More than 8000 counterfeit cosmetics were seized during raids on two CBD stores and one Western Sydney warehouse last Friday.
The raids follow a Fair Trading investigation into consumer complaints, including one woman who received burns to her face after using the dodgy goods.
NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox said it’s not always easy to spot a fake, so shoppers should scrutinise the labelling and always buy from a reputable trader.
“Others reported that it was not until the product packaging had been opened that it became obvious they had purchased a fake due to a different colour and consistency to the genuine article,” he said.
“The cosmetic industry is a billion dollar market and our concern is that consumers can be misled into paying top dollar for fake and inferior products,” he said.
Mason-Cox said counterfeit peddlers can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations.
In May, a Paddy’s Markets trader, Michael Lam, was ordered to pay fines and costs of $17,180 by Parramatta Local Court for selling counterfeit football clothing.