December 27, 2017 9:49 pm
Updated: December 28, 2017 3:56 pm

Claire’s pulls makeup sets from shelves after asbestos allegedly found in products

Claire's, the popular kids' accessories chain, is pulling more than a dozen items from store shelves after a Rhode Island family found asbestos in their 6-year-old daughter's makeup. The make-up was purchased at a store in the Providence Place Mall. But they say this is a nationwide concern.


Claire’s Stores Inc. has pulled certain makeup products from store shelves in Canada and around the world after an American family says they found asbestos in the makeup.

Kristi Warner, who works for Deaton Law Firm in Rhode Island, sent the makeup her six-year-old daughter used to an independent lab for testing. The lab said the products tested positive for tremolite asbestos.

Tremolite asbestos has been linked to the cancer mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” Warner told WJAR News.

READ MORE: Canada to ban asbestos by 2018: What you need to know about the common carcinogen

Story continues below

Warner then purchased other makeup products from nine different states and sent those for testing as well.

She said all of them contained tremolite asbestos.

“The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves in the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed.” Warner said.

When contacted with the results, officials from Claire’s said they were pulling the product from their shelves immediately.

In a Facebook post, officials said the safety of their customers is “of paramount importance,” and that they were investigating the claims.

Until the investigation is complete, the items have been removed from the shelves. In a statement on its website, officials say anyone who wishes to return the products will get a full refund.

A spokesperson for Claire’s said the makeup was sold in stores in Canada.

Affected products (for more information, please check the Claire’s website):

  • Ultimate Mega Makeup 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 Makeup Set  (code 20926)
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set (code 97275)
  • Mint Glitter Makeup Set (code 74769)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Makeup Set (code 21044)
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss (code 97276)

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error


Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.