Women Are Suing A Popular Makeup Brand Over Unsettling And Painful Side Effects

A group of women are suing the multilevel marketing company Rodan + Fields for what they are calling fraudulent practices, after numerous customers experienced harmful sides caused by one of the company’s cosmetic products. 

The lawsuit claims customers using Rodan + Fields’s Lash Boost have experienced “change in iris color, eyelid drooping, itchy eyes, eye/lid discoloration, thinning and loss of eyelashes/loss of eyelash hair, eye sensitivity, eye infections, and vision impairment.”

Although required by the FDA, customers are claiming Rodan + Fields didn’t disclose that Lash Boost contained isopropyl cloprostenate, and chose not to warn customers of the potential side effects. 

Rodan + Fields however claims the products is safe when used as directed and denies any wrong doing on their part. 

Rodan + Fields was founded in 2002 by the makers of Proactiv. Although originally marketed to high end department stores, the company transitioned to multi-level marketing in 2007 and has since seen a meteoric rise within the skin care industry, largely due to their social media presence among customers that rave about their products. 

After the 2007 transition to a MLM business model Rodan + Fields began selling their products though “independent consultants”,  commission based sales people who built their own teams. But unlike the Avon and Mary Kay sales women of the past, products are no longer sold door-to-door, but on social media, flooding feeds on Facebook and Instagram.  

Along with concerns over their product safety Rodan + Fields is also facing backlash for their business model which many liken to other infamous pyramid schemes such as Herbalife and Amway. 

Although marketing products containing drugs like isopropyl cloprostenateas as cosmetics violates current FDA regulations companies like Rodan + Fields have seen little in the way of penalties so far, but the medical community is pressuring the FDA for stricter enforcement. 

In light of the lawsuit however Rodan + Fields may soon face a whole new type of social media promotion, and it’s not the good kind. 

H/T – Buzz Feed