A mid-toned purple(lavender?) with sparks of blue and pink. An irridescent mish-mashup of midrange tones.
The US FDA has determined that glitter is a color additive which is not listed on their list of approved color additives. This means that a glitter product is not allowed for use in any cosmetic in the USA. Consumers have expressed confusion over this, as it is obvious that there is glitter in all kinds of cosmetics sold currently in the USA and there are no known reports of harm caused by glitter.
The FDA has not explained itself to our company, but it has advised us that it recognizes that the cosmetics industry has been largely unaware of this determination and it is essentially providing the cosmetic industry a grace period during which FDA enforcement is "discretionary". This grace period allows the cosmetics industry to "respond". The FDA has not provided us with any information on how long this grace period has been in effect, nor how long it will be in effect. They simply state the the issue is "active".
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Is it safe to use on the eyes? Or the ultrafine? What size would you recommend?
The short answer is: It is not permitted by the FDA for use in cosmetics.
Our Adam & Eve Glitter is a polyester glitter originally brought in for use in nail polish because it is "solvent resistant" which makes it perfect for that use.
It is also a nice, 'eye safe' particle size of .008 hex.
However, what gives it the color that it has, that lovely purple red, is not considered a cosmetic ingredient by the FDA. For this reason it is not permitted for use in on the eyes.
Alternatively, our "Microfine Glitters" are made from FDA-permitted colors and are also the appropriate size and therefore one could argue they meet the intentions of the FDA about glitter in cosmetics.
I am aware the FDA doesn't technically permit glitter in cosmetics but is your glitter safe for lips? Should I try to find a edible glitter instead?
You are asking if the Adam & Eve product is SAFE, regardless of if it is permitted or not.
In this instance I would vote "no" simply because the product is not colored with FDA permitted color additives. As an alternative, our Microfine Glitter Collections are glitters made from FDA permitted color additives (example, Rose Glitter derives its color from Red #34 and Yellow #5) and one might argue they are "safe".
You question whether you should look for edible glitter instead, and that's a really interesting and creative solution! Yea, you! Be cautious as I am aware of many bakers and makers who have run into problems with things marked as "edible". The FDA even has a very interesting page on it, here.
But really, thanks for coming up with a great suggestion! We'll also take a look at bringing in a line of edible glitter for lip products.
Can I use this in lipgloss? What glitter can be used in lip gloss?
We recommend our Microfine Glitters as they are made from cosmetic permitted color additives.