THE BLACK MARKET: Counterfeit Cosmetics

Sunday, June 13, 2010

You might think that counterfeits exist only in the realm of Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags and wallets, but there are counterfeit and black-market cosmetics as well. I love looking for cheap but authentic products and bargains, so instead of buying fake ones, I go for reasonably priced cosmetics like Maybelline, Lola Cosmetics, or Fanny Serrano. When it comes to shopping for makeup and other skin care products, you have to take extra caution and you have got to be extremely careful.

I was recently on eBay looking for a hard-to-find MAC lipstick shade (all stores sold out), and other MAC faced-out lipstick shades. I've found quite a number of imitation eye shadows, lipsticks, glosses and fragrances… EVEN SKIN CARE!! -all offered at prices that are way too good to be true. While there are also a lot of honest sellers out there, a few folks are out to make a quick buck. Passing fake products as the real deal.

Why is buying counterfeit merchandise a bad idea, you may ask? There are a few good reasons, but first and foremost is your health. If you don't know where a product really comes from, or God only knows what ingredients are in them, why would you let it touch your skin? The skin is the largest organ of the human body and the most that absorbs chemicals and unwanted substances.

Counterfeits also funnel money into shady operations, and are illegal. And on a less sinister level, the colors just aren't accurate. These products also don’t lass that very long. Eye color that seem to disappear the moment you blink your lids.

To find out how to avoid buying fakes, read more about these “shady” products online. There are quite a number of sites out there that review these counterfeit products to warn makeup lovers out there.

Common sense will take you a long way. If a deal seems too good to be true or they sell products in bulk, they probably are fakes. For instance, the 12 "MAC" eye shadow powders shown on the photo were being sold on eBay for PhP 99.00/pc. Hmm, that's a pretty low price, considering a single shadow is PhP 850/pc. in the stores. Some lip glosses are sold for PhP 1,500 for a set of 25. Now, I can't tell whether those eye shadows are genuine or fake (maybe some people just like to throw them away at really low prices), but the price seems a little odd.

Check the seller's feedback, complaints by bidders are usually posted there so read on before you click “ADD TO CART”. For most people, common sense will help you spot obvious fakes, but the counterfeiters are getting better and better at making their stuff look like the real thing.

What do you think ladies? Would you sacrifice your skin and buy counterfeit makeup to save a few bucks, or would you rather save up for the real thing which are actually worth it? It's also good to know what products your local salon or makeup artist is using just to make sure. Makeup artists who are professional would be happy to discuss with you their products of choice to ensure your skin's safety.

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  1. I have a fake M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder foundation, a YSL compact, a Givenchy lippy and a Dior concealer. All gifted to me. I know they're fake because the spellings are all, all wrong. Love your post. Am planning to blog about the fakes I own, so will definitely link to your post :)
    My Beauty Junction

    1. I can't wait to read your post about that! Do tag me when it's up so I can read it too! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I really don't like fake cosmetics. I just save for the real mac even though it's pricey.

    1. I agree! It's just so scary to buy something that you don't know what stuff they put in it! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment in my blog :) HUGS!!

  3. i also bought a fake MAC pallette from a friend of a friend who is an SA in a MAC counter in Dubai (thinking i could trust her). it went directly to the trash bin when i noticed misspellings of the ingredients. so much for trust!

    1. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that! I can't believe some people would pass these things as authentic... I don't know how they sleep at night :( So sad!

  4. Hi there! =)

    There is actually a bigger picture in all of these "knock-offs, fake, imitation, class A" or whatever name they may be called. Aside from health hazards that could bring the public, there is also their operations/manufacturing of their products. Who knows what kind of manpower they have in their sweat shops, and what's worst the profit that comes in this kind of business is no doubt could be possibly used in other illegal activities.

    It may sound morbid, but whether we like it or not, it is really happening -- around the world. And it is only right that women should be morally and socially responsible in their product of choice. Whether it is a "budget" issue, then support local products. I mean, should we all agree that "beauty should not only be skin deep"?

    You really have a very informative and intelligent blog. Keep those posts coming. Thanks for sharing! =)

    Beautifully yours,


    1. Amidst all the comments in my blog I missed out on yours and just got around to reading and reply :) I agree with what you said, who knows how these fake cosmetics are being manufactured right? Creeps me out just thinking about it! Thank you for dropping by and I hope to see more of you in the future! God bless! ♥


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