Question of the day is, have you ever accidentally or purposely bought fake cosmetic? Much to my surprise, there are quite a bit of them going around selling in forums and also in eBay.
They copied an array of brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Lancome, SK II and even cheap drugstore brands like Maybelline and Loreal, imagine that!
I once accidentally bought the Lancome Juicy Tube out of stupidity. Being stupid would really describe me then. It was about 3 years ago when I was doing filming for a 'travel' series, it was part of our class project and we traveled all the way down to the borders of Thailand and crossed over on a day pass. At one of the markets, they sold all sorts of make up.
The real and the fake. I'm not sure if the fake one was imitating the Lancome Juicy Tube from some special limited edition or not.
But anyway after browsing around and turning my nose up to every other thing, I finally spotted the Juicy tube.Being a 'mountain turtle' in that area, I was all wide eye when I saw all the cosmetic sold, I mean, I knew the SK II and such were fake but I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me that obviously the Lancome juicy tubes would be fake too.
The back view is actually similar, the difference is the type of font used and the real one has the name as well as colour code on the back
To me, it looked too real to be fake, so in my little head, I though maybe these were real but were like the items in FOS (Factory Outlet Store not Full Of Shit) Managed to bargain it down to roughly about RM8.
*sigh* Bought it, opened it and applied it happily to my lips and then, notice the smell a bit off. I remembered Elisa had one in watermelon and it smell heavenly but mine was cherie and it smells ... sickly sweet.
The swatch and texture is probably not all that accurate anymore sine the fake one is pretty much 3-4 years old
Well. needless to say, I still have it in my drawer, a full tube of it. I never threw it away for some reason and once a while would take it out, stare at it, kick myself on the ass and then keep it away again. It was only a few months ago when I was given a real Lancome Juicy Tube in Peche, it was then I was only able to do a real comparison of it. I asked Elisa to borrow me hers a while back to compare and she herself mentioned that it was very different from hers. UGH!
Comparing the texture between the real and the fake, the real one comes off sheerer and when a pplied to the lips, it somewhat adhers to the lips giving our lips a beautiful glossy look while the face is just like any gloss, it's just glossy and smells sickly sweet.
Another things that I accidently got was the Maybelline Watershine Lip Colour. This happen way before I knew they even had fake cosmetics around.Roughly about 6 years ago?
Me and E was in Perangin Mall, Penang when we came across this shop selling Maybelline and Loreal cosmetic, it wasn't the proper counter thingie, and we saw them. We were extremely surprised that they were selling Maybelline / Loreal items for that cheap. The lip gloss was roughly about RM6-8 and the mascara was about the same. Since I really liked the colour, I ended up with the lip gloss.
Upon opening the damned thing, the smell is exactly like melted plastic crayons. How can anyone apply this shit to their lips is beyond me. It's a super turn off.
I never would use fake cosmetic despite the price because for one, I'm not sure of the ingredients used to produce this things and since we have a tendency to 'eat' / lick off our lip sticks or lip glosses, I like to use the slightly pricer one rather than the Buy 1 Free 1 no matter how cheapskate I may be.
This one is already happily nesting in my rubbish bin.
After this 2 incidents, I've smarten up when it comes to buying cosmetics and I've somewhat learn what's real and what's not. When you're unsure or if the price is too good to be true, remember, it probably is.
I've seen people selling fake MAC online and seeing lots of girls order them without knowing they are fake hurts me alot. I don't work for MAC but just as well, I don't want people to waste money on fakies like this. People ought to do research before buying anything and most importantly cosmetics from websites online. Buy from reputable sellers and make up lovers.