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What's Contaminating Your Counterfeit Makeup? (Hint: It Might Be Poop)

By Tori Preston | News | April 17, 2018 |

By Tori Preston | News | April 17, 2018 |


Here’s a riddle for you: When is a bargain more than you bargained for?

Aaaaand the answer is: “When it’s contaminated with human feces.”

What I’m trying to say is: If you recently bought some knock-off Kylie Jenner lip gloss in Los Angeles, DO NOT USE IT.

An LAPD/FBI task force recently went undercover at 21 locations around the LA fashion district to test counterfeit cosmetics, following consumer complaints regarding adverse reactions to the use of the makeup (particularly around lips and eyelids). Tests confirmed that the makeup contained not only human waste, but elevated levels of bacteria, lead, and traces of animal feces. Which, frankly, explains those “adverse reactions” I mentioned. In the end, the task force arrested six individuals and seized $700,000 worth of knock-off makeup, which they then showed off at a press conference:

Look: makeup can be really expensive… but it’s also regulated. Getting that kinda-sorta name-brand mascara as a steep discount might seem like a swell idea, until your eye literally swells because you just smeared leaded feces on it. When it comes to possible poop content, it’s worth it to pay for the stuff you know has been tested for your protection.

The moral? Assume all KYLIE brand products are poison. Or would “Kounterfeit Kosmetics” be more appropriate?


Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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