We like glitter as much as the next person, but when it comes to smartphones cases, it’s far from gold. Reports of skin irritation and burns after coming into contact with broken glitter cases has caused one company to issue a recall of 275,000 cases.
The company in question is MixBin, and while you might not have heard of them, you might have one of their iPhone 6/7 cases — they’re sold through Nordstrom Rack, Tory Burch, and Victoria’s Secret, among other outlets. The problem isn’t the glitter itself, but the liquid in which the glitter is suspended — when those cases have split open, that liquid has caused burns on people who have come into contact with it.
That’s really bad, because cases are supposed to take punishment! They’re there because you expect to drop your phone at some point, so having a case that could put you in danger when doing the thing that you bought it to do is less than ideal.
Here in the U.S., MixBin has initiated a recall through the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has received 19 complaints about the cases so far. If you think you might be affected, head here to see if your case is at risk. If it is, you’ll be able to send it back to MixBin for a refund.