Beauty aficionados, be careful when trying on samples in makeup stores! A woman recently tried out a lipstick sample in Sephora, Hollywood but she allegedly caught a lifelong disease from it. Uh-oh!
Based on a recent report by TMZ, the woman had apparently been trying on lipsticks and she reportedly contracted herpes from a “common use” tube of lipstick on display. That’s bad! After being diagnosed by medical professionals, she deduced that the infection was caused by her visit to the Sephora store in October 2015, when she sampled one of the lipsticks and got herpes on her lip.
The woman, who is not identified, is now suing the cosmetics chain for USD$25,000 (approx. RM105,800) as she said that it has caused her emotional distress for the “incurable lifelong affliction”. She added that Sephora neglected to warn their customers that they could get infected with diseases.
Apparently, she said that prior to her Sephora visit, she had no history of herpes or cold sores and was holding Sephora responsible. She claimed that Sephora clearly did not have adequate hygiene practices and that they didn’t place warnings about the health risks, because if they did, “she would have avoided them like the plague”. So would we!
In addition, she also claimed that other companies provided methods of preventing herpes exposure by using individual samples or having beauty assistants help customers but Sephora did not care about their customers’ health.
According to Fashionista, Sephora has issued a response and said, “While it is our policy not to comment on litigation, the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority. We take product hygiene very seriously and we are dedicated to following best practices in our stores.”
Guess this is a good reminder for us that public, communal makeup isn’t always the most sanitary and we should always be cautious when trying them out at any makeup counters!