Update: After we reached out to Makeup Revolution, they confirmed their product is being removed from sale.
YouTuber Manny MUA has accused Makeup Revolution of ripping off his Lunar Beauty packaging for their new Glass collection.
In an upload titled 'I Never Wanted To Make This Video', Manny explained he was first notified of the similarities when fans started to tag him in a picture on Instagram account @TrendMood1.
"Highlighters look like Lunar Beauty packaging," wrote one user. "Manny MUA highlighter is that you?" wrote another. In fact, the top three comments on the posts with over 1,000 likes altogether, all come from users accusing Makeup Revolution of copying Manny.
Explaining that he paid to have his prism compacts exclusively designed, Manny reached out to his factory to check if they had sold his packaging design to Makeup Revolution without his permission.
However, his factory denied this allegation and Manny explained he reached out to Makeup Revolution to try and resolve matters.
"What's frustrating to me as a small, indie brand, to have another brand allegedly copy my design is so frustrating especially when it's a big brand who has big budgets.
"Makeup Revolution is known for duping other brands products and they'll come out with brands that are similar to other products, but they're never the same, and these are the same, to me."
Previously, Makeup Revolution were accused of copying Charlotte Tilbury's iconic rose gold lipstick packaging, duping Milk Makeup's Blur Stick and in 2014 Kat Von D accused the brand of ripping off her Shade & Light Eyeshadow Palette.
After the Charlotte Tilbury accusations in 2017, Makeup Revolution advised us that they "never knowingly infringe any design, copyright, or patent".
However, Manny does not believe this is the case. "I worked so hard on this, I spent so much money on this," he continued. When you custom mould something, you have to pay thousands of dollars to get i mocked up and created and that's not even including having to purchase the amount you need to create product.
"So I'm spending so much money investing into my brand and for a big brand to come in here and recreate and replicate mine, and just take it for their own, it's such a hard pill for me to swallow. It's not fair."
Lunar Beauty Moon Prism Powder Highlighter, Beautybay.com, from Dhs97
Explaining that he doesn't make any money from Lunar Beauty, as any money he makes gets reinvested into the company, Manny continued: "A big brand taking from a small brand it is so heartbreaking. I'm not going to stand for it, I'm not going to sit back and let this happen. I would never replicate someone's product.
"Dupes are one thing but copying and ripping off is a whole other thing and to put the nail in the coffin it's a highlighter too."
We have reached out to Makeup Revolution who provided the below statement:
Revolution were presented this component by several third parties at a publicly attended trade fair in March 2019 and were led to believe that it was a freely available design. Our product – part of Revolution’s Glass Collection - launched in February 2020. We were unaware of Lunar Beauty’s product launch.
On launch of our product, Lunar Beauty’s legal team contacted us, but, despite our requests, failed to supply any evidence of his alleged copyright or trade dress right in his design, or even to identify or provide images or illustrations of the product that he claimed were at issue.
Having seen MannyMUA’s video, released on Sunday 15 March 2020, in which he produces documentation purportedly showing the componentry tooling of his product (even if not any protectable copyright or trade dress rights in that product), as a matter of courtesy and out of an abundance of caution, we have taken the immediate steps to remove the product from sale and will notify our distributors to do the same.
Our intention is not to crush the spirit of entrepreneurialism. Our intention is to make beauty trends affordable for all. We do our best not to make mistakes like this, but if we do, we take steps to make things right. And for that reason, we have acted quickly and passionately.
Watch Manny's full video below:
Via Cosmopolitan UK