If you ask any true makeup junkie, there are tons of reasons why you should never buy counterfeit makeup. One of them being animal waste. Yup, you totally read that right. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department department confiscated $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in Santee Alley, in the Los Angeles fashion district. According to Detective Rick Ishitani, the bootleg makeup tested positive for high levels of bacteria and animal waste.
“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,” Ishitani said in an interview with CNN.
The LAPD was tipped off by official brand-name cosmetics companies, which received numerous complaints from customers who reported having rashes and bumps after using their products that were purchased in the area. LAPD Capt. Marc Reina tweeted a photo of the counterfeit makeup and said, “Busted! Major Task Force hits 21 locations in the @LAFashionDist and nets $700,000 in Counterfeit cosmetics found to contain bacteria and human waste. The best price is not always the best deal! #ProtectingOurCommunity”
Busted! Major Task Force hits 21 locations in the @LAFashionDist and nets $700,000 in Counterfeit cosmetics found to contain bacteria and human waste. The best price is not always the best deal! #ProtectingOurCommunity pic.twitter.com/gliJ8L2F9F
— Captain Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) April 13, 2018
The cosmetics included knocked off products of Urban Decay, MAC, NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics. Jenner’s sister, Kim Kardashian responded to the raids by tweeting, “[Counterfeit] Kylie lip kits seized in LAPD raid test positive for feces. SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products!”
Counterfei Kylie lip kits seized in LAPD raid test positive for feces
SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products! https://t.co/eqIsJBfm6v
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 13, 2018
Kylie has also used social media in the past to warn consumers about counterfeit products. Early this year, Jenner called out one online retailer for selling fake lip kits.
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 10, 2018
Just by looking at the packaging, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake. But almost all the time, the price says it all. “If you’re getting something that’s 50% off, 75% off, it tells you that it’s bad,” says Ishitani and we totally agree. Remember, you get what you pay for.