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So, this has been something I have been meaning to write about for quite a while now, as I am always approached by individuals reselling popular makeup brands which I use all the time… except for at a fraction of the cost (which was my first alarm bell). It’s something one comes across ever so often online as well and so many are victims to the purchasing of counterfeit cosmetic brands.

Although I personally have not bought counterfeit products, this is something I decided to do a little research on. I hope you will find this post useful and that it helps you when faced with this head-scratching topic. Remember, just because it is being sold doesn’t make it authentic!

Watch out for fake MAC, Nars and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics being sold — there are a few other brands which pop up as well. Fake products are often so good at being fake that they can honestly pass for the real thing. There are however simple things which can assist you in determining the products authenticity.

How to spot the fakes :

  • MAC eye shadows do not come with applicators
  • Most of the above mentioned brands do not manufacture 100, 110 or whatever odd amount of eye shadow colour palettes
  • MAC lipstick’s font size on the fake ones is larger and higher up on the lipstick tube.
  • The real MAC lipsticks have smaller lettering located on the bottom of the lipstick tube.

If you are considering purchasing any products online, please do so at your own risk. I would not advise to, as it’s hard to believe that the fake ones are not harmful to your skin. If you do decide to purchase… be sure to ask the seller questions, ask them for photos of the items and some more in depth info before you click buy. Chances are, some people really have no clue they are selling fake products and would be happy to comply, whereas the ones who are aware would probably avoid replying all-together. Do your research, if the product you are buying is not listed on the actual brands website, I would suggest you ask the necessary questions to ensure that what you are buying is what you think you are buying.

The products I own were accumulated whilst working in the Industry and although the genuine products are expensive, I believe in quality and not quantity and I would rather go without it than to purchase fake products with the potential of harming my client’s skin as well as my own.

I hope you found this post useful and that it will assist you to pick out the fakes, feel free to pop us a message should you have any questions.

Till next time,


Kelly D

(feel free to follow me on Instagram @theekellydee or like my Facebook page Kelly D Professional Makeup Artistry for tips, inspiration and latest work)

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2 Responses to Real Makeup vs. The Fakes By Kelly D

  • Good post! it’s so relevant because this really does happen. a cheap blush here and there but then you know what you’re paying for but when purchasing fake brands it’s a huge loss overall. Thanks Kelly :)

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      Absolutely, I am all for cheaper makeup here and there..definitely nothing wrong with that, at least you know what you are buying. Been seeing fake top makeup brands being sold way too often though and that’s just wrong. At the end of the day, the buyer and the brand are the ones who suffer a loss.
      Always happy to help a fellow sister out Jade! :)


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