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A woman used a Sephora makeup sample…Now she's suing them!

A woman used a Sephora makeup sample…Now she's suing them!”

Not only is the retailer a place to shop for hair care, skin care, and cosmetics, but its rewards program is bae - and then there's the ability to swatch nearly all of the makeup in the store to find the ideal shade. A California woman is suing Sephora for emotional distress after she claims she contracted oral herpes from a sample lipstick tester during an October 2015 visit to one of their stores.

According to TMZ, the unnamed plaintiff says she was diagnosed with oral herpes by a doctor after her visit to Hollywood store where she used one of the "common use" lipsticks on display. The question remains as whether or not the "common use" lipstick tubes directly caused the virus.

She said she did not have herpes before going to the Sephora store.

It also claims in the suit that other cosmetic companies have methods of avoiding the transmission of such diseases as herpes.

"Common use" testers at cosmetic stores have always been the subject of scrutiny among dermatologists and doctors. While Sephora does provide separate wands and sanitation materials for testing, it is hard to be sure every single product in the store is sterile, especially when you are relying on customers to keep products clean. Customers can use cotton swabs or cotton pads that are usually available at test stations, as refraining from using hands to apply prevents bacteria or viruses from spreading even further.

Sephora has reportedly not yet commented on the lawsuit.

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