The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) are urging consumers to be vigilant for counterfeit 'high-end' beauty products after a number of imitation make-up kits that could be harmful to people's health were seized.
Among the forged cosmetic brands which were found to contain illegal substances, such as arsenic and lead, were Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner and Urban Decay products.
The counterfeit products seized were:
Kylie Holiday-Burgundy and Bronze eyeshadow palettes, Kylie Matte liquid lipstick and lip liner, and Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes.
Use extreme caution if you are offered such products at markets or through non-reputable websites.
The HPRA says:
"The majority of counterfeit cosmetic products seized have been eye-shadows and lip products.
Some of these products can be purchased online from websites based outside of the EU and are being sold to Irish consumers online and through social media.
They have also been found in some trade shows and at markets throughout the country.
The HPRA is extremely concerned that highly toxic substances, such as arsenic and lead, have been detected in products which are available to Irish consumers.
Prolonged exposure to both of these banned substances can severely damage your health causing potential harm to your brain and kidneys, among other organs.
The suppliers of these products are unconcerned about the health of the consumers who purchase them.
We can’t emphasise enough the need for consumers to be vigilant when purchasing cosmetics this Christmas - while they may be sold at a cheaper cost than legitimate beauty products, it is never worth gambling with your health when buying these products.
As well as the possible toxic ingredients which may be contained in counterfeit cosmetics, the way the products are manufactured and the safety and cleanliness of the production environment is unknown, which is another reason to avoid purchasing and using these cosmetics at all cost."