POP Beauty Plump Pout mini, part 212:12 AM
WARNING: If you received the POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini gloss from the February Ipsy GlamBag and if your gloss smells bad in any way DISCONTINUE using it, if you have not used it DO NOT use it!
POP Beauty Plump Pout mini vs the full size and talked about how the ingredients are different. I contacted Ipsy about it who in turn contacted POP Beauty and what we were told by POP Beauty is something I can't believe which resulted in my posting this follow up post.
Ipsy has contacted Pop Beauty who has in turn said that the reason the minis smelled bad was due to an ingredient being left out however the glosses were "safe" to use. I absolutely disagree since I've been reading complaints from various people on Ipsy's Facebook page, my own Facebook page and POP Beauty's Facebook page complaining about chemical burns and negative reactions to the product.
A complaint made on POP Beauty's Facebook page about the Plump Pout causing a chemical burn on lips after using item.
While this item is suppose to contain an irritant to plump up the lips it should not cause a chemical burn or harm your lips. If you experienced such a reaction you should report it to the FDA.
Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Tell FDAI still have numerous unanswered questions which POP Beauty has yet to address as of this blog post.
What to Report
Katz says consumers should contact FDA if they experience a rash, hair loss, infection, or other problem—even if they didn’t follow product directions. 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.
If you have any concerns about a cosmetic, contact MedWatch, FDA’s problem-reporting program, on the Web or at 1-800-332-1088; or contact the consumer complaint coordinator in your ar
Why haven't the ingredients on the website been updated to reflect the minis and/or full size?Note: As of 3/8/2014 both Ipsy & POP Beauty have updated their pages to reflect the correct ingredients. See update at bottom of blog post.
- How has POP Beauty determined that the products are safe to use?
- How does POP Beauty know if the products are not contaminated?
- How does POP Beauty know only a "small batch" were affected since the minis do not contain a lot # or batch # printed on the tube or on the shrink wrap with the ingredients?
- How can POP Beauty's manufacture be sure that there were no other issues with the manufacturing of the minis other than "leaving out an ingredient"?
- Which ingredient was left out?
- How do they know it was only a "flavouring ingredient" that was left out?
- Has POP Beauty sought an independent lab, such as SGS, to test the minis in order to rule out contamination or hazardous ingredients?
- Will Ipsy and/or POP Beauty make a full public announcement on the matter?
Note: As of 3/10/2014, POP Beauty has made a public annoucnement which I posted in a "part 3" blog post. You can read that update here: http://www.zadidoll.com/2014/03/pop-beauty-plump-pout-part-3.html
- Does this warrant a recall since the ingredients in these products are unknown and therefore are potentially misbranded per US FDA regulations on listing ingredients on products?
It is the manufacturer's and/or distributor's responsibility to ensure that products are labeled properly. Failure to comply with labeling requirements results in a misbranded product.
(a) Among representations in labeling of a cosmetic which render such cosmetic misbranded is a false or misleading representation with respect to another cosmetic or a food, drug, or device.
(b) The labeling of a cosmetic which contains two or more ingredients may be misleading by reason (among other reasons) of the designation of such cosmetic in such labeling by a name which includes or suggests the name of one or more but not all such ingredients, even though the names of all such ingredients are stated elsewhere in the labeling.
A comparison between the mini versus full size. Color difference due to different Red Lakes used?
Ingredients listed on Ipsy's website.
Ingredients listed on the full size Plump Pout.
Side-by-side comparison of ingredients in mini gloss vs full size. Both Peony Petal.
While the FDA does not regulate the industry by actively policing cosmetic companies they can and do enforce the laws and regulations either by requesting a company issue a recall, prohibiting imports of products from foreign countries or issuing recalls themselves if the company does not. This is why it is critical to report ANY reaction you've had even if it's "just" a "bad smell" to the FDA because only the FDA can force POP Beauty and/or Ipsy to look into the matter more seriously.
I also don't believe that it affected only a "small batch" due to the fact that a "gasoline", "burnt plastic", "burnt rubber", "jet fuel" smell has been reported by people for BOTH colors - Peony Petal and Fuschia Freesia. I do know that there are people who have not contacted Ipsy and/or POP Beauty about their gloss simply because they either do not want a replacement or do not think either Ipsy or POP Beauty will take them seriously. If you (subscribers with defective glosses) do not contact them they will continue to think it was only a "small batch".
I do not blame Ipsy on the potentially defective POP Beauty Plump Pout lip gloss however I do think that Ipsy does have a responsibility to their subscribers to ensure the safety of those customers by sending to ALL subscribers an email telling customers to discontinue using the product and/or do not use the product if they have yet to use it until POP Beauty can guarantee and prove that the items are indeed safe to use.
If numerous people are reporting that the item smells like gasoline, burnt rubber, burnt plastic, jet fuel then obviously there is an issue more serious than a flavouring ingredient having been left out. I want proof that the product is safe.
To POP Beauty:
Please do the right thing and issue a public press release issuing a recall on the minis or at the very least issue a press release telling people to discontinue using the items until you can have an independent lab verify that the items are indeed safe.
POP Beauty has removed, from their Facebook wall, numerous comments about the smell of the mini. They continue replying to people that the reason for the smell is a lack of a flavoring ingredient. I have emailed them a list of question (see above) and have yet to get a response. I feel that they are trying to sweep it under the rug rather than acknowledge there was a major manufacturing problem. If it turns out the products are contaminated and have refused to make a public announcement telling people not to use it then it's possible they could be held liable for anyone getting injured from the product.
Update 3/8/2014 - 10:50 AM Pacific
Shame on POP Beauty! They removed my post from their wall and have deleted ALL comments about the minis. They continue to promote the minis. As a consumer I DEMAND that they PROVE the products are safe. Their word on the matter proves nothing, company reps and owners lie (I've seen it from Two Cosmetics).
I have spoken to someone at the FDA office in Seattle (a few days ago actually) and will be filing a report with the Washington State Attorney General AND the Federal Trade Commission. POP Beauty should be recalling those glosses NOT hiding the fact that people have been and continue to report that the glosses smell acrid!
Update 3:33 PM Pacific
I noticed that both the Ipsy and POP Beauty site have finally updated the ingredients listed on both sites. The POP Beauty site reflects the ingredients from the full size while the Ipsy site reflects that of the minis.
"We have since learned that POP has recently undergone both a formula change and a change in manufacturing partner to make the lip gloss. This formula change was already in the works when POP and ipsy began discussions regarding the February sample and we were always contemplating the newer version of the product. The full size products that were sent out as replacements are the last batch under the previous manufacturer. The new manufacturer (located in Taiwan) made the Glam Bag samples and will make the full size product going forward. While the manufacturer is "new" for this particularly product, POP has been working with that manufacturer for 15 years, and has a strong and trusting relationship with the team (mistake on the flavor/fragrance aside). Finally, while it has some different ingredients, the new formula has been approved by the brand to deliver the same results and customer experience as the previous formula, and from the brand's perspective, is not a reduction in quality, again absent the mistake on the flavor/fragrance."
Full size item sent to me by POP Beauty as a replacement for my defective mini from Ipsy.