Ipsy & Pop Beauty: Plump Pout mini vs full size9:05 PM
On the shrink wrapping the ingredients are listed. The primary ingredient listed is mineral oil. Many ladies, on various social media sites, have suggested that may be it's the mineral oil that it causing the smell and it's possible but cosmetic grade mineral oil typically doesn't have an odor. Once the shrink wrap is removed there is no way to check the ingredients since what's listed on Ipsy's website is not what's listed on the shrink wrap and it's not what's listed on the full size Plump Pout box.
From Ipsy's website (same ingredients are listed on the Pop Beauty website):
Also notice that the mini is made in Taiwan while the full size is made in the USA. I'm speculating a few things about this:
- It's possible that to save on the cost of the minis that the exact ingredients are not used or it's possible that since it's made in Taiwan that the manufacturer is restricted in using the same ingredients as the full size.
- It's also possible that the reason the minis are made in Taiwan is due to the cost being less expensive to make in Asia than to make minis in the US. Again, totally my speculation but I've been told by many, many company representatives that making samples (in the first place) is more expensive than full size products.
The thing is that because of the ingredient differences being so radically different that the Plump Pout Mini is essentially a different product than the Plump Pout full size (US retail: $18). Here's the thing, for those that hated the mini, they will most likely be turned off from buying the full size but for those that liked the mini and want to buy the full size... well they may end up not liking the full size because it's not the same product. Personally I think that a mini size product should be identical to a full size product otherwise what's the point of sending out a sample if the sample is not the same as the full size?
So did you contact Ipsy or Pop Beauty about a replacement? If you received a replacement from Pop Beauty what did you think of the full size version?
Edit: Ipsy replied on Facebook with this:
Thanks for the informative post, Zadi. We were unaware of any differences between the sample size and full size POP . We've reached out to our partners at POP Beauty to learn more about it.
Edit #2: One of the ladies on MakeupTalk pointed out that the FDA states on their website that the "FDA also wants to know if a product has a bad smell or unusual color—which could signal contamination—or if the item’s label is incomplete or inaccurate." I know Ipsy is looking into the matter however due to the fact that so many people were affected and so many may not have realized there is a potential problem I feel that (1) Ipsy and/or Pop Beauty put out a statement essentially recalling the lip gloss and (2) that if you experienced any chemical burns, sickness (dizziness, nausea, etc) or any negative experience with it to report it to the FDA. I don't blame Ipsy for the problem since they were unaware of the ingredient differences however after talking with some of my readers and reading their comments I have to agree that in this case because something IS wrong with the product and people have had very bad reactions this is one of those times a product should be reported.