Counterfeit make-up and fragrances are making their way into beauty stores all across Russia. Shoppers may be enticed by a cheap price tag, but end up with a low quality product which sometimes has severe side effects.

Officials say up to 30 per cent of all cosmetics in Russia are fake. But even these official statistics by the Ministry of Internal Affairs could just be the tip of the iceberg. Almost every month police raid store rooms with illegal goods produced both in Asian countries and in clandestine operations in Russia’s own backyard, but counterfeit lipsticks and perfume are still everywhere.

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