It is pretty easy to tell Mark Jacobs from Marc Jacobs and the Guchi from Gucci bags, but unfortunately, we can’t say the same when it comes to cosmetics. The cosmetics’ industry is huge and so is its counterfeit. Fake cosmetics are so common nowadays that it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that 90 percent of people are falling prey to this phony business.
In fact, a fake Gucci bag won’t be as injurious as a fake Mac eye shadow. We have to understand how to separate the fake products from the real ones. So today, I am going to give you some guru mantras that you must keep in mind while buying cosmetics.
- Buy your cosmetics from an authorized brand store only. You can trust Shoppers Stop and lifestyle stores, or individual brand store for real cosmetics.
- If you are buying it from a roadside departmental store, you can be easily cheated. So make sure you ask for a bill which can be used if later you find the cosmetics are phony.
- Mostly, people sell the fake cosmetics on a cheaper price. So before you are going to buy something, check its price on its website.
- Have a look at the fonts and style of real cosmetics on its website. It might help you in identifying a fake piece. The counterfeits are getting better, and it’s no more obvious to pick a fake copy.
- Pay attention to the details. Sometimes, only the quantity may be different so you have to be really attentive and well-informed about it.
- Double check the spellings. The counterfeits usually change the spelling a bit, but don’t rely completely on the spellings.
Here are a few fake and real cosmetics. See if you can spot the differences.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal
The top one is real and the bottom one is the fake. Now, look closely and you’ll be able to spot the differences.
This is one of the greatest differences. The real one (on top) has the ‘eyeconic’ marking starting from the bottom, whereas the fake one starts from the top of the pencil. I guess this should be enough for you to pick the real one and not get fooled.
Both the pencils have a blue band but the real one has a lighter colored band than the fake one.
The fake pencil has a lighter finish and it smudges off easily.
MAC Eye Shadow
Though they look extremely similar, they have a few glitches. The real Mac eye shadows have only names, no numbers. Also the letters imprinted in the back are raised in the real one.
The real one has a totally different designing than the fake one. Look at the hinges, as well as the clasps.
The letters in the real one are lighter but slightly embossed, whereas in the fake ones it is painted.
This is another fake Mac eye shadow. Any Mac eye shadow doesn’t come with an applicator.
The one on the right is the real Mac lipstick.
You can clearly see that the real Mac lipstick has text in bold and clearer fonts, whereas the fake one has it dull and smaller.
Mac lipstick will always have name and whether is matte, frost, luster, etc on the bottom.
Maybelline Colossal Kajal
Inspect the end of the pencil. The fake one would have a flat surface, whereas the real one has a dent in it.
Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara
The one on the left is the real colossal volume express mascara and the right one is its counterfeit. As you can see there is a clear difference in the fonts and placing of the letters.
Be smart ladies! And don’t be fooled by the counterfeits. The safest option is to buy the product from its official online store. Feel free to share your ideas with us.