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Fake Fragrance Showdown: Designer Imposters vs Instyle Fragrances

Fragrance knockoffs have been around since the '80s, when Designer Imposters released Primo, a knockoff of Giorgio Beverly Hills. Now there's competition in the form of Instyle fragrances — no relation to In Style. Both promise to deliver more eau for your dough, but which one comes out on top?

Designer Imposters Instyle Advantage
Packaging A brash melee of clashing colors adorns each box of perfume. Minimalist; a typographer's nightmare of competing font weights and serifs. Designer Imposters. At least they put a little effort into it.
Sales pitch If you like [Actual Perfume], you'll love our knockoff! An impression of [Actual Perfume] Instyle. The writing makes it sound more artistic.
Best perfume name With Exposé, Babe, and Yeah Baby, DI allows you to recall a '90s girl band, a movie about a pig, and Austin Powers. Nothing! No names for these "impressions." Lame. Designer Imposters, obviously.
Price $9.49/ounce $11.99/3.4 ounces Instyle
But how do they smell? Close, but no cigar. The scent is unmistakably cheaper than the original. Pretty much the same, although the knockoff of SJP's Lovely was somewhat convincing. Instyle
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amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
ahahahaha I remember the one that smelled like cotton candy!
dazzleme dazzleme 7 years
Oh, and sugaslime, I feel you. I understand how you feel about not feeling like you should pay a ridiculous amount for a brand name when you can get a basically the same from a lesser name. And you should always do what makes you feel good.
dazzleme dazzleme 7 years
I have used some of the knockoff fragrances from Designer Imposter-Wanna Play?, Confess- and they weren't that bad. Can they give the designers a run for their money? No. I discovered Instyle like a year ago, and they seem to better at copying designers than Designer Imposter. Everyone wants the real thing and I'm no different. Sometimes you have to settle however. But when you can afford the real thing, definately, snatch it up!
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 7 years
My eyes (and ears) hurt from reading posts in caps... 8)I've seen these, should I say not-so-real, & the real-deals jostle on the same shelf at Wal*Mart. Like, CK One, & an "impression" of CK One side-by-side.. it's amusing. & if paying for a non-fake is hurting your wallet then buy a 5/6 ml travel size for 6 bucks. Remember, a little goes a long way esp. if you bathe every day :D !!
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 7 years
My eyes (and ears) hurt from reading posts in caps... 8) I've seen these, should I say not-so-real, & the real-deals jostle on the same shelf at Wal*Mart. Like, CK One, & an "impression" of CK One side-by-side.. it's amusing. & if paying for a non-fake is hurting your wallet then buy a 5/6 ml travel size for 6 bucks. Remember, a little goes a long way esp. if you bathe every day :D !!
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
NOW I DON'T MEAN TO TAKE OFFENSE TO ANYONES PERSONAL POSITIONS BUT COME ON, TALK ABOUT RIPOFFS WHY IN YOUR RIGHT MIND SPEND ANY MORE THE 12 BUCKS ON A FRAGRANCE. 45 BANGERS IS A LOT OF G. FOR WHAT? NOT MUCH MORE THAN WHAT YOU GET WITH INSTYLE I GOT MINE AT WALGREENS, YEAH LAUGH, IT'S NOT THE MALL OR SAC'S 5TH AVE. BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND COME ON THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT....
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
NOW I DON'T MEAN TO TAKE OFFENSE TO ANYONES PERSONAL POSITIONS BUT COME ON, TALK ABOUT RIPOFFS WHY IN YOUR RIGHT MIND SPEND ANY MORE THE 12 BUCKS ON A FRAGRANCE.45 BANGERS IS A LOT OF G. FOR WHAT? NOT MUCH MORE THAN WHAT YOU GET WITH INSTYLEI GOT MINE AT WALGREENS, YEAH LAUGH, IT'S NOT THE MALL OR SAC'S 5TH AVE. BUT IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND COME ON THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT....
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
INSTYLE IS THE BEST! YOU ZOMMBIES GOTTA TRY IT! STOP BEING TAKEN BY THE MACHINE. PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT DOES THE MOST FOR YOU. GET REAL PLEASE!!
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
INSTYLE IS THE BEST! YOU ZOMMBIES GOTTA TRY IT! STOP BEING TAKEN BY THE MACHINE.PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT DOES THE MOST FOR YOU. GET REAL PLEASE!!
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
I think the Instyle fragrances are pretty good, I don't have a lot of cash to spend and it's better than the cheap stuff at BBW I like Angel and Lovely I'm not a snob that has to have all that. I believe it's all the same stuff and the con is the expensive REAL fragrances, what a rip come on, let's get real INSTYLE IS COOL!
sugaslime sugaslime 7 years
I think the Instyle fragrances are pretty good, I don't have a lot of cash to spend and it's better than the cheap stuff at BBW I like Angel and Lovely I'm not a snob that has to have all that. I believe it's all the same stuff and the con is the expensive REAL fragrances, what a rip come on, let's get realINSTYLE IS COOL!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
only the real stuff for me, not knocking the knock off but I have just never had good luck with them. I have never heard of the InStyle but DI is awful!
kahribar kahribar 7 years
Only the real stuff, like it was mentioned, if not then why bother?
duplinger duplinger 7 years
You cant imitate the originals and sacrifice ingredients!! Impostarsare cheap and smell cheap!! Not to mention they give me a headache!! oh well I tried "huff"
duplinger duplinger 7 years
You cant imitate the originals and sacrifice ingredients!! Impostars are cheap and smell cheap!! Not to mention they give me a headache!! oh well I tried "huff"
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
I have one of these sitting under my bathroom sink lol. A nail salon gave it to me as a free gift for being a first time customer. I've never used it and never plan on using it. I love perfumes too much to waste my time on one of these cheap knock offs. Yuck. I just got it out, it's "Our version of Chanel No 5 by Jean Philippe Paris" lol. This is going in my goodwill box now...
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
I have one of these sitting under my bathroom sink lol. A nail salon gave it to me as a free gift for being a first time customer. I've never used it and never plan on using it. I love perfumes too much to waste my time on one of these cheap knock offs. Yuck. I just got it out, it's "Our version of Chanel No 5 by Jean Philippe Paris" lol. This is going in my goodwill box now...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I don't see what the point of these are. They are really cheap and don't smell anything like the real thing.
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