LAPD recently raided 21 businesses and seized an estimated $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics. Six of the owners were arrested while the rest received cease-and-desist orders. An analysis showed the fakes had bacteria and human and animal feces.
The bust in Santee Alley netted makeup similar to such popular brands as Urban Decay, NARS, MAC, Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner, and others. The products look almost identical to high-quality eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara but, authorities say, their prices should have raised eyebrows. Police were tipped off after consumers complained of skin rashes.