Press Release

NSF Tests Warn Consumers on Dangerous Counterfeit Cosmetics

Consumers easily duped by dangerous fakes.

Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2014 - The safety of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances should cause consumers more than just a little concern. A recent independent study conducted on behalf of NSF® International found that only 48 percent of consumers are concerned about the quality and safety of personal care products.  Manufacturers are now taking steps to help ensure the safety and quality of these products and NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, and The Counterfeit Report is helping.

The Counterfeit Report®, a popular consumer protection website is pleased to have recently partnered with NSF to forward consumer education among retailers and consumers about adulteration, mislabeling and counterfeiting issues. 

NSF® International has a proven legacy of protecting consumer health and safety, and NSF competencies are valued by governments at the international, federal, state and local levels. NSF provides scientific, research and experience-based input into the regulatory environment which complements consumer education and safety.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cosmetics, requires manufacturers to ensure their products are safe for their intended use, but that protection does not extend to counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances.

Earlier this year, NSF International evaluated two counterfeit product types – mascara and compact foundation from two different sources.  NSF International found a high level of lead (260 ppm) in one counterfeit compact powder. This level was 1000 times higher than lead levels found in a comparable authentic product.


Compare MAC cosmetics Image

Could you identify which of these MAC® branded cosmetics is the authentic item, and which is the fake?

Unsuspecting consumers often buy deceptive counterfeits and expose themselves to unknown or dangerous chemicals.

(The product on the right is counterfeit)


While the packaging and appearance of counterfeit products is often deceptively similar, consumers risk exposure to unknown and dangerous chemicals in counterfeit products says The Counterfeit Report. Thousands of visual comparisons of authentic and counterfeit products of global manufacturers are presented on The Counterfeit Report website to help educate consumers on the risks and challenges in identifying counterfeits.

Consumers lose billions to these counterfeit product purchases which often go undetected until they fail, are returned for warranty,  or cause an injury. Some are deadly. Consumers should purchase cosmetics from trustworthy companies and authorized retailers and be very cautious of inexpensive versions of brand name cosmetics.




The Counterfeit Report® is the first and only website to provide consumers a free and informative visual guide to detecting counterfeit products and promote consumer awareness. Manufacturers can immediately list and update their counterfeit product information in a central venue for the greatest mass-consumer exposure, and benefit from enhanced brand protection and direct consumer education. The Counterfeit Report uses thousands of authentic and counterfeit product photos to show consumers the sophistication of counterfeiters and their ability to create visually identical counterfeit products and packaging specifically designed to deceive.  Consumers can also report seeing or purchasing counterfeit products and the source directly to the manufacturer on the website.

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