Fashion chain recalls girls’ makeup over concerns about cancer-causing asbestos

A report of cancer-causing asbestos in makeup spurred Claire’s, the girls’ clothes and beauty-trend chaser, to pull nine makeup products off the market.

Atop the Product and Safety page of is a statement from the company that reads in part:

“As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund.”

Claire’s announced the recall on its Twitter sign-on Saturday with a single post at 4:01 p.m., then didn’t mention it again until responding to an inquiring parent at 9:28 a.m. Christmas Day, two days later. The chain’s Instagram sign-on says nothing about the pulled products.

NBC10 in Providence, Rhode Island, reported Friday that Kristi Warner, a mother from Barrington, Rhode Island, had mailed her 6-year-old daughter’s glitter makeup kit, bought at Claire’s in a Providence mall, to an independent laboratory for testing. Warner said that while working at the Deaton Law Firm, she would run into contaminated cosmetics, “but you just assume a children’s product would be safe.”

The makeup had tremolite asbestos. Tremolite is linked to mesothelioma, a form of cancer. According to, while chrysolite is the most common form of asbestos used, “Tremolite and the other variations are all needle-like in form, perhaps even more likely to damage lung tissue” and “tremolite is just as toxic as chrysolite, if not more so.”

Warner and law firm head John Deaton bought 17 more Claire’s products from nine states, NBC10 reported. All tested positive for tremolite asbestos.

The nine items pulled are:

▪ 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

Customers can call Claire’s with any questions at 800-804-7194 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal