Would you knowingly put aluminum, lead, or rat droppings on your face?

The NBC2 Investigators put discounted makeup to the test.

We searched the internet for deals on cosmetics found plenty of them on eBay.

A Jeffree Star Cosmetics eyeshadow palette retails for $45. We found a seller claiming to sell the same thing for just $1.99.

Foundation with SPF by Mac Cosmetics retails for $38. We found what claimed to be the same product for just $4!

And an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette retails for $54. We found a seller claiming to sell the same product for $21.

We ordered the discounted products from eBay, and the packages that showed up were our first red flags. The products came from China in what looked like small black garbage bags. The contents were labeled ‘clothing.’ Compare that to the products we ordered directly from the designer brand’s website. The products were labeled correctly in boxes and came from inside the United States.

We brought all of the products to Princeton Consumer Research in St. Petersburg for analysis.

But what’s actually in these cheap cosmetics? We sent the imitation products to PCR’s labs in the United Kingdom, where we found even more trouble.

There were significant quantities of lead and aluminum traces, along with rodent droppings, in all of the imitation products. And, the foundation imitation also had traces of mercury.