Keep in mind! Masglo has detected altered products coming from Peru, Panama and Central America. BOGOTA, DC, COLOMBIA, November 19, 2019 / Counterfeit nail care products use ingredients which differ from those used in the original industry. These differences can be expressed on the final quality of the product and also potential health risks posed by harmful chemical products. Its for that reason that Colombian nail polish company, Masglo, wants to inform about relevant potential consumer risk posed by altered nail polishes.
  1. Exposure to counterfeit nail care products. Counterfeiters use primary products not listed by recognized organizations such as FDA and COLIPA as approved ingredients. Nail polishes and other nail care products of this kind use industrial ingredients which are not made to be in direct contact with our bodies. One of the main risks posed by altered nail polish is unhealthy exposure to heavy metals. Higher contents of arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium and chromium, among others have been identified in counterfeit nail polishes. Presence above healthy levels of these metals can affect directly vital organs such as kidneys and the central nervous system. Prolonged exposure can cause even death. Banned ingredients are toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resins, camphor and dibutylphthalate.
  2. Low quality end products. Counterfeit nail care products are not made to last. These products do not comply with industry and consumers quality standards. Their functionality is defective, which is expressed in weak film forming on nails, leveling issues, low brightness, deficient dry out, bubbly or scratched textures and irregular surfaces upon application. This goes completely against consumers expectations and the reputation of original brands.
  3. Affected industry. Piracy permeates every industry and the cosmetics is not free from it. Buying nail polishes from the illegal market negatively affects legal sector sales, cutting formal jobs and therefore boosting unemployment. This fosters unfair competition and may increase delinquency.
In addition to the above-mentioned issues, Masglo has detected negative perceptions on the brand’s image in Peru, Panama and Central America, due to stronger counterfeit practices and less prosecution over piracy, licensing and use of toxic ingredients by government agencies. In most of the identified cases, ingredients were replaced by non-regulated substances, quite often harmful for human’s health, affecting both consumers health and the company’s good name. Therefore, consumers most bear in mind the following recommendations: If you find a Masglo nail care product under the suggested price, you must validate as follows: Masglo’s logo must be clearly printed on the label and in the bottom of the product container. The product container must be in optimal conditions- Masglo’s label must be centered, it should not be altered in any way and once the product is in the hands of the consumer the printed information must be easily readable. Nail polish container lid should not be altered, its logo should be visible and should not show any former presence of a different color from the one described in the label. The new design of Masglo’s logo shows a flattened black brush. Internationally commercialized products must contain 5F logo and additionally an attached booklet with information about the components. Bar codes (EAN13) are different for each tone and the first three numbers are 770. Information on the year and month of fabrication must be easy to read. Every nail polish container has the same shape and size. Finally, the viscosity of the product must be appropriate. MARCELA AGUILAR - FABIOLA MORERA COMUNICACIONES +57 3008501188