Thousands of internet commentators were quick to call out a 22-year-old who gifted one of her girlfriend’s limited-edition eyeshadow palettes without even thinking about it.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Cool-Contract9660 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) described his partner’s affinity for makeup and recounted the series of events. which brought her onto the receiver end of the silent treatment for the past week.
Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for giving my girlfriend’s makeup to my best friend’s girlfriend?” the post received nearly 7,500 upvotes and 3,000 comments in the last day.
“[My girlfriend] is very into makeup, like REALLY,” OP began. “Her makeup collection at this point is probably worth around [$]10K.”
Going on to explain that she recently hosted a reunion with her childhood best friend and girlfriend “Katy,” the original poster said that after a few drinks, her girlfriend’s makeup collection was opened.
“After a few drinks Katy asked to use the bathroom,” OP wrote. “When she walked out…she was holding one of my girlfriend’s eyeshadow palettes…and raved about how long she’d wanted it.”
“Without thinking, I said she could take it considering [my girlfriend] has a huge collection and probably wouldn’t miss it,” OP continued. “[My girlfriend] didn’t say anything, but I could tell by her eyes that she was fuming.
After the rally, the original poster said her suspicions were confirmed when her girlfriend confronted her about gifted makeup and informed her that it was a limited-edition, hard-to-replace palette. .
“I told him if it was that important I could buy him a new one,” OP wrote. “She said…it couldn’t happen and demanded that I ask again.
“I said no because asking for the item back is weird and I would buy a similar one from him,” OP continued. “It happened on Saturday…and she still won’t let go. She has barely spoken to me since and is very sullen.”
The cheapest eyeshadow palette on makeup retailer Sephora’s website is $4. The most expensive is $129.
At Ulta, the cheapest palette is $3. The most expensive is $99.
And earlier this year, fashion website Chic Pursuit reported that the most expensive palette on the market is celebrity makeup artist Natasha Demona’s eyeshadow palette, which sells for $225.
No matter how much the OP palette gifted to his best friend’s girlfriend cost, however, the issue isn’t simply a matter of expense. If so, OP’s offer to buy a replacement paddle should have sweetened things up.
Instead, it’s a matter of principle and the original poster’s misguided decision to give away makeup without consulting its owner first.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors echoed that sentiment, slamming the original poster for its careless mistake and demanding that it obligate his girlfriend’s request to request the comeback. of the eyeshadow palette, regardless of the social implications.
[You’re the a**hole],” wrote Redditor u/Dry_Distribution_964 in the main comment of the post, which received nearly 18,000 upvotes. “Imagine if your [girlfriend] gave away one of your limited edition stuff without thinking of you!”
“No matter how much makeup she has, it’s something she’s passionate about and buys herself,” they continued. “What gave you the right to give it away? … You have to apologize and get it back.”
Redditor u/MerlinBiggs, whose comment received over 6,000 upvotes, offered a similar response.
“His business is not [yours] to give,” they said. “As she has so much, it’s obviously something that’s important to her…you’ve given something irreplaceable. Go ask for it back.”
“[You’re the a**hole],” replied Redditor u/mongoIz777, receiving over 3,000 upvotes. “The palette wasn’t yours.”
In an update to the viral post, the original poster admitted to making a major mistake and assured commenters that she planned to heed their advice.
“I admit I definitely screwed up,” OP wrote. “I will ask it back.”
Newsweek contacted u/Cool-Contract9660 for comment.