Black market makeup scam

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Recently Jeffree Star announced that his makeup warehouse had been targeted for a heist, ultimately resulting in the leak (and now possible early release) of his previously unannounced new product – a concealer called ‘Magic Star’.

In a video released on April 2nd on Star’s channel, he told the story behind some vague tweets he had released over the previous weekend.

“This past weekend something that I have been waiting for a few weeks to happen finally happened,” Star said in his video, before explaining that during his recent launch of his Blue Blood collection, one of his warehouses was broken into, and over $2.5m worth of products had been stolen.

The robbery had taken place two weeks before leaked images of the unreleased products surfaced online.

“It was a very professional job, it was a team of people,” Star explained, saying that security footage had shown robbers coming in through the ceiling and eventually loading the products into the vans.

One entire shade (C5), out of the a set of 30 for release in the new concealer range, was stolen.

Once images surfaced on Facebook of the products, it soon became clear that this heist had been part of a large scale blackmarket ring, which had previously come to light. Brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills which some years prior, had been faced with the loss of $4.5m worth of products, have also been hit by these blackmarket groups.

Once the robbery has taken place, sellers who often had nothing to do with the robbery will begin to post asking if anyone would like to buy the products they have received from their ‘supplier’.

Jeffree Star said in his video that one person, who had taken a picture from a blackmarket dealer’s page and re-posted it in a makeup Facebook group, is now in jail while the FBI work to track down the stolen products and the blackmarket dealers who were behind this heist.

Star has teased the possibility of releasing more skin products, as opposed to his usual lip products, palettes and skin frosts, for a few years now – however, had yet to officially announce a product of this kind. He says the product will be released officially at the end of April.

These types of black market rings differ from black market fake makeup, which instead of stealing products and selling them for similar pricing to what it may have been upon its official release, fake makeup mimics a product often using more dangerous materials and without health and safety testing as would be in a genuine product.

There are many knock-off makeup items and brands, with Kylie Jenner’s makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics, being among the most popular to replicate. These duplicates are incredibly dangerous due to the sketchy quality, often leaving rashes and even burns on the skin of the wearer.

Tips on avoiding being scammed into buying fake makeup products, or illegally obtained makeup products, can be summed up into being mindful and keeping common sense at the forefront of your shopping. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a product is coming from an unknown source  or shared by the original suppliers or founders of the product, then be incredibly cautious and don’t take any chances. You may receive more than you bargained for when your skin breaks out in oozing burns or an investigative unit shows up at your door.

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