Dangers of ‘Bargain’ Lipstick Highlighted

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Thousand of young girls are taking risks by purchasing on-line ‘bargain’ cosmetics.

In a recent court case, a man was found guilty of selling fake matte lipsticks containing dangerous levels of lead. It was revealed that, if regularly used, the fakes could cause severe health problems. Also, if used by pregnant women, the make-up could affect the neurology of unborn babies.

Those tempted to buy beauty products over the Internet are recommended to check reviews and be suspicious if the asking price appears very low.

In the above example, buyers were tempted by the offer of four sticks for £15 compared to the normal price of £16 for just one genuine matte lipstick. The sticks advertised on-line contained approximately 300 times the amount of legal lead!

After the case, a local councillor said: “These items were not only fake, but some were dangerous. The products may look like the real thing, but were not and consumers can put their health at risk by using them. The level of lead in one sample was incredible.”

The Daily Mail has in the past warned on-line cosmetic buyers they risk suffering severe allergic reactions as well as long-term health problems. Apparently, one victim was left fearing for her eyesight when she bought cosmetics from an online company she later discovered was based in China.
Counterfeit versions of leading brands such as MAC, Benefit and Urban Decay have been found with dangerous levels of lead, mercury and even cyanide.

As an added precaution, one regular user urged Internet buyers to check if a lipstick feels different, stains your lips or causes cracking or roughness after use. If any these symptoms apply then the chances are the product is fake!


Freya, Year 6

Burgh School




4 Responses to Dangers of ‘Bargain’ Lipstick Highlighted

  1. Sam October 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Fascinating article Freya. A really well thought out and informative piece and a warning to always check out the reason why something is so cheap.

    Keep up the excellent work.

    YJA Managing Editor

  2. Emily October 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I might not be into lipstick but I really like this article. You have thought really hard about it.

  3. eryn October 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Well done Freya, it is a really good article. I agree with Emily 110%!
    Well done!

  4. Sarah Smith October 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Just shows a bargain that appears too good to be true should signal the warning. Great article Freya.