According to Time, the recall was announced a few days after Christmas after a concerned Rhode Island parent sent a sample of the glitter makeup she had bought for her 6-year-old daughter out for independent testing.
The samples tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a silicate material associated with mesothelioma and several other types of cancer. The woman and the law firm she works for then purchased products from nine different states in a follow-up action, each of which tested positive for tremolite asbestos.
The immediate media attention that followed prompted Claire’s to launch a safety investigation and recall multiple products, including various types of glitter makeup sets, eye shadow, and lip gloss.
Claire’s will issue refunds for products returned while it conducts its safety investigation.
The following Claire’s makeup products are covered by the asbestos recall:
Symptoms of asbestos exposure usually don’t start until 10 to 40 years after exposure. Symptoms include:
Exposure to asbestos may result in: