Kylie Cosmetics and controversy have never strayed too far apart. This January, Kylie Jenner gave fans a sneak peek at the launch of her “Valentine” makeup collection in February, via Elite Daily, but not everyone was so excited. Some fans began to suspect that Jenner was recycling old packaging and product designs. one asked Jenner on Twitter why the Valentine collection “looks like the same recycled colors,” while another called the release of new makeup every holiday season “wasteful.”
Of course, the history of Kylie Cosmetics scandals goes back years. In 2016, Allure reported that the brand’s lip kits, their first and arguably signature product, came with faulty, run-down-looking wands. Things took a turn for the worse in February 2017, when at least 15 Kylie Cosmetics customers filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau after noticing smells of “chemicals and glue” in the brand’s Royal Peach Eyeshadow Palette, according to TMZ. However, the title of the grossest Kylie cosmetics scandal belongs to the time a customer was actually found ants in her makeup box, per Teen Vogue. In a since-deleted Instagram video, the consumer filmed dozens of live ants scurrying over the beauty products. Allegedly, despite previous failed attempts to reach her privately, Kylie Cosmetics didn’t contact her for a replacement until her video went viral. Uff.
Now, in August, Jenner and Kylie Cosmetics have once again found themselves in familiar, controversial territory.
Did Kylie Jenner break lab safety protocols?
This is a fit that Kylie Jenner’s fans are Not gladly. On Aug. 3, the Kylie Cosmetics founder posted a series of Instagram photos and videos of her work in her company’s lab. “Creating new magic for you in the lab… better than ever,” Jenner captioned the carousel, sharing footage of her perusing and mixing paints in measuring cups. Immediately, followers noticed Jenner’s lack of lab-appropriate clothing. Though the beauty mogul donned a lab coat, she was missing other seemingly essentials like gloves and a hair net.
“I can’t wait for my skin to break out in hives,” one critical follower commented on Jenner’s post. “No gloves, open lab coats, phones, health and safety would freak out,” mused another. Other followers were skeptical of Jenner’s actual involvement in the creation of the beauty products (her video of her mixing chemicals also featured inch-long fake nails and heavy rings). “The actual scientist whose lab coat you are wearing is just outside the frame,” one such fan quipped.
In general, in any laboratory environment, one is expected to wear Lab Pro protective clothing such as gloves, eye protection, and lab coats. Also, jewelry and artificial nails are best avoided, especially since the latter are made of extremely flammable polymers. However, sources have insisted to Page Six that Jenner wasn’t on the actual production floor, just there to design colors for products.