Some fakes you can spot a mile off; fake tan, fake hair, even fake nails.
But can you spot a fake when it really matters; when you're parting with your hard-earned cash?
I couldn't. Like many, I was reeled in by the ever so slightly cheaper prices on Ebay when I came to repurchase my trusted Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express mascara.
Not so trusted from this particularly Ebayer though, it seems.
Alarm bells rang when I read the seller's feedback, unfortunately after I'd already hit 'commit to buy' on the product. Said feedback stated: 'This item is a fake and a refund was not offered'.
Right then, I thought....I'll definitely be looking out for tell tale signs when the mascara arrives. After holding said mascara up against my well used Boots-bought Maybelline mascara, I spotted it was a fake immediately.
Here's for a little beauty test then. Which one of these is the real thing?
Yep, you guessed it! The one on the left. The one on the right is the fake - you can tell due to the small lettering on the front. I'm a Maybelline The Colossal devotee, but I doubt I'd have spotted this Ebay fake had I not had the real thing to compare it against. So, there's the moral of the story. If you're unsure, dig out your original product and see for yourself. I should've done the same before I hit 'buy'.
You'll be pleased to know I contacted the seller immediately, telling him I knew the product was a fake and asking for a refund. He obliged straight away, to my surprise.
Have you 'been had' by an Ebayer selling fakes?
Coming soon on A Lauren to Herself...
Dr Perricone 'No Foundation Foundation' review, an interview with the Dragons' Den's wedge welly entrepreneurs and my Model's Own collection.