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June 01, 2013  | by: Jara Montez



Rihanna’s well received MAC Lipstick, went from Riri Woo to Riri Why Do I Have Herpes, in a matter of weeks.

Starkeema Greenidge, a New York waitress claims that while visiting a MAC pop-up shop at Rihanna’s concert, she contracted Herpes from having Riri Woo applied to her lips by a MAC representative. She states that the representative neglected to warn her that multiple other concert-goers also tried on the same lipstick.

According to the lawsuit, the MAC worker ”didn’t use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons,” The tube apparently wasn’t properly sanitized, and sure enough, two days later, Greenidge developed a cold sore, which the doctor subsequently diagnosed as Herpes.

This, my friends, deserves it’s own chapter in “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and the non-existent book of “Why I’m Never Going To Rihanna Concert”.

Greenidge is clearly suing, and according to her, has gone through ”mental anguish and emotional distress”. Totally valid.

Following the suit, MAC issued the following statement:

“Consumer safety is a top priority at MAC Cosmetics, and we take these matters very seriously. We are closely reviewing these claims.”

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I’m almost positive Rihanna’s care for this case reaches an all time low. She’s on a boat somewhere, giving no worries about this STD.

But for MAC Cosmetics, what a disaster. They’re one of the most well-known makeup companies in the world, a major reason why these celebrity collaborations are always such a success: Pop culture icon plus popular makeup brand equals an overdose on popularity, and a boat load of cash for both ends.

This popularity however, might come crashing down if this Greenidge case pans out. Just kidding. The majority of the population tend to forget everything a day later. But let’s just say this case did actually impact people’s perceptions of the company. The entire brand would be besmirched. No more samples at the store! Concealer might be laced with ricin! ANTHRAX!!

But I’d like to think that the general public is more conscious of germs, and actually pays attention to ensure that the product is properly sanitized before application…

Guess no one listens to mom’s germ-free advice anymore. Will this Herpes scare prevent you from buying this Rihanna X Mac lipstick?

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