I think one of the more important issues with makeup are how there are so many counterfeits available. The sad part is how a lot of people don’t even realize that it is happening or if they have any. In this post I’m making it my makeup loving duty to inform the masses as much as I can about how harmful this can be and what you can do to make sure you don’t fall victim to any fakes. I was doing a lot of research before I decided to sit down and type this so I hope that it proves helpful.
Let’s start with what kind of harmful ingredients could be in fake makeup (eyeshadow, foundation, blush, lipstick, highlighter, etc…): sometimes when this makeup is stored and produced it isn’t kept in nice warehouses or stores. Sometimes it is kept in garages, places with dirt floors, places where quality control are nonexistent, and storage facilities with no climate control. That also creates a lot of bacteria and pests may get into the product. As a result, a lot of makeup will have human urine and rat dropping in it. Some of the foreign chemicals that were found in cheap knockoffs include: mercury, arsenic, cyanide, and lead. Counterfeit Benefit and MAC cosmetics have been found with 19 times the amount of lead in it than other counterfeit brands. All of these things can lead to burns, chemical reactions on skin, skin rashes, disfigurement, high blood pressure, and infertility. It isn’t worth it.
How does a brand get a counterfeit?
This is actually very simple. The more popular a product or brand is, the odds of it being copies increase dramatically. A lot of trending items on Instagram and what the Kardashians use are usually counterfeited. Some popular brands would be:
- Ben Nye (Banana Powder)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills (Master Palette by Mario, glow kits, and Modern Renaissance palette)
- Too Faced (Cocoa Contour book, Chocolate Bar palettes, Peach palette, and KVD collab)
- Urban Decay
- MAC (virtually every product especially the limited editions)
- The Balm
- Huda Beauty (Rose Gold palette)
- Jeffree Star (liquid lipsticks)
- Esteé Lauder
- Kat Von D (Shade and Light, Monarch Pastel Goth palettes)
- Becca (highlighters)
- Makeup Geek X MannyMUA
- Violet Voss (Holy Grail)
Obviously I missed some but this is what I found by only spending ten minutes on Wish. Only ten minutes.
What sites sell fake cosmetics?
To answer this question the easiest way would be… if you are looking for makeup on any site except for a product’s approved retailer, you put yourself at risk. Even sites like Poshmark and Mercari can prove a risk because people post pictures of a real product and send a fake. Only buy from approved sellers that a great rating and have no issue proving authenticity. Here’s a quick list of sites that are known to sell counterfeits:
- and WeChat. WeChat is scary because people buy and sell individually with a person and is not regulated on a website.
How do I know if I have a fake item?
There are a lot of things to look for. I know on my Facebook, I have a live video discussing the differences between a real and fake Master Palette. Here are some way to check your makeup:
- If there is a strong odor or chemical smell
- Lower quality plastic or metals. It will feel light and flimsy.
- Sponge applicators are given instead of brushes
- Look for any spots of exposed cardboard, crooked gluing, magnets, misspellings, colors that are different or names that are different.
- The product doesn’t look as full.
- Sometimes the product will feel chalky and be thinner in consistency.
- Every product has a serial number. Make sure that you research the real one and that the one up for sale matches it.
In this section, I’m going to add and explain some pictures of the items that I found.
I hope that this helps you all on your collecting journey! I’m going to do all that I can to keep people informed about new counterfeit products and in my photos I will keep posting up serial numbers that come on the products so you know which are real. Thanks for reading! ❤❤