Cheaper isn't always better, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A Los Angeles Police Department task force seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in downtown's Fashion District, an LAPD spokesman said. Twenty-one stores in the city's Fashion District were raided, leading to the massive confiscation of counterfeit cosmetics. Reina wrote. The bust netted makeup similar to such popular brands as Urban Decay, NARS, MAC, Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner, and others. Detective Rick Ishitani of the LAPD told the news station that the cosmetics' price reveals whether it is counterfeit or not.
Researchers again found high levels of bacteria and feces in the cosmetics seized in Thursday's raid.
"The price pretty much tells you".
The LAPD was tipped off by the brand-name companies, which received complaints from consumers who said they had rashes and bumps after using their products. The complaints prompted the Anti-Piracy Unit to conduct undercover buys to test the products.
Reina also disclosed in the tweet that bacteria and human waste were found in the counterfeit makeup products. He added that legitimate cosmetic companies adhere to health and safety standards, which is costly.
Officials arrested six people and the suspects will face charges of trademark violations of major brands. Another 15 people were given cease and desist orders.