Laura Lee just snatched the entire wig off an indie brand's new "magical rock" highlighters.

She received a press package full of "magical rocks" meant to be highlighters in the mail and was eager to try them on her channel since the highlighters seemed like another weird new makeup product on the market.

But after trying on the highlighters and doing a deeper dig into the product, she got a shady yet hilarious surprise.

This is what the loose gem highlighters ($32, Peridot Cosmetics) look like in their box. 

At this point, the highlighters already looked a bit sketchy. That container looks like a round, velvety box meant for earrings or a single ring — not loose pigments.

"They're made out of cardboard, I believe," an unsuspecting Laura Lee shared.

Unlike many packages for loose pigments, this box also had no top filter with tiny holes to help parse the product out.

While Laura Lee felt like the filterless box allowed you to see how pretty the "stones" look, she hated how the powder flew up whenever she tried to close it. 

"It's, like, coming out of the rim of the jar," Laura Lee said. "It's kind of like exploding everywhere. It's on my hand. So it's a little bit of a faulty container."

The loose pigment poof also means some of the product is being wasted into thin air. 

Laura Lee still fell in love with the loose gem highlighter once she swiped the Nova shade on her cheekbone.

“Wow," she exclaimed. "Girl, you better shut up. My heart is melting. Look at that. These are amazing.”
The pigment *does* look really pretty blended onto her cheek.

She also tried the Luna shade down the bridge of her nose. 

"I’m so shook," she said. 

But then Laura Lee's assistant Tyler washed a few of the "magic crystals," revealing the REAL TEA.

The "magic crystals," which are available for pre-order and marketed as "quartz crystals" on the Peridot website, are actually fake jewelry beads anyone can grab from Target or Michael's. 

"This is a homemade situation, I think," Laura Lee said about the discovery.

"It kind of feels like this company may just be dumping bags of crystals into little containers and putting pretty loose highlighter on top.”

Check out how they look in person compared to their website image. 

In the product image from the Peridot website, the stones look like actual crystals but in the IRL box Laura Lee has, you can see the fake beads sitting in the pigments.

Laura Lee loved how the pigments looked but totally side-eyed the $32 price tag attached to these DIY boxes of shiny rocks. 

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“It’s a mess. It’s homemade,” she said. “I really feel like this is a homemade thing and it’s $32. That’s very expensive, guys."

There is also no proof on the Peridot website that this homemade product has gone through proper lab testing and meets government regulations for safety.

You may want to totally pass on these DIY highlighter crystals — or you can just DIY them yourself and use products that are actually safe.

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