Benefit Cosmetics recalled a bunch of makeup, and then didn’t reveal it was contaminated with dangerous bacteria
Gimme Brow failed to meet FDA standards
by Katie Way
Benefit Cosmetics announced a voluntary recall of its Gimme Brow gel and sets containing it in October — but failed to disclose that it was contaminated by a bacteria with antibiotic-resistant strains.
The cosmetics company released a statement on its website that said "recent batches of the product did not meet our stringent quality standards" and warned customers that using the gel incorrectly "could lead to eye irritation."
— Elizabeth Wilson (@lilibethhepburn) February 16, 2018
But recall actually took place following FDA findings that the gel was contaminated with pseudomonas aeruginosa — a bacteria that can cause a slew of health issues, including urinary tract infections, eye infections, ear infections and GI tract infections.
If you recently purchased Benefit's Gimme Brow, not only should you throw it away, but you should also toss any other makeup it could have come into contact with according to a thread on r/MakeupAddiction (and common sense).
11. Benefit Gimme Brow – Shade 3
BRAND NEW – Deluxe Size
— Datin (@inazeyy) February 7, 2018
According to the FDA, other Benefit sets that included the brow gel have also been recalled, specifically those sold through the Home Shopping Network.
Hi gorgeous, gimme brow will be back at the latest on the 26th May 2018 xx
— Benefit Cosmetics UK (@BenefitUK) February 27, 2018
Benefit has not announced an exact date for a Gimme Brow restock, but has been responsive to Twitter users asking about the brow gel, with one official account citing a May 2018 restock deadline.
We reached out to Benefit Cosmetics for comment, but have yet to receive a response.