The Quality Control of Eye Shadow, Eyeliner, and Mascara ‎Products that Sold on Saudi Markets

Faten M. Ali Zainy , Ohoud A. Alotaibi


This study aimed to assess the quality control of different types of eye cosmetics products (eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara), including the detection of their elements’ content. Thirty-four samples were selected based on a survey done in Jeddah markets in Saudi Arabia; they had different prices and sources (China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Canada, and the USA). The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) specification tests were applied to detect the quality control of the products. Concentrated acids HNO3: HClO3 in ratio 4:1 was used to digesting all samples before being analyzed with Inductivity coupled plasma – optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) to quantification selected elements(toxic and nontoxic). An elemental analyzer determined the percentage of carbon and sulfur. In general, the results of this research revealed that heavy metals current in eye cosmetics products were under the acceptable limits while a part of those lower price products imported from China might be dangerous. Also, eye shadow products contained the largest concentration of heavy metals compared with eyeliner and mascara products. Sadly, Mascara contained high bacteria accounts than the others but under permissible limits. The constant use of these products can be a hidden hazard to human health since heavy metals can concentrate over time and cause emotional problems. It was sincerely suggested to control the quality of these products and to inform consumers to be careful when they use low priced products‎‎‎.

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