Sold out Kylie lip kits making you glum? This new report might change your mind about wanting to get one.
Kylie Jenner’s lip kits might be selling like hot cakes, but what will happen if the new rumors are proven true? According to a report, the company behind the reality star’s successful line of lip kits is a “sweat shop.”
Radar Online reported that the company behind Jenner’s sold-out lip kit is Spatz Laboratories. The company is located in Oxnard, California. The company has other facilities in Nanjing, China, but Jenner’s lip kits are produced in the Californian facility.
While tales of labor horrors in China are not new, Radar Online said the same horror stories can be heard in this Californian facility. People claiming to be Spatz employees have aired their grievances through the employment site Indeed.com. Their complaints are enough to cause worry that producing Jenner’s lip kits, among other products that the company produces, is taking a health toll on the employees.
“A lot of employees, not enough space,” a review from March 8, 2016 reads.“Long hours, no home life,” another production worker complained back in February.
“Was only provided with lab coat, hair net and safety glasses. No benefits.” While the worker said they loved to “see how makeup was made from start to finish,” they claimed “… The makeup particles made me cough and sick.”
On January 2016, a line assembly employee had described the factory as a “sweat shop!” The rant also reads, “The pay is very minimal for the amount of work that is requested with no benefits … work environment very uncomfortable.” Another complaint reads, “A terrible work experience that I wish I do not have again!”
Radar Online also learned that FDA has negative inspection reports of the Oxnard facility in 2006, citing problems with control records, labeling, and equipment used.
“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,” one citation reads. All these negative reports have been resolved, and no new negative reports have been made.
While Kylie Jenner has not reacted to the reports, Spatz Laboratories has released a statement conveying their commitment to have a safe and favorable working environment.
In an official statement to Buzzfeed, CEO Mary Beth Siddons said the allegations “are completely false and fabricated.” The statement can be read full here. “We have implemented a number of initiatives to insure compliance to not only the law, but the standards set forth by cosmetic good manufacturing guidelines,” Siddons said.
Kylie Jenner though must be confident that these negative issues will resolve on their own. Her lip kits are no doubt successful. She recently even told Paper Magazine why she decided to pursue the business.
“I was going to MAC and Sephora and I’d try to buy my lipstick and the girls working there would be like, ‘Kylie, everyone comes in asking what color you use. Everything’s sold out — I’m sorry!’ They were like, ‘These people should be paying you! Everyone comes in and asks for your color.’ And then the Kylie Jenner makeup tutorials started coming and it became a big thing. I feel like that’s when I really realized,” she recounted.