If you’re a fan of EOS lip balm–you know, the multicolored, spherical lip balm that reached unprecedented levels of ubiquity due to some key product placement deals with people like Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus–I’ve got some bad news for you. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company earlier this week, with people claiming that the product caused severe rashes and bleeding when they applied it.
This is interesting to think about, because while reactions to the suit have been divided–other people have since come out saying that they also had bad reactions to EOS, while the company told Time on Wednesday that they firmly believe the suit is “without merit“–EOS is hardly the first beauty company to run into legal issues. Check out the story behind the EOS lawsuit below, as well as a few other beauty products that have run into legal issues due to some not-so-cute reactions they caused:
EOS Lip BalmA woman named Rachael Cronin bought EOS lip balm from Target on December 4th. She claims that shortly after she applied it, her lips became "cracked, bleeding, [and] blistering," and lasted for ten days after she sought medical care. In the suit, it's alleged that EOS actually knew that the product caused some not-awesome reactions, since complaints about rashes from EOS date back more than a few years. (Some people also claim that the lip balm grows mold in it, too--yum! Since EOS is steadfastly maintaining that there's nothing wrong with their product, you'll probably be hearing lots about this lawsuit in the months to come. Image source:Perilously Pale
WEN Cleansing ConditionerAbout a month ago, you might have freaked out and thrown away any brown glass bottles you have around your house when news came out that more than 200 women joined a class-action lawsuit claiming that Wen cleansing conditioner made their hair fall out in chunks. While shedding hair is usually normal, it's not when it happens to the degree the women claim, which is in huge, fist-sized clumps with noticeable bald spots. Hard pass on that, personally--though, for what it's worth, Wen says, "There is no scientific evidence to support any claim that our hair care products caused anyone to lose their hair. There are many reasons why individuals may lose their hair, all unrelated to Wen. We intend to vigorously contest the allegations made." Image source:Xo Nocole
The Honest Co. SunscreenJessica Alba's all-natural beauty line, The Honest Company, made headlines this past summer after a bunch of people claimed they got terrible burns after using the line's sunscreen. The ongoing lawsuit accuses The Honest Company of false advertising, since the company removed over half of its zinc oxide--you know, which prevents sunburn--that was originally in the product. (Jessica Alba said that, though "it pains [her] that anyone doesn't have an incredible experience with Honest Company," these claims are "baseless and without merit." Noticing a pattern here?) Image source:Popsugar
Kardashina (AKA Khroma) BeautyObviously, how could I bring up celebrity beauty lawsuits without mentioning the Kardashians? In June 2012, the Kardashian's cosmetic company, then called "Khroma," was sued by another beauty company, "Kroma," for stealing their name because, if you have been paying attention, you'll see that the two names only differ by one letter. After a bunch of back and forth that's kinda boring in real life, but would probably make for a great plotline on How To Get Away With Murder, the Kardashians eventually changed the name of their line to Kardashian Beauty (which, as many people pointed out, is much more on-brand for the Kardashians anyway, considering that they've never shied away from attaching their name to literally anything.) Image source:Daily Mail
Maybelline SuperStay LipstickIn 2012, a lawsuit against Maybelline's SuperStay lipstick was filed, saying that the lipstick, which was supposed to last for fourteen hours, wore off after just a few. The lawsuit was settled out of court. So, hey, the next time you use a beauty product and it doesn't do exactly what you think it should, you might want to file a lawsuit--you could get some cash money out of it. Image source:YouTube
CoverGirl Bombshel Volume MascaraWant your eyelashes to stay attached to your eyes? Maybe don't use this particular CoverGirl Bombshell mascara. In June 2014, one woman sued CoverGirl since, whenever she used their Bombshell Volume mascara, her lashes fell out in clumps when she tried to remove it. Covergirl responded by giving clearer instructions on how to remove this mascara on their packaging and sending the woman a $15 voucher. Worth it! Image source:http://www.covergirl.com/Localedata/en-US/images/ProductDetails/cg_bombshell_volume_mascara_3.png
Makeup In GeneralThis past summer, some guy sued his new wife for fraud the first time he saw her without makeup, since the sight of her bare face "deceived" him. Uh, you can go ahead and file this under the "personal problems" (and potentially fake) category, probably. Image source:iStock
Do you use any of these products? Were you surprised by any of the claims? Let us know in the comments!