Researchers Tested Makeup Store Samples, And The Results Will Disgust You

It’s hard to imagine a makeup store without testers, those little free samples of products that let customers try new products before they buy them.

But a new investigation has revealed the ugly truth about these free samples, and if you’re still using them, this story might change your mind. You may remember that a woman is already suing the chain of Sephora makeup stores after claiming she caught the herpes virus while sampling lipstick.

Andreas Rentz

It’s a strange claim, but viruses like herpes can survive for up to a week on makeup products, and dermatologists say the woman’s story is believable.

In the lawsuit, the woman is blaming the store for not warning her about the risk of catching herpes from the samples. She’s also suing the store for emotional distress caused by her diagnosis.


If that story didn’t scare you away from testers, this one might. A team of investigative journalists swabbed testers are three different stores – Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta – and uncovered some disgusting results.

We’re warning you: this story is not pretty.

Tags: makeup, bacteria, disease, warning, sample, tester

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