Sephora is pretty much makeup heaven. There you can find any product in any color for any price (as long as that price is expensive.) But recently, one woman's visit to Sephora turned into her personal hell. The next slide contains a graphic photo not for the faint of heart. If you're a huge makeup fan, you might want to cover your eyes. You won't be able to unsee the carnage.
Makeup artist Brittney Nelson was shopping at Sephora when she noticed something out of place. A display of Make Up For Ever eyeshadow worth about $1,300 was destroyed, presumably by a child. It's like getting into your mother's makeup as a kid, but on a bigger and more public scale.
Nelson took a photo of the destroyed makeup section. When she got home, she posted the photo on Facebook for the world to see. She included a message with the photo on exactly what took place at that Sephora. The post went viral.
" 😡😱😳PSA😤😖," Nelson started off her post, giving such an important issue the much needed emojis that it deserves. "$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are a not a happy place to be." If you start off your post with that many emojis, you know it has to be important!
"Mammas, please shop for your makeup 💄without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you...or them...or the expensive product. Anna Heath and I about passed out when we saw this atrocity. Being me, I’ve needed to bring Allie into many makeup stores as she’s grown and had a strict ‘hands in pockets’ rule for her and a strict 10-minute rule for me. It was very helpful so if you must take your kiddos makeup shopping I suggest trying it," wrote Nelson, possibly giving us TMI into her own childrearing habits.
"This massive demolished palette makes me . Makeup should always make me ," Nelson wrote in her post. Nelson also noted that she does not work for Sephora. If she did, however, maybe she would more because of the great employee discount!
Nelson's post sparked a debate about parenting. The post quickly received over 19,000 comments, all people dying to give their two cents over "Sephoragate." We're presuming that they didn't ignore their own kids to write angry judgements about how another woman raises her kids.
“There’s no excuse for this. Parents take their kids into businesses, completely ignore them like they’re not there, and expect the work staff to babysit them. A good parent never leaves their child out of sight,” wrote one angry commenter who somehow had a magic insight that the child was completely ignored by their parent. Seriously, how does the commenter know that the parent didn't join in on the messy makeup fun with the kid?
“The parent should have to pay for all of this. And I say parent [l]oosely! where was the parent when all of this was happening? [I]t should not have happened if the parent was paying attention to their child," wrote another outraged commenter. Imagine being that parent and breaking it to your child that you spent all of its college money on damaged Sephora eyeshadows?
Another makeup artist took time out of her day to note that parents who "bring their kids on inappropriate outings [and] let them run rampant are the worst." What? Like Sephora makeup isn't just glorified face paint? It's fun for kids, too!
But not everyone was so quick to agree with Nelson. Some commenters jumped on Nelson for shaming parents. “Ummmm as a mom of 2 with ZERO help or babysitter ever . . . I don’t appreciate this post. Though I do teach my kids to behave & respect other people’s things," wrote one commenter.
“Yes, this is absolutely horrible and that parent is an idiot for not watching their child, but for you to tell people they shouldn’t shop for makeup with their children, is ABSURD and disrespectful," said another commenter. "Some parents don’t have the luxury of going places without their children." And while we're at it, can we not judge anyone for giving themselves a makeover using nothing but the Sephora samples? Thanks.
Additionally, some commenters pointed out that Nelson didn't actually see the "tiny human" ruin the display, and is kind of jumping to conclusions. Maybe it was a tiny elf? Nelson insists that she witnessed "a lady and her kid...hustling out of there," and that she was tipped off by "the glittery footprints," and so believed that the perp was a child. Although, glittery footprints could still point to a tiny elf.
The story has a happy ending (kind of.) Sephora employees stepped in to the rescue, like the superheroes they truly are. "In no time flat they calmed down their panic-mode faces, brought out a cart, whisked away that display, cleaned up the remainder and the floor," said Nelson. The photo, however, remains immortalized on the internet.
This whole ordeal has left us with many questions. What does the mother of the child think about all this? Was it hard to get all of that eyeshadow off of her child's hands? And why is nobody questioning that a display of literally only eyeshadow was worth $1,300? Who has that much money to spend on just eyeshadow?