Yikes. Justice, or the Store Formerly Known as Limited Too, has something dangerous happening with its makeup.
A North Carolina local news report about the tween clothing mall staple found that a highlighter sold by the brand tested positive for asbestos. Just Shine Shimmer Powder was found to contain the dangerous material, which can cause cancer and mesothelioma.
Usually, people are worried about coming into contact with asbestos when they move into an older house or building. Before the material’s impact on health was known, asbestos was a popular ingredient for insulation. But no one’s really checking for asbestos when they buy a highlighter at the mall.
“Fibers like this get into your breathing zone, and when you inhale, these fibers can get into the lung and go to the very bottom of the lung and that is exactly where you have the greatest likelihood of asbestos to cause disease,” Sean Fitzgerald, who tested the makeup in Greensboro, North Carolina, told the station, WVTD.
Those concerns are especially dangerous in a store whose customers are mostly children. Asbestos can stay in the body for years.
Most likely, talc in the makeup was contaminated with asbestos, WVTD’s expert said. The Food and Drug Administration checks makeup products for exactly this sort of thing.
“Justice is committed to the safety and integrity of our products. Upon receiving the inquiry from WTVD, we immediately began an independent investigation. We cannot speculate regarding the matter until we have more information. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped the sale of this product while we investigate,” Justice said in a statement to the station. Justice didn’t immediately respond to request for comment from Mashable.
Be careful out there. And throw out any makeup with asbestos in it!