THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF COUNTERFEIT MAKEUP
Makeup is something that many people put on their face on a daily basis – so it’s important to know what’s going into these products, and how authentic they really are. The thing is because makeup can be on the pricier side, some are attracted to inexpensive or knock-off makeup that will “do the trick.” That said, you have to wonder how these items are able to have such a small price tag.
There are affordable brands found at drug stores and retailers that have made a name for themselves as being reputable and budget-friendly – but lately, there has been a rise in counterfeit makeup. These counterfeit items are knock-off products sold online that claim to have the same abilities as brand name makeup.
Findings have revealed that these dirt cheap products have had detrimental effects on those who have used them. This research just goes to show that it’s a lot more worth it to invest in cutting edge couture quality makeup from reputable brands than taking the cheap route with risky counterfeit products:
The Research: Harmful Ingredients
When NBC brought these cheap imitation products to Princeton Consumer Research in St. Petersburg for examination, the findings were pretty disturbing. The counterfeit products contained sufficient traces of rodent droppings, aluminium and led – a particular imitation foundation product even had traces of mercury in it. Needless to say, these materials can have detrimental effects on one’s skin and health.
Knock-off makeup oftentimes contains beryllium, cadmium and carcinogens among other harmful materials that can have long term health effects.
Online Sellers: Lack of Brand Accountability
Dr Sonia Batra, a board-certified dermatologist and recurring co-host on“The Doctors,” expressed to Healthline that “Consumers should only purchase cosmetics from trustworthy companies and authorized retailers.”
Even though a high price tag doesn’t always equate to quality, there is something to be said about the fact that big brands have their name and brand loyalty on the line when they release products.
Most big beauty brands will have a board of physicians on hand to test their products. Since the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have any legalities in place that state companies have to test their ingredients for safety, smaller names may not even bother with this precaution.
The Proof: LAPD & Kylie Jenner
LAPD: $700,000 Seized
Back in 2018, CNN reported that the LAPD seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup products in the Fashion District after they were tipped off that there were vendors selling knock off items. It was found that the products were not from the reputable brands they were advertised as being from and that they also contained large amounts of animal waste and bacteria.
Kylie Jenner Lip Kit
Celebrities and the faces behind big makeup brands are well aware of this con that sellers on the internet are trying to pull on buyers looking for a discount.
In fact, when it was reported that an 18-year-old’s lips swelled up to the point of needing medical attention after using a $4 knockoff Kylie Jenner product, Kim Kardashian West brought the situation to light on Twitter.
Needless to say, if you have your eye on high-quality brand-name makeup that seems to have a discount, be cautious that it may be a knock-off item. You are better off buying makeup instore, from a reputable brand — even if it’s not designer.