Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Repackaging

GlitterSniffer Cosmetics has admitted in the past to "repackaging" their eye pigments.  The company states this only happened when they first began selling cosmetics.

 
Repackaging is when no color blending occurs and sometimes not even a base is added. Bases are important as they aid in slip and adhesion. If a base is not used chances are you are going to end up smearing a clumpy mess all over your lids and suffering from fallout.

Here are the ingredients lists from the official site and from GlitterSniffer Cosmetics current offerings:


Shown for illustrative purposes. All ingredients lists currently on Artfire are identical.
These ingredients lists do not match. It should be noted that the Artfire ingredients list Magnesium Stearate, which is a base additive used to aid in adhesion and slip.

There are many indie makeup sellers who repackage. Some don't admit it, others make it clear in their product listings. I am not going to debate the ethics of repackaging, but I will say that personally I prefer to spend my money on a unique color.

With that being said I would like to present to you a comparison of GlitterSniffer Cosmetics and some base micas. These micas are not finished products. They are ingredients used to make finished products. This is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement of any company listed here.

Here is my own pot of GlitterSniffer Cosmetics Sammy Jo compared to Grape POP!.




I apologize for the lack of swatches. I refuse to use any GS products on my person. Sammy Jo swatches and Grape POP! swatches my be found here, in addition to others.

Other colors sold by GlitterSniffer Cosmetics that are comparable to pure mica:
Radiation is comparable to Tuarus Orion.
The Heavy Metals Quad is comparable to The Metallic Collection.
Marva is comparable to Capricorn Sea.
Prism Fingerprints Collection is comparable to The Interference Collection (top row only).
Carnivore Pressure Sensitive is comparable to The Sparks! Collection (fourth item, top row).
Peacock is comparable to Blueberry POP!
Mobster is comparable to Indian Blue.
Candy Collection Blue is comparable to True Blue.
Pillow Talk is comparable to Ocean Green.
Unicorn is comparable to Vintage Blue.
Cotton Candy is comparable to Cosmic Carolyn.
Lower East Side is comparable to Brilliant Glitter Red.
Pam is comparable to Aztec Gold.
Sam is comparable to True Yellow.
Doll Face Rice Powder/Veil is comparable to Rice Powder.
Porcelain Face Dust Primer is comparable to Kaolin Clay.

Please note that not all of these ingredients are eye approved. You can click on the"More Details" link below the pictures to be sure. This information has always been readily available on the site and is also available via the FDA site as well.

At least one of the micas, Brilliant Glitter Red, which appears to have been sold as Lower East Side via the Official GlitterSniffer Cosmetics site contains carmine, a nonvegan ingredient. The company states they never sold a nonvegan pigment through the official site.

Most of the sample sizes listed here can be had for as little as $1.50. The comparison picture above of Sammy Jo and Grape POP! shows a sample size bag. For further examples of sample sizes see here.

While I did not go through Glittersniffer Cosmetics complete current listings Pillow Talk and Unicorn are still being sold as of today.

You can find a complete list of Matte Tones, Base Powders and Additives, and Micas at various places  online. Here are swatches of the 60 most repackaged colors for comparison.

Again, while I do not endorse any company in presenting this information it is easy to see that at least some of the pigments that can no longer be used from GlitterSniffer Cosmetics are replaceable with a minimum of effort at nearly 1/4 the cost.

If you are interested in GlitterSniffer Cosmetics newly announced product, a Nintendo video game controller soap scented with Mountain Dew, a comparable one can be found here, sold by its original inventors.

2/9/11 ETA:
Panties is comparable to Angel Wings. Angel Wings is not vegan as it contains carmine.
There are also many colors that appear to match the POP! micas.

I also added tags to the post as I had overlooked adding them earlier.

Same date, ETA:
I wanted to give a huge thank you to several people whose hard work went into this post. I was remiss in not mentioning this earlier. I did not do the research for most of this post, and had it not been for the help of several people who wish not to be identified the information would not have been posted. They have my sincerest gratitude and my utmost apology for not posting it sooner.

Same date, ETA:
Further comparisons to GlitterSniffer Cosmetics pigments and the POP! micas can be found here. A larger photo of the comparison is here.

Same date, ETA: Fixed the link for Vintage Blue.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for crediting DigitalSoaps as the inventor of video game controller soap. I have recently learned of the company's intent to make the same product, in my scent too.

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  2. DigitalSoaps- I am sorry to hear that your original idea is now being used by GlitterSniffer Cosmetics. One of the great things about artisan handmade products is how unique they are. As illustrated by this post that does not seem to be an ideal that GS is committed to. I do hope that people are now aware of where they might find a truly original idea and support unique handmade.

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