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MAC Cosmetics Sued by Woman who Contracted Herpes from Rihanna Endorsed Lipstick

RiRi Woo Lipstick

Starkeema Greenidge claims she contracted herpes from a Rihanna-endorsed MAC lipstick at pop-up shop at the Rihanna concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

She is suing MAC in a Manhattan Supreme Court for an unspecified amount, in hopes of forcing the company to be more sanitary in their future. Greenidge also said the company should train its employees to use disposable tubes or swabs to apply the lipstick.

The 28-year old woman alleges she contracted the virus when a representative of MAC Cosmetics applied a used tube of RiRi Woo to her lips.

The MAC employee instructed Greenidge to “press her lips together and spread the lipstick around,” according to the lawsuit.

“(MAC) didn’t use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons,” the suit charges.

The suit contends MAC “should have known it was unsanitary and exposing patrons to possible spread of disease.”

Two days after the concert, Greenidge said her whole lip was irriatated and swollen. She went to the doctor to only discover she had developed a cold sore on her lip and was diagnosed as herpes.

“I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Greenidge, a waitress, told the Daily News on Wednesday.

In the lawsuit, Greenidge claims the herpes virus has “caused her mental anguish and emotional distress.”

Rihanna signed a deal with MAC Cosmetics in February for her own endorsed line. She will be releasing 31 pieces in four seasonal collections in collaboration called RiRi [Hearts] MAC, which will include lipsticks, eye shadow palettes, brushes and false eyelashes.

The RiRi Woo lipstick was the first product to launch on May 2, 2013 and sold out in just 3 hours. This lipstick that was inspired by her favorite MAC red, Ruby Woo. The release coincided with Rihanna’s Diamonds Tour concerts on May 4 and 5, where MAC first showcased Rihanna’s line.

“I really got to play,” Rihanna said about her MAC endorsed makeup line. “There’s so much to choose from, and you can mix different textures with different colors and different greens in different eye shadows. I learned so much about the detail of makeup and what makes things look different. What makes it apply different is really important. Every little detail is important.”

RiRi Woo is the signature piece of Rihanna’s line from MAC and will be sold with all four collections. The summer collection will include two additional lipsticks, a Lustre Drops shade and a powder blush duo.

The Fall collection will include four lipsticks, a deeply pigmented Lipglass version of RiRi Woo, two multishade eye shadow palettes and false lashes.

Holiday will bring another 10 items to Rihanna’s Collection, including nail polish, a makeup bag and additional lipsticks.

John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., MAC’s parent company stressed that the collections did not involve Rihanna slapping her name on generic product, reports WWD. “This was not a front,” he said. “This is a true, organic collaboration based on mutual admiration and respect. These four collections are like four tracks on a Rihanna compilation. Each one has its own vibe, look, special makeup packaging and flavor. This is really the convergence of pop culture, fast fashion, and iconic style and makeup.”

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