The fallout from the College Admissions Scandal continues to unravel in ways as outrageous as you would expect for a FBI case that involves the arrest of Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) and Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), two of the 50 people involved in bribing and lying in order to gain admission to big name colleges their children. The latest name to be dragged into the mess is beauty brand Sephora, because why not at this point, right?
Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, who she shares with husband and Mossimo designer Mossimo Giannulli, is the most famous of all the wealthy children who allegedly didn’t know what their parents were doing (we do think some kids were in the dark, but Olivia Jade stood in front of a rowing boat, so come on). Olivia Jade is a social media influencer and YouTube personality and thanks to her 1.9 million YouTube subscribers and 1.4 million Instagram followers, she scored a deal with Sephora in 2018 to launch her own highlighter palette. We have a feeling that a TV star mother and fashion designer father also helped get her the deal. Just a hunch.
Now with the fallout of the FBI case, which has ironically been dubbed Varsity Blues, Sephora customers are demanding that the company drop Olivia Jade’s palette. At the time of posting, it looks likes they’ve listened, as the Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze and Illuminate Palette appears to have disappeared from the store.
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the olivia jade x sephora collection palette is officially being RESTOCKED tomorrow (1/18) at 12pm EST!!! sooo excited for you to get your hands on these highlighters if you missed it the first time around… they are unreal. link in my bio to purchase #ad #sephoracollection
With the FBI being careful to separate the parents from the children in Operation Varsity Blues and only charging the adults, it’s likely that Sephora is hesitant to remove the palette at the risk of legal ramifications in their deal with Olivia Jade. Or, it’s really good publicity. We could see this going either way.
And at the risk of sounding flippant about the whole situation, the highlighter palette is pretty bomb.
Olivia Jade’s mother Lori Loughlin has deleted her social media accounts and Olivia Jade’s sister Isabella has made her accounts private, but the social media influencer appears to be sticking by the “all press is good press” motto and has left her accounts open. With news that Olivia Jade was vacationing in the Bahamas on the yacht of a USC board of trustees member when her mother was arrested (tough to tell if we’re more excited for the Lifetime movie or Law and Order: SVU version of this scandal), people’s irritation over the story has turned to straight up outrage, with comments flooding both Olivia Jade’s Instagram channel and Sephora’s comments section.
Many customers are declaring their intentions to boycott Sephora unless the palette is removed.
Others are shading (not highlighting) Olivia Jade’s USC admission based on a fake rowing scholarship, writing “I thought this would give me the ‘just-came-from-crew-practice,’ ‘spent-hours-rowing-on-the-lake’ glow. Turns out it was all a sham!”
It takes a lot of purchases to get to the VIB Rogue status on Sephora, so we think the company may want to start listening to their customers.
Ironically, Olivia Jade has spoken openly on her social media pages about her disinterest in attending college, saying she’d rather focus on her beauty brand and being an influencer. Guess the $500,000 her parents spent to forge documents and gain her admission to USC wasn’t worth it after all.
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OLIVIA JADE X SEPHORA COLLECTION. A dream I never thought would be my reality. This is so surreal for me and my 14 year old self 😭😭❤️❤️ A huge thank you to #SephoraCollection for believing in me and allowing me to create a beautiful highlight palette. And to all my followers… thank you doesn’t even do it justice for how grateful I am. I love you forever. ❤️Olivia Jade @sc #BeautyUncomplicated #ad