Beauty aficionados know all too well just how pricey quality makeup can be, which makes one Georgia woman’s discovery at a Sephora store all the more painful.
On Nov. 11, Sephora makeup artist Brittany Nelson stumbled upon a pitifully wrecked tester palette containing 52 Make Up Forever eyeshadows. Further, Nelson believes the damage to be the fault of a “naughty” child, sharing two photos of the mess on Facebook.
“$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are a not a happy place to be,” she wrote in a post that has since gone viral.
“Mammas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you … or them … or the expensive product,” she added.
Adding that she and her companion “about passed out when we saw this atrocity,” Nelson noted that while she’s brought her own daughter into makeup shops over the years, she institutes “a strict ‘hands in pockets’ rule” and limits her trips to 10 minutes.
While Nelson didn’t specifically catch the culprit in the act, she told Insider that she walked into Sephora “right as a lady and her kid were hustling out of there. The glittery footprints helped us decipher it was a tiny human,” she noted of the clues surrounding the display.
The beauty superstore’s staffers were quick to clean up the mess, but the chaos has continued on Facebook, where the viral photos of the destroyed palette clearly struck a nerve. Over 20,000 reactions, 18,000 comments and 25,000 shares have poured in, some praising and others condemning Nelson’s words.
“There’s no excuse for this. Parents take their kids into businesses, completely ignore them like they’re not there, and expect the work staff to babysit them. A good parent never leaves their child out of sight[,] not just because of damage to the store’s products[,] but leaving a young child alone puts them in danger,” one user commented.
Others slammed Nelson for “mom shaming” parents who cannot afford to hire childcare every time they’ve got to run errands.
“Yes, this is absolutely horrible and that parent is an idiot for not watching their child, but for you to tell people they shouldn’t shop for makeup with their children, is ABSURD and disrespectful. Some parents don’t have the luxury of going places without their children,” another user chimed in.
For better or worse, makeup shops full of delicate products are probably not the best place for youngsters to go play — at least for for hygienic reasons.
“Using a dirty makeup tester in a store can potentially spread infections if they have been contaminated. Moist environments — like those in lipsticks or liquid makeups — may allow bacteria or viruses to grow, putting a new user at risk,” Mount Sinai Hospital’s Director for Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology, Joshua Zeichner, told The Lookbook in May. “Bacteria can cause skin infections like impetigo while viruses may cause cold sores.”