In a tweet, LAPD Captain Marc Reina said that some of the makeup was found to contain bacteria and human waste. The products look nearly identical to high-quality eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara but, authorities say, their prices should have raised eyebrows. The LAPD made a similar raid in February after customers complained of getting rashes and bumps from using counterfeit makeup. When their lab tested the contents, they discovered the products were full of shit - figuratively and literally.
The LAPD detective also said that companies must meet health and safety standards, which are often expensive.
You've heard the statistics about consumers being deceived, and you've read the horror stories about the frightening reactions they can cause, but counterfeit cosmetics continue to be a pervasive problem in the industry despite the efforts of brands and law enforcement agencies.
Six of the store owners were arrested by local law enforcement. Fifteen more people were served with cease and desist orders, KTLA reported.
Because these products are often being formulated in unsanitary and unregulated environments (like people's bathrooms or garages) they can get contaminated easily.
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