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Color Club/Forsythe Cosmetics polishes – NOT all vegan-friendly. Up to and including Fall 2015 releases, these shades contain animal products :

68 Hey Gorgeous
894 Jewel of a Girl
900 Resort to Red

Forsythe is also the manufacturer for other brands/private label polishes such as Cosmetic Arts, Funky Fingers, Urban Outfitters polishes, Studio M, and possibly others that I’m unaware of. For future releases after Fall 2015, anyone interested in whether their polishes are vegan-friendly should contact the company to ask if new shades contain shellac (personally I will no longer be buying polish from them).

Correspondence with company :

RE: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from October 17 at 9:18PM

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Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda@cosmeticgroup.com>

Oct 22

to me

Hi Joanne,

Sorry for the delay!  We are a nail polish manufacturer for other brands besides Color Club, so we have a very large number of shades that needed to be reviewed.

I found that the following shades contain shellac.

68 Hey Gorgeous
894 Jewel of a Girl
900 Resort to Red

Again if you would like to send me a list of shades to double check, I would be more than happy to pass it along for verification.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Regards,

Amanda Benzaquin
Marketing & Media Manager

Forsythe Cosmetic Group Ltd.
Tel: 516-239-4200
Toll: 800-221-8080
Fax: 516-239-4745
www.colorclub.com

—–Original Message—–
From: Shopify Notification [mailto:mailer at shopify.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:19 PM
To: support at colorclub.com
Subject: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from October 17 at 9:18PM

Contact Form Submission:

Name: Joanne Charlebois
Email:
Phone:
Body: Hello, I’ve been trying to get an answer to my question for a couple of months now. I was having the following discussion with Amanda Benzaquin but it’s been over a month that she’s stopped replying to my occasional requests for an update. Could somebody please answer this?? This lack of concern/customer service is really disappointing…

Copy of email chain:

Hello, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any reply from you, could I please get an update on this?

Thanks,
Joanne

On Sep 28, 2015, at 3:30 PM, Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail.com> wrote:

Hello?

On Sep 16, 2015, at 9:04 AM, Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,

Any news on this? Can you tell me the name of the one shade you do know of?
Thanks,
Joanne

On Sep 3, 2015, at 2:12 PM, Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda at cosmeticgroup.com> wrote:

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for your patience! I believe it is only a single shade that contains that ingredient but I am waiting to hear from our private label and chem teams so I can be sure I am passing on the right info.

Again, if there is a list of shades you are most concerned about I’d be happy to have them check the ingredients in those.

Regards,

Amanda Benzaquin
Marketing & Media Manager

Forsythe Cosmetic Group Ltd.
Tel: 516-239-4200
Toll: 800-221-8080
Fax: 516-239-4745
www.colorclub.com

From: Jo Charlebois [mailto:ariix77 at gmail com]
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:43 PM
To: Amanda Benzaquin
Subject: Fwd: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from August 30 at 6:54PM

Hi Amanda,

Just wondering when I can expect a reply listing the polish shades? I understand you probably have to consult with another department to get a list but just wondering about how long that will be. I’m anxious to know if any of the ones I own do contain shellac.

Thank you,
Joanne

Begin forwarded message:

From: Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail com>
Date: August 31, 2015 at 12:16:42 PM EDT
To: Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda at cosmeticgroup.com>
Cc: “jill at vegancuts.com” <jill at vegancuts.com>
Subject: Re: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from August 30 at 6:54PM

Thank you for replying.

I am not sure where you got your definition for “vegan”, but it most definitely does, and always has since a man named Donald Watson created the term in 1944, include avoidance of insect products. Insects are a class of animals, that is a fact. There may be some people who refer to themselves as vegans who use insect products, but they are the ones who are not using the term correctly.

I have to say this is very disappointing and upsetting. I really wasn’t expecting this to be the reply.

Could you please, please provide me with a full and comprehensive list of which of your shades have (or have had, in the case of any discontinued ones) shellac as an ingredient. I own about a hundred bottles of Color Club (as well as a few Cosmetic Arts, Ruby Wing and Funky Fingers) and need to know which ones to dispose of. I also maintain a vegan nail blog with a list of vegan-friendly polishes and I will need to update it with which shades to avoid, along with a huge, huge apology to my vegan readers for having had Color Club listed as “all polishes vegan” all this time.

I’m so sad that I trusted your claim of “vegan” on the website and didn’t notice this change in the ingredients list until now.

Joanne

On Aug 31, 2015, at 10:28 AM, Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda at cosmeticgroup.com> wrote:

Hi Joanne,

Thank you for contacting Color Club!

The claim for “vegan” requires no animal products.  Insects are not included in that definition but understandably that can be a concern for some vegans.

Only a few of our colors contain that ingredient. The FDA requires the “may contain” list to include only colorants so that is why we changed the ingredient deck.

I’d be happy to check on a particular color(s) to see if it contains shellac.

Let me know if I can help in any other way.

Regards,

Amanda Benzaquin
Marketing & Media Manager

Forsythe Cosmetic Group Ltd.
Tel: 516-239-4200
Toll: 800-221-8080
Fax: 516-239-4745
www.colorclub.com

—–Original Message—–
From: Shopify Notification [mailto:mailer (at) shopify.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 6:55 PM
To: support (at) colorclub.com
Subject: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from August 30 at 6:54PM

Contact Form Submission:

Name: Joanne
Email:
Phone:
Body:  I have submitted the following question through the contact form on the Color Club website twice now, each time waiting a week and have received no response or acknowledgement. Would someone PLEASE answer the question of a long time customer?? Here is the submitted question:

Hi,

As a long-time customer and a vegan, I just noticed something on your newer nail polish labels that is very confusing and worrying. I just got the Poptastic Pastel mini set in the mail and saw in the ingredients list on the back “may contain” shellac. Confused, I peeled back the label on one of the full-size bottles from that collection that I’d also gotten, and saw that shellac is in the main ingredients list, not just the “may contain” part. This was never in your ingredients list back when I first started collecting polish.

I see that you still describe your polish as “vegan friendly” on your web site [at the time I first submitted this question this was the case, but now 2+ weeks later I see it doesn’t say that anymore?? Now I am really worried], so can you please explain the shellac to me? As far as I know shellac is derived from the secretions of the lac beetle and is therefore an animal product. Is there such a thing as entirely synthetic shellac, not derived from any animal product, and that is what is in your products? If so, can you provide a chemistry article reference confirming that such a thing exists (I just haven’t been able to find information on such a thing by doing a quick web search for shellac synthesis methods, which is the reason I ask for a reference).

I’m really hoping this is not a misunderstanding as to what “vegan” means… any substance produced by an insect is definitely not “vegan friendly”.

Thank you for clarifying this,
Joanne

Jo Charlebois <ariix77@gmail.com>

Oct 27

to Amanda

Thank you. Does this include the recent collections Oil Slick, Halo Hues 2015, Fall 2015?

What about future collections? Would someone interested need to email you each time to find out if any of the new shades contain shellac?

Thanks

Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda@cosmeticgroup.com>

Oct 28

to me

This does include recent collections. We are happy to answer any questions about new collections as they are released.

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