A local entrepreneur recently opened her own cosmetics store in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
The boutique cosmetics store, Sefarra, is owned by online influencer Farra Fareez. It was learned that Farra has also founded her own line of make up, Farra Beauty.
The exclusive launch that was held on 18 October, was graced with the presence of several popular local celebrities such as actress Hanez Suraya and public figure Nur Sajat.
While it was a momentous occasion for the young businesswoman, the opening of her store has been marred with controversy.
It has come to public attention that the packaging style, and even Sefarra's storefront bear an uncanny resemblance to popular cosmetic store, Sephora.
As more people noticed these similarities, netizens have criticised Sefarra for blatantly copying global cosmetic store chain, Sephora
What makes matters worse is that there are claims on social media of Sefarra selling fake branded products
Sefarra's own perfume miniature set has also drawn criticisms, as it appears to be a knockoff of some best-selling collections of fragrances by renowned, international brands
Meanwhile, a Twitter user pointed out that other local beauty brands have also mimicked other successful brands
Another fairly new cosmetics line, ANAS Cosmetics, was established in August 2017. While it quickly gained popularity among locals, many cannot help but to notice that the products look a lot like the ones from NARS, the renowned cosmetics company from France.
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