I feel a responsibility to start by acknowledging that this episode of Netflix’s docuseries Broken was distinctly lacking in diversity and representation. With the cosmetics industry being more diverse in 2019 (going into 2020) there are several voices that can be lent to such an investigation. But the ones in the “Makeup Mayhem” episode were mostly White.
With that said, the episode is not addressing a problem that plagues only White people. If you’re a beauty lover, a beauty novice, or just an overall consumer looking to purchase cosmetics, you can be affected by the counterfeit cosmetics industry. In this deep dive, the show pulls back the curtain on how the counterfeit makeup industry has grown, and the high price consumers pay in the long run when they get these shoddy goods.