A teenager has revealed shocking pictures after an eyebrow tint stuck to her brows “like tarmac” and left her fearing they would fall off.
Charlotte Knight snapped up what she believed was a genuine cult eyebrow gel by Korean cosmetics company Etude House two months ago for $7 on eBay. The 19-year-old waitress decided to switch from a $23 eyebrow product to Tint My Brows Peel Off Gel to save cash and in the hope of achieving the same arched brow.
Instructions on the packaging recommended keeping the tint on for between two hours and a full night, but after just two and a half hours, Knight claims the product became “rock hard” and stained black.
The teen claims she then had to scrub at her eyebrows for a half hour until it eventually came off — ripping off half her eyebrows along with it.
Now Knight says she has been forced to draw in her eyebrows every day and will have to resort to getting them done professionally.
“It took me a long time to get good eyebrows and it has ruined them,” she said. “I put it on for a bit over two hours and it started to go rock hard and it was stuck to them like tarmac. I was crying and trying to peel it off. I was worried they would fall off. It took half of my eyebrows off with it.”
She continued, “You can’t go back — it turned them as dark as a Sharpie pen.”
The product was applied by drawing it onto the eyebrows, and it’s recommended to let it set for at least two hours or overnight for a darker color before peeling it off. However, after just two and a half hours, Knight claims it stuck to her eyebrows and dyed them black instead of a light brown.
“Maybelline has a similar one, I thought it must be all right if it was like that one. This one was cheaper, I thought this one was going to be the same,” she said. “I thought it was real when I bought it but now I think it must have been a fake product. My friends just laughed at me and my boyfriend watched me cry as I pulled it off.”
Etude House confirmed its product was discontinued some time ago, and having examined the packaging of the eBay product, the company believe it’s a fake.
An Etude House spokesman said: “The particular product has been discontinued more than a year ago, and we are currently not selling the product. We checked the packaging and its Korean writing is misspelled. Therefore, judging from the product images, it has been found that the product is a counterfeit product and not an official Etude House product.”
EBay said that the seller was banned from the online marketplace at the end of November.
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