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How to spot fake cosmetics (MAC, Nars, Bobbi Brown) on eBay

How to Spot Fake Cosmetics

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How to spot fake cosmetics (MAC, Nars, Bobbi Brown) on eBay

Since many of you had questions after my first post about counterfeit cosmetics, I created a guide to spotting the fakes. Although you can find some good deals on eBay, fake goods are extremely prevalent. Watch out for phony MAC, Nars, and Bobbi Brown — although a few other brands pop up as well. Use this guide to protect yourself from bogus beauty, and be prepared to laugh and cringe while you browse through these fakes.

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minimeeh minimeeh 5 years
can you do one for Make up For Ever? IF there are fakes out there. thanks really enjoyed this post!
memoime memoime 5 years
I dont think it matters whether there fake brushes are brushes as long as they are soft and do what they are suppose to do. and you wash them before use  1 thing i would not do is to buy foundations etc
jojolagos jojolagos 5 years
make in USA is a give away!
nila777 nila777 6 years
Hi people, I recently bought a Bobbi Brown brushes set on eBay and i doubt if it is authentic. Do you guys have tips how i can recognize the original once. Thank you!!!
queenpanda queenpanda 7 years
PS: people that say the ingredients are the same: How do you know? They can write and print anything on the packet. Watch out!
queenpanda queenpanda 7 years
Before even looking at website like these a bought a MAC fluidline eyeliner. I coudln't believe that there would be fakes out there, it didn't even cross my mind. However when I recieved the item it had an oriental shipping/QC stick. 'Strange' I thought 'Especially for something that is manufactured in Canada'. Then, WHAM! I noticed it wasn't manufactured in Toronto( like all my other MAC stuff) it said 'Made in Tornto'. I'm no geography expert but I'm pretty sure that Tornto Canada doesn't exist (missing an 'O'). I have contacted the seller to demand a refund. No way am I putting fake stuff on my face, It could have ANYTHING in it!!
staceyface staceyface 8 years
ok, so now i'm a bit terrified i may have bid (and won) on some bobbi brown brushes that aren't real. I only started buying on ebay because my teacher in makeup school recommended it(i'd rather not say which school, she's the hunt me down and kill me type). I wish ebay would regulate this better. :( I wrote the seller a note asking about how she can verify the authenticity but she hasn't responded to me. I thought the brushes looked fine until i saw her MAC brushes which look like fakes (that notorious roll top case). sigh.... what to do... anybody have any ideas? can i cancel a bid if i'm afraid their counterfeit? i doubt it. Ebay seems to have a policy listed saying the seller is responsible for verifying authenticity. I've asked her to do so, we'll see what happens. I also don't want to go reporting someone if they are in fact legit - but i don't think it's out of line to ask them to verify, do you?
gigill gigill 9 years
Wow, I had no idea there beauty fakes out there. I've always felt icky about buying makeup from Ebay, and if I do buy online it's only from reputable stores/brands. Thanks for sharing though!
KWM KWM 9 years
I love this post. So helpful and funny too ;)
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
wow... i've actually bought 1 or 2 cosmetic items on ebay... none that you listed here, but still.. now i'm worried i might have gotten fakes! ahhh, i'll be more careful in the future for sure. Thanks for the tips!
tglynn tglynn 9 years
Almost all expensive cosmetics lines have some sort of fake on ebay. I'd say buy them in person all the time. I also found this article by an ebay seller for spotting fake MAC products to be really helpful:
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Wow- this is crazy. You have to have a GOOD eye to spot this stuff! But, I dont think I would ever trust cosmetics from eBay. Who knows who put their paws all over that stuff!
emalove emalove 9 years
Thanks for this! Very informative.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
These are great tips, thank you!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yeah, most of the brushes on eBay are fakes, sad to say... I wouldn't recommend buying those there. Now, POWDE, on the other hand, have at it! ;)
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