The LAPD raided 21 locations in the city's Santee Alley shopping area, seizing knock-offs of popular makeup brands including Urban Decay and Kylie Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics. The investigation started after customers called the actual cosmetic companies complaining of bumps and rashes from the products.
The LAPD confiscated approximately $700K in counterfeit makeup in Santee Alley, an L.A. fashion district.
Police Capt. Marc Reina announced the results of the operation Thursday evening on Twitter, adding that the fake cosmetics were "found to contain bacteria and human waste". Detective Rick Ishitani said the price tells you if it's counterfeit or not.More news: Bruce McArthur faces 8th murder charge; alleged victim from Sri Lanka
The packaging for the fake products is nearly identical to the real deal, so it's hard to tell if a product is a risky counterfeit or it is the real deal.
Officials arrested six people and the suspects will face charges of trademark violations of major brands. No matter how desperate you want the latest trendy beauty product, but can't afford it or it's sold out you should never buy counterfeit makeup.
He said: "If you're getting something that's 50 percent off, 75 percent off - it tells you that it's bad".More news: OnePlus 6 Rumors Bring Our Attention To New Features
Because these products are often being formulated in unsanitary and unregulated environments (like people's bathrooms or garages) they can get contaminated easily. Other shops got off slightly lighter, but still received cease and desist orders.
There have been reports that some fake lip kits also have glue in them.More news: 'I am gay' protest rocks China's Weibo after 'clean-up campaign'