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YouTube scandals: do influencers have too much power?

In light of the recent Jaclyn Hill lipstick scandal, it is clear that influencers with large followings will always have people that support them—even when they're in the wrong.

Jaclyn Hill's line of nude lipsticks stirred up a storm when fans noticed the lipsticks were contaminated with hairs and weird bumps. For an $18 lipstick, anyone would be annoyed with the poor quality. There were claims that the lipsticks were contaminated with bacteria, mouldy and were expired. Hill hit back claiming that “my lipsticks are not mouldy, they are not hazardous, they are not contaminated, they are not unsafe for you in any way, shape, or form. Every single ingredient in my lipsticks is new and it is FDA-approved.”

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??? One of the independent lab test results have Allegedly tested POSITIVE for MOLD via a swab of the Lipsticks cap. The actual lipstick tested were negative.... Just thought I’d update everyone. • • • ??What are your thoughts on this? ☕️ Let’s discuss! • • • Follow me for all your Beauty News & Sales @makeupmafianews • Typo in the image it clearly should have said lipsticks* • • • #jaclynhillpalette #makeupcommunity #jaclynhill #beautycommunity #drama #jaclynlipsticks #jaclynhilllipstick #jaclynlipstick #jaclynlipstickswatches #jaclynhillcosmetics #makeupnews #makeupworldnews #makeupnewseveryday #makeupnewsdaily #newsmakeup #makeuplife #makeupreviews #jaclyncosmeticsmuse #jaclyn #jaclynxmorphe #makeuptea #lipstick #lipstickswatch #lipstickjunkie #jaclynhill #jaclyncosmeticslipsticks #makeup #beauty #lipstick #jaclyncosmetics

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However, many fans had severe reactions to the lipsticks. One fan she found metal in her lipstick. The products are evidently a health and safety risk, and some people have had to go on medication after severe reactions such as swelling and sores from using the lipstick.

Yet, this is not the end of Jaclyn Hill; she still has many fans who have defended her lipsticks and claiming this is not her fault, despite Hill's refusal to discontinue the products. It puts into question whether influencers have too much power, and draws attention to the fact many fans are willing to blindly follow and defend someone so clearly in the wrong.

This is not the first celebrity scandal. Jojo Siwa recently recalled makeup kits containing asbestos, making it clear not everyone has what it takes to create makeup, but also that people will buy it regardless.

The celebs are not exactly qualified to know what ingredients are best, but they should be paying professionals to create excellent quality products, something that is not happening. Are they cutting corners and trying to make products as cheaply as possible while selling for extortionate prices?

Kylie Jenner recently brought out a range of skincare, claiming walnut scrub was actually good for your skin despite the ingredient actually causing micro tears. Kylie Jenner, the world's youngest self-made billionaire, definitely doesn't use her own skin care products, as she can afford the best of the best. This misleads fans, and no one is there to call her out on this deception.

Is the power these influencers have causing more damage than good? Let us know down below.
Featured image: Jakub Gorajek on Unsplash