Naturally this sparked a Mommy-shaming debate
There isn’t a parent alive who hasn’t become distracted by one thing or another, and left their child to their own devices for two minutes too long. Oh, the havoc that can be wreaked in a short amount of time by a small child, right? Well someone’s small child reportedly made a huge eyesore out of an eyeshadow display at Sephora recently.
If you’re someone who values the quality and sanctity of a decent Sephora palette, you may want to shield your eyes from the photos snapped by makeup artist Brittney Nelson.
“$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child,” Nelson wrote on her Facebook page. “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. Mammas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you…or them…or the expensive product.”
Nelson, a fellow mom, says while she’s had to bring child to many makeup stores given her profession, she uses a strict “hands-in-pockets” rule and tries to keep her shopping to under 10 minutes.
“It looked 100 times worse in real life and I don’t work for Sephora,” Nelson writes. “I was just walking in as the mom/kid were hustling out of there.”
This Sephora Scandal story was also shared on Twitter, and the reactions were on point.
— Insider (@thisisinsider) November 16, 2017
Some people were genuinely shook to their core over the damage.
Thank goodness my kids know to keep their hands at their sides. pic.twitter.com/vBVNiOcQi2— Mrs.Christine Prince-Jackson (@christinangelj) November 16, 2017
Some people were a little more pragmatic.
Yes. "Horrific" is the perfect and most appropriate word to use for these eye shadow circle photos.
Yes. "Horrific" is the perfect and most appropriate word to use for these eye shadow circle photos.— kim caramele (@kimcaramele) November 16, 2017
I used to work retail.— TV's Grunkle Mary - gets emails from a raccoon (@sailortweek) November 16, 2017
Have you seen what grown-ass adults do to products? Have you seen how they treat everything & everyone on Black Friday?
I watched an adult put candle products in their mouth because they thought it was free samples of candy.
This Sephora thing is nothing
Before we hop on the Keep Children Safely Contained At Home Forever bandwagon, let’s not forget what adults are capable of doing in stores.
Sadly that doesn’t surprise me. People can’t control their kids. Leave me at home. Or just don’t go into that store if u can’t control your child. Who payed for the damage?— nikole spann (@nmspann79) November 16, 2017
Ah yes, the “keep your kids contained” argument as if every mom on earth wouldn’t sacrifice an appendage to ensure her children were consistently well-behaved angels in public.
But the company still loses money they didn’t intend on. Now the workers now have to fill incident reports, clean that mess, and have to pull product to replace what was damaged. The testers are there for swatches not for children to play with.
But the company still loses money they didn’t intend on. Now the workers now have to fill incident reports, clean that mess, and have to pull product to replace what was damaged. The testers are there for swatches not for children to play with.— big tuna (@Savannha_3) November 16, 2017
What's worse? A little kid destroying sephora sample makeup in 5 minutes or hundreds of adult women putting their dirty unwashed hands in it over the course of several months? https://t.co/aVYAivf7cW— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) November 16, 2017
LOL. Sephora is a glorious, beauty-filled haven of ecstasy for many women. But let’s not pretend these samples aren’t riddled with bacteria and touched by the filthy, food-courty hands of thousands of humans, please and thanks.
I have 3 small kids. Whenever I go anywhere with them, every two minutes (max!!) I’m doing a head count. That woman whose child ruined the Sephora display is careless & self-absorbed. It’s my job to make sure my kids aren’t destroying store property. Period.
— Belinda (@belindalaurie) November 15, 2017
One mom saw the initial Facebook post Nelson shared and wasn’t having ANY of it.
@Sephora This is not okay, as if it isn't hard enough for a mom to be out in public with her young kids 1) the employees didn't SEE who did this 2) that's a good 4ft up unless this 2yo is the size of a 10yo I doubt it was a "young child."
— Leah Marie Griffin (@lgriffin9211) November 14, 2017
You won’t hear me argue against the importance in teaching kids to keep their hands to themselves in situations like this, no matter how old they are. But kids are kids and those lessons often go in one ear and out the other. I know I can simply duck into the kitchen to make sure the bargain mac and cheese isn’t boiling over and courtesy of my toddler, my entire living room can look like The Upside Down in that brief amount of time.
The Child's parents need to cough up the money for this. You are responsible for your children's actions.
The Child's parents need to cough up the money for this. You are responsible for your children's actions.— billy bob barker (@Hypocritsabound) November 16, 2017
For crying out loud, for one, that will clean right up with some effort. Two, HARDLY a $1000+ loss. Sephora severely overpriced, it's not gutted and the company no doubt has salvage process for damaged merchandise (let alone display items only).— 🌺Lisa Gaffney🕊 (@LisaG_NY) November 16, 2017
Because some of the makeup looks salvageable doesn’t mean it was. And it definitely doesn’t take away from what the kid did here. Working retail is shitty already it’s people trying to make a living. Parents need to take responsibility for their children’s actions.— big tuna (@Savannha_3) November 16, 2017
Regardless of how we all may feel about this particular incident — and where to place the blame — it’s a pretty solid reminder that leaving small children unattended in stores like this is a.) not a great idea overall; and b.) will ensure your child’s handiwork goes viral on Twitter.