Since Kylie Jenner’s lip product range launched last year (and promptly sold out in 60 seconds), the hype remains. The entire world seems to want a piece of the Kylie Lip Kits, so much so that on eBay you can expect to pay as much as £69.99 for one set. IKR?
Since the initial release she’s introduced five more matte shades into the range and, most recently, three glosses. Of course no one can actually buy any of them (that would be ridiculous) because they're constantly sold out.
However, the conditions of the cosmetics factory where the lip kits are manufactured, has recently come under fire. According to *RadarOnline, *apparent employees of the Spatz Laboratories factory in Oxnard, California, have been posting about their job on indeed.com, giving it an average rating of just over three stars.
One employee said that ‘make up particles made me cough and sick’ and noted the cons as ‘no benefits and long hours no home life’.
Another criticised the pay, saying that it is ‘very minimal for the amount of work that is requested with no benefits and a long term of achieving until you are even reconsidered to be an actual part of the company’ and called it a ‘sweat shop’.
That said, there are of course some positive reviews with the most recent one (from March 2016) describing the management as ‘very nice, understanding and helpful’ but that the hardest part of the job was ‘a lack of equipment to get the job done especially when there were a lot of requests to get done.’
So a bit of a mixed bag. According to Radar, Spatz Laboratories were investigated by the FDA in 2006 and pulled up on a variety of issues such as ‘Equipment used in the manufacture, processing, packing, or holding of drug products is not of appropriate design, of adequate size, and suitably located to facilitate operations for its intended use.’ but they’re now said to be resolved.
A rep also told them, that ‘Spatz Laboratories is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to ensuring compliance of all federal and state laws as they apply to the fair treatment and the safe work environment of its team members.’ and that they’d ‘completed and passed its most recent comprehensive third party social accountability and responsibility audit on March 3, 2015.’
It’s important to remember that the reviews relate to Spatz Laboratories rather than specifically Kylie Cosmetics, but it's possible that Kylie's got a bit of investigating to do to ensure her products are being manufactured in an ethical environment.
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.