Michelle Phan -- one of millions of Youtube makeup artists -- has launched a makeup line called Em, but did you know this isn't her first attempt at launching a business? Phan has tried repeatedly to start successful ventures, but it appears that her lack of professionalism -- among other things -- is keeping her down. Will history repeat itself with this latest cosmetic venture? Can you really trust anything that comes from what many consider one of the worst swindlers on the internet?
I recently filed a formal complaint against Ipsy through the Better Business Bureau -- Ipsy being owned by Phan. You can read more about that complaint here, and why you should consider avoiding this makeup subscription service. While searching for details on Phan, however, I landed upon a treasure trove of information that left me feeling pretty disgusted for ever supporting this woman's business.
First of all, Phan used to work for L'Oreal/Lancome. During her time representing them, she told millions of customers and potential customers that L'Oreal/Lancome didn't test on animals. She brazenly lied, embarrassingly so no less, about "talking to the scientist" while tweeting to people that the company never ever tested on animals. She was lying, and everyone knew it.
Then I found that she had been engaged in even more suspicious and dishonest behavior regarding her first cosmetic line IQQU -- a company she sold mysteriously after she was bombarded with lawsuits, threats of lawsuits and an overwhelmingly negative response from consumers who claimed that their skin was irritated by her makeup products.
Michelle Phan appeared to be lying when she told her "fans" that her IQQU makeup was approved by the FDA in the U.S. and Asia. Nevermind the fact that there's no such thing as an "FDA Asia" like she was screencapped telling people. As for her bold-faced lies about her products being FDA approved and safe: Her acne serum was deemed by the USFDA as not safe. She was even lying about her products as recently as January of 2011 -- after the aforementioned product was deemed unsafe.
Prior to trying her hand at creating makeup lines and insulting subscribers to her "Glam Bag" service, Michelle Phan tried her hand at being "an artist." However, it was very quickly revealed by a handful of people that the artwork she was passing off as her own were stolen works of art from random Deviant Art profiles -- some of which were Photoshoppped to look more original. Phan also reportedly attacked a 16-year-old girl via Twitter.
In short, it's hard to say whether or not Phan deserves the trust of the public after her recent past of being a swindler, liar and all around unpleasant individual -- but hey, anyone can recover to move on to better things in life.
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