A woman is suing Sephora after she allegedly contracted herpes from a sample tube of lipstick.
The California resident claims she used a “common use” tube on display and contracted herpes on her lips. According to TMZ, the infection was diagnosed by professionals and the victim has never had herpes or cold sores before her October 2015 visit to the store.
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“While it is our policy to not comment on Litigation, the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority,” Sephora said in a statement to Fashionista.” We take product hygiene very seriously and we are dedicated to following best practices in our stores.
However convincing that is, you might want to skip the samples next time you head to a beauty counter. It is also important to note that you can still use samples with some precautionary steps. You can remove the top of the lipstick before use as well as use rubbing alcohol to wipe the product down. Additionally, using a Q-tip or sample sponge to transfer the lipstick can prevent the spread of disease.
We’ve reached out to Sephora for comment and will update when we hear back.