Warning on risk from fake make-up
Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30
Consumers are being warned not to buy counterfeit cosmetics which have been found to contain harmful substances such as arsenic and lead.
The fakes claim to be luxury make-up brands including MAC, Urban Decay and Benefit, according to the medicines' watchdog, the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
Thousands of counterfeit cosmetics have been prevented from entering the country by customs officers, but significant quantities are still making it through to Irish consumers.
Some have been purchased online from websites based outside the EU and are being sold to Irish consumers either through social media or websites. They have also been found in some retail stores and at markets throughout the country.
The advice is to be sure the product is labelled with a European address - this means there is a company in Europe responsible for ensuring the product complies with quality and safety requirements.
Counterfeit cosmetics may also have uneven fill levels, and the packages can be faded and contain misspelling. They are usually priced significantly cheaper than on the high street.