How to spot fake designer make-up products

In the cosmetic market of today, it’s not a secret that high-end cosmetic brands are often counterfeited. But buying fake copies of popular items can not only make you feel tricked and upset, but it can also pose a very real danger to your health. Though counterfeit cosmetics are still commonly sold at markets and online, consumers can take measures to protect themselves when shopping.

Packaging types and low prices, for example, are common indicators that a product might be fake. Here are ways you can differentiate between fake and genuine make-up when shopping or existing cosmetic products.

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Suspiciously cheap

A fake cosmetic will, of course, be a lot cheaper which increases a person’s temptation to buy the product. If you compare the prices from the original supplier’s pricelist, for instance, the fake make-up will be very cheap and sold unprofessionally like in the street markets and uncredited distributors in your area.

Designer makeup products are competitively priced globally unless you grab real bargains in their actual stores/verified outlets. Alarm bells should go off in your head when you see a product priced way cheaper than it should be.

Street sold make-up vs a genuine distributor/seller.

Poor packaging

The packaging and fonts will differ from the original products. On the knockoff/fake boxes, the top is actually solid white or with poorly illustrated graphics. Counterfeit items will have uneven fonts, misspelt words, and incorrect shade names printed. The fake cosmetics are almost 90% identical to the original ones but it takes an eye to detail to differentiate between the two. So look out for a general faded or dull box colour, damaged/badly glued boxes, and mirrors that don’t fit/fall off.


Low quality and ineffective product

Always do your research and compare your purchases to authentic products online. Fake products are often kept in lower-quality plastic or metal casings, with ill-fitting mirrors.

Authentic cosmetics shouldn’t have any kind of strange substances or inappropriate sparkles in them, especially when the product is matte. Creamy cosmetics should not separate or contain any impurities. Fake lipsticks typically look less attractive and have some imperfections. A genuine designer mascara always has a very light pleasant smell to it. If the product has a bad odour or is heavily perfumed, then it’s not authentic.

Fake vs real mac lipstick. Spot the difference.

Website information

Designer brands usually promote their official website on their packaging. A fake product will not have the same website link as the original product. It will most likely have a fake or invalid website link that will dupe unsuspecting customers into buying fake cosmetics.

Fonts used

You will notice that designer companies always have consistency when it comes to their fonts. This is because they have patented fonts which are not accessible to other companies. Hence an original product will always have a different font when compared to the fake.

The smell

Once you get the opportunity, smell the actual product. Fakes usually have a bad smell, or they just don’t smell like its authentic counterpart. This is because fake products are made from poor quality ingredients which tend to give off bad or ‘chemical-like’ smells.

There is a real danger in buying and using fake makeup. It is not as simple as buying a knock-off bags or clothes — because you are actually applying these products on your skin. And with fake makeup and skincare, it is highly unlikely that they’re made with the same safe ingredients as the original this serves as a danger to your health.