A Sephora shopper shared a picture of a Sephora display that she said was destroyed by a small child.
- She urged parents to leave their children at home when shopping for makeup - which received mixed reactions from commenters.
- The viral reaction was a shock to the shopper, though she never meant for the message to come across as "mom-shaming."
It's enough to make any makeup lover's heart skip a beat: a Sephora display featuring over $1,000 worth of Make Up For Ever eyeshadow testers completely destroyed. That's the sight that recently greeted Sephora shopper and makeup artist Brittney Nelson as she entered a Sephora location in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday night.
She snapped and shared a photo of the incident with a message urging parents to "shop for your makeup without [their] tiny humans" - which has since gone viral.
The reaction so far has been a total shock to Nelson, but she's not letting any negativity get her down.
"I woke up to the internet mob of insanity because of my one cranky post," Nelson told us. "I honestly don't think I said anything 99% of people don't think anyway so I'm not that devastated by the hurricane of it."
The post has certainly sparked an interesting discussion around parenting and whether it's OK to bring small children into a store with expensive items. However, Nelson wants to make it clear that she is "not mom-shaming or kid hating in the least," although this kind of incident is something
she's seen often while working in retail.
"I've seen messed up testers a gazillion times throughout the years from tiny humans," she told INSIDER.
And if she ever sees a child acting recklessly in a store, she won't be afraid to step in. "If I do see a kid doing that in a store I will just offer to help the mom out," she said. "That's what us moms do!"
INSIDER has reached out to Sephora for comment.
Here's Nelson's full Facebook post:
"$1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. 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. Anna Heath and I about passed out when we saw this atrocity. Being me, I've needed to bring Allie into many makeup stores as she's grown and had a strict 'hands in pockets' rule for her and a strict 10-minute rule for me. It was very helpful so if you must take your kiddos makeup shopping I suggest trying it.
This massive demolished palette makes me. Makeup should always make me.
*It looked 100X worse in real life and I don't work for Sephora. I was just walking in as the mom/kid were hustling out of there."