Testing makeup at any cosmetics counter is obviously not the most sanitary practice in the world. But you probably don’t expect to contract herpes from sampling lipstick either. According to TMZ, that’s exactly what happened to one California woman, who claims she contracted herpes from using a store tester.
The woman says she developed the infection after she tested some lipstick in the store during an October 2015 visit. She also claims that she never had herpes or cold sores before this particular Sephora shopping trip.
According to the documents, the woman posits that Sephora does not clearly warn customers of the risk of getting herpes or other infections when trying on makeup samples. She is suing the makeup company for causing emotional distress due to the “incurable lifelong affliction.”
We should note, according to a the World Health Organization, 2 out of 3 people under the age of 50 have Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (a.k.a. cold sores), so it’s not as uncommon as you may think. Most herpes is asymptomatic, which means you might not even know you have it. The symptoms that may present themselves however — like blistery or weepy sores — aren’t exactly pleasant to deal with.
Sephora released a statement to Fashionista stating, “While it is our policy not to comment on litigation, the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority. We take product hygiene very seriously and we are dedicated to following best practices in our stores.”