Posted: 5 October, 2016 by Sohan Judge

Makeup Brand Slammed After Customers Found Mould & Rust In Product

Tags: Lime Crime, makeup, eyeshadow, superfoil, rust, mould

There have been major health concerns for customers after many complained about finding mould and rusting in their eyeshadow pan.


Popular makeup brand Lime Crime is no stranger to scandals – in the past they have been slammed for credit card fraud, received FDA warnings, and been questioned for the quality of their product after customers repeatedly got cold sores. It seems the publicity surrounding them is continuing, this time surrounding their ‘superfoil’ range of eyeshadows.

Not for the faint of heart. If you remember, I bought these @limecrimemakeup #superfoils a few months ago. I never put water or fix + on them and I never put a wet brush/fingers in them. I saw on another page that there were reports of mold/rust being found in the pans, and I opened mine up and all 4 had traces of mold/rust discoloration. Luckily I forgot about them so I haven't used them in a while but you better believe I'm emailing the company. I'm not slandering LC at all but as a consumer I have the right to let other consumers know to check their products for irregularities like these. Don't buy these until this situation is sorted! OH and @limecrimemakeup 's "response" is that this discoloration is normal and they're safe to use. WOULD YOU USE THESE ON YOUR EYES? Would you? Don't make me contact the FDA

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It began when beauty blogger @beauty.investigator exposed the issue on Instagram. Customers were finding dark brown/black spots in the eyeshadow pans. Since the pans are made of tin, the glycerin in the eyeshadow formula appears to be reacting with the tin, causing rust and forming mould which is incredibly unsafe for the eyes.

As @beauty.investtigator reported, Lime Crime’s response to one customer seems to assure them that it is safe to use. “Since our superfoils formula has water in it, sometimes you will see little bubbles build up on the sides of the pans. This is totally normal, as the bubbles are just water and pigment.” 

Well, look what the cat dragged in! I knew Lime Crime being on a scandal-free streak for the past year or so was too good to be true! All of us who are the core boycott members were all in agreement that we felt Lime Crime were changing their ways, so we eased up on them for a bit. A person who is a major fan of Lime Crime purchased these superfoils when they were released. These superfoils are looking awfully similar to the glitter injections pans that caused a big uproar several months ago. @riplimegrime was sent the same exact messages here, and I reposted them as the two panels on the right. If you don't know who @riplimegrime is, you better go check her out since she has all the dirt on lime crime and always posts receipts to back it all up. #limecrime EDIT: Since people are understandably curious about whether or not the person who submitted this sprayed water onto the pan itself, they had this to say in response: "And just to let you know cos I saw a commenter wonder if I sprayed water on the pan at all. No I didn't. I always picked up product on my dry finger then wet the shadow once it was on my finger. It's something with the formula for sure!"

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Customers have slammed the makeup brand, reiterating that their product does not look safe. “Would you use these on your eyes? Would you?” one blogger, @killazilla said.

Lime Crime have yet to officially comment on the controversy.

Tags: Lime Crime, makeup, eyeshadow, superfoil, rust, mould

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