We'd be lying to you if we sad we weren't lured by a good beauty bargain. We look forward to copping our favorite products for a fraction of the price. Every time the Sephora Insider beauty sale approaches (which is happening right now, BTW), we're on it. But the latest LAPD bust will make you think twice about buying cult products for less. If you're out taking a stroll in the fashion district, stay away from counterfeit makeup products—the chances that they're infused with human feces is very, very high. You read right: Poop-infused makeup is alive and thriving, and the cops just confiscated $700,000 worth of it.
The LAPD reports that 15 businesses in the L.A. Fashion District were selling counterfeit cosmetics and issued cease and desist orders, while six employees were arrested and under fire for trademark violations. Beware of the fakes: Dupes of Kylie Cosmetics, Huda Beauty, Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, MAC, and more were all reportedly filled with feces and harmful bacteria after testing.
LAPD's commanding officer, captain Marc Reina, tweeted: "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."
No matter how good a shiny new Kylie Cosmetics lip kit looks for half of its $29 price tag or a brand-new Urban Decay Naked Palette, it's not worth the risk of putting literal shit on your face.
Kim Kardashian West stepped into her sisterly duties and tweeted about the incident: "Counterfei [sic] Kylie lip kits seized in LAPD raid test positive for feces," she wrote. "SO GROSS! Never buy counterfeit products!"
NBC reports that a similar scandal took place in February of last year when customers complained about getting serious rashes after buying counterfeit makeup. Tests came in positive of the products being infused with feces and bacteria.
The beauty black market is real and is worth over a trillion dollars. If you're looking for ways to avoid this at all costs, read this fascinating deep-dive into the world of counterfeit cosmetics. And be sure to stick to safe products that are made of the good stuff. We're boycotting all poop products in 2018 and beyond.