Makeup today is expensive. Their price points (and sometimes unavailability here in the Philippines) encourage counterfeiters to successfully create and sell fake makeup. "Class A dupes" that are sold as low as P50 to unsuspecting customers either online or at tiangges contain dangerous ingredients like lead, copper, mercury, and arsenic.
Luckily, the fake makeup industry just got a *bit* smaller. On April 12, 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department raided 21 locations in an LA fashion district in California and confiscated up to $700,000 (P36,449,000) worth of cosmetics after they tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste. Yuck!!!!
"Those feces will just basically somehow get mixed into the product they're manufacturing in their garage or in their bathroom—wherever they're manufacturing this stuff," a detective told CNN.
Popular brands being knocked off were Kylie Cosmetics (Are you surprised?), MAC, Urban Decay, and NARS.
While this all happened on the other side of the world, it's likely that the fake makeup products in the U.S.A. and the ones being sold here all come from the same source. *ahem, ahem*
So, CGs, be careful and do your research when buying makeup online and at bazaars! To be on the safe side, stick to purchasing your faves at well-known department stores and boutiques.
H/t: CNN Philippines
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