Don't Buy Counterfeit Makeup

Just one thing for today's blog post:

Don't buy fake makeup, Don't buy fake makeup. Don't buy fake makeup. DON'T BUY FAKE MAKEUP. DON'T BUY FAKE MAKEUP.

I know I've talked about this before with my post about not buying makeup from the dollar store, but due to a recent post I saw on social media I felt the need to bring up this subject again, with a little more clarity.

I was pretty shocked when I found out that people sold counterfeit makeup. I was even more shocked when I saw that people seriously bought it for use. An easy search online will turn up countless Chinese "dupes" for anything from Naked palettes to MAC lipsticks, for sometimes 1/10 of the price of the real product.

A lot of the logic I've seen people use to explain away why these choose to buy these items are extremely flawed. "It's the same product just directly from the factory" or "Maybe they just chose not to inflate the price after they bought it wholesale."




This isn't the same as buying a Michael Kors bag from some street stall on vacation. This is a product you will be putting on your skin. Your skin has this nasty habit of absorbing what you put on it. These counterfeit products are made cheaply and illegally. They are not put through the same required tests as the real products. There can be all sorts of bad for you chemicals and bacteria in these products. The video below has a little more information on this. It also has some graphic-ish photos of skin issues and eyes so if you have issues with those be warned.

While this video mostly deals with in person kiosks at market, it should be noted that every brand contacted said very certainly they do not discount their products. The only way you are going to find these products on sale is directly through the retailers or a place like Sephora or Ulta. Even then those sales will be few and far between, never more than 20% (except on occasion when an items is being discontinued and they need to make room for more items). 

Now we've covered the health risks, let's discuss the moral issues. Buying these makeup products can mean supporting animal testing/cruelty, human labour/trafficking, and potentially even terrorism. Your money directly goes to those organizations. It's really not good. 

This is a guide to figure out whether you're buying fake MAC lipstick or not, but the principles can be applied to most makeup products.

At the end of the day, don't buy on sites like eBay, Alliexpress, or any other kind of wholesale warehouse. If you're looking for an LE product, or a product cheaper than you can get it in store, I suggest checking out Glambot. Glambot verify's their makeup before selling it, and it's coming from other's like you (completely sanitized of course). 

Here are a few more articles about fake makeup products.

Normally I don't do this but Please, PLEASE share this everywhere you can. It's important to me that people aren't risking their healthy because they're misinformed.

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