Counterfeit Cosmetics

About two years ago in the Los Angeles Fashion District, around $700,000 in counterfeit cosmetics were seized. On January 9, 2020, LAPD officer Lillian L. Carranza made a public announcement on Twitter following the discovery of the counterfeit products. Over $300,000 of fake makeup was recovered in parts of downtown Los Angeles’ fashion district. Officer Carranza stated the risks of buying these products because of their contents: “Previous test of counterfeit makeup revealed animal feces and chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.” Something like this has happened before; people should be more aware of shopping in that area.
The mission to bust the frauds went into action when brand-name companies started receiving complaints from consumers that they were beginning to get rashes and bumps from the brands: MAC, Kylie Cosmetics lip kits, and Too Faced makeup palettes. Customers were told they could avoid the imitation makeup by checking the packaging of the product to see whether there are any differences from the authentic brands. This could include the color scheme of the packaging or variations in the “limited edition” marketing.
Everyone should carefully check to see whether the texture feels like the original brands. It is also recommended that people who are buying makeup from this district go to a trusted makeup store to test the product. This will provide the consumer with a clear understanding of how the product is supposed to look and feel. When testing a potentially fake makeup item avoid putting the product directly on the face.
The fake merchandise was tested in labs to find out its dangers. The sales occur in other places other then the Los Angeles Fashion District, as a result, “‘Discounted products found online or at flea markets and mall kiosks are likely counterfeit’, the FBI said.” These counterfeit items have a chance of containing dangerous chemicals like beryllium, arsenic, cadmium, or even DEHP, a chemical used to make plastics. The most important thing to do when it comes to makeup is to have the proper knowledge about the cosmetics and to buy essentials straight from trusted companies. “Police advise buyers to purchase makeup from authorized retailers,” said Sydney Kalich, a reporter from NBC4.