluntarily recalls 3 products that tested positive for asbestos


In an about-face, Claire’s has issued a voluntary recall for three of its makeup products that recently tested positive for asbestos.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested the products and determined there was a possible presence of asbestos fibers in them.

Claire’s said the recall is “out of an abundance of caution” and the recalled makeup has been pulled from all stores.

The following SKUs/Lots are affected:

  • Claire’s Eyeshadows, UPC #888711847165, SKU #84716, Lot No. 08/17
  • Claire’s Compact Powder, UPC #888711839153, SKU #83915, Lot No. 07/15
  • Claire’s Contour Palette, UPC #888711401947, SKU #40194, Lot No. 04/17

Claire’s initially refused to recall the products, citing prior testing which showed them to be asbestos-free.

The FDA began testing the makeup after a report from the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina, discovered several of the kits tested positive for asbestos in 2017.

Kristina Warner, who worked at a law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation, sent her daughter’s makeup to the Institute for testing, prompting the investigation.

During the initial testing, 17 samples of makeup from Claire’s stores in nine different states, including eye shadows, blushes, and compact powders, “all tested positive at alarming rates,” a letter from the Scientific Analytical Institute said.

The FDA said it has not received any reports of anyone being sickened by the makeup at this time. The company said it will honor any product returns.

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