Saturday, 21 August 2010

Could You Spot A Fake?!

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.

19 comments:

  1. This is awful. I heard somewhere that fake beauty products can be really really dangerous due to dodgy chemicals and what not. Then again this could be bull, but still people shouldn't sell fakes.

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  2. YES! bought a set of mac brushes off ebay which turned out to be fake! And didnt manage to send them back in time for a refund! luckily a few of the brushes wernt bad quality but some were horrid!

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  3. Ugh i HATE when people do! It totally sucks!
    Ive had a fake MAC brush from ebay before, ebay sucks sometimes!

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  4. Can't believe people are making fake drug store mascara - bizarre!

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  5. Uhhh, The COLLOSAL looks like the one on the LEFT here in Denmark.. Just sayin'..

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    1. same in Pak....i got mine today and seriously works WONDER :)

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  6. Fake Maybelline? Oh, wow. The length people goes sometimes =.=

    http://xmaterialgirlsx.blogspot.com/

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  7. Well, if you used PayPal, you can report it right away and maybe get your money back. It is a surprise that they are selling fake drugstore products... didn't know that.

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  9. Bloody hell, they are faking everything these days! thats shocked me.

    xxx

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  10. I think i bought a fake Bad Gal Lash, but the seller never replied :( x

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  11. Fake mascaras are particularly concerning as you're putting it so close to your eyes! I dread to think what horrific chemicals might be hiding in a fake mascara! Eeeek!

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  12. omg, i had no idea people were doing fake mascaras! xx
    liloo/@tsunimee

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  13. That is so bad. I don't think it would have occurred to me to check for a fake mascara so thank you for posting this.

    http://scarletthearts.blogspot.com/

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  14. i've found benefit to be one of the worst, so much so i did a mammoth post on it

    http://www.pretty-in-pink-blog.com/2011/10/hey-all-as-its-coming-up-to-new-term-at.html

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  15. Interesting read I will have to be more careful when buying things :)

    http://quiet-contrary.blogspot.com/

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  16. I never knew people could stoop so low ! Ahaha
    Love your blog btw, it would mean so much if you checked out mine ! Wanna follow each other ? :-) xoxx

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