Make-up brushes are seen backstage before the Sangue Novo Fall/Winter 2018/19 collection show during Lisbon Fashion Week, Portugal March 9, 2018.
As a result of the findings, an LAPD task forced raided 21 Fashion District shops, seizing a whopping $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics, a stunning reflection of the steadily growing problem.
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The fake products included brands such as Kylie Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, MAC and NARS.
One detective said the price tells you if a product is real or not.
Detective Rick Ishitani told KABC companies must meet the expensive duty of meeting safety standards while makers of bootleg product don't. A similar discovery was made from the cosmetics seized on Thursday. When customers revealed they bought the products in Santee Alley, the Anti-Piracy Unit swooped in doing undercover buys to test the products. Police also tested the cosmetics seized on Thursday and found high levels of bacteria and animal feces.
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Los Angeles police warned about the dangers of using counterfeit cosmetics and urged the public to use common sense when purchasing on the street.
Officials arrested six people and the suspects will face charges of trademark violations of major brands.
Because these products are often being formulated in unsanitary and unregulated environments (like people's bathrooms or garages) they can get contaminated easily.
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