Asbestos Found in Makeup Sold by Popular Tween Clothing Store

No one thinks that their makeup might make them sick, much less their children's makeup but that's exactly the case with the Just Shine Shimmer Powder sold by Justice Stores.

WTVD in Durham, North Carolina reports that the makeup product, which is sold by the chain nationwide, tested positive for the presence of asbestos.

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The Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina tested the Just Shine Shimmer Powder and found that asbestos fibers had contaminated the talc used in the highlighter. Asbestos is not just poisonous when ingested but potentially lethal. According to Sean Fitzgerald, the lab's Director of Research and Analytical Services, it could have dire impact on children who have used the product.

"In this powder designed for children, the could die an untimely death in their 30s or 40s because of the exposure to asbestos in this product," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald also said that the mineral reserve where the talc came from should have been tested and that had it been tested prior to use it would never have been made into cosmetics due to FDA prohibition on asbestos-contaminated talk.

"Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he's 50 years old, it's still there," Fitzgerald explained.

And asbestos isn't the only frightening thing found in Just Shine Shimmer Powder. The lab also found the heavy metals barium, chromium, selenium and lead in the makeup product.

"The more lead you have in your system, the more negative health effects you're going to have. Any amount of lead can be absorbed through the skin and go into your blood, and contribute to your overall poisoning of your blood," Fitzgerald said.

Just Shine Shimmer Powder is no longer available for purchase on Justice's website.

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