Prepare to be grossed out by what's actually in your make-up.

Prepare to be grossed out by what's actually in your make-up.
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Fake make-up is a million dollar industry that sells unsuspecting buyers poisonous and disgusting knock-offs.

Prepare to be grossed out by what's actually in your make-up.

She thought she'd found a deal... (Comedy Central)

Super bummer! That MAC blush you've been buying online for a fraction of what it costs at Sephora? It's probably made in an unregulated factory somewhere. Instead of paying full price for the unicorn shavings and fairy dust in a brand-name eyeliner, you're buying stuff to smear on your face that contains traces of lead, arsenic, mercury, human urine and rat droppings. The first three are the worst, but the last two feel the worst.

Of course, most people don't find that out and say, "Oh well, it's worth it to look this good." There are lots of folks online who dedicate time to smoking out the fakes, or helping you to.

Um, some of the differences are subtle:

Very subtle:

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You might be thinking the legit make-up industry just wants us to be afraid to go for these great deals on what is essentially the same product. In that case, I have a tinfoil hat to sell you. This discount make-up is definitely fake and even real brands frequently contain chemicals with very little regulation or testing for safety, or they're known to be toxic and are still on the market. Basically, what I'm saying is, girl, you don't need makeup, you're perfect when you wake up. Now, go wash that lovely face in the sink.

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Prepare to be grossed out by what's actually in your make-up.

Before it falls off. (Thinkstock)

At least this gave me an excuse to post this amazing Amy Schumer sketch again:


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