Huda Beauty is willing to pay $2 million to get rid of a lawsuit filed against the company for including banned substances in its Neon Obsessions eyeshadow palette.
The Dubai-based makeup brand, founded by Huda Kattan, was accused of using substances disapproved of for use around the eye area by the US Food and Drug Administration. According to Cosmetics Business, the ingredients in question were Red 6 (Ci 15850), Yellow 10 (Ci 47005), Red 22 (Ci 45380) and Red 28 (Ci 45410) that have potential eye irritating and staining properties.
The US lawsuit filed by consumers claimed that Huda Beauty concealed the prohibited ingredients by hiding warning labels such as “not intended for the eye area”. Despite the illegal substances, the Neon Obsessions palette was packaged in the same way as Huda Beauty’s other eyeshadow palettes and advertised by Huda Kattan, the owner of the brand.
The lawsuit, initially settled in October, requires the cosmetic company to pay $1.93 million to resolve the claims and $1.2 million in legal fees for the plaintiffs.
Refunds are available for those who bought the product at the original retail price of $29 each. The palette itself is not up for sale anymore and Huda Beauty has agreed to stop manufacturing it as well any other similar products. The collection is listed as “out of stock” in UK retailers and Sephora no longer stocks the products in Europe.