In the past few years, beauty trends have exploded.
With the rise of high-end makeup and accessories like the eye makeup trend and the eyelash extensions trend, the number of beauty items on the shelves is staggering.
But while these trends have been making headlines, many people aren’t aware that many of the cosmetics products they are purchasing are actually manufactured in China.
And the brands that are being touted for their high-tech makeup products may actually be manufactured there.
In fact, some of the most popular brands that make up the “mally” category of cosmetics, are actually made in China, according to a new report.
“This is one of the biggest problems that I have with cosmetics manufacturing,” says Joanne Liu, author of the report “Mally: The Next Generation of Beauty Products Made in China.”
“When I started looking into it, I found a lot of products were being produced in China and not in the United States.”
The report was published by the non-profit group Consumer Reports and focuses on cosmetics manufacturing in China from the 1970s to today.
“The vast majority of the cosmetic products that we’re looking at are made in Chinese factories,” Liu says.
“And the majority of them are marketed in China to people who are not American consumers.
They’re not going to be sold in the US.”
What makes it worse, Liu says is that these brands are often not manufactured in the U.S. and do not have a “Made in America” label.
While this can make the products seem cheaper, they actually cost more in the long run.
Liu says the problem of China manufacturing cosmetics is compounded by the fact that Chinese companies are not required to disclose the price tags attached to their products.
“When they’re not made in America, the cost of the product is much higher than the price of the products themselves,” Liu explains.
“That’s because they don’t disclose the cost on the package.”
One of the main reasons these brands can cost so much more is because of the quality of the manufacturing.
Liu’s report found that of the 2,000 cosmetic products tested, only one of them, MAC Cosmetics, was made in a U. S.-certified facility.
“There are other cosmetic brands that do make in America,” Liu tells Consumer Reports.
“But they don`t necessarily have the same quality standards as MAC Cosmetic.”
The beauty industry in China is still in the early stages of the transition to manufacturing in the American market, but the problem is likely to grow as more brands begin to make inroads.
Liu, who has been studying the makeup industry for the past five years, says the companies she studied were only able to identify 15 companies that made up the mally category.
“They didn’t know how to make products in America.
And that’s the real problem,” Liu told Consumer Reports last year.
“These are the products that they’re selling.
It’s a very lucrative market for them.
They have the money, they have the manpower, they’re going to continue to produce them, and they’re still going to make them.”
For example, there is a makeup line called Mally that features the logo of MAC Cosmetics, which is one the brands being touted as the next-generation of beauty products.
But in reality, Liu found that some of these products were made by another company called MTM Cosmetics that was also based in China that also had an eye makeup line.
The products in the MAC Cosmiclees line have an eye tint and a lipstick-like finish, but were not made with U.s. ingredients.
“All of the MTM products were produced in the Chinese factories that are still in operation and in the process of being made in the country,” Liu said.
“In fact, a few of them have the MAC logo on them, which I found extremely surprising.”