Ever find an online deal on your favorite Benefit, Nars, or MAC products and think it might be too good to be true? View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Like your favorite Orgasm blush for a fraction of the price? stuccu.com Then it's probably, most definitely, a fake. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Most luxury cosmetic and skin care brands rarely — if ever — offer their products at deep discounts. So if you're seeing products available for major sale from a store you've never heard of, or have found a lot of supercheap stuff on eBay, chances are they're not actually the real deal. Fakes are BIG BUSINESS: In the UK alone, people spent more than $141 million last year on counterfeit cosmetics, most of which were purchased online. Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters This is a picture of counterfeit cosmetics being destroyed at a city dump near Skopje, Macedonia, after customs officials confiscated them in 2007. Advertisement So why should you care? Well...it turns out that counterfeit cosmetics are often jam-packed with really nasty stuff. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com A report from the City of London Police found that counterfeit cosmetics contained everything from arsenic and mercury to lead, poison, and rat droppings. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This isn't the first report of its kind: The FBI released similar findings in 2014. What's more, lab tests found that "counterfeit perfume often contains poisonous chemicals including cyanide and even human urine." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com BTW, there's no such thing as a NAKED 4 palette. And BONUS! Because these products are made in unregulated, unclean factories, they're often laced with rat droppings. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF tumblr.com Yes, RAT POOP. Remember, you're putting this stuff on your face. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF hellogiggles.com The best way to avoid counterfeit cosmetics is to shop at reputable stores like Sephora, Ulta, and department stores. Now go forth and buy poop-free makeup! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF tumblr.com Share On facebook Share On facebook Share On vk Share On vk Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share On email Share On email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Omg It's Prime Day!