In an effort to disperse accurate information in regards to the use of glitter as a cosmetic in and of itself or as an additive, we have decided to share the following information.
First we must recognize that the United States' Food and Drug Administration has not approved glitter for use in cosmetics of any kind. It is also important to note that it has not been disapproved either. Confusing? Yes, as it is seen in nail polish, lotions, lipsticks, eyeliner, blush and eye shadow. You may see the term "cosmetic grade glitter" used by some, however there is no such thing; it must be noted that ANY glitter that gets into the eye has the potential to cause damage, regardless of the label it is given.
Upon adding glitter as a product on our website, Star Crushed Minerals included a 'disclaimer' in regards to the use of glitter near the eyes as well as information available as to the FDA's stance on glitter in cosmetics.
The information we have are sharing here comes directly from a blog by Phyrra ( a well-respected beauty blogger):
"The 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 issue is “active”."
Please click on her name to read the blog post in its entirety, the data she gathered is very informative in regards to where the FDA stands on this matter.
Once again, the use of glitter in and around the immediate eye area is at your discretion.