In 2019 it’s pretty common to thrift vintage clothing – OG Levi mom jeans for example, to rent the hottest designer handbags, to Uber and AirBnB. It’s very evident that the sharing economy is on the rise. These platforms allow consumers to be both financially and environmentally conscious. But where do we draw the line in this eco-conscious way of living?
Glambot is an online website that sells used makeup, after sanitizing both the product and the packaging. These cleaning and sanitization methods include heat, light therapy, product removal, and alcohol. These methods can be used alone or in combination with one another.
The founder of Glambot, Karen Horiuchi, breaks down the high standard cleaning practices at Glambot in an interview with Refinery29. Horiuchi says, “Depending on the exact composition of the product, we use a combination of different sanitization techniques, which include the application of heat, the use of various alcohol solutions, detailed layered product removal, and the use of natural emollients”.
This new beauty trend and way of combating ‘fast-beauty’ is on the rise in the U.S. and Japan. This trend is making its way across the globe, and the next destination for Glambot is the UK. (For Canadian inquirers the site offers free shipping to Canada on orders more than $100.)
You can find everything from face palettes, eyeshadows, foundation and lipsticks on the website for a fraction of the price that you would pay at high-end retailers.
Is this beauty trend taking things a step too far? It’s important to know that products like mascara and lip glosses are only ever sold brand new since the reusable applicators on these items cannot be cleaned. Does knowing this change how you feel about buying used makeup?