You might still be waiting for Jeffree Star’s exposé on Los Angeles’s fake makeup scene, but the police weren’t keen to wait for his uploading schedule and ended up raiding 21 locations throughout the city, snatching up boxes of counterfeit NARS, Urban Decay, Kylie, MAC and of course, Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
With the haul clocking in at about $709,550 (£500,000) and leading to six arrests, Police Capt. Marc Reina announced on Twitter that after initial tests, they found that the makeup contained, “Bacteria and human waste.”
Perils of Fake Makeup
According to Detective Rick Ishitani, “They came back positive with a high level of bacteria and animal feces. 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.”
While buying a palette from a back alley can be a bit of a dead giveaway that the item is fake, when purchasing online it can be a bit tougher, as most of the knockoffs resemble the actual product so well, including the packaging.
In those cases, Detective Ishitani explained that the best way to determine a fake is, “If you’re getting something that’s 50% off, 75% off, it tells you that it’s bad.”