The difference between cosmetic & non-cosmetic glitter

The difference between cosmetic & non-cosmetic glitter
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Glitter is an excellent way to add some extra “bling” to pretty much anything. Kids use glitter in their artistic creations, cooks use glitter to add sparkle to cupcakes, and more recently, festival goers decorate their bodies with glitter and sparkle in lieu of clothing. It’s a hot new trend, but what is the difference between cosmetic glitter and the type of glitter your kids use in art class?

Like Chalk and Cheese

The important thing is that there is a difference and using craft glitter as makeup is a seriously bad idea. At first glance, the two look the same. They both sparkle in the light and both look pretty when you sprinkle them in your hair. However, they are made of completely different ingredients, which is where the problem lies.

Potential Dangers

Old-style craft glitter was often made from metal fragments, which would be seriously dangerous if you applied it on to your face. Modern craft glitter is mostly made from bonded polycarbonate infused with dye, but it is no less dangerous to your health if you use it as makeup or body paint. Some people add craft glitter to their eye makeup because it’s cheap, but the colour can leach out if your skin gets moist, which is not great. Craft glitter is also unhygienic. Do you really want to risk a nasty infection from a contaminated batch of glitter? Cosmetic glitter may look very similar to craft glitter, but it is a lot safer to use on your face and body. Cosmetic glitters are packed in clean, hygienic environments and won’t give cause bacterial infections if they come into contact with your body’s mucous membranes (eyes, nose, and genitals). Cosmetic glitter is cut into circular shapes rather than hexagons or squares, so it won’t scratch or cut your skin. Do you really want to spend your weekend at Splendour in the Grass rubbing a pink eye and scratching your delicate bits? No, probably not.

Looking Pretty Good

Cost is a big issue, especially for cash-strapped festival goers. You want to look pretty, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on expensive cosmetic glitter, so you raid your kid sister’s art box and hope for the best. This is a bad idea. Check out our site for some cheap cosmetic glitter – there are plenty of options to choose from! That way you can look fabulous and not worry about health problems. DID THESE TIPS HELP? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! REACH OUT TO US ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM. WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOUR PICTURES AND ARE HAPPY TO SHARE IF YOU TAG US. Article written by Glitter Haven. We are Australia’s largest online glitter retailer, specialising in biodegradable, cosmetic-grade and solvent resistant body glitters for festivals, parties, nailart and more. Not in Australia? Don’t worry, we ship internationally. View our range of more than 700 glitters online now at

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