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Fake makeup is becoming a problem in the United States: Where is it coming from?

Jacqueline Gorr

Scene Editor

Everyone is familiar with knockoffs such as of faux Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Gucci shopping opportunities. The fakes go beyond the expensive designer handbags and jewelry, there is now fake makeup.

Be aware of the makeup you purchase as fake makeup is becoming more common in the U.S..
Photo Credit: Cosmo.com

Beauty products such as Jergens, Jeffree Star and Kylie Cosmetics have been affected by having their brand on city streets that wasn’t theirs.

According to Allure.com “Shoppers trying to snag lip kits from sites like Amazon or eBay found themselves with everything from super sticky formulas to dupes full of heavy chemicals.”  Buying a duplicate version of something to save money sounds like a great idea at first, but it can cause harm to your body. Some of the problems people have had when they bought the fake products are chemical burns, their lips sticking together and parts of the face going numb.

According to a recent report from Bloomberg Businessweek, “despite efforts like these, counterfeit problems like the ones plaguing Kylie and Jeffree are not only ongoing, they’re also on the rise. Global seizures of the faux stuff jumped 25 percent between 2011 and 2013.”

With that being said, it will rise more and more each year. Fake makeup comes from ramshackle operations where many health hazards lurk. Many faux products make it into the United States from China. If you walk the streets of Los Angeles, you will find multiple stands with these hot-ticket cosmetic items.

Beauty companies spend a huge portion of their money on packaging so it will be impossible to make a fake. These faux companies manage to work their way around it and still duplicate it. The best way to know you are getting a real product is to strictly purchase it from their actual website or a trusted retail center such as Sephora or Ulta.