What makes glitterevolution special?
Our biodegradable guilt-free glitter...
- is marine and waste water biodegradable
- contains no genetically-modified ingredients
- is made from renewably sourced raw materials
- has been certified 100% home-compostable
Totally guilt-free sparkle. Does it get any better than this?!?
If it's not plastic, what is it made from?
Our glitter products are made with a plant-based base film (cellulose) that is safe for your face and safe for the environment. Most commonly available glitters are made with a PET (plastic) base film. Once disposed, traditional glitter leaves teeny-tiny pieces plastic in the ecosystem forever. That is not the case with our glitter as it is biodegradable!
How long does it take to biodegrade?
The time that it takes our plant-based glitter to biodegrade could be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years, depending on the conditions you are in. It will vary depending on different factors, like whether you're swimming in the ocean or dancing in the desert, whether you apply it with an organic oil base or a dry brush, and how humid the climate is in your geographic location. In general, biodegradation requires heat, water, oxygen and microorganisms. The more of those four things that are present in the environment, the faster the glitter will biodegrade.
Will it biodegrade inside the package?
Our glitter products are very stable. We package our custom glitter mixes as loose glitter (without any adhesive base) in order to extend their shelf life. It is a good idea to keep your glitter mixes cool and dry. The best way to apply it is to use a makeup brush instead of using your hands to keep the container clean. Unless the container gets moisture and microorganisms inside, the glitter will not biodegrade in the package.
What are the official standards?
There is a European (EN13432) and an American (ASTM D6400) standard which define the tests required to demonstrate the compostability of a material. These tests include requirements for material characterization (including heavy metals), biodegradation, disintegration, and ecotoxicity. The biodegradable film used in our products is certified to both EN13432 and ASTM D6400 norms. It is also certified by AIB Vinçotte for home compostability according to the OK Compost Home standard.
What is the difference between cosmetic glitter and craft glitter?
Our glitter mixes are designed to be safe for your face which means they contain cosmetic-grade glitter. Cosmetic glitter is higher quality, manufactured with stricter standards for cleanliness, and finer than craft glitter, meaning the particles are smaller.
How do I get my sparkle on?
To keep the glitter fresh, our products are packaged as loose glitter. That means when you are ready to get your sparkle on, you will need an adhesive medium to keep it in place. Any cream/gel-based face and body products can be used as a medium: your moisturizer, sunscreen or lip balm, an organic facial oil (we love jojoba oil and coconut oil!), or aloe vera gel. Apply the medium directly to your skin and press glitter over the top with your fingers. For broad application, use a round brush. For precision, use a flat brush.
How do I get those sparkles gone?
Dab some oil or oil-based makeup remover on a cotton round or tissue to remove glitter. When removing glitter from your face, swipe out and away from your eyes. Use a fresh side, or fresh round, for each swipe until the glitter is gone. If you have glitter stuck between your eyelashes, use a Q-tip dipped in oil or remover to get rid of it.
What else do I need to know to go glitter?
Two recommendations: no matter what, don't rub your face while wearing it because that might rub glitter into your eyes (ouch!). And, make sure to remove it completely before you go to bed. While some glitter suppliers sell products with craft glitter – or chunky glitter (large hexes or other shapes, which look like confetti) – in their mixes, it’s not a great idea to put that chunky stuff near your eyes. There's a lot of beautiful world out there that you want to see... In general, we don't recommend putting craft glitter on your face, to protect your peepers! Even cosmetic glitter can become an irritant and scratch up your corneas if it gets in your eyes, which can be painful. By using cosmetic-grade glitter you are reducing this risk, but you can never totally eliminate it.
What if I accidentally get glitter in my eye?
When applying glitter to your face, keep it above the eyebrow and along the cheekbone for the smallest possible risk of getting it in your eyes. If you feel something scratchy in your eyes – this applies to everything, not just glitter – DON’T RUB. Use eye drops and irrigate the eye to rinse it out. If the irritation persists, go see your doctor (preferably an ophthalmologist).