Never Again!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Have you heard of the saying, "There is a sucker born every minute."?

I never believed it would happen to me because I have always been so smart in buying makeup, until now.

I had a meeting today at Robinson's Galleria. The word from the grapevine was that they had a good PX Store at the basement that sell reasonably priced perfumes and other cosmetics. I forgot the name of the store, but anyway, after my meeting -I headed out in search of this store.

True enough, there it was. I loved that the store had all perfumes known to man in their quaint little store. I bought myself a bottle of Clinique Happy (with a sticker that still had the $ Price tag on it). While I was waiting for my turn to pay at the cashier, the old woman behind the counter showed me their small selection of "original makeup" that were consigned by a flight attendant who would travel to Europe on a regular basis.

There was only one brand I recognized, and it was L'Oreal.

Yah yah, I know... I should have known better. But the sales lady guaranteed it's authenticity and that it was their best seller. I checked the back of the packaging and said that the product was made in France.



I was about to return the powder back in little tray but it was my turn to pay at the cashier and the sales lady was pushing me to buy it. So I was like "what the hell, if the color doesn't turn out nice, at least I get a good review out of it."

When the cashier rang the product, I saw that it only cost PhP 350.00 ($8.50), an alarm went ringing in my head warning me that makeup would never be that cheap specially with a brand like L'Oreal. That should have been my first sign. But anyhoo... I shook my head to dismiss the thought and paid for my perfume and my makeup.

As soon as I got home, the first thing I did was check the makeup out. And boy I tell you, disappointment as soon as I broke that seal and opened the box was an understatement. I was literally freaking out.

The smell that unleashed as soon as I tore that plastic wrapper screamed "FAKE!" It had a cheap sweet smell that I can't even begin to describe. I took a deep breath and told myself to give it a chance. Maybe it's just the smell right?

Let me tell you, as soon as that product slid out of the box, I wanted to throw it away. The packaging looked cheap and the plastic was all scratched up and sh*t. The latch to close and open didn't work properly, and it just felt cheap.


When I finally got to open the case, the cosmetic just had this over powering smell of sweet cheap cosmetics. And get this, the powder sparkled. And I mean that literally. It had specks of glitter.

The second layer had cream foundation. In all fairness, the consistency was right. It was creamy, it didn't feel chalky and thick on the skin. Oh yah, the compact didn't come with a sponge. Hahaha!

So, I finally got the courage to try it on and just really see for myself the effect of this "sparkling powder", who knows right?

I smoothed the cream foundation first with a sponge all over my face which was white by the way. Which was weird because the shade looked yellow, but really, it was just white. But after smoothing the product with my fingertips, it blended a little better.

I then set the cream foundation with the "sparkling" powder which made my face pink/gray rather than making it look radiant.

The foundation didn't cover my freckles which would mean that it was a medium coverage. As you can see, there are white spots all over my face because of the glitter. Instead of making my skin look iridescent, they looked like white dust all over my face.

You know what the worse part is? My entire face itched like crazy just a mere 5 minutes after wearing the makeup.

I'm surprised I still managed to smile for the photo.

I guess I just have to accept the fact that... I've been stiffed. That's 350 bucks I'll never see again. It has been recorded that at 1:15PM today, a sucker named Sabs Hernandez was born. LOL. Lessons learned.




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43 comments

  1. What a beutiful blog! :-)
    I like it so much!!
    Thanks for visited my blog!

    Fabina
    makeupfabinamind.blogspot.it/

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  2. oh no..but not a sucker yet Sabs..these things happen sometimes..!anyways, love the review and great smile : )thanks a lot for your wonderful comment on my post! followed you back *GFC & Bloglovin..keep in touch!

    kisses,
    Chings

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    1. *Sigh* I hope I don't fall for the pushy sales ladies again! Hahaha! Thank you so much for the follow back and for dropping by! HUGS!

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  3. Awww that totally blows. Thanks for commenting on my blog! Followed as well :> Really like your hauls! :)

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    1. Totally... Sigh. But thank you for the follow! I really appreciate you dropping by! Kisses :)

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  4. Ohh that fake product speaks for itself in the photos. Ang cheap nga tingnan and walang sponge? Lol!

    XX, IamJenniya

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    1. Hahaha! Diba? Nakakaloka.. Parang nawalan ako ng lakas as soon as I opened that box! Hahaha! Thank you for dropping by! :)

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  5. Oh no you poor thing, anyone could have done the same thing because we all want a bargain, hope your face has stopped itching now :)I am following you now on GFC here is the link to my blog hon hope you can check it out and follow if you like it.
    Angela x

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank goodness my face did stop itching after I washed it off, and luckily I didn't have any red marks or rashes :) Hahaha! Thank you so much for the follow... I will follow you now :)

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  6. What an awful make up! I guess all that glitter is nice if one wants to dress like a glow worm but, gosh!
    Thanks so much for your comment, we´re following you as well!! =) Btw, great smoky eye tutorial!

    KISSES
    http://sharpenstyle.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. LOL your comment made me laugh! Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment :) HUGS!

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  7. Oh gosh that really does look awful! Well it can happen to everybody (I to was scamed a few times)... But that's just another new lwsson learned ;)
    Btw thank you so much for your comment on my blog and for following! I'm following you awesome blog back!
    enjoy ^^

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    1. At least we both learn from our mistakes and we know better now! Hahaha! Thank you so much for dropping by and for the follow back! ♥

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  8. omg, this product is really horrible :(

    thanks for visiting me and following my blog, I follow you back ;)
    xoxo

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    1. Horrible indeed! Well... At least I got a good story out of it! Hahaha! Thank you so much for the follow!

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  9. aaww... like what they all say, it happens. At least, we all got a heads up for this product.

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    1. Yes, BE AFRAID... BE VERY AFRAID. Hahaha! Thank you so much for the visit and the follow :)

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  10. Aw no, this happened to the best of us and its not your fault you were duped into buying this product. At least you have learnt from the experience.

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    1. I agree... And so nice to know that I am not the only one :) Thank you so much for dropping by and the kind words! ♥

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  11. Thanks for following -followed back on both and also on twitter. Hope to see you there.
    If you liked my blog I am sure you'll love this one too: http://lynnsprettymess.blogspot.de/
    Check it out <3

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    1. You're right, I did love your blog. You take such lovely photos! Thank you so much for the follow, I am following you now too! ♥

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  12. I'm in Galleria a lot, so thanks for letting us know about that store (I pass by it sometimes) and now I know not to purchase there anymore!

    The box looks original though, so don't worry, it was an easy mistake to make. I would have thought it was real too!

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    1. I know right? The box DOES look original! SO annoying! Hahaha! Thank you for reading :)

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  13. Ah lovely review! The product looks wonderful in the pan HAHA!

    Great blog.. i just followed XOXO

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, looks can be deceiving! Hahaha! Thanks for the follow! ♥

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  14. Sometimes, I see stalls in bazaars selling cosmetics and fragrances for a cheaper price compared to malls. Some are original but I think most are fake so I am quite hesitant and apprehensive at the same time. Thanks for sharing this post. Things like this happen often, so it's a lesson learned. :)

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    1. Totally... The lessons we learn the hard way. Thanks so much for reading ♥

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  15. Gourgeous blog!!! I never see this product in Italy. Damn! New follower darling.

    http://martins1986.blogspot.it/

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    1. Well, good thing you haven't seen this in Italy because it's a fake! LOL Thank you so much for the follow! I am following you now too!

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  16. The glitters are all over your face. >_< I guess the only positive thing that happened is you only paid PHP 350. Imagine paying more for buying a fake Loreal product. There are a lot of buyers who are deceived for buying fake MAC products online. :P I'm quite thankful there are reviews and tips for spotting fake makeup products. Thanks for the heads up, Ms. Sabs!

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    1. You know what you're right... I guess I am pretty thankful that I only spent 350 and not like the price of an authentic and getting a fake! Phew! Thank you so much for the boost of morale sweetie! So glad to see you here again! ♥

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  17. nice and useful post dear!!

    XOXO
    Arianna

    http://aryannastyle.blogspot.it/

    https://www.facebook.com/AryannaStyle

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  18. Hey!
    You have a lovely blog! I really like your posts!

    I just started to follow you with Google Friend Connect!
    Hope you'll follow me back!

    http://mademoisellezaria.blogspot.com

    xoxo, M.Z.

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    1. Of course! I loved your blog, I just surfed through your posts and loved reading it! Looking forward to more posts! Thank you for the follow! HUGS!

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  19. oh thats awful!! Don't be too hard on yourself I would have probably bought it too, with sales lady it sometimes hard to say no especially when your right by the counter.

    Thanks for the lovely comment by the way and follow (I'm following you back too!!)

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    1. I know right? They pressure you into buying, and you really have the urge to get it since there are a lot of people lined up behind you! Hahaha! Thank you so much for coming by to visit my blog and the follow back! XOXO ♥

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  20. Thank you for the nice compliments on my blog post. I followed you back as I really enjoyed checking out your blog. Sorry you had a bad experience with the makeup but it's happened to us all at one time.
    http://mimismanisandotherbeauty.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again for being a new follower!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone! Thank you so much for the comment and for the visit! Glad we're following each other ♥

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  21. Ugh, I hate it when pushy sales people lie to your face. Sorry you had a terrible experience but at least you've let everyone know about it. Don't be too hard on yourself, anyone can make a mistake like that. I ordered the worst cheap fake brushes on ebay once and the blue dye leeched out of those brushes like crazy, I even powdered myself blue! Ahhhhhyyyyy.... lesson learned :)

    http://www.maitaatienza.com

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    1. Hahaha! OMG a blue face? Hope you took pictures so I can read about it :) Thank you so much for the visit and for the comment :) Your post made me smile! Hope to see you here again soon! ♥

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  22. Oh man, that's a lesson you only need to learn once! :(
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! I'm now following :)

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