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Everybody loves a bargain. But, beauty buyers beware! Sometimes finding your favorite products in unusual places or at rock bottom prices is really too good to be true.
From handbags, to designer jeans, to makeup and skin care, counterfeiters prey on unknowing consumers by producing and selling subpar products, with unregulated ingredients, under questionable conditions.
According to CBS News, $1.4 billion of makeup and other knockoff products, like toothpaste and cologne, were seized by US Customs and Border Protection last year alone!
At IMAN Cosmetics, our team of regulatory experts, along with our distributors, retailers and our loyal customers find countless examples of counterfeit products around the world that look close to the real thing but are far from it. Not only is this criminal activity, but it’s also a threat to public safety that puts you at risk!
Haven Cruise, a victim of counterfeit makeup. Via CBS News.
Here’s why knock-offs are such a big deal. Those makeup and personal hygiene products that look enticing because they’re priced lower than the real thing, they more than likely contain harmful contaminants like bacteria, even feces. Knockoffs are often manufactured in unsanitary conditions using cheaper, unregulated, sometimes expired or illegal ingredients. These products slip between the cracks of FDA and other global safety testing regulations.
In other words, you have no idea what you’re getting when you buy a fake. It may look similar to your favorite product, but could be made in a filthy factory using materials that are not listed on the box. You deserve better!
Refinery 29 recently caught up with some victims of the bootleg beauty industry. Haven Cruise, a Florida woman, woke up with a painful rash on her cheeks and temples after using knock-off setting powder. The authentic product was priced at $22, but she was duped by misleading advertising and a $6 bargain.
Vlogger Jordan Byers suffered a chemical burn from a similar dupe, while Missy Chrissy’s tongue went numb after testing knock-offs. The list goes on. So you get the idea?
Our suggestion is to always triple check that what you are purchasing is authentic. Be sure that you’re getting the real deal by shopping directly from a brand’s website or using their store locator and list of trusted sellers.
Low prices may seem attractive and slick wording might be alluring, but no bargain is worth winding up in the ER or worse because a shameless con artist capitalize on your misfortune.
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