April 26, 2018

Bootleg makeup contained animal feces, human waste, Los Angeles police say

16 April 2018, 11:45 | Sandy Nunez

Twitter @LAPDMARCREINAPolice have cracked down on counterfeit make-up

Police and make-up

Of the stuff that was taken, brands like MAC, Urban Decay, and Kylie Jenner's range of cosmetics - Kylie Cosmetics - were all being faked in the shops and sold at massively discounted prices. The LAPD stormed 21 Santee Alley shopping locations and confiscated $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup Thursday (April 12) after an undercover investigation found the knock-offs tested positive for "bacteria and human feces".

Counterfeit makeup isn't always easy to spot, but as a general rule of thumb - if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

In a tweet, LAPD Captain Marc Reina said that some of the makeup was found to contain bacteria and human waste. All of those who complained said that they had bought their products in the LA fashion district.

The counterfeit products were uncovered in a raid of 21 stores in the city's Fashion District, notes Los Angeles television station KABC. The packaging can look convincingly real, but don't be fooled by the makeup's extremely low price tag.

Cosmetic brands
Twitter @LAPDMARCREINASeveral cosmetic brands were affected by the faeces

The six individuals arrested in rsquo & Thursday;s raid is going to be billed with trademark violations of major brands, " based to KTLA.

"If you're getting something that's 50% off, 75% off, it tells you that it's bad", Ishitani said.

Because these products are often being formulated in unsanitary and unregulated environments (like people's bathrooms or garages) they can get contaminated easily. Fifteen other people had been served using cease and desist orders.

There have been reports that some fake lip kits also have glue in them.

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