Becca Cosmetics, a subsidiary of Estée Lauder, is recalling all shades of the Light Shifter Brightening Concealer. Customers complained that some of the sponge-tip applicators were covered in black mold.
According to an announcement shared on the FDA website, Becca Cosmetics decided to issue the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” The company stated that “a brownish-black material identified as a common household mold was found on the sponge-tip applicator of some units.”
“While this is unlikely to cause serious injury there is a potential risk of temporary skin and/or eye allergy and irritation,” the statement continued. Becca Cosmetics reassured consumers that none of its customers have reported injuries or illnesses because of the contaminated applicators.
The Becca Cosmetics Light Shifter Brightening Concealer was sold nationwide. The 3.2 mL silver tube of concealer came packaged in a white carton. If you purchased this concealer, check for the following lot numbers and UPCs on the packaging.
Consumers are advised to stop using the listed products immediately. Becca Cosmetics recommends that you contact the place of purchase for a refund. However, since many retail stores are either closed or not accepting returns at this time, getting a refund might be easier said than done.
In recent years, a number of makeup products from different brands have been recalled because of asbestos contamination. Asbestos and talc both come from the same mineral deposits, and the carcinogenic asbestos can get mixed in with the talc. When brands such as Claire’s make cheap makeup, they often choose talc as the main ingredient.
In addition, knock-off makeup products, sold online or in urban street markets, have tested positive for a wide range of contaminants. In 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that they found bacteria and human feces in knock-off cosmetics seized during a raid. Other fake makeup has tested positive for aluminum powder and–for some reason–horse urine.
Kylie Lip Kits, MAC palettes, and Urban Decay products were all “duped” by the sellers–and some of the packaging was pretty convincing. Always check to make sure you’re getting the real thing when you shop online or find a deal that’s too good to be true.
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